Merle Maigre is a non-resident fellow at Hudson Institute, and executive vice president for government relations at CybExer Technologies, an Estonian firm that specializes in providing governments, international organizations, and companies with cyber security training and simulations.
From 2017 to 2018, Ms. Maigre served as the director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn. The Center is a multinational hub of cyber defense expertise, engaging in research, training and exercises with a focus on technology, strategy, operations and law.
From 2012 to 2017, Ms. Maigre was Security Policy Adviser to Estonian Presidents Kersti Kaljulaid and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, acting as the President’s chief advisor on domestic and international security issues, including cyber defense developments and challenges. From 2010 to 2012,she served at NATO HQ in the Policy Planning Unit of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. She has also worked as a researcher at the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn, and as Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv and at the NATO Department in Estonia’s Ministry of Defense, in support of the country’s NATO accession.
Ms. Maigre holds a BA in international relations from Middlebury College, and an MA degree in war studies from King’s College London. She has also studied at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center and at Sciences Po Paris.