Kersti Kaljulaid elected as first female President of Estonia
The parliament of Estonia has elected Kersti Kaljulaid (46) as the President of the Baltic country. With this, she became Estonia’s first female president.
She had won vote 81-0, with 20 members absent in the parliamentary voting. She will be Estonia’s fifth President and is due to take office on 10 October 2016. She is also the youngest person to get elected as President of Estonia.
About Kersti Kaljulaid
- Kersti Kaljulaid is trained biologist specialising in genetics and also holds an MBA from University of Tartu.
- In the late 1990s she had worked as investment banker at Hansapank that was later taken over by Swedbank.
- In 1999, she had joined the office of then Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar as an economic policy adviser.
- Since May 2011, she was serving as the representative of Estonia in the European Court of Auditors (ECA).