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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia (2006–2016)

Toomas Hendrik Ilves served as President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016. Ilves is renowned for making Estonia one of the most digitally advanced nations through innovative policies that invested heavily in the future. In the decade before his presidency, he introduced initiatives such as the Tiger Leap programme for Estonian schools to equip them with computer labs and get them all online. Ilves was born to Estonian refugees and raised in the United States. He moved to Munich in 1984 to work as an analyst and researcher for Radio Free Europe, eventually becoming director of the radio’s Estonian Service. From 1993 to 1996, he served as Estonia’s Ambassador to the United States. In 1996, he was appointed the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Updated: April 21, 2022



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