- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
Elena Haapaniemi joined SIPRI as Personal Assistant to the Director in February 2018. She worked for over ten years with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a legal advisor and a field delegate. She has worked and lived in Western and Eastern Europe, Southern and Northern Caucasus, Central Asia, former Yugoslavia, Latin America and Africa.
Her most recent post (2013–18) was in the Swedish Central Authority for international legal cooperation in civil, administrative and criminal matters. Between 2011–13 she was a member of the Barents Secretariat to support Swedish Chairmanship in the Barents Regional Council and Committee.
International Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, armed conflicts, protection in armed conflicts, humanitarian operations, security and safety in the field, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, international legal cooperation, European Judicial Network
Colombia, Sudan, former Yugoslavia, CIS countries, Barents region
Degree in International Public Law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations