New appointments in the Baltics

  • 2001-09-06
Karin Jaani, 49, has become Estonia's new ambassador to Russia.

Jaani graduated from Tartu University in 1980 with a degree in Romanic and Germanic philology. She has previously worked as an English teacher and secretary for the Estonian Council of Churches. Jaani was an MP from 1992 to 1995 and later Estonia's ambassador at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and head of the State Chancellery's foreign relations department. She speaks English, Russian, French, German, and Finnish. Jaani is married and has one daughter

Tarmo Sumberg, prominent Estonian businessman and ex-chief executive of the Reval Hotel Group, started to work as part-time adviser to Prime Minister Mart Laar on Aug. 27. Sumberg will continue dealing with his own real-estate development projects.

Sumberg's responsibilities include seeing to the establishment of cooperation between the national and local governments, and entrepreneurs and public organizations, with the sole aim of improving and promoting the image of the Republic of Estonia.

Sumberg was born in 1963 and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Tallinn in 1985, where he majored in accounting and economics, and from the Estonian Business School in 1991, where he studied international business administration. He was CEO of both the Olumpia Hotel and Reval Hotel Group until 2001.

Sumberg is chairman of the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association, a board member of the Central Union of Estonian Employers, and head of the council of the tourism agency Enterprise Estonia.

Sumberg is married and has three children.

Jaan Tamm became the new rector of the Estonian Insitute of Humanities, the oldest private university in Estonia, on Sept. 3.

Tamm, historian and archeologist, graduated from Tartu University in 1972 and sat as an archeologist on the National Restoration Committee and other institutions dealing with the preservation of antiques.

Tamm is also a member of Estonia's UNESCO commission and a board member of the Estonian National Culture Foundation.