President of the Republic of Estonia

Oct 3, 2016 | Tags: | Category: All, Europe Leaders, Female Leaders

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia (elected on Oct 3, 2016 with 81 out f 98 votes)

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of EstoniaKersti Kaljulaid (born 30 December 1969) is an Estonian politician who is the fifth and current President of Estonia, in office since 10 October 2016. She is the first female head of state of Estonia since the country declared independence in 1918, as well as the youngest holder of the office, aged 46.

Kaljulaid is a former state official, serving as Estonia’s representative in the European Court of Auditors from 2004 until 2016. After several rounds of Estonian presidential elections in 2016 ended without success, she was brought as a “dark horse” and on 30 September 2016 she was nominated by the majority of parliamentary parties as a joint candidate for President of Estonia, she was the only nominated candidate in that round. She was voted President of Estonia on 3 October 2016, by 81 votes with 17 abstainers.

Kaljulaid has a daughter and a son from her first marriage. She is also a grandmother. Kaljulaid’s second husband is Georgi-Rene Maksimovski; they have two sons.
Kaljulaid’s half-brother, Estonian Centre Party politician Raimond Kaljulaid, is the elder of Põhja-Tallinn district of the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.


TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES, President of the Republic of Estonia

TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES, President of the Republic of Estonia

Born on December 26, 1953 in Stockholm, Kingdom of Sweden
Married to Evelin Ilves
Children: son Luukas Kristjan (1987), daughters Juulia Kristiine (1992) and Kadri Keiu (2003)


1976 Columbia University (USA), BA in psychology
1978 Pennsylvania University (USA), MA in psychology

Career and public service

2006- President of the Republic of Estonia
2004-2006 Member of the European Parliament
2002-2004 Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
1999-2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia
1998 Chairman, North Atlantic Institute
1996-1998 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia

1993-1996 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico
1988-1993 Head of the Estonian desk, Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany
1984-1988 Analyst and researcher for the research unit of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany
1983-1984 Lecturer in Estonian Literature and Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vancouver, Canada
1981-1983 Director and Administrator of Art, Vancouver Arts Center, Canada
1979-1981 Assistant Director and English teacher, Open Education Center, Englewood, New Jersey, USA
1974-1979 Research Assistant, Columbia University department of Psychology, USA


Compilation of speeches and writings from 1986-2006: “Eesti jõudmine. Kõned ja kirjutised aastaist 1986-2006”. Varrak, 2006 Tallinn.
Articles in Estonian and other newspapers and magazines.

Involvement in Civic Groups

Member of the Estonian Students Society (Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts) 1995
Member of the Trilateral Commission 2004-2006
Member of the Board of Trustees of think-tank Friends of Europe 2005
Founder of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut), Member of the Executive Committee until 2002
Honorary Member of the Latvian Students Society “Austrums”
Member of the Board, Viljandi County Municipal Fund
Board of Trustees, Estonian Academy of Arts 2004-2006
President of the Estonian Special Olympics 1997-2004
Member of the Board of Trustees of Tartu University 1996-2003
European Movement Estonia (EME) Member of the Board, Founding Member 1999-2004
Honorary Member of the Estonian Society in Belgium 2006


2001 Grand Commandeur Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France
2004 Third Class Order of the Seal of the Republic of Estonia
2004 Three Star Order of the Republic of Latvia
2006 The Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (Estonia)
2006 The Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath of Great Britain
2007 Order of the White Rose of Finland

Foreign languages

English, German, Spanish