Last Seasons

SEASON 2019/2020

02.09.19 Guest speaker MIHKEL KANGUR, Senior Researcher at Tallinn University: Is climate change real and what can we do about it?

09.09 Charter Member VLAD VERNYGORA: International Relations and Security…plus a bit on Europe.

16.09 Charter Member, Club President, ILIAN MADJAROV: Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Organizations

23.09.19 Guest speaker TAIMAR PETERKOP, Secretary of State: Quo Vadis Estonia?

30.09.19 Guest speaker Gedy Matisen, leader of adventurous hiking interest group and coordinator of international cooperation at Tartu Loodusmaja: Examples of informal/formal education about sustainability, nature and climate-friendly solutions.


07.10.19 Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, TIMOTHY MATTHEW SENNETT: “The European Union – a friendly critique from a British Brexiter’s perspective”

14.10.19 We meet outside our usual setting – NO MEETING AT PALACE, instead, we will a company called Estelon, which is a boutique Estonian producer of high-end sound systems. The meeting takes place at Kukermiidi 6, Tallinn, 11216

21.10.19 Guest speaker Javad Keypour: Lecturer and Doctoral candidate, TalTech Law School: “Energy Security: a global overview”.

28.10.19 Guest Speaker Liis Mure, Director of the NATO and EU Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence: “NATO in crisis: is this the end of the 70 year bond between the US and Europe, and what does it mean for European security?”


04.11.19 Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global Robert Begsy talks about his experiences in business and living abroad in Switzerland, Estonia, Dominican Republic and Australia. He will talk about work and living culture, politics and corruption, education, language and socializing.

11.11.19 Guest speaker John Longhurst:  “2020 global geo-economic outlook”.

18.11.19 Guest speaker Madis Müller, Governor, Bank of Estonia,  member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank: Estonian and World Economy – do we need to worry?

24.11.19 SUNDAY FAMILY EVENT – Visit to FOTOGRAFISKA TALLINN. We gather in the lobby at 14.45-15.00 (welcome drink served, optional). 15.00 we start a guided tour and 17.00 have a meeting over cocktails with Rain Tamm, the founder-CEO of Fotografiska Tallinn.

25.11.19 Business Meeting


02.12.19 Speaker, Jesse Wojtkowiak. “The state of cybersecurity.”

07.12.19 A festive dinner with partners/families – members + invite-only.

02.12.19 Last official meeting for 2019, the guest speaker to be announced



13.01.2020 – First official meeting in 2020

20.01.2020 – Guest speaker RIHO KRUUV – Head of Strategic Relations at Levercode, former Estonian Ambassador to India: “What is interesting about India?”

27.01.2020 – Business meeting


03.02.2020 Charter Member of RC Tallinn Global, TIMOTHY MATTHEW SENNETT: “The use of web platforms for investment”

10.02.2020 – RC Charter Member Dr. JAANUS PIKANI ‘How personal is personal medicine?’

17.02.2020 – Guest Speaker Mr. Milad Asdaghi, lecturer of Riga Business School will talk about Bahai Faith and Community.

24.02.2020 – Public Holiday, no meeting


02.03.2020 – Meeting with the District Governor and 4 other clubs. 5PM there will be a meeting with AG and Club officers, and at 6PM will start the meeting with all club members. Both meetings will be held at Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn.

09.03. 2020 – Guest speaker ASKO KÜNNAP – poet, graphic artist, book & board game designer, ex CD in advertising: “Designing words, books, minds.”

IMPORTANT! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of 13.03.2020, all activities of the club are cancelled until further notice.

16.03.2020 Private meeting at Tom’s bunker

19.03.2020 CANCELLED! An Introduction to Grapes – a charity event

23.03.2020 Guest Speaker Herkki Haldre, Captain, Sunline Cruises, one of the few seamen in the world who is entitled to wear an earring. He will discuss the current status of the Estonian marine industry and the campaign: “bring all the Estonian vessels under the Estonian flag”. You will also learn how the Port of Tallinn gained wealth in the middle ages.

30.03.2020 Guest speaker Georgian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Estonia, H.E Archil Karaulashvili



1.06.2020 John Longhurst, a member of RC Tallinn Global: Black Swans and White Elephants – half-year update on global Outlook”

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

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

13.11.11 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.


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?”