Director General, Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service
Mikk Marran has been Director General of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service since January 2016.
From 2011 to 2015, Mr Marran served as the Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence. Prior to that Mikk Marran was the Undersecretary for Defence Investments of the Ministry of Defence (2010–2011). In 2006–2009 he worked in Brussels as the Defence Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO. His previous positions in the MoD include Director of NATO and the ESDP Department (2005–2006) and Director of the International Co-operation Department (2003– 2005), with the beginning of his career in the Ministry of Defence dating back to 1999.
Mikk Marran holds a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defence University in Washington D.C., where he studied in 2009–2010. He also graduated from the University of Tallinn with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Mr Marran studied diplomacy, international and EU affairs at the Pázmány Péter University in Budapest, Hungary and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Mr Marran was awarded the Third Class of the Order of the White Star by the President of the Republic of Estonia, the First Class of the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence and received the Cross of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces twice.
Democracy is the fundamental characteristic of Western nations, as well as a soft-power asset. As such, free and fair elections are a core part of the practice of democracy. However, recent cases have shown democratic nations to be vulnerable to hostile objectives. The principles of journalistic freedom and free speech can be exploited to undermine the very values […]