Marina Kaljurand served as Estonian Foreign Minister from July 2015 to October 2016.
She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and had since held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She has also been appointed as Ambassador of Estonia to several countries, including the State of Israel, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada, and the United States of America. She has played an important role as expert and negotiator in the process of Russian troop withdrawal and in negotiations on land and maritime boundaries agreements between Estonia and the Russian Federation, as well as in the accession negotiations of Estonia to the European Union and to the OECD.
Marina Kaljurand has been appointed twice to serve as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security, in 2014-2015 and currently.
Marina Kaljurand graduated cum laude from Tartu University (M.A. in Law), she also has a professional diploma from the Estonian School of Diplomacy and a M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, she has undergone professional training at the Universities of Lapland, Pittsburgh and Durham and at the Civil Service College in London.
She is a founding member of the Estonian branch of the International Law Association and of WIIS-EST (Estonian branch of Women in International Security). Marina Kaljurand has represented Estonia in the Nordic-Baltic Task Force on Fight against Trafficking in Women and at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women reporting. She has spoken at several high-level events on Women and use of ICTs.
She has been awarded the Order of White Star, III class, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms, III class, by the President of Estonia.