Unit for the Middle East and North Africa

The Unit for the Middle East and North Africa is responsible for the following issues:

  • bilateral relations, the EU’s external relations and multilateral institutions in all fields of cooperation (political, trade policy, commercial and economic, cultural and development cooperation) in respect of these countries
  • regional organisations and other bodies of cooperation
  • contribution to the conflict prevention efforts in the countries as a part of Finland’s general foreign policy
  • the EU’s Mediterranean Policy
  • monitoring of the operation of international organisations and financing institutions in the countries and participation in the policy formulation processes of these organizations, as appropriate, and provision of expert advice on the countries and the region to other Departments of the Ministry.

Countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

E-mail

  • ALI-10@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Middle East and North Africa
PO Box 452
00023
GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address

Kanavakatu 3 B
00160
HELSINKI
FINLAND

Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen
Director
  • +358 295 351 851
Jaana Similä
Assistant
  • +358 295 350 212
Marita Kritsos
Administrative Officer
  • +358 295 350 275
Eva-Christina Leisio
  • +358 295 350 144

Persian Gulf Team

Miia Lahti
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
  • +358 295 351 877
Kirsti Hyyppä
Desk Officer
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen
  • +358 295 351 430

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Marianne Mäkinen
Team Leader
Middle East Peace Process
  • +358 295 351 510
Jussi Nummelin
Desk Officer
Syria, transition and reconstruction
  • +358 295 351 768
Tanja Jääskeläinen
Tanja Jääskeläinen
Senior Adviser
  • +358 295 350 303
Hanna Lepistö
Desk Officer
Syria
  • +358 295 351 834
Lotta Nuotio
Desk Officer
Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian territories
  • +358 295 351 505
Jenny Sjöberg
  • +358 295 351 571

North Africa Team

Stefan Lee
Team Leader
North Africa
  • +358 50 455 8435
  • +358 295 351 467
Suvi Aaltonen
Trainee
Lassi Härmälä
Attaché
Algeria, Morocco, questions related to Western Sahara
  • +358 295 350 026
Touko Piiparinen
Desk Officer
Libya, Tunisia, support to the Arab Spring countries' economic transition
  • +358 295 351 893
Suvi Sipilä
Programme Officer
  • +358 295 351 758

Coordiation of Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) matters and the European Neighbourhood Partnership

Jussi Tanskanen
Assistant Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 707
Roberto Tanzi-Albi
Roberto Tanzi-Albi
Senior Adviser

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.