Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
 Toomas Hendrik Ilves
4th President of Estonia
Assumed office
9 October 2006
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Arnold Rüütel
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
November 1996 – October 1998
Prime Minister Tiit Vähi
Mart Siimann
Preceded by Siim Kallas
Succeeded by Raul Mälk
In office
March 1999 – January 2002
Prime Minister Mart Laar
Preceded by Raul Mälk
Succeeded by Kristiina Ojuland
Personal details
Born 26 December 1953 (age 61)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Social Democratic Party (Before 2006)
Independent (2006–present)
Spouse(s) Evelin Ilves (m. 2004–15)
Children 3
Alma mater Columbia University
University of Pennsylvania
Signature   signature of Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia was born on December 26, 1953, to an mid class Estonian family living in Stockholm, Sweden. He had most of his education in the United States – he later moved on from Columbia University in New York City in 1976 and acquired his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.


1984 Toomas Hendrik Ilves moved to Europe, to work at the workplace of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany, first as a scientist and remote strategy examiner and later as the Head of the Estonian Desk.

From 1993 to 1996 Toomas Hendrik Ilves served in Washington as the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States of America and Canada. Amid this time he started with training priest Jaak Aaviksoo the Tiger Leap activity to mechanize and join all Estonian schools on the web. From 1996 to 1998, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs. After a brief period as Chairman of the North Atlantic Institute in 1998, he was again named Minister of Foreign Affairs, serving until 2002.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves was a Member of the Estonian Parliament; in 2004 he was chosen a Member of the European Parliament, where he was VP of the Foreign Affairs Committee. As a MEP, he started the Baltic Sea Strategy that later was executed as official provincial approach of the European Union.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves was chosen President of the Republic of Estonia in 2006. Toomas Hendrik Ilves was re-chosen for a brief moment term in office in 2011.

Amid his administration Toomas Hendrik Ilves has been named to serve in a few high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, at the welcome of the European Commission, he was Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board. His enthusiasm for PCs comes from an early age – he figured out how to program at 13 years old, and he has been advancing Estonia’s IT-advancement since the nation restored its autonomy. Amid late years, president Toomas Hendrik Ilves has talked and composed broadly at mix, trans-atlantic relations, e-government, digital security and other related points.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has distributed numerous expositions and articles in Estonian and English on various themes going from Estonian dialect, history and writing to worldwide outside and security arrangement and digital security. His books incorporate paper accumulations in Estonian, Finnish, Latvian Hungarian and Russian.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is separated and has three kids: a child, Luukas Kristjan (1987), and a little girl, Juulia (1992), from his marriage to Merry Bullock; and a little girl, Kadri Keiu (2003), from his marriage to Evelin Ilves.

Career and public service

2006- President of the Republic of Estonia
2004-2006 Member of the European Parliament
2002-2004 Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
1999-2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia
1998 Chairman, North Atlantic Institute
1996-1998 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia
1993-1996 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico
1988-1993 Head of the Estonian desk, Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany
1984-1988 Analyst and researcher for the research unit of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany
1983-1984 Lecturer in Estonian Literature and Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vancouver, Canada
1981-1983 Director and Administrator of Art, Vancouver Arts Center, Canada
1979-1981 Assistant Director and English teacher, Open Education Center, Englewood, New Jersey, USA
1974-1979 Research Assistant, Columbia University department of Psychology, USA


Compilation of speeches and writings from 1986-2006: “Eesti jõudmine. Kõned ja kirjutised aastaist 1986-2006” (“Estonia’s growth. Speeches and publications from 1986-2006”). Varrak, 2006 Tallinn.
“A nagy európai fal?”. Berzsenyi Dániel Föiskola, Uralisztikai Tanszéke, 2007 Szombathely
“Atvērtā pasaule un nacionālās vērtības : runas, raksti, viedokļi”. Lauku Avīze, 2010 Rīgā
“Omalla äänellä” (“Sõna jõuga”). WSOY, 2011 Helsinki
“Suurem Eesti. Valik presidendikõnesid ja –kirjutisi 2006-2011” (“Greater Estonia. A Selection of the President’s Speeches and Essays from 2006-2011”). Varrak, 2011 Tallinn
“Omal häälel” (“In Our Own Voice”). Tänapäev, 2012 Tallinn
“Говорит глава государства” (“The Head of State Speaking”). Estonian Cooperation Assembly, 2014 Tallinn
Articles in Estonian and other newspapers and magazines.

Involvement in Civic Groups

Member of the Estonian Students Society (Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts) 1995
Member of the Trilateral Commission 2004-2006
Member of the Board of Trustees of think-tank Friends of Europe 2005
Founder of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut), Member of the Executive Committee until 2002
Honorary Member of the Latvian Students Society “Austrums”
Member of the Board, Viljandi County Municipal Fund
Board of Trustees, Estonian Academy of Arts 2004-2006
President of the Estonian Special Olympics 1997-2004
Member of the Board of Trustees of Tartu University 1996-2003
European Movement Estonia (EME) Member of the Board, Founding Member 1999-2004
Honorary Member of the Estonian Society in Belgium 2006


1999 Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
1999 Grand Cross of the Order of Honour of Greece
2001 Grand Commandeur Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France
2004 The Order of the National Coat of Arms third Class (Estonia)
2004 Three Star Order of the Republic of Latvia
2006 The Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (Estonia)
2006 The Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath of Great Britain
2007 Order of the White Rose of Finland
2007 The Golden Fleece Order of Georgia
2007 Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum of Japan
2007 The Order of Isabel the Catholic with the collar of Spain
2008 The Collar of the The Order of the National Coat of Arms (Estonia)
2008 The Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Chain of Lithuania
2008 Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
2008 Grand Cordon Leopold of Belgium
2009 Chain of the Three Star Order of the Republic of Latvia
2009 The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
2010 The Order of St. George of Georgia
2011 National Order Star of Romania in rank of Collar
2011 “Dostyk” (Friendship) the Star of Award I of Kazakhstan
2012 The Grand Collar of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Malta
2012 The Cross of Recognition of Latvia, I class
2013 Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
2014 Order of the White Eagle of the Republic of Poland
2014 Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav of the Kingdom of Norway
2015 Slovak Republic’s Order of the White Double Cross, First Class
International awards

2013 NDI Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute
2014 Freedom Award by the Atlantic Council
2015 Aspen Prague Award
Expert assignments

2011-2012 Chairman of the EU Task Force on e-Health
2012-2014 Chairman of the European Cloud Computing Steering Board at the invitation of the European Commission
2013 Chairman of the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms convened by ICANN
2014- Co-director of World Bank’s World Development Report steering group on The Internet and Development
2014- Chairman of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security

Foreign languages

English, German, Spanish


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