NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) is an international knowledge hub specialising in research, training and exercises in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. As the director of CCD COE Sven Sakkov leads an international staff from 20 countries and various specialities.
Between 2008 and 2015 Sakkov served as an undersecretary for defence policy (policy director) of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia. During his tenure as a policy director Sven Sakkov was responsible for policy planning, threat assessments, NATO and EU policy, international cooperation and arms control. He was an Estonian representative to the NATO’s Senior Officials’ Group. Previously he had served at Estonian Embassy in Washington and Estonian Mission to NATO, as national security and defence advisor to the President of Estonia and as the director of Policy Planning of MOD.

Sakkov has studied at the University of Cambridge (M.Phil. in international relations), University of Tartu (B.A. cum laude in history) and Royal College of Defence Studies (course of 2011-12).

Sven Sakkov has been decorated with the Order of the White Star IV class, with the Ministry of Defence Cross of Merit Second class, with the Gold Medal of the Polish Army and with the Medal of Honorary Recognition of the Latvian Minister of Defence.

He is a member of the supervisory board of the magazine „Diplomaatia“.