Our people

Changemakers of all kinds, working together.

Our leadership

The board is responsible for the everyday leadership and management of the foundation and the council sets the wider strategy.

The board

Martin A. Noorkõiv

CEO, chairman of board

Vilve Pukson

Finance & business

Uta Kührt

Office manager

Heiki Tamm

Property management

Toomas Tuul

Head of DD Academy

Reelika Alunurm

Head of DD StratLab

The council

Dr Kristiina Tõnnisson

Chairman of the council
Director of Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Birte Schellmann

Member of the magistrate of the city of Lüneburg

Laura Kalda

Statistics Estonia, PIAAC project manager of the adult education survey

Verni Loodmaa

Chairman of the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association

Martin Mölder

Researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Age Toomla

Expert at the Estonian Youth Work Center

Piret Talur

Director of the youth work service of the Tartu city government

The founders

Prof. Dr. Axel/ Alexander Anton von Rücker

Professor at University of Bonn, Pediatrics, Clin. Pathology

Mr. Nils Hollberg

Representative of the Union for Developing Baltic Architectural Mementos

Mr. Prof. Jenik Radon

Adj. Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Honorary members of the council

Prof. Dr.  Axel/ Alexander Anton von Rücker
Founder, Professor at University of Bonn, Pediatrics, Clin. Pathology

Mr. Nils Hollberg
Founder, representative of the Union for Developing Baltic Architectural Mementos

Mr. Prof. Jenik Radon
Founder, Adj. Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (New York)

Mr Andrus Ansip
Member of the first board; vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for Digital Single Market

Mr. Prof. Jaak Aaviksoo
Member of the first board; member of the Estonian Parliament Riigikogu

Mr. Prof. Wolfgang Haße
Member of the first board; Professor for childrens’ surgery, German-Baltic Physicians’ Association, honorary member of the University of Tartu

Mr. Urmas Klaas
Member of the first board; mayor of the city of Tartu

Mr. Kalev Kukk
Member of the first board; former counselor of the prime minister of the Republic of Estonia

Mrs. Prof. Marju Lauristin
Member of the first board; Professor of Political Communication at the University of Tartu; member of the European Parliament

Mr. Prof. Peeter Tulviste
Member of the first board; vice-president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

Mr. Prof. Tõnu Lehtsaar
Professor of Practical Theology

Honorary members of the administration

Mrs Vilve Pukson
Member of the executive board

Mr Heiki Tamm
member of the executive board

 

DD Academy is made possible by our highly motivated volunteers.

The management

Toomas Tuul

Head of DD Academy

Kaisa Jõgeva

Head of development

Kärt Lehis

Head of expansion

Meri Külm

Head of human resources

Uta Kührt

Head of finance

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Head of communication

Development

Kaisa Jõgeva

Head of development

Heidi Maiberg

Member

Hans Vellama

Member

Hanna Britt Soots

Member

Marleen Kirsipuu

Member

Laura Ruusmann

Member

Richard Annilo

Member

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Member

Kate Puh

Member

Kaisa Schiffer

Member

Expansion

Kärt Lehis

Head of expansion

Katre-Helena Käppa

Member

Margit Kattai

Member

Hendrik Eerikson

Member

Communication

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Head of communication

Margot Lillemägi

Member

Hannes Leinola

Member

Margit Kattai

Member

Hristo Neiland

Member

Facilitators

In every country there is also a team of volunteer facilitators who run the program in their city. Currently there are teams in Tartu, Estonia and Riga, Latvia.

The consultants at DD StratLab are working part-time in DD and all the profits earned by the projects they do go into financing DD Academy. Most of our consultants are also volunteering in DD Academy.

Our consultants

Reelika Alunurm

Head of DD StratLab

Kaisa Jõgeva

Consultant

Heidi Maiberg

Concultant

Angela Ader

Consultant

Toomas Tuul

Consultant

Kärt Lehis

Consultant

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Consultant

Meri Külm

Intern

Hannes Leinola

Intern

Learn about our impact

What we’ve achieved with DD Academy and DD StratLab.