Dr Anita Mäkinen is the Alternate Permanent Representative of Finland to the IMO. She works also as Chief advisor to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency. She covers all shipping related environmental issues and the international and regional organizations wherein these are discussed, in addition to the IMO, EU, HELCOM and the Arctic Council.
Dr Mäkinen has been serving as the Vice-Chair of the IMO PPR subcommittee since 2020 and serves as the Vice-Chair of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) sub-group on Sustainable Alternative Power for Shipping. In HELCOM she co-chairs the HELCOM Green Team meetings.
In her position she has been also member of the Finnish delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) e.g. in Paris in 2015 and the Ocean Conference in New York and Lisbon in 2017 and 2022, respectively.
Before her present position, Dr Mäkinen worked as the Head of Marine Environment Protection Unit of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency and in different positions at the University of Turku. At the University she supervised Finnish and foreign students’ Master and PhD studies.
Dr Anita Mäkinen graduated from the University of Turku. She wrote her doctoral thesis on marine biology at the Åbo Akademi University and holds an Adjunct Professor degree (Docent) at the University of Helsinki in the same discipline.
She has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and articles in journals and newspapers.