Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia 2006-2016, Visiting Professor of Tartu University, Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is a Member of eGA’s Supervisory Board since 2020. Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the fourth President of Estonia from 2006 until 2016. During his presidency, Toomas Hendrik Ilves has been appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as a Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012.

From 2012 to 2014, at the invitation of the European Commission, he was Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board. From 2014 to 2015 president Ilves was the co-chair of the advisory panel of World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends” and from June 2014-to May 2016, the chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security.

In the 1990s, he was one of the initiators of the Tiger Leap initiative to computerise and connect all Estonian schools online.

During recent years, president Ilves has spoken and written extensively at integration, trans-atlantic relations, e-government, cyber security and other related topics.

Ilves worked as a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2006. He served in the government as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. He was the leader of the Social Democratic Party in the 1990s. Previously, he worked as a diplomat and journalist.

In 2016 he received the Digital Freedom Award in recognition for fostering the digital freedom and raising awareness of opportunities and challenges the digital revolution can bring.

In 2017 Ilves was awarded Reinhard Mohn Prize for his pioneering work in promoting digitalization in government, education and public services.

He acquired his education in the United States – he graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1976 and received his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.