The next state of digital public services: Experiences from Estonia

What lessons can Germany draw from Estonia’s successful digital transformation?

Estonia has embarked on a series of reforms turning it into one of the most advanced digital societies in the world. From e-taxes to i-voting, Estonia has successfully implemented digital solutions into their public administration. Governments around the world are looking to follow in Estonia's footsteps of digitalising to increase efficiency of public services. Recently, Estonia also released its vision of how public services should digitally work in the age of artificial intelligence.

Join us as we welcome Siim Sikkut, the Republic of Estonia's Chief Information Officer to discuss what lessons Germany and other countries can draw from Estonia's digital transformation and potential collaboration on a digital future of government.

This event is part of the "Future of Government" event series, which addresses key transformative trends challenging governments around the globe and explores how governments can respond to these challenges to ensure state capacity and legitimacy in ever more turbulent political environments. It is led by Thurid Hustedt, Gerhard Hammerschmid and the Hertie School's Centre for Digital Governance.

Keynote speech

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications since March 2017. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives and regulation in areas of digital government and cybersecurity in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme. He was nominated as one of world’s TOP20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical in 2018 and 2019. Siim is also the chair of OECD Working Party of Senior Digital Government Officials.


Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public and Financial Management and Director of the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School. His research focuses on public management reform, comparative public administration, public sector performance management and personnel management. He is a partner of the EU-funded research project TROPICO on public sector innovation and digital government transformation.

Hosted by the Centre for Digital Governance in cooperation with the TROPICO project