Mr Kai Sauer is the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland since June 2019. Before that, he served as the Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, in New York (2014-2019). Mr Sauer has worked for the Finnish Foreign Ministry for nearly 25 years and served in Croatia, Kosovo, Austria, Indonesia and the US. He has held several senior UN positions.

Mr Sauer was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1967. He graduated from Tampere University in 1995 with a Master’s in International Relations. He has also studied in Hamburg and Berlin. In 2007, the Finnish President awarded Mr Sauer the honorary title of First Class Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland. Mr Sauer’s military rank is corporal. He holds a Honorary Doctorate of Northland College, Wisconsin, USA.