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Lauri Tammiste

Centre Director

Lauri Tammiste started working as the director of SEI Tallinn in 2016.

He has extensive and interdisciplinary experience in energy, energy efficiency and innovation policy design, analysis and program management. During his 7 years at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications he was in various positions responsible for shaping the national renewable energy plan, national R&D and innovation strategy, designing and launching new support programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy and R&D, coordinating and carrying out ex-ante and ex-post policy evaluations, international cooperation and representing Estonia in various European Commission, OECD, IEA and Nordic-Baltic working groups.

Lauri has also served as a member of the management board of the Estonian Environmental Investment Centre (EIC), which as a government-owned foundation is responsible for financing sustainable environmental projects both from national and EU funds. His main tasks have involved helping to shape new financing instruments, carrying out impact assessment of financed projects in 10 policy areas, implementing improvements in financing framework based on the impact assessments and also improving the communication and marketing activities of EIC in order to raise the public profile of the financed projects and to boost environmental awareness.

Work experience before SEI

  • Member of the Executive Board, Estonian Environmental Investment Centre
  • Director of Energy and Green Economy, Estonian Development Fund
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Elering (Estonian Transmission System Operator)
  • Director of Energy Department, Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Tallinn Technology Park Tehnopol
  • Director of Economic Development Department, Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Head of Economic Analysis Division, Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications


Lauri has graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia (Public Administration) and spent a semester at Maastricht University.

Events with SEI:

Publications authored externally to SEI

Tammiste L., Tynkkynen O. 10.12.2018. “Seizing the potential of climate solutions – and making the Baltics leaders in green economy.” The Baltic Course.

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