Siim Sikkut

Speaker, Siim Sikkut
Government Chief Information Officer, Estonia
  • The small Baltic nation is one of the original Digital 5 (now D7), comprised of world leaders in digital transformation (2014).
  • Siim was one of the founders of the government’s pioneering e-Residency program, which is driving an independent business revolution.

In Estonia, no one signs anything on paper anymore. Digital signatures are used in all B2B and B2C transactions, saving 2% of GDP each year. 

The digital governmentalist

Emerging from the communist collapse and regaining independence in 1991, Estonia has since rebuilt itself entirely as a full-on digital society. It has become one of the most economically successful Eastern European members of the E.U., and the Government Chief Information Officers have had no small hand in that. The result is that an impressive 99% of state services are online. Police have access, for example, to real-time data, which resulted in a 50% increase in the recovery of stolen cars. Estonians have also practiced online voting since 2005. Siim is the most recent GCIO, having served in the role since March 2017. His job is to set strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for the development of digital government and society in Estonia. Before joining the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Siim was a digital policy advisor to Estonia’s prime ministers. A key strategist in the government’s efforts to digitally empower their 1.3 million citizens, Siim is deeply involved in future-focused thinking and innovation in the public sector. During his mandate, he’s working to kick-start various new bold ventures, such as introducing autonomous vehicles into public transportation and social welfare services so self-driving cars can assist Estonia’s elderly.
“Ultimately, a transformation is only successful as much as the process is transformed, not the technology introduced.”
Siim to CIO.com 
  • The small Baltic nation is one of the original Digital 5 (now D7), comprised of world leaders in digital transformation (2014).
  • Siim was one of the founders of the government’s pioneering e-Residency program, which is driving an independent business revolution.

In Estonia, no one signs anything on paper anymore. Digital signatures are used in all B2B and B2C transactions, saving 2% of GDP each year.