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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia (2006-2016), is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.Ilves served as chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board at the invitation of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he chaired the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). From 2014 to 2015, Ilves was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016, “Digital Dividends,” and was also the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security beginning in June 2014.Starting from 2016, Ilves co-chaired The World Economic Forum working group, the Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology. In 2017, Ilves became an advisory council member of the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy.Ilves has won many international awards, including the 2013 NDI Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute, 2014 Freedom Award by the Atlantic Council, 2015 Aspen Prague Award by the Aspen Institute, 2016 Knight of Freedom Award by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, 2017 John Jay Award by Columbia College, 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize by Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2017 World Leader in Cybersecurity Award by Boston Global Forum.

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