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Our Digital Transformation Advisers, Carmen Raal and Erika Piirmets, specialize in a broad spectrum of topics related to e-Estonia, digitalisation, and more.

When they’re not hosting international public and private sector delegations in Tallinn to provide an inspirational overview of the foundational aspects of Estonia’s digitalisation journey and its remarkable success stories, they travel globally to engage audiences, motivating leaders and experts alike, and share their expertise.

Carmen and Erika deliver keynote speeches and adeptly moderate panels and discussions at both in-person and online events. Their extensive experience includes giving live and pre-recorded interviews for various media outlets and news platforms.

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Featured events

SWITCH Singapore Week of Innovation – panel moderator

Discussed: #start-up environment #public-private partnership #e-Residency #innovation
At SWITCH 2023, Carmen moderated a panel discussion centered on the seamless business environment in Estonia, supported by digitalisation initiatives and dynamic public-private partnerships. The panel highlighted how Estonia's supportive startup ecosystem and e-Residency empower entrepreneurial business activities globally.

Economist Impact, by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – panellist

Discussed: #inclusive digital public infrastructure #transparency by default #interoperability of data
Sideline discussion on stage of the 2023 Annual Meetings of The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Marrakesh, Morocco where people-centricity was the focus because of the increased risk of polarization, seclusion, confrontation in the world. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, but digital public infrastructure was agreed among the panellists as common good, enabler for the economic growth and opening new possibilities instead of creating bigger divide by introducing more digital tools. Building trustworthy ecosystems based on transparency help fighting shadow economy and creates and open culture of collaboration.

The GoTech World 2022 – keynote speaker

Discussed #smart-city #human-centric cities #cybersecurity #public-private partnership
At GoTech World 2022 event, organised in Romania, Carmen inspired her audience of experts with a keynote speech outlining Estonia's strategy for creating technologically driven cities with a human-centric focus. Simultaneously addressing cyber-security requirements for resilient cities.

Data Management Summit AAPP Bilbao – keynote speaker & panellist

Discussed #citizen-centric public services how to avoid #data-siloes #interoperability of data #bigdata in government digital services
Public administration and citizen-centric e-services event in Bilbao, Spain 2023 focused on interconnected government databases to lay foundation for proactive services. Erika highlighted data quality as a core condition for real time automated service provision, and the importance of permissive legal space allows to implement emerging technologies like #AI, as an example of Estonia’s data driven decision-making processes.

Blockchain in Financial Services 2023 – keynote speaker

Discussed KSI #blockchain in Estonia’s GOV data interoperability via #X-Road #e-identity as eligibility verifier in #trusted services
Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum in Zurich, Switzerland focused on displaying the Government issued Estonian electronic identity as the secure authentication and legal access point to digital services. However, #blockchain was the buzzword in Zurich that day. As Estonia pioneers KSI blockchain technology applications in government, Erika discussed how mathematical verification of data usage by the KSI blockchain provides objective truth instead of blind trust.

Enter Society 5.0: Sustainable, inclusive, digital – panellist

Discussed #human-centric design #Society 5.0 #sustainability
At the online GovInsider Live ASEAN panel, Carmen joined other digital transformation experts to delve into the ways their respective countries - Estonia, Japan and Singapore - are exemplifying a inclusive and sustainable digital society.

Topics of Focus

Digital Transformation, e-Governance, Electronic Identity, Interoperability,
Cyber Security, i-Voting, AI, e-Health and Digital Well-Being, e-Education, Inclusion,
Smart City and Mobility, e-Business and Start-Up Ecosystem, Forward-thinking Leadership.
Their expertise extends beyond these key areas, encompassing a wide range of digital advancements and innovations. These main topics represent our focal points in navigating the landscape of digital transformation.



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Carmen Raal - Digital Transformation Adviser at e-Estonia

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Erika Piirmets - Digital Transformation Adviser at e-Estonia

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Articles written by Carmen and Erika

Speakers’ Corner is an article series where Carmen and Erika write about the digital society and discuss their personal experiences related to using public e-services.

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We host impactful events both in our centre and online for government institutions, companies, and media. You’ll get an overview of e-Estonia’s best practices and build links to leading IT-service providers and state experts to support your digitalisation plans.

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The Briefing Centre is conveniently located just 2 minutes drive from the airport and 10 to 15 minutes drive from the city centre.

You will find us on a ground floor of Valukoja 8, central entrance behind the statue of Mr Ernst Julius Öpik. Photo of the central entrance.

Valukoja 8
11415 Tallinn, Estonia