Dr. Nele Leosk

Dr. Nele Leosk

Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

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

Over the past twenty years, Nele has lead digital transformations in more than forty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle-East. Apart from government work, she has experienced the life of private sector, international and inter-governmental organisations such as the UNDP, OECD, UNU-eGOV 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, Member of the Support Group for Open Government Partnership Initiative. She is active in several networks on women in tech, and mentors young female technology leaders in both private and public sector. 

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 continues lecturing on legal aspects of information society, technology policy and technology foreign policy.