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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia 2006-2016

Following his presidency (2006-2016) Toomas Hendrik Ilves has been appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. His interest in computers stems from an early age – he learned to program at the age of 13 – and he has promoted Estonia’s IT development since the country restored its independence. In recent years, President Ilves has spoken and written extensively about integration, transatlantic relations, e-government, cyber security and other related topics. In 2016 he received the Digital Freedom Award in recognition for fostering digital freedom and raising awareness of the opportunities and challenges the digital revolution can bring. President Ilves has published many essays and articles in Estonian and English on numerous topics ranging from the Estonian language, history and literature to global foreign and security policy and cyber security. His books include essay collections in Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Hungarian and Russian. Find out more.
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Updated: December 28, 2020

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