Paavo Nõgene serves as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture since 1 January 2013.
Before being appointed as the Secretary Generalof the Ministry of Culture, Paavo Nõgene worked as the General Manager of Theatre Vanemuine.
Paavo Nõgene started his career in Vanemuine as a lighting engineer in 1995, served as the head of the Lighting Department from 1998 to 2004, then as Acting General Manager and Executive Producer from 2004 to 2006, and as General Manager of Theatre Vanemuine from 2007 to the end of 2012.
Paavo Nõgene has graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Journalism and Communication.
Membership of supervisory boards:
2017-... Estonian Public Broadcasting
2016–… Member of the Supervisory Board, Art Museum of Estonia
2013–... Chairman of the Supervisory Board, State Concert Institute Eesti Kontsert
2013–... Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Estonian Film Institute
2013–... Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Estonian Drama Theatre Fnd.
2013–... Member of the Supervisory Board, Estonian National Opera
2013–... Member of the Supervisory Board, Council of the Gambling Tax
2012–... Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Vanemuine Theatre Fnd
2010–2014 SA Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
2012 Member of the Supervisory Board, Estonian Public Broadcasting
2009–2010 Member of the Supervisory Board, Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
2007–2012 Member of the Supervisory Board, Tartu Cultural Endowment
About the position of Secretary General
A Secretary General is appointed to and released from office by the Government of the Republic on the proposal of the minister after hearing the opinion of the Civil Service Committee for Selection of Top Managers.
The Secretary General directs the work of the structural units of the ministry and manages the operations of the ministry. The Secretary General is also responsible for coordinating the activities of state authorities within the government area of the ministry.
The Communication Department, the Legal Affairs and Property Management Department, the General Department, the IT Department, the Financial Department and the Foreign Relations Department report directly to the Director General. The operations of the Arts Department, the Sports Department, the Cultural Heritage Department and the Cultural Diversity Department are managed by the Secretary General through undersecretaries..
The Secretary General appoints to and releases from office officials who are on the staff of the ministry or enters into and terminates employment contracts with employees, except for those who are appointed to and released from office by the minister.
The Secretary General coordinates participation in the decision-making processes of the European Union with regard to issues within the government area of the ministry
The Secretary General represents the ministry within the relevant limits of competence and the authorisation granted by the minister.