Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed master’s studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001. From 1999 to 2002, she was Prime Minister Mart Laar’s Economic Advisor. Her duties included organisation of cooperation of the Office of the Prime Minister with Estonian central bank, the Ministry of Finance and ministries that had larger budgets, as well as coordination of relations with the International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Nordic Investment Bank and World Bank). She participated in preparing the pension reform together with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Social Affairs and advised the Prime Minister in annual budget negotiations held with other ministers.
From 2002 to 2004, Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia.
From 2004 to 2016 she was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. From 2004 to 2006 Kersti Kaljulaid organised the financial audit of the research and development funds of the budget of the European Union and from 2007 to 2010 she was responsible for the audit of the Structural Policies. From 2004 to 2007, she was the auditor of the Galileo project of the European Union. From 2010 to 2016 she coordinated the preparation of the Annual Report and State of Assurance of the European Court of Auditors. From 2005 to 2007, she was a member of the Europol Audit Committee and chaired the committee in 2007. From 2006 to 2008, she was the chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee of the Court of Auditors. From 2010 to 2014, she was responsible for the methodology and preparation of the Annual Report of the Court of Auditors. In 2016, she worked in the field of the agriculture audit.
In addition, Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from its foundation until 2002. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu since 2012. Kersti Kaljulaid has been a co-author of the social-political radio talk show Keskpäevatund (Midday Hour) in radio station Kuku from 2002 to 2004 and the editor of the Eurominutid (Euro-minutes) radio show from 2007 to 2016 in the same station.
Career and public service
As of 2016, the President of the Republic of Estonia
2004-2016 Member of the European Court of Auditors
2002-2004 CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of Eesti Energia
1992-2002 Economic Advisor of Prime Minister Mart Laar
1994-1999 worked in various Estonian companies
2016 The Collar of The Order of the National Coat of Arms (Estonia)
2017 Order of the White Rose of Finland, Grand Cross with Collar
The President of Rwanda; Chairman of the Smart Africa Initiative
Paul Kagame is President of the Republic of Rwanda. He is also serving a one-year term as Chairperson of the African Union, and has been leading the institutional reform of the African Union since 2016. Beginning in 1990, as commander of the forces of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, he led the struggle to liberate Rwanda.
Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.
Previously, he worked as Digital Policy Adviser in the Government Office of Estonia – coordinating the digital policy planning and execution across the government. He also served in this role as adviser to three consecutive Prime Ministers on digital matters. Siim’s prior experience includes work in Estonian Development Fund, a public venture capital fund and foresight think-tank, and Estonian Ministry of Finance, in areas of national strategic planning and public financial management.
Siim Sikkut graduated in 2005 from Princeton University, USA with B.A. degree in public and international affairs. He also holds an M.Sc. degree in International Management from the University of London.
Mr. Mägi has served as Director General of Statistics Estonia since April 2017. He earned MBAs from the University of Tartu and University of Banking and Insurance in Warsaw in 2004.
Mr. Mägi worked for over 10 years in the field of insurance and banking as CEO at Swedbank Estonia Asset Based Financing and P&C Insurance and as CEO at CEE unit of Sampo plc. He has over 12 years of experience in leading service organisations in Estonia as CEO at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Advisors Estonia, CEO at Amserv Grupi AS (largest car retailer in the Baltics) and CEO at Südameapteek (a top 3 pharmacy group in the Baltics).
Mr. Mägi is a council member of different organisations and Chairman of Council of the University of Tartu Foundation.
Program Manager of The National Digitalisation Program, Faroe Islands
For the last two decades Nicolai has been working with IT and digitalisation in the Faroe Islands, both in private and public sector. For the first five years as a system developer at a local software house, and for the last 15 years with IT and digitalisation leadership and management in health care and in central public IT organisation.
He is currently leading the National Digitalisation Program. The Program started in early 2015, when the Government of the Faroe Islands decided to make its first National Digitalisation Strategy. The Government is considering Digitalisation as one of the Key Enablers in Modernisation and sustaining the Welfare in the Faroese Society. The Faroe Islands are facing the same Demographic Challenges as many other Western European countries, and on top of that are also challenged by depopulation. The goals for the Digitalisation is to make the Public Sector more efficient, to give the Industry and the Citizens better and more efficient services, to create more Jobs in especially the IT business, and to make it more attractive for people abroad (especially Faroese Students) to move back and settle down in the Faroe Islands.
Professor in eHealth and head of eMedLab in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia
Peeter Ross is a professor in eHealth and head of eMedLab in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia. He also holds radiologists position in East Tallinn Central Hospital and is a consultant in The World Bank. He is a founder of radiology and eHealth consulting company SMIS International. Dr. Ross has previously been a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian E-Health Foundation and Estonian Health Insurance Fund.
