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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.

Tiit Land        

Tiit Land is the rector of Tallinn University of Technology.

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.

Priit Rohumaa


Priit Rohumaa has graduated from Tallinn University of Technology with a Master’s degree in energetics and he has an MBA from the Estonian Business School. Rohumaa has been a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Board at Viru Keemia Grupp AS. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Council of the Estonian Railways Ltd and Member of the Supervisory Council of AS Tallinna Vesi.



Last updated: 27.11.2020