Our people

A small community of changemakers.

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 the board​

Reelika Alunurm

Head of DD StratLab

Heiki Tamm

Property management

Triin Mirjam Tark

Head of DD Academy

The expanded board

Meri Külm

Head of HR

Joanna Kurvits

Head of HEDF project

Toomas Tuul

DD Academy

The council

Dr Kristiina Tõnnisson

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

Age Toomla

Expert at the Estonian Youth Work Center

Laura Kalda

Statistics Estonia, PIAAC project manager of the adult education survey

Raimond Tamm

Vice Mayor of the city of Tartu

Martin Mölder

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

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

 

Headquarters

The functional roles and teams supporting all other parts of the organization.

Communication

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Head of communication

Maria Laanjärv

Member

Human resources

Meri Külm

Head of HR

Heli-Katri Marttila

Member

Anneli Rääbis

Member

Maarja Heinla

Member

Hybrid European Democracy Festival

Joanna Kurvits

Head of HEDF

Triin Jürimäe

Head of European hubs

Kristel Jakobson

Grants and projects

Edit Tammepõld

Communications teamleader

Maarja Kalma

Communications team

Anni Eerik

Communications team

DD Academy is made possible by our highly motivated volunteers.

Leadership

Triin Mirjam Tark

Head of DD Academy

Alo Aasmäe

Head of development

Annika Kumar

Head of organizing

Toomas Tuul

Head of recruitment

Keit Puh

Development

Development

Alo Aasmäe

Head of development

Keit Puh

Member

Liza Vabistsevits

Member

Organizing

Annika Kumar

Head of organizing

Kärt Lehis

Head of program team development

Christo Alliksoo

Member

Recruitment

Toomas Tuul

Head of recruitment

Karmen Laur

Member

Obidi Ojochide

Member

Undīne Kuple

Member

Aritha Kumarasinghe

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

Martin A. Noorkõiv

Consultant

Joanna Kurvits

Consultant

Triin Rebbas

Consultant

Karl Lembit Laane

Consultant

Our extended team

Angela Ader

Consultant

Toomas Tuul

Consultant

Hannes Leinola

Consultant

Kaisa Jõgeva

Consultant

Heidi Maiberg

Concultant

Meri Külm

Consultant

Learn about our impact

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