Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar is Director of Digital Society Institute at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin since January 2022. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Cyber Alliance. In 2018-2021, she was Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and Director General for the Cyber Diplomacy Department at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2012 up to Fall 2018, she was working as a Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service. In 2011, she was assigned to the NATO International Staff to prepare the NATO Cyber Defence Policy. From 2007-2010, she led the development of the Estonian Cyber Security Strategy, coordinated the implementation thereof, managed the National Cyber Security Council, led the establishment of Estonia’s national cyber resilience structures and build public-private partnerships for cyber security. In her earlier career, she held various managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Tallinn University since 1995. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University and has published in several academic journals throughout her career.

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