Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar

Visiting Fellow

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar is Ambassador-at Large for Cyber Diplomacy at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She started her work in Tallinn in September 2018 as Estonia’s first Cyber Ambassador. Before returning to Tallinn, Ambassador Tiirmaa-Klaar was Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service (EEAS). One of the major priorities of Ambassador Tiirmaa-Klaar’s work at the EEAS was to kick-start extensive E.U. capacity building programmes in third countries, with a focus on the fight against cybercrime and emerging cyber threats. She was also in the lead for developing the Framework of Joint E.U. Diplomatic Response to Malicious Cyber Activities. Shortly before joining the EEAS, she worked as a Cyber Security Policy Adviser to NATO where she drafted and negotiated the first comprehensive NATO Cyber Defence Policy in 2011. Ambassador Tiirmaa-Klaar holds a Master’s degree in international relations and political science. She was a Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University in 1998-1999.

Expertise: Conflict; Defense; Diplomacy; Europe; Global Governance; International Law; International Relations; Russia

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