Prize winner booklet for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

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As a politician who recognized digitalization’s opportunities for societal transformation at an early date, and was also able to realize this potential as Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves was awarded the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." The Bertelsmann Stiftung honoredf him as a thought leader and pioneer of digitalization in governance, administration and education.

Particularly during his 10-year presidency (2006 – 2016), Toomas Hendrik Ilves made digital transformation in Estonia a key objective, and pursued this goal both consistently and judiciously. Today, Estonia is regarded worldwide as a model digital nation.

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"To innovate, learn and make a difference works best by throwing a glance over our frontiers."

(Reinhard Mohn)