Tanja Jääskeläinen, Finnish career diplomat, started as Deputy Director General of the Political Department in October 2018. Previously she has worked as Special Representative, Ambassador to Syrian Crisis 2017-2018. Before that, she served as Head of Mission at the Finnish Embassy in Tunis (2013–2017). Jääskeläinen has also served at the Embassies of Finland in London (2009–2013), Damascus (2001–2003) and Budapest (1996–2000). At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, she has worked as Senior Diplomatic advisor to two different Foreign Ministers of Finland (2007-2009). She entered the diplomatic service in 1995. Jääskeläinen holds degrees of Master of Social Sciences and Master of Art.