Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves


Former President of Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is a renowned Estonian politician and former President of Estonia, serving from 2006 to 2016. Born on December 26, 1953, Ilves spent much of his youth in the United States. He studied psychology at Columbia University and earned a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Before his presidency, Ilves held various diplomatic and political roles, including as the Estonian Foreign Minister and a member of the European Parliament. His presidency was marked by his commitment to Estonia’s European integration, the promotion of technology and digital innovation, and the strengthening of Estonian security and independence.

Ilves is known for his expertise in cyber security and digital policy. After his presidency, he remained active in these areas, both in academic and advisory capacities. He has received numerous accolades for his work and is considered an influential thinker in the fields of technology, security, and European politics.