Members of the Council

urmas klaasUrmas Klaas is a Mayor of Tartu.

University of Tartu, MA in history 1998. MA thesis: "Orthodox Church in Southern Estonia 1848–1917. Administrative arrangement and priesthood” 1998
Tartu University, history 1994 (cum laude)
Räpina Secondary School 1989

Since April 2014 Mayor of Tartu
11th and 12th Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) 2007–2014: Chairman of Economic Affairs Committee 2007-2011, Chairman of Cultural Affairs Committee 2011-2014
Põlva County Governor 2004–2007
Ministry of Education and Research, Head of Information Department 2004
Newspaper Postimees: News Department, editor, Head of Opinion Department, Head of Tartu Office; Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Editor-in-Chief 1995–2003
University of Tartu, Chair of Estonian History, Assistant,  Lecturer 1994–2003 

Party affiliation
Estonian Reform Party 2006–

Social activities
Estonian Orienteering Federation, President; Member of the Estonian Defence League

Grand Merit Cross with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany 2013
Cross of Merit of the Estonian Defence League 2007
Lõuna Police Prefecture Distinguished Service Medal 2006
Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland 2005 

Literature, sports, fishing, gardening.



eero vasar 2016

Eero Vasar, Member of the Council

Eero Vasar is born on 17.09.1954.



1973–1979          University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine
1979–1983          University of Tartu Postgraduate Diploma in Physiology


Scientific degree

1983                      Medical Candidate, University of Tartu
1992                      Doctor of Medicine, University of Tartu


Professional Career

1983–1991          University of Tartu, Head and Senior Research Fellow of the ÜMPI psychopharmacology laboratory
1991                      University of Tartu, Head and the Associate Professor of the Institute of Physiology
1992                      University of Tartu, professor ordinarius of physiology
2016                     University of Tartu, Head of the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine


Main research areas

Applying transgenic technology to explain the molecular mechanisms of mental and neurodegenerative diseases. Biological markers of primary psychosis.  

28 dissertations have been defended under the guidance or co-supervision of Professor Eero Vasar.

Research and administrative activities

Estonian Academy of Sciences, scholar and member of the board
Deputy Chairman of the  Scientific Awards Committee of the Republic of Estonia
Member of the Medical Council of the University of Tartu
Member of the Gene Technology Commission of the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia
Member of the Research and Innovation Council of the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Member of the Council of the Centre of Excellence in Genomics and Translational Medicine of University of Tartu



2001      The third class Order of the Estonian Red Cross
2004      Estonian Science Award in the field of medicine
2016      Karl Sclossmann medal of the Estonian Academy of Sciences










ennu sepp 2018Ennu Sepp was born on Nov 13th 1938. He graduated Tartu University Faculty of Medicine in 1964. Ennu Sepp worked as a lecturer at Tartu University Medical Faculty and became a professor in 1976. He defended his dissertation in 1967 and doctoral theses in 1972. Professor Ennu Sepp has worked as a wice dean of the Medical Faculty of Tartu University for 12 years.

In 1983, he was awarded the National Science Award of the Estonian SSR as a member of the team.

Professor Ennu Sepp is a member of Estonian Surgeons Association, French Flebology Society and German Surgeons Society. H ehas published 217 publications, mostly on vascular reconstructive surgery, surgical gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology.

Ennu Sepp is married and has three adult children.





garri raagmaaGarri Raagmaa, Associate Professor at the University of Tartu, holds a PhD in philosophy from Tartu University (2000).

Garri Raagmaa is working at Tartu University since 1997. He has worked as a Director of Tartu University Pärnu College, an advisor to Minister of Regional Affairs, Mayor of Tapa and at research agency TNS EMOR. 

Garri Raagmaa is one of the leading specialists of human geography in Estonia.

