Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has his roots in Tartu. He graduated from the University of Tartu as a chemist. In addition, he has studied agronomy at the Estonian Academy of Agriculture and furthered his studies in business management at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Prior to becoming the Prime Minister, Ansip was the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, and before that, he was the Mayor of Tartu for six years (1998-2004). Previously, Ansip had also been a private entrepreneur in banking and commerce, laid the foundation of Tartu Radio, and worked in chemical labs in his original profession.
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip's wife Anu is a gynaecologist who currently works at an international medical research company. Andrus and Anu have three daughters. The eldest daughter Reet Pallase is a dentist and she is additionally studying to become a surgeon, but currently her focus is on raising her daughter and son. The middle daughter Tiina Ansip is a journalist and the youngest child Liisa studies in primary school at Miina Härma Grammar School in Tartu.
During the week, the Prime Minister lives with his daughter Tiina in Tallinn, and he spends weekends with his wife and youngest daughter at his home in the Tammelinn district of Tartu. Andrus Ansip likes to spend time with his family and participate in sports events. The whole family likes to go skiing in winter, roller-skating, swimming, and hiking in summer, and of course likes to travel.
Andrus Ansip does not miss any major people's sports events if cycling or skiing is involved. The Prime Minister trains regularly and has achieved very good results in the Tartu Cycling Rally. Traditionally, Ansip also participates in the Tartu Ski Marathon. He has been awarded a Master's badge from the Worldloppet, which denotes the completion of ten different ski marathons. He has completed the Swedish Vasaloppet, the longest marathon in the Worldloppet series, and even participated in the Kangaroo Hoppet in Australia.
Date and place of birth: 1 October 1956, Tartu, Estonia
1979 Tartu State University, Speciality in Organic Chemistry
1974 Tartu Secondary School No 5
1992 York University in Toronto, Business Management
1987-1989 Estonian Academy of Agriculture, Speciality in Agronomy
2000 British Council training in Brussels, Dublin and Edinburgh
2005- Prime Minister
2004-2005 Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
1998-2004 Mayor of Tartu
1995-1996 Livonia Privatization IF, Chairman of the Board
1995-1996 Fondijuhtide AS (Fundmanagers Ltd) - a fund manager for SEIF (a privatization investment fund), Chairman of the Management Board
1994-1998 Tartu Commercial Bank, Bankruptcy Trustee
1994-1998 Radio Tartu Ltd, Chairman of the Board
1994-1996 Estonian Social Bank, Head of Tartu Department; North Estonian Bank, Deputy Head of Tartu Department
1993-1995 Rahvapank (People's Bank), Member of the Board of Directors
1993-1994 AS Rondam, Chairman of the Management Board and General Director 1989-1993 Joint Venture Estkompexim, Head of Tartu regional office
1986-1988 Estonian Communist Party, Tartu District Committee, Instructor of Industry Department, Head of Organisational Department
1983-1987 Tartu State University, General and Molecular Pathology Institute, coronary and cardio-surgery division, x-ray contrast substances laboratory, Senior Engineer
1981-1983 Military service in the Baltic Fleet
1979-1981 Tartu State University, Organic Chemistry Chair, Senior Engineer
Party membership: the Estonian Reform Party
Estonian - mother tongue
Russian and English - fluent
German on communicative level