Jari Gustafsson has served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment from the 1st of October 2015.
Gustafsson served as Ambassador of Finland to China from 2013 until August 2015. Gustafsson moved to Beijing from Tokyo where he worked four years as Finnish Ambassador to Japan, from 2009 until 2013. During the six years in East Asia he worked in promoting deepening political, trade and economic relations as well as public diplomacy issues. During his leadership the Embassy in Japan was awarded State Security Diamond Act award for effective reaction during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Before moving to Tokyo Gustafsson was a Board Member of the EBRD, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London. He had a strong focus on investments especially in the infrastructure, environment and clean tech sectors and regionally on Russia.
Gustafsson served as Deputy Director General of the Department for External Economic Relations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland from 2003 to 2006. Before that Gustafsson was Deputy Director General of the Trade Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure in these two Ministries he was responsible in foreign trade and economic issues. One of his key responsibilities was bilateral economic issues with Russia.
Gustafsson served as Counsellor in Finland’s Permanent Representation to the OECD in Paris from 1995 to 1998, where he dealt with competitiveness and trade issues. He was also responsible for energy issues in the International Energy Agency IEA and Nuclear Energy Agency NEA.
During the time from 1987 to 1995, as civil servant in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Gustafsson attained a strong expertise in international economic and trade issues. He played a parallel role in dealing with GATT/UR Market Access issues and in adapting EU trade rules in Finland’s accession process to the European Union.
Gustafsson has twice served as an EU consultant. In 2000 he consulted the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on commercial and trade issues in preparation for the country’s EU accession. In 2005 he consulted the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry on implementing the EU–Egypt Association Agreement.
Gustafsson is married and he has three daughters and a son. He was born in Porvoo, Finland 1958. He did his Masters in Helsinki University on Political Science.