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Hannes Astok 

Director for Development and Strategy

Member of the Management Board 

Programme Director of  Smart Cities and Regions


Hannes Astok is a enthusiastic speaker for the information society, especially promoting the role of local governments and challenges of the mobile governance and new technologies in government.

Hannes is a senior expert and Deputy Director for Strategy and Development in Estonian e-Governance Academy, providing training and consultancy for governments in Central Asia, Caucasus, South-East Europe, Middle East, Africa and other transition regions. During the last years, he has been working closely with governments of Ukraine, Namibia, Moldova, Palestine, Georgia, Mauritius, among others.

Hannes is a former Member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) 2007-2011 and Deputy Mayor of Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu 1997-2005. 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 issues.

2012-13 Hannes was Adviser to the President of Estonia about the Information Society development.

He started his political career in Tartu, working for the decade for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor.  Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing for citizens and businesses wide variety of Internet and mobile phone based services.

Hannes holds the degree from Tartu University in journalism and public relations.

Hannes speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish.