Annela Kiirats has been the Programme Director of e-Governance Training at the e-Governance Academy since 2004, sharing her expertise on e-governance and e-democracy with senior specialists, decision-makers and politicians from various countries, as well as with NGOs. She is responsible of assessment of the training needs of different beneficiaries from various countries, based on which develops and conducts tailor-made training programmes. She also organises e-governance seminars in beneficiary countries, being the e-government expert, and leads different international cooperation projects. In 2002-2003, Annela worked for the Estonian Newspaper Association. Annela obtained her Master’s degree from the Department of Informatics at Tallinn University of Technology in 2005. She speaks Estonian, English and some Russian.