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Washington Post names Anu Tali as one of the female conductors to watch

The Washington Post has named Estonian Anu Tali as one of the “female conductors to watch”. The DC-based newspaper compiled a list of eleven female conductors around the world, saying these women “are following in the footsteps of Marin Alsop, JoAnn Faletta, Simone Young, Jane Glover and others, to establish …

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Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas named as one of the most powerful women in Brussels

The international political magazine, Politico, has named the Estonian member of the European Parliament, Kaja Kallas, as one of the most powerful women in Brussels. Politico compiled a list of the most powerful women in Brussels, saying that “[n]ow more than ever, women in Brussels are driving Europe’s major political …

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President Kaljulaid among Forbes’ 100 most powerful women

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, has become the first Estonian to be featured in the Forbes magazine’s list, the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Kaljulaid comes in the list at number 78, just a spot ahead of Arianna Huffington, an American entrepreneur. “Kaljulaid is leading a quiet digital revolution in …

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Top 12 most outstanding Estonian statespeople

On the occasion of the day celebrating the restoration of independence, Estonian World has chosen 12 of Estonia’s most outstanding statespeople in recent times. In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian parliamentarians decided to take advantage of the chaos in Moscow – the conservative Soviet hardliners had gone on offensive against …

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Global Estonians podcast: Steve Jurvetson

The Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur, Rainer Sternfeld, interviews the Estonian-American polymath and venture capitalist, Steve Jurvetson. Born to Estonian parents Tõnu and Tiiu in 1967, Jurvetson graduated at the top of his Stanford University class as a Henry Ford Scholar. After gaining work experience at Hewlett-Packard and Bain & Company, …

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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Riina Kionka – the most influential Estonian official in the EU, and a diplomat by accident

Riina Kionka is the chief foreign policy advisor to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, making her the most influential official of Estonian nationality in the European Union – somewhat ironically, as she became a diplomat by an accident and actually didn’t believe almost until the last minute …

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Paul Piliste – a vehicle designer for future cars

Paul Piliste is a London-based vehicle designer who is part of the team behind the “Driverless Futures” exhibition, currently held at the London Transport Museum. Passionate about cars Piliste, who is orginally from Tallinn, Estonia, has been living, studying and working in the United Kingdom for twelve years, past three …

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The very first Estonian feminists – Lilli Suburg and Marie Reisik

As we celebrate the international women’s day, it is worth to take a look at the stories of two strong and highly influential women who played the leading roles in Estonian women’s rights movement in the 19th and 20th century. In anticipation of Estonia’s 100th birthday in 2018, there are …

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