Chief Executive / Acting Director
Dmitri Teperik joined the ICDS on 1 August 2015 as a research fellow on strategic communication. Starting from 11 January 2016, he was appointed by the Supervisory Board as Chief Executive of the International Centre for Defence and Security.
From 2007-2015, Dmitri worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defence, where he was in charge of the field of defence-related research, industry and development, serving as Estonian national coordinator at the NATO Science and Technology Organization and promoting Estonia’s role in security-related cooperation projects at the European Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA).
Dmitri led the launch of a security-related development programme aimed at young ethnic Russians in Estonia, called Sinu Riigi Kaitse (Defence of Your Country), the main purpose being to strengthen social cohesiveness by promoting the development of Estonian national identity among young Russian-speakers. Later, he took charge of establishing and conducting research activities, studies and projects at the National Centre for Defence & Security Awareness.
Dmitri holds a MS degree from the University of Tartu, has completed various internships abroad, including Vilnius University and NATO HQ, and has taken part in various professional training courses on security in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the US and Canada as well as NATO and EU.
Currently, Dmitri is leading international research projects and outreach activities on informational and psychological resilience as well as investigates population’s receptiveness towards hostile ideologies, harmful influence and toxic propaganda from the standpoint of comprehensive national defence. Among the key topics, he studies contributing factors to national resilience, situational awareness in informational environment and role of social media as well as interdependencies between communication and behaviour. His main focus areas include the Baltic states, Ukraine and some Eastern European countries.
16 August 2017
Study-visit for Ukrainian experts on national resilience
Twenty security experts from Ukraine participated in an intensive study-visit to Estonia on 10-16 August 2017, which was conducted by the ICDS in the...
28 June 2017
A Visit by Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin
The ICDS was honoured to host a visit by Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs on 28 June 2017.
6 June 2017
ICDS Chief Executive Joined International Team of Experts on Informational Resilience
ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik joined an international team of experts, who will run a project on assessing vulnerability and resilience to...
25 May 2017
Discussion on the Role of Media and Journalists in Strengthening National Resilience
On 25 May, International Centre for Defence and Security and NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence organised jointly an international...
19 May 2017
ICDS Chief Executive Participates in the International StratCom Summit 2017
ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik participated in the international StratCom Summit 2017, which was organised by the European Values Think-Tank in...
26 April 2017
A Visit by Australia's Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP
The ICDS was honoured to host a visit by Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, on 26 April.
12 April 2017
ICDS Conducted a Two-Day Conference in Eastern Ukraine
International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), in cooperation with Anti-Crisis Media Centre (Ukraine), has successfully conducted a two-day...
29 March 2017
ICDS Hosted International Spring School Resilience League 2017
The main topic of the event, held in Tallinn on 27-29 March 2017, was situational awareness in cyber space and informational environment.