Curriculum Vitae


Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University (USA), 1995

M.A. international law and diplomacy (Fullbright scholarship)

Estonian School of Diplomacy (professional diploma, international relations), 1992

Tartu University (M.A. in law, cum laude), 1986

Tallinn English College (former Tallinn 7. School), 1981

Professional training:                   

University of Durham (Delimitation of Land and Maritime Boundaries) UK, 2000

Civil Service College (Government, Law and the EU) UK, 1995

University of Pittsburgh (Training Program in Foreign Affairs) UK, 1991

University of Lapland (Research Grant: International Treaties Law) Finland, 1991


Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, since 07.2018

Chair of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), since 2017

Estonian Cyber Security Expert at the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security, 2016-2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2015-2016

Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2014-2015

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States, 2011-2014

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Mexican States (Mexico) (non-resident), 2011-2014

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada (non-resident), 2011-2013

Undersecretary for Foreign Economic Relations and Development Aid at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2008-2011

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan (non-resident), 2007-2011

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russian Federation, 2007-2008

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Israel (non-resident), 2004-2006

Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs, Legal Adviser at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2002-2005

Director General of Legal Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1999-2001

Counselor at the Republic of Estonia Embassy in Helsinki, Head of Consular Department, 1996-1999

Director of International Treaties Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1991-1996

III secretary of Press and Information Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1991

Tallinn Economic Technical School, lecturer at the law department, 1986-1991

Professional activities

Chief Negotiator on Accession of Estonia to the OECD, 2008-2011

Member of the Governmental Delegation in accession negotiations to the European Union, Head of the Legal Working Group of the Accession Treaty, 2002-2004

Member of the Governmental Delegation- negotiations on Land and Maritime Boundaries Agreements between Estonia and Russian Federation, 1995-2005

Legal expert of the Governmental Delegation- Agreement on Troops Withdrawal between Estonia and Russian Federation, 1992-1994

Political views

Member of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, since 2018

Academic activity, philanthropy

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies, fellow, USA, since 2017

Member of the Advisory Council of Global and International Studies at University of Salamanca, Spain, since 2017

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Cyber Security Research Center, member, Israel, since 2017

CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies High-Level Advisory Council to the Lillan and Robert D. Stuart Jr Center in Euro-Atlantic and Northern European Studies, member, USA, since 2017

Member of the European Cybersecurity Forum CYBERSEC Programme Committee, Poland, since 2017

Member of The Madeleine Albright Aspen Ministers Forum, USA, since 2016

Spokesperson for children’s charity Päikeselaager, since 2016

Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, member of European Advisory Group, USA, since 2015

Member of the Board of Trustees of Tallinn University, since 2010

Founding member of WIIS-EST- Estonian Branch of Women in International Security, 2000

Founding member of the Estonian Branch of the International Law Association, 1996

Lecturer of international law and diplomacy at Estonian School of Diplomacy, since 1995


Decorated by the President of Estonia:

Order of the National Coat of Armas, III class, 2008

Order of White Star, III class, 2004


Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland, 2016

Estonian Association of Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year, 2015

Eesti Naiste Koostööketi Teenäitaja, 2007

“Postimees” Person of the Year, 2007


Member of Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals, since 2018

Active member of Naiskodukaitse (Women`s voluntary defense organization), since 2017

Most notable publications

Global cooperation of ‘utmost importance’ for a  stable cyberspace (The Washington Times, 28.01.2018)

Neighbors and Principles: Estonia and Russia (The Moscow Times, 20.10.2017)

E-lifestyle and Cyber Security: some views from Estonia (Emerging Europe, 18.08.2017)

Smart countries take advantage of the cyber revolution (Estonian World, 01.06.2017)

Estonia needs NATO’s help against Russia (The Washington Post, 07.07.2016)

Countermeasures of US against Russia cyber attacks are notable (The Baltic Times, 31.12.2016)



Fluent – Estonian, English and Russian (mother tongue)


married to Kalle Kaljurand, two children: daughter Kaisa (1987) and son Kristjan (1992)


Nordic walk, reading, dogs, badminton

Fun facts: 
Multiple Estonian national Champion in badminton (1980-1991)
Owner of a Scottish Terrier Marland Lady Lennox (Lennu, 2015) and a mixed breed Rocky (2008)

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