Hannes Astok is an enthusiastic speaker on the information society, in particular promoting the role of local governments, the challenges of online and mobile governance and new technologies in government.
Hannes is a senior expert with and the Director for Development and Strategy of the Estonian e-Governance Academy, providing training and consultancy to central and local governments in Central Asia, the Caucasus, South-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and other transition areas.
Hannes is a former MP and the former Deputy Mayor of Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu. As an MP he dealt mainly with the development of the information society and issues related to the regulation of intellectual property and electronic communication. He graduated from the University of Tartu as a journalist. He launched his political career in Tartu, working for a decade for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor. Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing citizens and businesses with a wide variety of Internet- and mobile phone-based services.
Hannes speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish.
Government decision makers and strategists from countries implementing national e-Governance strategies,
Donor organisations supporting development of open, transparent and efficient governance practices via IT solutions
Companies developing e-Governance applications and assisting governments with their implementation
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