Toomas Hendrik Ilves: The Man Who Put Estonia on the World Map (live podcast recording)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:00 pm

Bender Room, Green Library Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford University Libraries

Join us for a very special Global Estonians live podcast recording, featuring the Former President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves:

Toomas Hendrik Ilves: The Man Who Put Estonia on the World Map (live podcast recording)

Mention Estonia in any international discussion and chances are that topics like technological innovation, e-governance, or digital identity come up. The Former President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has played a crucial role in the genesis and implementation of many key initiatives that have made Estonia a forward-looking country that is known for its political stability, economic prosperity, low corruption, technological innovation, and freedom.

In this very special live episode of the Global Estonians podcast series, co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries, entrepreneur Rainer Sternfeld sits down with the Former President of Estonia to learn about his personal story, from growing up in New Jersey in a family of Estonian refugees to returning to Estonia and becoming the country's fourth president. Ilves' viewpoint on current political affairs, but also his personal story, intellectual life, and ways he was able to navigate the challenges and opportunities his country faced during his 10-year-long presidency will be discussed.

Global Estonians is a podcast series where, in the light of Estonia’s centenary next year, show host Rainer Sternfeld interviews 100 remarkable Estonians around the world. By sharing their stories, the series aims to bring the Estonian diaspora closer to Estonia and provide opportunities to learn from each other. The guests of the series are entrepreneurs, musicians, engineers, historians, athletes, artists, doctors, and yes – even presidents, who are willing to share their mindset and experiences and speak about their ideas for the present and future of Estonia.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the former President of Estonia (2006–2016). In 2017 he joined Stanford University as a Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world’s most pressing security and international cooperation problems.

The discussion will be in Estonian.

In a series of talks hosted by Stanford Libraries, Toomas Hendrik Ilves will address topics ranging from e-society and digital entrepreneurship to cyber security and geopolitical challenges of the Baltic countries. His next talk is scheduled to take place in fall 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bender Room, Green Library Map

This is an invitation-only event. If you would like to attend, please contact the organizers.

Closest free parking may be found on Galvez St., Serra St., or Roth Way.


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