Heiko Vainsalu

Programme Director of Technology, eGA

Heiko Vainsalu is Programme Manager of Technology at e-Governance Academy. He has worked in the Estonian public sector for 14 years by contributing to the digital revolution of organisations and the development of e-services. In 2013-2017, Heiko led the strategic management of the national data exchange layer in the Estonian State Information System Authority, being responsible for the implementation of X-Road principles and the international development of X-Road. Previously he worked at the Estonian Health Insurance Fund as an integration expert and service architect. Heiko has contributed to the emergence of digital prescriptions and electronic certificates of incapacity to work, and has implemented other e-services for citizens. The biggest and most unique achievement of the cross-border co-operation under his leadership so far is the unification of the Estonian and Finnish national data exchange layers, and the creation of an ecosystem of cross-border services. Heiko has extensive experience in managing international e-government development projects in Canada, Colombia, the Cayman Islands, and Germany, where he has helped to identify as well as overcome bottlenecks in building broad-based interoperability. Heiko graduated from the Tallinn University of Technology with a master’s degree in engineering. Heiko speaks Estonian and English.