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Toomas Ilves

President of Estonia, 2006-2016

Toomas Hendrik Ilves served as President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016. In this post, he was key in driving the initiatives in e-government and cyber security for which the country has been acknowledged as a worldleader. Toomas was elected President of the Republic of Estonia in 2006, and was re-elected for a second term in office in 2011. During his presidency, he was appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. Toomas served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012 and from 2012 to 2014, at the invitation of the European Commission, he was Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board. From 2014 to 2015, Toomas was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends” and since June 2014, the chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security. Since November 2016, Toomas has co-chaired The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology, a working group set up by the World Economic Forum focusing on how blockchain technology can be used to improve the security of the internet.