Mari Pedak joined the e-Governance Academy in September 2012. As a senior expert she is charged with the tasks of planning and implementing e-government and e-identity programme activities, participating in related international projects and consulting in the fields of e-government and e-identity in many countries and on many international programmes.

Previously, she was a leading civil servant in the Estonian government for 22 years, also working as Director General of the Citizenship and Migration Board for many years. Under her leadership and participation, Estonia’s identity and authentication policies were developed and a digital identity card was introduced in 2002. In 2007, the consolidation of the ICT services of the Ministry of the Interior was carried out and the largest ICT authority in the Estonian public sector – the ICT and Development Centre of the Ministry of the Interior – was created under her leadership.

Mari speaks Estonian, English and Russian.