Martin Hurt, a former Estonian Ministry of Defence official, joined ICDS in September 2019.
His areas of research include developments in NATO and the EU, as well as national security and defence related topics in the Nordic-Baltic region.
He has worked as Defence Counsellor to the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to NATO (2016-2019), at ICDS as a Research Fellow and Deputy Director (2010-2016) and at the Estonian Ministry of Defence on various positions: as Undersecretary for Defence Investments/National Armaments Director (2005-2010), as Undersecretary for Defence Planning (2004-2005) and (Deputy) Director of the Defence Policy and Planning Department (2002-2004). From 1998 to 2000 he served as an adviser of the Swedish Armed Forces to the Republic of Estonia; first in the Ministry of Defence, Defence Policy and Planning Department, and later in the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, J5/8. From 1995 to 1998 he worked in the Headquarters of the Swedish Armed Forces Land Forces directorate as a desk officer with budgeting and financial reporting.
Martin Hurt holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the Estonian Business School and a BBA from Stockholm University.