Last Season

SEASON 2020/2021

14.09.20 First official meeting of the season. Guest speaker: GERT ANTSU.

21.09.20 Guest speaker PRIIT RAID: Intercultural Management with focus on Asia. Priit has has spent most of his career across Asia managing full P&L of European companies while reporting to group CEOs headquartered in France. He has been working for multinational companies like Comeca and Idealec (Mersen), majors spin-offs from large industrial groups like Alstom, Areva (Framatome) and Westinghouse. He started his career in Europe working for Schneider Electric and its partner Harju Elekter.

19.10.20 Guest speaker KAAREL PIIRIMÄE, historian, PhD. 2009 (Cambridge University) “Estonia, the Baltic Question and the ‘Big Three’ Allies in World War Two”. The title of his presentation is the same as the title of his recent book in Estonian: “… Baltic States are as good as Russian”. Some of his articles in English can be found here.

26.10.20 Charter Member MARTIN HIRVOJA, Attorney, Of Counsel at Magnusson Law Office: Criminal procedure in Estonia – a selection of controversial topics from the viewpoint of a defense attorney.

31.10.20 15.30-17.30  Junimperium distillery tour: History of Gin, history and story of Junimperium Distillery, introduction and botanicals of all 6 Junimperium gins, tasting of 4 Junimperium gins, visit the distillery area and of course, the signature Junimperium Blended Dry gin Gin & Tonic. Pre-registration required (contact club treasurer Jaanus Pikani).

2.11.2020 Guest speaker KALMAR KURS, the head of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Culture: How is Estonian culture promoted abroad today and what should we do in order to make Estonian culture more international?” Kalmar Kurs will speak about how Estonian culture is promoted internationally today, who are the main counterparts and which resources are available at the moment. And how should we proceed, update and startup it in the years to come.

9.11.2020 Guest speaker XIAOTIAN ZHANG, Prof. Dr. Vice-Rector, Estonian Business School: “Digitalization & E-Commerce Development in China“.

23.11.20030 Guest speaker – our newest member Tony Lock, a researcher on organised crime: ‘Is the IT-Induced Configuration of Extra-legal Governance in the London Borough of Westminster by New York and West Coast Mafias a Category Mistake? How can Legislation be Enhanced for Successful Prosecution? A real-life crime study.’

30.11.2020 Guest speaker: Marti Aavik, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Postimees: “The Garden of Opinions. Journalism of a very small nation – is there anything special?”

18.01.2021 Guest Speaker – Colonel Raivo Tamm of the Estonian Defence Force:  ‘Unmanned Traffic Management’

25.01.2021 Guest speaker – Michael Buchler, Data Protection Officer Nordics & Baltics at Manpower Group: ‘The Role of a Data Protection Officer & Privacy in 2021’

01.02.2021 Guest speaker – James Sherr OBE, Senior Fellow, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham house”): ‘Getting Russia Right’

08.02.2021 Guest speaker – Andres Parmas, Prosecutor-General of the Republic of Estonia: ‘Corruption and other White Collar Crimes’

15.02.2021 Speaker – Club Member Leho Nolvak, owner, Air Tours Estonia: ‘The State of the Travel Industry’

01.03.2021 Guest Speaker – Mrs Eva-Maria Liimets, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia

08.03.2021. Guest Speaker Ilmar Raag, Film Director, Expert of Strategic Communication, Chief of Toompea Malevkond at Estonian Defence League: – “Counter-insurgency. Why leading Western military doctrine of the last 20 years have failed (so far)?
Starting from US experience from Vietnam, French adventures in Algeria etc., the Western military thinking elaborated a theory that would marry a military action with Western values of nation-building? However, we see today that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can hardly be assessed as victorious. We have won almost all battles but lost those wars. Why? The answer speaks not so much about military tactics, but more about the nature of human societies.

15.03.2021 Guest Speaker – Mr Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia – POSTPONED

MAY 2021

10th May – Lasse Tur, Norwegian photographer & Old Tallinn enthusiast talks about his work as an aerial photographer and photo artist.
17th May – Tarmo Soomere, President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Connecting science, society and policy: the experience of a small country
24th May – Jeremy Casdagli, Co-proprietor of D’Boiss and owner of the venerable Casdagli cigar company, The Casdagli family: Ottoman Merchants, Industrial revolution, la Belle Epoque and Cuban intrigues.
31st May – Captain Herkki Haldre, owner Sunlines Cruises, will talk about cape horners and a somewhat peculiar Estonian maritime situation from thru Soviet-era till present.

SEASON 2019/2020


08.01.19 Abdelrahman Bayrekdar, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, Head of Financial Shared Service center for Konecranes: “The battle for talents in Estonia”

15.01.19 Annar Alas, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, owner of Coffeepeople: “World business of coffee and is it really the same drink that is sold for 50 cents and 3 euros?”

