Viljar Lubi
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications (MEAC)
Estonia
Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development
After receiving his first degree in economics (honors) from the University of Tartu, Estonia, he acquired his masters degree in political science from the University of Tallinn, Estonia. He has also complemented his academic background at the University of Sussex, UK, and at the Estonian School of Diplomacy. Although V. Lubi started his working life in the private sector (insurance business), he soon entered the Civil Service, at first as an official in the Ministry of Finance. From 1999 onwards he has worked at the Foreign Ministry, initially in the press and information department and later in foreign economic policy department. 2002–2006 he was an economic counsellor at Estonia’s embassy in London. After returning from the United Kingdom he took the job as the director of the general affairs division in the EU department. His responsibilities there included EU's institutional settlement, EU enlargement and also some EU’s regional policy aspects like the Northern Dimension and the Baltic Sea Strategy. In August 2009 he took a position of a counsellor (economic) at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, DC. Since his return from the USA in August 2011 he has been seconded to the Ministry of Economic affairs and Communications in Tallinn, Estonia. Being the director of the EU and International Cooperation Department enables him to continue his work in the diplomatic field. In January 2013 he resumed its diplomatic career and worked in New Delhi as the first residing Estonian ambassador to India. His co-accreditations brought him also to Myanmar and Sri Lanka. After 3 years in India he returned to Estonia to be seconded again to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as deputy secretary general for economic development.