Guest Speaker - Henrik Hololei
Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
Henrik is 50 years old, an economist by training and holds degree from TalTech (Tallinn Technical University). He has also studied in Aarhus University in Denmark.
He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004 and was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Prime Minister.
In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy.
In 2002-2003 he represented the Estonian Government in the Convention on the Future of Europe.
In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. Vice -President Kallas' first mandate 2004-2010 dealt with Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud while during his second mandate he was responsible for Transport.
From November 2013 he was Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission and represented the European Commission in the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
On October 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.
He has participated in ICAO Assemblies in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Throughout the years, he was been awarded the Grand Cross of the Lion of Finland from the President of Finland, Order of the White Star (3rd class) from the President of Estonia, the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite from the President of France, Order of Honour (Ordinul de
Onoare) from the President of Moldova and the Commander of the Cross of Recognition (3rd class) from the President of Latvia.
In May 2014, the Estonian European Movement named him "European of the Year".
In September 2018, TalTech named him as the "Alumni of the year".
In addition he holds positions of Member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian School of Diplomacy and Member of the Board of "Hermes Air Transport Organisation".