Ulla Ilisson to become head of new Education and Youth Board

Ulla Ilisson, who has previously held senior positions at Swedbank, will become the head of the Education and Youth Board (haridus- ja noorteamet) which has been created by merging four institutions.

Mart Laidmets, a member of the Public Chief Executive Selection Committee at the State Chancellery and secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, said he was pleased the head of the office would be a top private sector manager.

"The addition of Ilisson is a victory for the civil service. The experience and knowledge of the private sector will certainly help to shape a citizen-centered and modern public office," said Laidmets.

He added Ilisson has experience in the sector - she is a member of the council of TalTech's master's program in business administration and has contributed to the launch and operation of the Back to School initiative as chairman of the council for five years.

Ilisson said the management of the state agency, especially a new one, is a very big responsibility and challenge.

"I want to make the agency an organization which is open, value-adding and progressive for the learner, teacher, school leader, youth worker and local government. At the same time, merging the four agencies into one will be a time-consuming process with long-term results," she said

Since 2005, Ilisson has been managing retail banking, marketing and digital service deployment at Swedbank. From 2011 to 2016, she was a member of the Bank's Management Board. She left Swedbank last December.

On June 3, the Riigikogu passed amendments to the law establishing the Education and Youth Board on the basis of the Innove Foundation, the Archimedes Foundation, the Education Information Technology Foundation (HITSA) and the Estonian Youth Work Center. 

The Education and Youth Board will start work on August 1.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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