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Satu Leena Elina Santala

Director General for the Department of Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland

In addition to her role as Director General for the Department of Development Policy, Satu Santala is also Finland’s IDA Deputy for the World Bank. Prior to her current role in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Santala was Executive Director from Finland at the World Bank, where she represented Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. Ms. Santala has also held several earlier positions in Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including: Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy; Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi, India. She has also held numerous roles with the Finnish Red Cross, including International Training Coordinator. During the 2012-2014 Board term, Ms. Santala served on the Board's Committee on Development Effectiveness and the Committee on Human Resources