As the region recovers from the pandemic there is an opportunity to rethink how development is undertaken and to deploy mission-oriented approaches to policy making.
Rainer Kattel has studied at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and the University of Marburg, Germany, in philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration. He led Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance for 10 years, building it into one of the leading innovation and governance schools in the region. Prof Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission, and served as a member of E-Estonia Council advising the Prime Minister of Estonia. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council. He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His research shows that successful governments—entrepreneurial states — manage to deliver a delicate balancing act: they are able to create space for agility (taking risks and experimenting, responding to new challenges) and providing stability (minimizing long-term risks and uncertainty).