Merle Maigre is Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence since September 2017. Prior to this post, Maigre worked as Security Policy Adviser to the President of Estonia 2012-2017. In this capacity she was the President’s chief advisor on domestic and international security issues, including also the developments and challenges of cyber defence. 2010-2012 she served as the Policy Adviser in the Policy Planning Unit in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Brussels. Maigre has also worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), where she focused primarily on Ukraine policy and development, including the security situation in Crimea. She has also served as the Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv and at the NATO Department in Estonia’s Ministry of Defence to support the country’s NATO accession.