Marina Kaljurand appointed Foreign Minister
Marina Kaljurand has been appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs for Estonia. She replaces Keit Pentus-Rosimannus who resigned after a Tallinn court ruled that she was connected with the bankruptcy of her father’s freight company and along with other defendants must pay claims to creditors.
Marina Kaljurand, 53, has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Tartu and an M.A. in international law and diplomacy from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 1996 onwards she has been involved in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as a Counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki, then Director General of the Legal Department at the Ministry, Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs and Legal Adviser and then Ambassador to Israel (2004 – 2006), Russian Federation (2005 – 2008) and Kazakhstan (2007 – 2011). After a brief period as Undersecretary for Foreign Economic Relations and Development Aid at the Ministry she then went on to be the Ambassador to the United States and Mexico (2011 – 2014) and Canada (2011 – 2013). Before becoming Foreign Secretary she served as the Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs.
Marina Kaljurand speaks five languages, Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish and French and is married with two children.