Today I met the former Estonia’s president (2007-2016), an engineer and a leader Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Here I’ll share his lecture’s content and my four key takeaways that are relevant for anyone interested in politics, cyber security or public speaking.

I left work early to catch a train down to Palo Alto. That’s where the famous Stanford University is situated. On a sunny day, most of the students were leaving lectures as I cycled through the stunning Stanford campus to the Green’s library.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves at Green Library, Stanford

Green Library, Stanford


There were less than 10 people in the room 15 minutes before the talk, so I grabbed a seat in the front. American and Estonian flags in the front made the room look official and ready for filming.