Public event

What does it take to be an impactful digital transformation leader – in government and beyond?

Join us for a discussion with Siim Sikkut, former government CIO of Estonia, about his new book 'Digital Government Excellence: Lessons from Effective Digital Leaders'.

The book is a compilation of interviews with 20 remarkable digital government leaders from around the world about how to effectively lead the digital transformation of governments. It explores how to begin the task of making all of government “go digital” or go deeper and bolder in this direction. Furthermore, it highlights leadership styles and practices for effective as well as lasting delivery of digital strategies and reforms.

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  • Siim Sikkut led the digital government and digital policy area in the Government of Estonia for 10 years, most recently as the Government CIO from 2017 to 2022. Siim has been recognized as one of the world’s TOP20 most influential people in digital government. Siim currently advises governments and leaders on digital strategy, the leadership and governance for its delivery, digital service reforms, and public sector innovation. He is a Managing Partner at Digital Nation, a digital advisory network helping to build future-ready digital societies globally.


  • Luciana Cingolani is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Hertie School. She has supported, among others, the work of the French Development Agency, the Horizon2020 ‘Digiwhist’ project on public procurement transparency in Europe, the OECD-Sigma initiative, and the United Nations Development Programme. She has also worked in the Argentine public sector, in the area of Participatory Strategic Planning in Buenos Aires City. 


  • Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public and Financial Management and Director of the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School. He also has more than 20 years of experience in communicating research findings to high-level government officials and policymakers such as the EUPAN network, or more recently, the European Commission's Inter-service group on Public Administration.


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