Jonatan Vseviov

Jonatan Vseviov

Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

Jonatan Vseviov assumed office as the Secretary General of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2021. Before assuming his current duties, Vseviov served as the Estonian Ambassador to the United States since August 2018.

Between 2008 and 2018 Vseviov worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense, rising to the post of Permanent Secretary. Until his appointment as Permanent Secretary in January 2016, Mr Vseviov served as the Undersecretary for Defense Planning, the Acting Undersecretary for Defense Policy, and Director of Policy Planning. During his tenure at the Ministry of Defense, Vseviov had a leading role in shaping Estonia´s defense policy both domestically as well as internationally. He is the author of the Concept for Comprehensive Approach to Defense (2009) and the National Defense Strategy of 2010 – documents that led to significant conceptual change in organizing defense in Estonia. In 2012, he was one of the leading authors of the National Defense Development Plan 2013-2022.  He has been involved with the preparation and implementation of NATO’s present deterrence and defense posture, including the execution of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland.

Jonatan Vseviov has completed military service and is a reserve officer. He is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Tartu and has completed a Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.