Ambassador Matti Maasikas began his career in the Estonian civil service in 1996 as Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Chancellery of the Estonia Parliament. In 1999, he was nominated as Head of Prime Minister Mart Laar’s Private Office. He then entered the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Ambassador to Finland from 2001 to 2005 and later as Secretary General in Tallinn, 2005–2008. In 2009, he moved to Brussels, where he joined the cabinet of Olli Rehn, then European Commissioner for Enlargement and later for Economic and Monetary Affairs. He then served as Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU from 2011 to 2016. From 2016 to 2019, Ambassador Maasikas served in Tallinn as Deputy Minister for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including during the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. He was nominated as Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine in August 2019.