Rasmus Hindrén appointed as Head of International Relations

MSSc Rasmus Hindrén is appointed as Head of International Relations in the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats from 1 October 2020.

His predecessor, Ambassador Kirsti Narinen, returned to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the end of her leave of absence.

The Head of International Relations is responsible for maintaining and developing relations with the Centre’s 28 participating states, the EU institutions and NATO.

“I’m very pleased that Rasmus Hindrén decided to apply for this position, and now joins our team.  He is an experienced professional, who has worked in numerous positions related to international security policy.  With his background and expertise, he will bring a lot of experience to the Centre. Hindrén contributed to the establishment of the Centre of Excellence by contributing to the first concept of operations. Now he can continue to strengthen our role as a strategic actor in the field”, said Hybrid CoE Director Teija Tiilikainen.

Rasmus Hindrén currently serves as a senior advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Defence. Between 2017-2020 he worked as Defence Councellor in Washington D.C. Before that he was a special advisor responsible for EU policy and countering hybrid threats at the Finnish MoD. During 2011-2014 he served as a Defence Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Finland in the European Union.

“Hybrid CoE operates in a space where old and new security threats meet and where international cooperation for response is needed.  I look forward to enhancing this cooperation”, said Hindrén.

Hybrid CoE is an independent international centre enhancing participating states’ capabilities to counter hybrid threats.  It does so by sharing best practices, testing new ideas and approaches and providing training and exercises. The Centre currently has 28 participating states. Participation is open to all EU member states and NATO allies.

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