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Members of the Foresight Council


Jaan Pillesaar  


Jaan Pillesaar is an Estonian entrepreneur and investor. Over the last 30 years, he has been involved in the founding of around 30 companies, and he continues to contribute to many of them as an active investor and board member.
The best-known companies in his portfolio are Helmes, MarkIT and Eften Capital. Helmes is an international software consulting company with headquarters in Tallinn and large international organisations and companies as clients − such as OECD, International Energy Agency, Kühne+Nagel, SEB, Telia Company, Solera, ServiceChannel and many others. Helmes has over 800 people working in its 9 offices around the world. MarkIT is professional IT purchasing solution with offices in 30 countries and revenues exceeding €100 million. Founded in 2008, Eften Capital is the largest real estate fund manager in the Baltic States with assets under management of €750 million. On a daily basis, Jaan Pillesaar is running Helmes and his investment firm DSVH.
Among his roles to help the society, Jaan Pillesaar has participated in the management board of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and on the supervisory boards of Health Insurance Fund and State Reform Foundation. Today, he is chairman of the management board of Estonian Service Industry Association and member of the supervisory board of Estonian Foresight Centre think-tank.

Annika Uudelepp

Annika Uudelepp is an international expert on governance. Since 2017, she has been working as a senior advisor at the OECD, advising the governments of the Western Balkan countries in the implementation of governance reforms.
Annika is a founder of the Commercial Association Tuleva and one of the launchers of Tuleva. She has worked as the Head of Praxis Centre for Policy Studies and as Secretary General of the Ministry of the Environment, as well as a lecturer on governance, law and society at Tallinn University. Annika has participated in the drafting of many policy analyses and has published numerous comments and articles on politics and governance.
She is a graduate of public management from Tallinn University with research experience at Oxford University and holds an MSc (cum laude) in public management from Tallinn University.

Tiit Land        

Tiit Land is the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology. He graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Chemistry in 1989 and received his PhD in Neurochemistry and Neurotoxicology from Stockholm University in 1994. After getting his PhD, he worked in the US National Institutes of Health as a post-doctoral researcher and research fellow in 1994–1999, and in Stockholm University as a research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Neurochemistry in 1999–2006. In 2007, he was elected Professor of Chemistry at Tallinn University. In 2008–11, he served as the Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Tallinn University. In 2011, he was elected the Rector of Tallinn University; he was re-elected in 2016 and served in this position until autumn 2020. His research focuses on iron metabolism mechanisms and the related molecular causes of diseases in organisms.

Mait Palts      

Mait Palts became the Director-General of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2012. He has been working in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2002, both as the Lawyer and the Head of Department, advising hundreds of entrepreneurs on legal issues. The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the oldest and largest Estonian representative organization of entrepreneurs. It has nearly 3200 members from all fields of life, from one-man companies to international corporate groups. Working as the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has given Mait Palts years of experience in communicating with entrepreneurs, and he has an extensive grasp of the problems that cause the greatest concern to our business people. Mait Palts has participated in the preparation and analysing of many bills and strategy documents. He has published comments on legislation and been one of the authors of several legal handbooks.
Mait Palts is the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Centre for Standardisation, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Qualifications Authority, Member of the Board of the Estonian Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Center and Head of the Foundation for Promotion of National Defence.


Photo by: Reti Kokk

Tarmo Soomere

Tarmo Soomere has graduated from Moscow State University as a mathematician. He has two Doctor’s degrees, and he has spent nearly 15 years in various foreign countries studying and as a marine researcher. Professor of Coastal Engineering at Tallinn University of Technology, Leading Research Scientist at the Department of Cybernetics of Tallinn University of Technology. President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (2014). His research work focuses on the analysis of the interaction of waves and coasts of the Baltic Sea in the climate change context. He has won the National Science Prize two times. Person of the Year Award of newspaper Postimees in 2005 for explaining the extent and dangers of January storm. Order of the White Star, 3rd Class in 2014 for taking the Estonian research work to the global level.



Last updated: 11.02.2021