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Andrus Kaarelson

Director of State Information Systems, Information System Authority
Republic of Estonia

Andrus Kaarelson is Director of Information System of the Information System Authority, where he is responsible for strategy and development of public e-services’ ecosystems and e-government platforms. Mr. Kaarelson has over 20 years of experience in services development and Info Communication Technology based services delivery. Previously, Mr Kaarelson has worked as Chief Technology Officer and Board Member of mobile operator Elisa Estonia, where he managed and coordinated the work of technology strategy, investment planning, services development and networks operations. In addition, he was leading the public - private partnership in Estonia as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Estonian Broadband Development Foundation, which targets the rollout of country wide next-generation fiber optic based broadband network by 2018. The Information System Authority is responsible for coordinating national cyber security, developing public IT solutions, including Estonia's e-government infrastructure and administering IT-related public funds.

  • Lessons from the Estonian e-governance model; the ultimate benchmark for how citizens should engage with the government
  • Making 99% of government services available online to Estonian citizens, as well as enabling individuals from other countries to become ‘e-residents’ with a digital ID card
  • Designing solutions from scratch based on the principles of decentralisation, interconnectivity and integrity
  • Working with other countries to replicate this model all over the world