Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Japan


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Japan Väino Reinart

Väino Reinart is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Japan since 2018.












Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth 28 December 1962, Kuressaare

  • 1981 Kuressaare Secondary School No. 1, specialised in Mathematics and Physics
  • 1986 Tallinn Polytechnical Institute, Radio Technology
  • 1988–1990 Estonian Academy of Sciences, Department for Preparation of Scientific Staff
  • 1992–1993 Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Security Policy and Arms Control
Employment record:
  • 1984–1990 Estonian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics, Engineer and Junior Research Fellow
  • 1990–1992 Ministry of Culture, Undersecretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992:
  • 1992 Secretary General
  • 1993–1994 Head of the Office of International Organisations and Security Policy of the Political Department, Adviser
  • 1994 Head of the Estonian delegation in negotiations with the Russian Federation about the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Estonia
  • 1995 Director of the Political Department
  • 1995–1999 Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna
  • 1999–2001 Director General of the Political Department
  • 2001–2002 Undersecretary
  • 2002–2007 Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels
  • 2007–2011 Ambassador to the United States of America, the United Mexican States and Canada, based in Washington
  • 2011–2019 Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Special Representative of the Estonian Government in the International Afghanistan and Pakistan Contact Group, based in Tallinn/Tokyo
  • 2011–2018 Undersecretary for External Economic Policy and Development Cooperation Affairs
  • 08.–12.2012 Undersecretary acting as the Undersecretary for Political Affairs
  • 08.–12.2015 Undersecretary acting as the Secretary General
  • 2016–2018 Ambassador to the Holy See, based in Tallinn
  • 07.–12.2017 President of the Trade Policy Committee of the Council of the European Union
  • 11.2018–       Ambassador to Japan, based in Tokyo; side accreditations to the Republic of the Philippines
  • Commander of the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France
  • Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
  • 4th Class of the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia
Foreign languages:

English, Russian; basic Finnish, German and French