The Foundation

The Foundation for Science and Liberal Arts Domus Dorpatensis is a private, non-profit and non-governmental social enterprise based in Estonia.

We work mainly with young people and NGOs, but also with government institutions, startups and businesses. This gives us a very broad perspective of the society.

We fulfill our mission with the DD Academy program for students, with DD StratLab consultancy services for mission-driven organizations and by bringing together leaders at our Changemakers Summit.

The Board

The board is responsible for the everyday leadership and management of the Foundation.

Martin A. Noorkõiv

CEO & programs

Martin leads the board, but also works with the leaders of DD Academy, DD StratLab and Changemakers Summit.

Vilve Pukson

Finance & business

Vilve is responsible for the financial and business side of the Foundation, also working with the accounting side.

Uta Kührt

Office manager & programs

Uta manages most of the logistics in the Foundation, including with DD Academy, DD StratLab and Changemakers Summit.

Heiki Tamm

Property management

Heiki takes care of the renovation and maintenance needs of our building complex.

The History

The Foundation was founded in 2002 by Alexander von Rücker (professor at Bonn University), Mr Jenik Radon (professor at Columbia University) and Mr Nils Hollberg (president of the Society for the Restoration of Baltic Historical Buildings).

Our building resides right beside the Town Hall. The oldest part of the stone house, built before 1755, has still preserved its mansard roof and baroque roof-windows. The building takes additional architectural value in the fact that it was not damaged in World War II and has alone in the vicinity of the Town Hall preserved its historical authenticity.