Book Club: Digital Government Excellence by Siim Sikkut

29-09-2022 12.00 - 13.00

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Our Fall guest will be none other than former Estonian CIO, and author of Digital Government Excellence, Siim Sikkut. We’re going to spend 60 minutes diving into his book, talking all about digital leadership, and pulling out practical tips on how to lead digital reforms and delivery teams.

About the book

Digital Government Excellence provides delivers a fascinating treatment of digital leadership as governments around the world start or restart the digital transformation of their work and service delivery.

It is a playbook on how to achieve digital excellence via interviews with 20 remarkable digital government leaders from around the world (both past and present ones). Each one offers insights on strategies for how to incorporate the best of digital into public services and practical tips on how to lead digital reforms and delivery teams.

The book also:

  • Explores how to begin the task of making all of government to “go digital” or go deeper and bolder in this direction, including the first steps and beyond;
  • Highlights leadership styles and practices for effective and lasting delivery of digital strategies and reforms;
  • Provides food for thought about what does it take to be an impactful digital transformation leader – in government and beyond.


  • The book is ideal for Chief Digital/Information/Technology Officers or digital agency leaders in public service. Digital Government Excellence is also a valuable resource for any practitioner, policymaker or political leader in governments at any level, as well as any student or advisor of governments looking into how to deliver digital transformation in the public sector.

    Meet the author

    Siim SikkutSiim Sikkut led the digital government and digital policy area in the Government of Estonia for 10 years, most recently as the Government CIO from 2017 to 2022. His job was to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives and regulation in areas of digital government, cybersecurity, and connectivity in the country.

    As a serial intrapreneur in the public sector, he was also one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency program. Siim has been recognized as one of the world’s TOP20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical.

    Siim currently advises governments and digital leaders on digital strategy, the leadership and governance for its delivery, large-scale digital service reforms, and public sector innovation.

    He is the author of the book Digital Government Excellence: Lessons from Effective Digital Leaders, forthcoming globally by summer 2022.