Kersti Kaljulaid

Estonian first and only female head of state as well as the youngest president, aged 46 at the time of her election.

I am never silent when our security is in question, when our freedoms are at stake or when those weaker than us are treated unjustly.

Kersti Kaljulaid

Chairman and Co-Founder

Recognition

Over the years, President Kaljulaid has been awarded a variety of honorary titles and state decorations in Estonia and internationally.

Titles

Decorations

  • 2016

    Order of the National Coat of Arms Chain (Estonia)

  • 2017

    Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose with Chain (Finland)

  • 2018

    Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion (The Netherlands)

  • 2018

    Knight Grand Cross with Collar (Italy)

  • 2019

    Order of the Three Stars Commander Grand Cross with Chain (Latvia)

  • 2019

    Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry with Chain (Portugal)

  • 2019

    Order of Merit (Slovenia)

  • 2021

    Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 1st Class (Ukraine)

Biography

President of Estonia 2016-2021. United Nations Secretary-General's Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child since 2021. Mother of four and grandmother of four. Speaks Estonian, English, French, Russian, Finnish. Born in 1969 in Estonia.

Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of the Republic of Estonia from 2016-2021. During her time in office, she made her presence felt in both her homeland and the international arena.

Previously she had been serving as a Member of the European Court of Auditors, advising Prime Minister Mart Laar and holding diferent top level positions in energy, investment banking and telecom sector. Genetic engineer and economist by education, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu from 2012 to 2016.

In summer 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed President Kaljulaid to the position of Global Advocate for the ‘Every Woman Every Child’ strategy on the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world for the next two years. She was also the first Estonian to be featured in the Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Kersti Kaljulaid has become a sought-after speaker at high-level forums on digital, security and foreign-policy topics and more broadly for analysing and interpreting societal and economic change.

President Kaljulaid is a vocal advocate of human rights, rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy. One of the principles in the in office of president has been the one she set out upon her inauguration: “I am never silent when our security is in question, when our freedoms are at stake or when those weaker than us are treated unjustly.

October, 2016

President of Estonia

November, 2017

Chairman of the Three Seas

May, 2011

Chairman of the Board of Tartu University

August, 2002

Director of Iru Power Plant