Ambassador Pekka Puustinen took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD on 12 September 2016.
Mr Puustinen was born on 19 April 1963. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vaasa.
Mr. Puustinen joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 after having worked as a free-lance journalist from 1989 to 1991. He held a number of high-ranking positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Puustinen was Programme Officer of the Unit for Asia and Latin America. From 1993 to 1994, he was Junior Programme Officer for the UNDP. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Puustinen was First Secretary in the Unit for International Financial Institutions and Unit for Human Resources Planning back at the Ministry. Between 1997 and 2001 he served respectively as First Secretary to the Embassy of Finland in Bonn and Berlin and First Secretary for the Unit for the EU and OECD development affairs. In 2002, Mr. Puustinen was appointed Advisor to the Permanent Secretary and from 2004 and 2007 he served as Director of the Unit for Sector Policy in the Department for Development Policy.
From 2007 to 2008, he was Head of Administration of the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels and from 2008 to 2013, Deputy Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From March 2013 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD, Mr. Puustinen served as Director General of the Department for Development Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Puustinen is married and has one daughter.