22.01.19 Invited Guest Speaker Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at Tartu University, Member of Estonian Academy of Sciences: “Estonia’s Relations with Russia and International Law”


Invited Guest Speakers: Egle Kask, President of Tallinn Reval RC and President Elect Gretta Oltjer-Timberg will introduce Tallinn Reval Rotary Club’s main charity projects Päikesegala and Päikeselaager.


12. 02.2019 Invited guest speaker Mr Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia: “What have we learned from Brexit – so far…”

19.02.19 Ants Promann, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, former executive in bakery industry: “The Story of Estonian Rye Bread and Bakery Industry”.

26.02.19 Invited guest speaker: Grzegorz Kozlowski, Ambassador of Poland to Estonia. Topic to be announced.

MARCH 2019

5.03.2019 Invited guest speaker Aavo Kokk , Managing Partner, negotiator of large corporate and real-estate transactions @Catella CF, former Editor in Chief of Eesti Ekspress and Publisher of Eesti Päevaleht, part of the restructuring task force of Estonian Savings Bank and leader of the task force that designed Estonian tax system. His topic is: “Real estate investments in the Baltics today and tomorrow”‘

12.03.19. Invited guest speaker Hardo Pajula, Economist, Founder and leader of Edmund Burke Society: “New Left – Their Agenda and Tactics”

19.03.19 Invited guest speaker: Victor Guzun, Managing Partner (Guzun Consulting OÜ), Lecturer (TalTech), Former Ambassador of Moldova to Estonia, topic to be announced.

26.03.19. Invited guest speaker: Riccardo Larini, Acting Director (Tallinn European School)

APRIL 2019

02.04.2019 Invited guest speaker Raimonds Jansons, Ambassador of Latvia to Estonia

16.04.19 Invited guest speaker Aivar Jaeski (RB RAIL AS, Country Manager, Estonia, and Finland): Rain Baltica as a Global Project – milestones and prospects.

30.04.19 Invited guest speaker:  Sven Sakkov, director of ICDS, a defense and foreign affairs think-tank (Lennart Meri Conference. ABCD. Diplomaatia, EFPI): “Estonian Security and Changing World Order”.

MAY 2019

7.05.19 Krum Garkov, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, Executive Director of at eu-LISA (The European Agency for Operational Management of Large-scale information systems): “Technology in context: how technologies support border management and internal security in Europe.”

14.05.19 Guest speaker, AI expert Marc LeCoultre: AI Demystified

21.05.19 Guest speaker, Ambassador of Finnish Republic to Estonia Timo Kantola

28.5.19 Charter member of RCTG Tonis Arro, headhunter and HR-tech entrepreneur: “Why hiring often goes wrong and how (big) data and AI can help us to reduce the risk of hiring mistakes”.

JUNE 2019

04.06.19 Charter member of RCTG Ilian Mdjarov, strategy planning officer of EU-Lisa: “What is Critical Thinking – why do we need it and why people often lack it?”

11.06.19 Charter Member of RCTG Soren Lovring, National Coordinator for UNESCO Associated School Program for Baltic Sea Project: “What can Nature Teach Us?”

SEASON 2018/2019

18.09.18 Presentation by Jesse Wojtkowiak, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, head of information security, Pipedrive: ” Cyber from 10 000 Meters – current state and future of cybersecurity and how this is going to change the world in some very familiar ways”

25.09.18 Business Meeting

02.10.18 Visit by District Governor of RI, Irmeli Viherluoto-Lindström

16.10.18 Leho Nõlvak, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global: Rotary and Round Table – history and personal experience.

23.10.18 Ilian Madjarov, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, Club Secretary: “10 reasons to visit Bulgaria”

30.10.18 Invited guest speaker Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Bonn University: “Renewing the European Union – Conditions, Challenges, Options.”, introduced by RC Tallinn Global Charter Member Vlad Vernygora

06.11.18 Jaanus Pikani, Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global: Artificial Insemination – “Ethical, Legal and Practical issues in Estonia and Globally”.

13.11.18 Invited guest speaker Allan Martinson, executive, entrepreneur, investor: “Self-driving vehicles – present and future” introduced by Charter President Tõnis Arro

20.11.18 Invited guest speaker Baldur Kubo, member of Tartu Toome RC: “Where is my border of privacy in the world of Big Data?” We will be discussing in the World Cafe format, what information about us and our companies is accessible to third parties. Who can access that information and where is the line of no return, when trust gets broken. The goal is not just to entertain but raise the awareness for informed decision making.

27.11.18 Business meeting (club’s practicalities, elections etc)

04.12.18 Invited guest speaker Doris Danler, Ambassador, Repulic of Austria in Estonia: “Estonian-Austrian relations and preliminary conclusions from the Austrian EU-presidency”.

11.12.18  Festive Season’s Dinner (Club members and guests avec, dress code, place to be announced separately, invitation only for visitors)

18.12.18 – till 08.01.19 Holiday Season, i.e. no official meetings take place, but members who are not travelling may still gather for informal meeting. Visiting Rotarians – please do contact Club President and Secretary for more information.