13 September 2006

Biographical Note

Tiina Intelmann of Estonia Chair of Second Committee

NEW YORK, 12 September (UN Headquarters) -- Tiina Intelmann, the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, was elected Chair of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) for the sixty-first session of the General Assembly on 8 June.

Prior to her appointment as Permanent Representative, Ms. Intelmann served at her country's Foreign Ministry as Under-secretary for Political Affairs and Relations with the Press (2002-2005).  From 1999 to 2002, she was Permanent Representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria.  From 1998 to 1999, she worked in Estonia's Foreign Ministry as Director of the Division of North and Central Europe and the countries of Western Balkans at the Political Department.

Ms. Intelmann began her diplomatic career in 1991 as a Desk Officer responsible for relations with countries of Southern Europe and the European Union at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She served as a political officer in Estonian embassies in Paris and Brussels until 1995, and was Counsellor at Estonia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1995 to 1998.

Before joining the foreign service, Ms. Intelmann worked as Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of Estonia's Supreme Council (1990-1992).  She was a teacher and translator upon her graduation from the Department of Roman philology of Leningrad State University (Russian Federation) in 1987, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in Italian language and literature.  She also completed linguistic, diplomatic, economic, management and administrative post-graduate courses in academic institutions in several countries.

Born in 1963 in Estonia, Ms. Intelmann has one son.

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*  This supersedes Press Release BIO/3643 of 30 March 2005.