News October 7, 2019

Teija Tiilikainen starts as Director of Hybrid CoE

Teija Tiilikainen started today as Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) for a five-year term. Dr Tiilikainen was previously the Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Before her appointment to that position in 2010, she was the Director of the Network of European Studies at the University of Helsinki (2003–2009). Dr Tiilikainen also served as Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland from 2007 to 2008.

“Hybrid CoE is a great new challenge as my term ends at FIIA. The Centre has achieved a strong position in the field in a short space of time by bringing together actors from the EU, NATO and from their member states and allies. It is my pleasure and an honour to lead the Centre during its consolidation phase in the coming years. Hybrid threats have become a permanent part of the security environment in both Finland and other democratic societies, which is why it is important that the challenges they pose to the community are addressed in a cooperative manner,” Dr Tiilikainen said.

Hybrid CoE is a network-based hub for practitioners and experts, building the capabilities of member states to counter hybrid threats via the sharing of best practices, testing new ideas and approaches, and providing training and exercises. The Centre currently has 24 member states. Membership is open to all EU member states and NATO allies.

Inquiries: Päivi Tampere, Head of Communications, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, tel. +358 406 490 788, [email protected]

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