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Kirsti Narinen

Ambassador Kirsti Narinen is a Finnish diplomat who after completing her assignment as the Finnish Ambassador to Estonia (2014-2018) joined the Hybrid Centre of Excellence as Director for International relations. In 2020, she was nominated to the position of Ambassador of Finland to South Caucasus, resident in Helsinki. During her long MFA career, she has served in the Soviet Union and Russia, in Estonia also in the 1990s and in Slovenia. In addition, her home base duties have varied from EU energy and Justice and Home Affairs coordination to Arms control and HR – in the founding team for creating an Occupational Wellbeing function to the MFA.

She has a law degree from the University of Turku in Finland, is married and has two adult children. She describes teamwork, high-quality leadership and strategic planning as being vital for progress and success. They result in productive operations and a good working spirit. These are also the basic Nordic values.