Ilves Toomas Hendrik - Estonia

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This bio as updated in 2010.

 

Education

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

Publications

  • 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

Decorations

  • 1999 Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

  • 1999 Grand Cross of the Order of Honour of Greece

  • 2001 Grand Commandeur Legion d'Honneur of the Republic of France

  • 2004 The Order of the National Coat of Arms third Class (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

  • 2007 The Golden Fleece Order of Georgia

  • 2007 Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum of Japan

  • 2007 The Order of Isabel the Catholic with the collar of Spain

  • 2008 The Collar of the The Order of the National Coat of Arms (Estonia)

  • 2008 The Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Chain of Lithuania

  • 2008 Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion

  • 2008 Grand Cordon Leopold of Belgium

  • 2009 Chain of the Three Star Order of the Republic of Latvia

  • 2009 The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary

  • 2010 The Order of St. George of Georgia

Foreign languages

English, German, Spanish

Related Links

Website of the President of the Republic of Estonia