His fields of research include institutional and cultural factors in the local and regional development and planning, foresight and a long-term strategic planning methodology, screenwriting, globalization and regionalization in the Baltic Sea region.





kristjan vassil 2018Date and place of birth:  March 6, 1977, Tartu


2012  Ph.D (Political and Social Sciences), European University Institute

2008  MRes (Political and Social Sciences), European University Institute (Florence, Italy)

2007  MA (Communication Studies), University of Tartu 

2006  BA (Public Relations and Communications), University of Tartu 


Ph.D (Political and Social Sciences), 2012 

Professional career: 

since 2016 University of Tartu, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Development

since 2016 University of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, Senior Research Fellow

2014–2015 University of Tartu, Institute of Government and Politics, Research Fellow 

2012–2014 University of Tartu, Institute of Government and Politics, Senior Research Fellow (postdoctoral fellow)

since 2012 Estonian National Election Study (ENES), member of steering committee

2010–2011  Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), research assistant

2009–2010  Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), co-director of the e-voting study

2009  European Democracy Observatory (EUDO), Country team manager

2009 European Election Study (EES), Survey coordinator

2008-2009 European University Institute (EUI), study assistant

Main field of research:

Technology research, economic and behavioural impacts of e-government, use of machine learning and artificial intellect for prototyping public e-services, voting behaviour, government and political sciences.

Teaching and supervising:

Supervised a number of bachelor’s and master’s theses in the University of Tartu. Currently under supervision 2 doctoral theses (one in political sciences, one in experimental psychology), 3 master’s theses (incl. one co-supervision with Tallinn University of Technology) and 4 bachelor’s theses.

Courses taught at the University of Tartu:

• Diffusion and usage of Internet Voting (MOOC)

• Measuring the Impact of E-Government: Economic, Political and Social Outcomes (MA course)

• Quantitative methods (MA course)

• Voting behaviour (MA course)

• STATA data analysis (optional)

Administrative and other duties: 

• 2009 Country team leader to the pan-European voting advice application EU-Profiler 

• 2011, 2015 Development of the Valijakompass for Riigikogu elections 2013 Project manager of Parlamendikompass for local elections

• 2014 Country team leader to the pan-European voting advice application EuandI

• 2016 Responsible for the technical development of the voting advice application for the U.S. Presidential elections 

• Member of the editorial board of Memokraat, an independent public blog

• Member of Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

• Member of American Political Science Association (APSA)

• Member of European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

maris jesseDr Maris Jesse holds a medical degree from Tartu University, Estonia and MSc degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has led the Estonian Health Insurance Fund as Chairman of Management Board, worked as senior health specialist at the World Bank and as health policy analyst at PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies and also served as the Director of the National Institute for Health Development
Estonia. Dr Jesse served as Member of Executive Board of WHO 2009–2012, and represented the WHO European Region in the working group of WHO governance reform in 2015. Dr Jesse has been an advocate of public health and health systems development, nationally and internationally. She led the Government Taskforce on Injury Prevention between 2013 and 2014, is a member of Government Committee on Equal Rights, and a member of Committee on Drug Prevention.
Maris Jesse is a Deputy Secretary General on Health at the Ministry of Social Affairs.

raul allan kiivet 2015Raul-Allan Kiivet, Professor of Health Care Management and Head of Department of Public Health, University of Tartu, holds a PhD in Medicine (clinical pharmacology) from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (1999). 

He is a leading specialist in issues of health care management, organisation and legislation. He has been a chairman and a member of multiple task forces and committees and acting as expert to the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia on matters related to a variety of aspects in provision of health care services, planning of health programmes and interventions. 

During 2003–2006 he served as member of Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use at the European Medicines Agency and during 2007–2008 he worked in the WHO headquarters in Geneva as Manager of the Prequalification Programme. 

His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics, clinical pharmacogenetics and pharmacokinetics, and during the last decade health services research and health technology assessment.

Vvladimir sokmanladimir Šokman was born in Võru on 26 April 1948. He graduated from the 7th Secondary School of Tartu in 1966, from the national University of Tartu in the specialty of physical education in 1971, and later, in 1981, in the speciality of psychology. Vladimir Šokman has also completed various trainings related to vocational education, social issues, school administration, and local municipality administration to add to his knowledge base.


In 1973-1978, Vladimir Šokman was employed as the head of the excursions bureau of Tartu; in 1978-1983, he was the instructor of healthcare and sports institutions of the ECP Tartu City Committee; and, in 1983-2001, he served as the headmaster of the Tartu Industrial School. Vladimir Šokman has been the Deputy Mayor of Tartu in the periods from 2001 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015; from April to May in 2011 and from April 2015 to October 2017, he was Chairman of the City Council Tartu.

Vladimir Šokman has served as member of the City Council of Tartu since 1999. He is member of the Prison Committee of Tartu, supervisory board member of Tartu Veevärk AS, as well as member of the policy committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).


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