Transparency International Estonia

Transparency International Estonia is a non-profit organisation operating in the public interest with the aim to prevent corruption, raise awareness about corruption as well as promote transparency and democracy in the Estonian society.  
 
Transparency International Estonia was first established as a subsidiary organisation of Jaan Tõnisson Institute, with the name Korruptsioonivaba Eesti (translated as Corruption-Free Estonia), on the 27th of April, 2000. Until the end of 2006, it operated under the Corruption Analysis Centre in the Institute. 
 
In 2007, we were accredited to represent the international anti-corruption organisation Transparency International in Estonia. The same year, Korruptsioonivaba Eesti or Transparency International Estonia was registered as a separate non-profit organisation to enjoy greater autonomy. 
 
Transparency International Estonia is not a law enforcement agency and therefore does not engage in detection or investigation of corruption cases. On the other hand, we are constantly analysing, monitoring and influencing the anti-corruption policy and legislation of Estonia to ensure corruption is prevented in a systemic and structural manner. We consider raising awareness, not only amongst the general public but also specific target groups such as state and local government officials, entrepreneurs and journalists, a vital element in the anti-corruption activities.  
 
For this purpose, we organise thematic events, conduct research, publish toolkits and carry out explanatory work through media, our website, monthly newsletters and other communication channels. 
 
It is our principle to remain independent, apolitical and professional.
 
Our organisation is generally financed through projects. In the time period of 2007-2013, the Open Estonia Foundation provided operating support to our organisation. Other sources of funding through project grants are various local (NFCS, Norden, Swiss NGO Fund, Ministry of Justice, OEF) and international (European Commission, Partnership for Transparency Fund, TI Secretariat, Council of Europe) organisations. To a lesser extent, the association's budget is supplemented by the provision of services (research, analysis, trainings and consultancies), membership fees and donations.
 
An overview of past and present projects can be found here and a list of donors can be found here.

 

TI Estonia

Contact information

Reg. no. 80246815

Address: Telliskivi 60a/3 (III floor), 10412 Tallinn

Tel.: +372 5330 9965 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

E-mail: info(at)transparency.ee

Web: www.transparency.ee

 

TI Estonia Board

Steven-Hristo Evestus (Chairman of the Board)

Steven-Hristo worked as a State Prosecutor for 16 years during which he was involved in the management of pre-trial proceedings and the representation of prosecution in various criminal offenses, such as professional, economic and money-laundering offenses. He launched the Ethics Council of Prosecutors and later became the Chairman of it. In addition, Steven-Hristo developed the Code of Conduct for prosecutors and a Code of Good Judicial Practice in cooperation with judges and lawyers. Since 2019, Steven-Hristo leads the legal department of a cybersecurity company called CybExer Technologies. 

 

Piret Kustasson

Piret has been working as the Head of Internal Audit Department of Omniva (Estonian Post) since 2004. Piret previously worked in banking - at Hoiupank (later Hansapank / Swedbank) as a lawyer (1994-2000) and Krediidipank (later Coop Pank) as the bank's Branch Manager and Credit Product and Development Manager (2000-2004). She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tartu and is a member of the Estonian Association of Internal Auditors, where she is currently a member of the association's Training and Development Committee. She is a certified internal auditor of a public sector entity and also holds an International Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) certificate. 

Piret finds that TI Estonia has a clear role in raising awareness of corruption in the Estonian society as a whole. As a member of the Board, she primarily contributes to the issues of awareness of corruption in the private sector, risk management and prevention of private sector corruption. 
 

Anne Reino

Anne works at the University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration as a Vice Head for Academic Affairs. She graduated from Faculty of Economics of the University of Tartu in 2009, defending her PhD in economics. Her areas of teaching and research include business ethics, organizational culture and values, and human resource management. She is a member of the Council of the Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu. Anne considers it important to be aware of the ethical risks related to business activities, including corruption, and to raise awareness about the issue among existing and future entrepreneurs. As a member of the Board, she contributes primarily to the issues of prevention and raising awareness about corruption in the private sector. 

 

Merle Ojasoo

Merle is an associate professor at Tallinn University of Technology. She has been researching and teaching business ethics since 2000 and still the chosen field offers many challenges. Corruption prevention and sustainable development of organizations have also been added to the area of interest. Merle has conducted several studies on ethics and corruption, published research articles and presented at international conferences. She believes that value-based management and responsible entrepreneurship involving all the stakeholders in the organization create the precondition for long-term success and she aims to spread this message as the TI Estonia board member. 

 

Raul Narits

 

Office

Carina Paju

Executive Director

Carina's academic background is in Politics and Government (BA, University of Tartu) and Global Development (MSc, University of Copenhagen). Previously, Carina worked as an analyst for Concord Consulting in Denmark, as an intern during the Human Rights Council with the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the UN in Geneva and in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia). Carina's professional goal is to reduce social inequalities and to promote a transparent and just society. 
 
Carina first started working for TI Estonia as a volunteer and in May 2018 was hired as the association's Development Coordinator. Since March 2019, Carina has served as the Executive Director of TI Estonia and is responsible for project implementation, advocacy and communications. 

carina.paju(at)transparency.ee

 

Kersti Ringmets

Outreach Expert

From September 2020 to September 2021 thanks to the project funded by the Active Citizens Fund Kersti develops Values Games to introduce whistleblowing to youngsters and runs a social media campaign aimed at young people to raise awareness about whistleblowing. Kersti also works in the communication department of the Ministry of Interior and before that held the role of an adviser in the field of civil society in the ministry. She has also experience in the field of internal auditing in the public sector and worked as an executive director in the cancer treatment foundation “The Gift of Life”. In addition to that, she works as a freelance conference interpreter and has tried out marketing of Estonian design in the private sector. 

kersti.ringmets(at)transparency.ee

 

Merle Mändmets

Project Manager for Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre

Merle has studied both Scandinavian languages and cultures and English. She has experience working in sales in the private sector but has been a teacher for the last ten years. Furthermore, she has project management experience (Interreg Estonia-Latvia) and has also been a member of the World Cleanup Day 2018 team.  
Merle is responsible for setting up the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) and developing the Business Integrity Forum. 

merle.mandmets(at)transparency.ee

 

Complaints concerning the activities of TI Estonia and its staff is received by the Board. Contact: juhatus@transparency.ee

 

Networks

TI Estonia is a member of the Estonian Network of Nonprofit Organisations (Vabaühenduste Liit).

Since 2019, TI Estonia is an associate member of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN).

 

Getting to us:

The office of TI Estonia is located conveniently in the city centre of Tallinn in Telliskivi Loomelinnak, building A3, 3rd floor. The A3 building is situated behind the famous restaurant F-hoone.