Meelis Kitsing

Meelis Kitsing

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Meelis Kitsing

Associate Professor in International Economics at the Estonian Business School and Adviser at Strategy Unit of the Estonian Government Office

Political Economy of Economic Reforms

The objectives of the course are to provide a critical and informed understanding of the political economy of economic reforms with particular emphasis on successful post-socialist transitions such as Estonia….

Professional experience:

2015-Present: Adviser, Strategy Unit, Government Office of Estonia (Tallinn, Estonia ).
2013-Present: Director, Centre for Free Economic Thought at Estonian Business School (Tallinn, Estonia).
2011-2015: Head of Economic Analysis, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Tallinn, Estonia)
2012-2016: Chairman of Supervisory Board, AS Teede Tehnokeskus (Road Technical Center Ltd), Tallinn, Estonia.
1999-2010: Independent Consultant.

Executed and participated in a number of consulting projects in Asia, Europe and the United
States. Some examples include:
• Led the team of five consultants who implemented e-commerce venture in
cooperation with the largest IT group in the Baltics.
• Evaluated the activities of Global Internet Policy Initiative in four Central Asian
countries for the Open Society Institute.
• Evaluated 10 e-government websites for the UN e-government survey.
• Conducted research for a major US telecom company concerning the new EU
telecom package.

1998-1999: Consultant, Mercuri International (Tallinn, Estonia).
1996-1998: Account Executive, DDB Needham (Tallinn, Estonia).
1995-1996: Business News Reporter, Baltic News Service (BNS), Tallinn, Estonia.


2004-2015: PhD in Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA, USA).
2002-2004: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, MA, USA).
2000-2001: Master of Science in Politics of the World Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science (London, England).
1991-1998: Baccalaureus artium in History (equivalent to master’s degree), Tartu University (Tartu, Estonia).

Teaching experience:

2013-Present: Associate Professor (from 2016 onwards) and Lecturer (2013-2016), Estonian Business School, Department of Economics and Finance (Tallinn, Estonia).
2008-2013, 1998-2002: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Economic Theory, Estonian Business School (Tallinn, Estonia).
2001-Present: Bachelor of Science Theses Supervisor and Grader, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Riga, Latvia).
2003-2010: Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts (Amherst and Lowell, MA, USA).
2009: Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science Department, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT, USA).
2004- 2008: Adjunct Instructor, Department of Economics and Management, Emmanuel College (Boston, MA, USA).
2006: Visiting Assistant Professor, Government and International Relations Department, Clark University (Worcester, MA, USA).
2006: Lecturer, Political Science Department, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA, USA).

Committees and Affiliations:

2016 – Present: President, Estonian Economic Association
2014 – Present: Member, Estonian Gene Technology Committee
2014- Present: Member of Senate, Estonian Business School
2008- 2010: American Political Science Association, Information Technology and Politics Section, Executive Committee Member
2007 – 2008: Transatlantic “Democracy Deficit” Working Group, Member (funded by US National Science Foundation).
2007: International Journal of Public Policy, Referee on the Special Issue on Regulatory Reform.
2006 – Present: Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Editorial Board Member and Referee.
2005-2008: Tufts Alumni Admissions Program, Interviewer.
2005 – 2007: International Symposium on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics (SOIC 2005), Program Committee Member, Orlando, Florida, USA.
2004- 2007: Copenhagen Institute (formerly MarkedsCentret), Honorary Fellow.
2004 – 2007: Politics and Information Systems (PISTA), Conference Reviewer, Orlando, Florida, USA.
2003: Faculty Search Committee for Technology Policy Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Student Representative, Medford, MA, USA.
1999- Present: 21st Century Trust, Fellow, London, United Kingdom.

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