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14:30 - 15:30 28 March 2018

Thinking ahead of the curve: how to cope with digital transformation


Darwin Lecture Theatre | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, In 2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia. Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor.

As President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid represents the world's only digital society which actually has a State – the Estonian digital society of 1,3 million people, the whole population. The country has gone through a societal disruption to make sure its citizens and businesses have a totally digital environment to deal with both the State and also with their private partners. It has now been 18 years and a generation that Estonia has been using the X-Road platform – we call it cross-roads because people and business meet on that platform.

Estonia is now seeing clearly the questions that will arise for digital societies once everyone is digital. Is not only industry 4.0 but much more. It`s societal disruption. The most urgent issues that will arise would at first be taxation of companies in digital societies – where to tax if transactions happen completely or partially online, how this taxation system should be handled.


Elizabeth Carter