Dr. Ralf-Martin Soe is a Founding Director of Smart City Center of Excellence (Finest Twins) and Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department. He is also a Development Manager at the ITL Digital Lab. His previous recent positions include being an ICT Counsellor to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Supervisory Board Member at the Estonian Internet Foundation and Government Fellow at the United Nations University’s e-Governemnt Unit.
During the last years, he has been initiating and managing large-scale Research and Development projects mainly in the field of ICT (e.g. Finest Twins, Hupmobile, TalTechCity, ICT Development Programme, Last Mile Fast Internet, Sohjoa Baltic, Finest Smart Mobilty, Real-time Economy, e-Receipt, Testlab and Cross-Sectoral Product Development). During 2009-2013, he was a Financial and Digitalisation Consultant working with the UK Government, PwC, Praxis and United Nations University. From 2006-2009, he was an Investigative Journalist at the Business Daily Äripäev and was selected as the Best Young Journalist in Estonia by the Estonian Newspaper Association in 2008, after several nominations.
Ralf has two master degrees in Financial Management (MSc, Maastricht University/ United Nations University and MBA, University of Tartu) and has a PhD degree in Technology Governance from Taltech.