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Nele Leosk (she/her)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador at Large for Digital Affairs, Department of Digital and Cyber Diplomacy, Estonia

Nele Leosk, PhD, serves as the Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, being responsible for the development and coordination of Estonia’s digital diplomacy.

Over the past twenty years, she has advised political and public sector leaders in digital governance and digital economy in more than forty countries in Central and Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. Apart from government work, she has experienced the life of private sector, international and inter-governmental organisations such as the UNDP, OECD as well as academia.

As a promoter of an open and inclusive digital society, Nele is the member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology Policy, GovStack lead for Estonia, Chair of the Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy Network, and member of several networks on women in tech.

Nele holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), Italy. She is a former Fulbright-Schuman grantee at the National Centre for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Governance Lab at New York University, USA. She lectures on legal aspects of information society and technology (foreign) policy.

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Inspiring & Interacting

Beeck Center Takeover: Open Source Government Services: The Promise and The Realities

Open source software is in our computers and our phones, in our cars and our airplanes — and, of course, in many government systems. But government systems using open source software and being open source software are two different things. Decades into the life of the open source software world, governments large and small still spend enormous sums of money on systems that are closed and proprietary. With all of the potential benefits of open source government services, why is it still this way? See more.
Inspiring & Interacting

Reframing choices for widespread public adoption

Rapid technological developments have profund impacts on our societies. On the one hand, digital technologies can improve governance, strengthen economy as well as democracy. Estonia is a living reminder of the enourmous positive transformative power of technologies. See more.
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