Peeter is responsible for research and education of healthcare innovation and use of digital applications in health domain. He has participated actively in design and implementation of Estonian nation-wide Electronic Health Record. He is a consultant in the World Bank of national large scale eHealth projects and has been involved in several EU funded eHealth projects. Peeter is a member of Estonian and European Societies of Radiology.
Dr. Arvo Ott joined the e-Governance Academy on November 1st, 2005. His main responsibilities include the coordination of e-governance studies (eGovernment and eDemocracy aspects), training programmes and general management.
Prior to joining the e-Governance Academy, Arvo Ott served as the Head of Department of State Information Systems (head of e-government office) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for 12.5 years. He was responsible of Estonia Information Society and e-Government strategy planning and implementation. For the last several years Arvo Ott has taken part in many international projects and programs on e-governance (information society policy and e-participation advice, e-government interoperability aspects, etc).
Director for Development and Strategy, e-Governance Academy
Hannes Astok is an enthusiastic speaker for the information society, especially promoting the role of local governments and challenges of mobile governance and new technologies in government.
Hannes is Deputy Director for Strategy and Development at the e-Governance Academy. As a senior expert, he provides training and consultancy for governments in Central Asia, Caucasus, South-East Europe, Middle East, Africa and other transition regions. During the last years, he has been working closely with the governments of Ukraine, Namibia, Moldova, Palestine, Georgia, and Mauritius, among others.
Hannes served as Member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) in 2007-2011, where he mainly dealt with the development of information society and issues related to regulation of intellectual property and electronic communication. Prior to that, in 1997-2005 Hannes worked for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor. Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing its citizens and businesses with a wide variety of Internet and mobile services.
In 2012-13, Hannes was Adviser to the President of Estonia on Information Society development.
He started his political career in Tartu, working for the decade for the City of Tartu as Deputy Mayor. Today Tartu is one of the world’s leading cities in e-governance, providing for citizens and businesses wide variety of Internet and mobile phone based services.
Hannes holds a journalism and public relations degree from Tartu University.
Hannes speaks Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish.
Co-Founder of e-Governance Academy, Programme Director of Government Digital Transformation, Estonia
When traversing the European tech scene of the last 20 years, you’ll likely run into Linnar. He’s a former executive at Skype and Fortumo, advisor at the Nordic Investment Bank, and Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. Linnar lectures innovation management in Estonian IT College and Tartu University and has been advising Estonian and many other governments on ICT and innovation policy. Linnar is co-founder and member of the board of Pocopay – all European everyday banking app and Mobi Solutions – active investment and holding partnership in European startup scenery. Not surprisingly at all – Linnar is one of the founders and early phase leaders of Estonian e-Governance Academy as well.
Kristina Reinsalu is Programme Director of e-Democracy at the e-Governance Academy. She has been involved in several local and international research and implementation projects related to open governance and the use of ICT in implementing its principles, focusing on e-participation and its implementation at the local level. She was also researcher and lecturer on social communication at the Institute of Media and Communication at the University of Tartu.
Kristina’s latest projects include promoting open governance in countries such as Estonia, Georgia and Moldova, consulting the City of Tartu on participatory budgeting, and working on the “Electoral Compass” produced for Estonia’s parliamentary elections. In addition, she has contributed to several publications, e.g. the “Situation Review on e-Democracy and Cyber Security in Eastern Partnership Countries.
Kristina holds an MA in Public Relations and a PhD in Media and Communications. Her articles have been published in various international scientific journals and newspapers.
Kristina speaks Estonian, English, Spanish, German and Russian.
Marit Lani develops and manages international cooperation projects at the e-Governance Academy. She has been involved in creating national digital governance roadmaps and implementing interoperability frameworks. She also manages the National Cyber Security Index database and coordinates communication with stakeholders.
In addition, she is responsible for the coordination of the quality management system (ISO 9001:2015) and the implementation of the document management system at eGA.
In her previous jobs, she gained a comprehensive understanding of European cooperation programmes. Working at the Ministry of the Interior, she was involved in preparing various European territorial cooperation programmes at the national level and was in charge of the related communication activities. Afterwards, she moved to Germany to work for the INTERREG IVC programme as an information point coordinator, providing advice to applicants on project development, assessing applications and monitoring approved projects. She also coordinated the e-government services project cluster and implemented the programme’s communication strategy.
Marit holds a Master‘s degree in Public Management from the University of Tartu.
Marit speaks Estonian, English and Finnish as well as some German and French.