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Taavi Kotka

Founder, Proud Engineers and Head, Jio research Center, Estonia

Taavi Kotka is an information visionary and was formerly Chief Information Officer for Estonia. Apolitical named him among World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government (2018). In 2014, he proposed the idea and became the father of the e-residency (next generation identity solution in Estonia) aiming for 10 million e-residents by 2025. Prior to joining the government, he was the CEO of Nortal, one of the largest software development companies in the Baltic states. He was a special advisor on the digital single market issues, electronic identity and e-governance for the vice president of the European Commission. Taavi was named European CIO of the Year (2014) and Computerworld named him among Premier 100 Technology Leaders (2016).  Most recently, Taavi founded a company, Proud Engineers. He is currently Head of Jio Research Center in Estonia supporting digital transformation in India.