H.E. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician who served as the fourth President of Estonia from 2006 until 2016. Ilves worked as a diplomat and journalist, and he was the leader of the Socialist Democratic Party in the 1990s. He served in the government as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Later, he was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2006.
As the Estonian Ambassador to the United States in 1995, he launched the visionary Tiger Leap initiative to computerize and connect all Estonian schools online, later on establishing free Internet spot in every urban centre. As President of Estonia in 2006-2016, Ilves made the digitalisation of public services and the economy one of his top priorities. He is widely known as one of the founders and supporters of Estonia’s e-governance and digitalisation efforts.