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Ann-Sofie Stude

Ann-Sofie Stude

August 2009 to present —
Minister Counselor, Head of Political Affairs; Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C.

2009 — Deputy Director; Ministry for Foreign Affairs/Helsinki, Political Department, Unit for Human Rights

2005-2008 — Acting Director, Deputy Director; Ministry for Foreign Affairs/Helsinki, Department for Development Policy, Unit for General
Development Policy

2000-2003 — Counselor, Deputy Director; Ministry for Foreign Affairs/Helsinki, Department for the Americas, Unit for Latin America

1998-2000 — Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia

1993-1997 — Second Secretary; Permanent Mission of Finland to the
United Nations, New York

1992-1993 — Attaché; Department for Political Affairs, Department for
Development Cooperation

1992 — Joined the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

1991-1992 — Introducer; Department for Higher Education and Science,
Ministry for Education, Helsinki

1990 — Research Assistant; University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law

1988 – 1989 — Research Assistant, Danish Center for Human Rights,
Co-Editor, Nordic Journal of International Law,
Copenhagen, Denmark

1987 — Research Assistant; Åbo Akademi University

Master of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (1990)

Master of Law, University of Cambridge, UK (1991)


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Hilton Akron/Fairlawn


Finland Today — Arctic Region Development Strategy: Opportunities & Safeguards

Ann-Sofie Stude,
Minister Counselor, Head of Political Affairs,
Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C.


Ann-Sofie Stude will discuss the complex issues related to the impact of global climate change in the Arctic region. The change in the Arctic is progressing at more than twice the rate compared to the rest of the globe.

Ms. Stude will provide perspective on

  • Finland's unique focus and expertise based on its proximity to the Arctic Region and the opportunities this presents to the country's industries and to overseas investors.
  • The goals of the eight cooperating states, including the U.S. with Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, includes safeguarding their legal territorial rights while seeking to curb a "gold rush" approach to the Arctic's resources and the opening of new routes by other parties.
  • How indigenous people living in the Arctic Region are participating in decisions that will affect them.

In addition, Ms. Stude will present an overview of Finland's education system which annually has students outperforming students in other countries, including the U.S.

  • How Finland's unique history has facilitated decisions that support outstanding student performance
  • How the Finnish language simplifies students learning to read
  • Finland's commitment to its citizens' preparation for careers that support its economy, including new
    opportunities related to Arctic development

We invite you to attend this important event and extend your welcome and your questions and comments to Ann-Sofie Stude.

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3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

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