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Kersti Kaljulaid | Photo: The Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia
Kersti Kaljulaid | Photo: The Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid (President of the Republic of Estonia)

Kersti Kaljulaid (born 30 December 1969) is the fifth and current President of Estonia, in office since 10 October 2016. She is the first female head of state of Estonia since the country declared independence in 1918, as well as the youngest ever Estonian President, aged 46. Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed her master's studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001. From 1994 to 1999, she worked in various Estonian companies. From 1999 to 2002, she was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor. From 2002 to 2004, she was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia. From 2004 to 2016 she was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. In 2016, she worked in the field of the agriculture audit. Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from its foundation until 2002. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu since 2012. In 2016, she was decorated The Collar of the The Order of the National Coat of Arms (Estonia). Kersti Kaljulaid is married and has four children.