Since 2006, I have been among key persons introducing and developing the concepts of societal impact analysis as well as social entrepreneurship in the region. Currently, I run a boutique consultancy firm while continuing advancing impact management theory and practice. Latest clients in 2019 have included Startup Estonia (collective impact consultancy), Estonian Forest Certification Council (strategy building), Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation (development of SDGs related services) and an employment program for ex-offenders called STEP (mid-term impact assessment). I teach one of the core courses in the MA program of Social Entrepreneurship (in English) at Tallinn University.
I was a co-founder and chairman of the Estonian Social Enterprise Network (in 2012-2019). In 2015-2019, I was a member of GECES, the European Commission´s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship. The Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations elected me as a “Mission person of the year” in 2013.
By now, I have stood in front of thousands of people in Estonia as a public speaker, moderator or trainer. International engagements have included Armenia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Serbia and Turkey.
Before co-founding ESEN, I helped to scale up high-impact initiatives (e.g. Estonian SOS Children’s Villages) in the Good Deed Foundation, the first venture philanthropy organisation in the Baltics. My results also included creation of a still successful donation portal with Swedbank that was the first such initiative in the region.
I have written the first impact analysis handbook for social purpose organisations in Estonian (in 2012), and co-authored a few others, including “Maximise Your Impact: A Guide for Social Entrepreneurs“ (2017).
I hold an MA degree in Economics. As a hobby, I have written two novels (fiction), both of which received national recognition awards (2004, 2006).