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Tea Danilov                         

Head of the Foresight Centre                               
+372 631 6922   


Tea has graduated from the University of Tartu with a Master of Economics degree, specialising in econometrics and economic theory. She has worked in Enterprise Estonia as the Director of Export and Entrepreneurship Centre, and in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as the Head of Internal Market Department and Economic Development Department.

Lenno Uusküla                       

Head of Research                               
+372 631 6921   


Lenno received his PhD degree in Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Previously he has studied at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and at the University of Tartu. Before joining the Foresight Centre, he worked as a Senior Economist at the Research Division of the Economics and Research Department of Eesti Pank (Bank of Estonia), and as an Economist at the European Central Bank. His research has focused on macroeconomics and financial stability, though by far not exclusively. He has published papers in leading field journals, and currently supervises and teaches students at the University of Tartu.

Kadri Mats                            

Project Manager
+372 631 6924

Kadri has studied public administration at the Estonian Business School, and also financial management at the same university. She has worked as Project Manager of the European Union funds at Foundation KredEx, and as an Expert at the Economic Development Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Uku Varblane                        

+372 521 4757

Uku has received a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tartu, where he focused on economic modelling and public economy and is completing his doctoral studies where his topic of research is the links between productivity and global value chains. He has also studied in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana, in Sweden at Jönköping University and Tbilisi State University in Georgia. As the Head of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) of the University of Tartu, Uku has more than 10 years of experience in conducting and managing applied research in the economy.

Magnus Piirits                     

+372 631 6925

Magnus is a doctoral student of Economics at the University of Tartu. He has worked as an analyst in Praxis think tank where his research mainly concerned social protection. More specifically, he focused on pension research both in Estonia and in Europe, using quantitative analysis methods. His doctoral thesis examines the impact of pension system reforms in Estonia on inequality by applying the microsimulation method. He is also a European Social Policy Network expert on pensions in Estonia. In addition to social protection, he has also contributed to developing the tax-benefit model (EUROMOD).

Johanna Vallistu                   

+372 527 8889

Johanna is a graduate of the Tallinn University of Technology Master’s programme in Technology Governance, and Sciences Po Master’s programme on Evaluating Policies and Programmes. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Johanna has worked as an analyst at the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) in the University of Tartu, and as a consultant of innovation and economic policies at Technopolis Group. In the Foresight Centre, Johanna Vallistu has headed the study programmes of Labour Market 2035, and Financial Well-being of the Future Elderly. Since 2019, Johanna has been working towards her PhD degree in TalTech Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Her main interests lie in the future social insurance system and the future of work.

Berit Brandt                          

Information Adviser          
+372 631 6923

Berit has graduated from the Tallinn University with a Master of Arts in Humanities (MA), specialising in linguistics and language editing. Earlier, she has worked in the Administrative Department of the Estonian Public Broadcasting and as the Consultant of the Estonian Green Party Faction at the Chancellery of the Riigikogu.

Kristo Mäe                

Communications Specialist                                       
+372 555 88166


Marina Васhmann               

Communications Specialist 
(on maternity leave)

Marina has studied the history of the Estonian language and culture at Tallinn University, and she has 15 years of work experience in communications from the private and public sector.



Last updated: 13.04.2021