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Matti Anttonen

Matti Anttonen

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland

Matti Anttonen is a Finnish diplomat with a long experience of working in the Foreign Service.

He was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2018. He transferred to that position from Stockholm, where he has served as Ambassador at the Embassy of Finland.

During his long career, Anttonen has gained expertise specifically in matters related to the East and to trade policy. From 2013 to 2016 he was Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations in the Ministry. In the Diplomatic Service, he has worked, for instance as the Ambassador of Finland in Moscow, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, and Director of the Unit for Russia in the Ministry’s Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In the Foreign Ministry, the Permanent Secretary is the most senior public official, responsible for managing, developing and overseeing the activities of the Ministry and the branch of government. The Permanent Secretary is responsible for the performance management process, the quality of legislative preparation, and coordination of preparatory work by public officials in the Ministry.


Opening Plenary: Open and Accessible Internet for All

The Opening Plenary of the Freedom Online Conference will focus on the current challenges and opportunities for achieving open and accessible internet for all. The Plenary will discuss the progress toward global connectivity, overcoming existing digital divides and growing digital authoritarianism, and the steps toward achieving open and accessible internet and human rights for all.