Siim Alatalu joined the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in January 2015. As Head of International Relations, his primary role was to lead the development of the Centre’s relations with its growing network of partners from government, military, academia and industry. In 2018 he joined the Centre’s Strategy Branch, being in charge of cyber strategy and policy research and training related to NATO and the European Union, as well as providing subject matter expertise to the Centre’s other flagship projects.
His prior professional career includes several advisory and managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence since 2001 (most recently being the Deputy Director for policy planning; and Deputy Director of NATO and European Union Department before that). Between 2008-2011 he served as a diplomat at the Estonian Delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.
During the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017, he also co-led the development of EU’s cyber policy and strategy, being the Vice Chair of the Council’s Horizontal Working Party for Cyber Issues.
Siim Alatalu is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (Master of Arts in International Relations in 2006, as a Fulbright fellow), as well as of the Baltic Defence College (Higher Command Studies Course 2011) and the University of Tartu (B.A. in history in 2001). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Tallinn University of Technology.