Director General, DG MOVE | European Commission
Henrik is 49 years old, an economist by training and holds degree from TalTech (Tallinn Technical University). He has also studied in Aarhus University in Denmark. On October 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. Before he began to work in the Commission, Henrik held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004 and was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Prime Minister. In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy, followed by representing the Estonian Government in the Convention on the Future of Europe between 2002-2003. In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. In November 2013 he was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, and represented the European Commission in the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Throughout the years, he has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Lion of Finland from the President of Finland, Order of the White Star (3rd class) from the President of Estonia, the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite from the President of France, Order of Honour (Ordinul de Onoare) from the President of Moldova and the Commander of the Cross of Recognition (3rd class) from the President of Latvia. In May 2014, the Estonian European Movement named him "European of the Year", and in September 2018 he was named TalTech’s "Alumni of the year".