Kersti Kaljulaid

An ethical state does not play with its people. A self-confident people requires an ethical state. An ethical state supports choices made by Estonians. A self-confident Estonian makes themselves happy. An ethical state does not prescribe methods of becoming happy or definitions of this concept in general or for Estonians. A self-confident Estonian is free in their choices.

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    Biography

    President Kaljulaid is a supporter of a nonrestrictive legal space for the ongoing digitalization of economies and governments. She is an active promoter of sustainability and halting climate change. She advocates for publicly speaking up against violence and for giving a voice to those affected by it.

    In 2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia. Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia and prior to that Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor.

    Kersti Kaljulaid has graduated from the University of Tartu in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and she has a master`s in Economics and Business Administration. She is fluent in English and French and also speaks German, Finnish, Russian. 

    Kersti Kaljulaid is married and has four children.

     

    INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISATIONS
    Since 2018 co-chair of UN High-Level Steering Group „Every Woman Every Child“
    2016-2019 Leading Estonian campaign to UN Security Council
    2012-2016 Chair of the Council of University of Tartu
    2001-2004 Member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Centre

    Kersti Kaljulaid is also a member of World Bank’s Advisory Panel for the World Development Report 2021 and member of the European Council on Foreign Relations Council.

     

    DECORATIONS

    2016 The Collar of the Order of the National Coat of Arms (Estonia)
    2017 Order of the White Rose of Finland, Grand Cross with Collar
    2018 Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
    2018 Grand Cross with Collar, the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
    2019 Commander Grand Cross with Chain in the Order of the Three Stars (Latvia)
    2019 Grand Collar of the Order of the Infante D. Henrique, Portugal
    2019 Order of Merit for Distinguished Service of the Republic of Slovenia   
    2021 Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria
    2021 Chain of the National Order of the Star of Romania
    2021 Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise 1st Class
     

     

    HONORARY TITLES
    2018 Honorary Doctor of EWHA Woman´s University, South Korea
    2018 Honorary Citizen of Seoul, South Korea
    2020 Honorary Doctor of Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki

     

    RECOGNITIONS
    2019 Friend of the Estonian Press
    2019 Friend of the Bees of the Year
    2019 Friend of the Estonian Wooden House
    2020 Rainbow Hero