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Alar Karis

President of Estonia

President Alar Karis was elected President of Estonia on 31 August 2021 and was sworn in on 11 October 2022. President Karis graduated from the Estonian Agricultural Academy (now the Estonian University of Life Sciences) as a veterinarian in 1981 and earned an MSc degree in 1987. He then worked at the Estonian Research Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science and later at the Estonian Biocentre of the Academy of Sciences. In the intervening years, his research has focused on molecular genetics and developmental biology. He has worked at universities in Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands, and joined the University of Tartu as a professor in 1999. His research has been among the most widely cited internationally of any Estonian scientist of his generation. President Karis served as rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences from 2003 to 2007 and of the University of Tartu from 2007 to 2012. He has led the work of Universities Estonia (the national council of university rectors) on numerous occasions. President Karis served as Auditor-General of the Republic of Estonia from 2013 to 2018 and as head of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (EUROSAI WGEA) from 2014 to 2018. President Karis was the director of the Estonian National Museum from 2018 to 2021.
Updated: April 20, 2022



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