The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has appointed Johanna Sumuvuori to the post of Press Officer at the Embassy of Finland in London as of 1 December 2017. The post will be a fixed-term appointment ending on 31 July 2020.
Johanna Sumuvuori will transfer to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from the Finnish Institute in London where she has been Head of Society and Culture Programme since 2015. Her areas of responsibility include equality, education and open democracy.
Sumuvuori has wide experience of politics, communications, culture, and civil society organisations. She has previously been a Member of Parliament and a city councillor, and she has held leading positions in civil society organisations as well as different kinds of positions of trust.
Sumuvuori has extensive networks and an excellent understanding of the Finnish and British societies. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences.
The Press Officer’s duty is to use communication, country branding and culture to advance Finland's objectives among the key target groups in the United Kingdom. The purpose is to enhance interest in Finland as a partner of cooperation in various fields and to advance Finnish-British relations and networks. The Press Officer’s duty is to foster media relations, participate in Team Finland activities, and work in close cooperation with Business Finland and the Finnish Institute in London.