Marja Liivala appointed Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
On Thursday 8 July, the Government decided to appoint a new Director General.
The Government appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Marja Liivala to serve as Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a fixed term from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2025.
Liivala will transfer to the post of Director General from the position of Roving Ambassador for Central Asia, which she has held since 2018. Liivala's career has focused on various tasks and responsibilities related to Russia in both the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Moscow. In 2017–2018, she worked as Senior Adviser in the Unit for North America of the Department for the Americas and Asia. In 2013–2016, she was Director in the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The bilateral relations between Finland and Russia have featured prominently among her responsibilities. In 2008–2012, Liivala worked as Head of the Economy and Trade Section at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow.
Liivala joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1997. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences.
Inquiries: Saija Nurminen, Counsellor, tel. +358 29 535 0202