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|Ambassador Okko-Pekka SALMIMIES took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD and UNESCO on 10 September 2013.
Mr. Okko-Pekka Salmimies was born in 1967 and holds a Masters in Political Sciences, Economics and International law from the University of Helsinki which he obtained in 1993.
Mr. Salmimies worked in EFTA Secretariat in Geneva from 1993 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he was a Research Fellow in the Finnish Institute for International Affairs specialising in international trade and globalisation. In 1997, he worked as editor and consultant in a communications company in Helsinki and later that year, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Attaché.
From 1998 to 2001 he served as First Secretary at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union in Brussels and was responsible for trade policy and transatlantic relations. In 2001, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as First Secretary responsible for trade in services at the Department for External Economic Relations. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Adviser and Head of Cabinet to the Minister for Foreign Trade, Development and European Affairs. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD in Paris, where he served until 2009. In 2009, he returned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Director at the Department for Development Policy.
From 2011 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD and UNESCO Mr. Salmimies was Director at the Department for External Economic Relations.