Ritva Koukku-Ronde became ambassador of Finland to the United States on Sept. 9, 2011, the first female ambassador to hold the post.
Koukku-Ronde has worked in various positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for almost three decades, most recently serving as undersecretary of state (2009-11), director-general of the Department for Development Policy (2005-09), and deputy director-general of the Department for European Affairs (2003-05).
Other postings in the ministry include special advisor to the director-general of the Political Department (1995) and director of U.N. development issues in the Department of International Development Cooperation (1996-98), where she was also an attaché in 1987.
In addition, she was minister, deputy chief of mission at the Finnish Embassy in Germany (1998-2003), counselor, deputy chief of mission at The Hague (1990-94), and second secretary, first secretary and deputy chief of mission at the Finnish Embassy in Kenya, as well as focal point to UNEP and U.N. Habitat (1987-90).
Koukku-Ronde also served as an attaché in the Press and Culture Section of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1985, before which she was a freelance journalist.
She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Tampere.
She is married to Dr. Hidde Ronde and has two daughters, Emma and Elsa.
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