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Sven Sakkov to head the International Centre for Defence and Security starting in September
By way of a competition, the Supervisory Board of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) selected Sven Sakkov, who is currently serving as Director of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, as the Centre’s new Director.
The Centre for Defence and Security has developed into the region’s leading think-tank on foreign, security and defence policy related questions, is responsible for organising the Lennart Meri and ABCD conferences, offering National Defence Courses, publishing the magazine Diplomaatia, and preparing various surveys.
According to Jonatan Vseviov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICDS, Sakkov must continue to develop what has already been achieved.
‘The Centre for Defence and Security is strong and enjoys a good reputation, and work in that direction must continue in earnest. Sven Sakkov possesses a great deal of experience and strong prerequisites from his previous career for strengthening the Centre’s international breadth’, said Vseviov.
Sakkov has worked as the Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Policy and the Director of the Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Defence, defence counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Estonia’s permanent representation to NATO, and the Office of the President of the Republic.
The International Centre for Defence and Security aims to advance the transatlantic community’s strategic thinking on the security challenges facing the Baltic-Nordic region, comprising military as well as cyber-energy security and also questions related to the coherence of society and its ability to cope.
Sakkov will assume the position of Director of the International Centre for Defence and Security in September.
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