Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia
Age 64, Estonia
for making Estonia the synonym for innovation
public administration
startup ecosystem

About Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the President of Estonia since 2006, known for his dedication to cyber security challenges that Estonia has to face and for his advocacy for regional cooperation.

Previously he worked as a journalist for Radio Free Europe and a diplomat, serving as Estonia's Ambassador to the United States between 1993 and 1996. During this time he helped to create the Tiger Leap initiative to computerize and connect all Estonian schools online. He served as Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. In 2004 he became a Member of the European Parliament, serving until his election to the presidency.

Throughout his career Toomas Hendrik Ilves has been a vocal advocate of CEE integration and digital growth of the region. Between 2011 and 2012 he served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012, and in November 2012 he became Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board.