The owner and Managing Director of the company is Matti Raudjärv (PhD):

Matti Raudjärv was born on 5 August 1949 at Rakvere (Estonia). Since 1965 he has lived in the Pirita-Kose District of Tallinn.

Education: An important part of education was acquired in the Rakvere Secondary School No. 1 (the current Rakvere Gymnasium). In 1974 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT, former Tallinn Polytechnical Institute) with the diploma of an economic engineer.

PhD (Candidate of Economics) since 1982 (subject of thesis: Regional and Economic Aspects of Different Sectors of National Economy and Industrial Enterprises). Since 1989 the academic position of a senior researcher and since 1991, Associate Professor of Economics in National Economy.

Further training acquired: From 1989 until now he has repeatedly acquired further training in different fields of economic policy in several universities of the German Federal Republic (Kiel, Frankfurt am Main, Osnabrück, Greifswald, etc.), also in the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He has acquired further training in other fields of economics in further training centres of Germany (in Schleswig-Holstein Business Academy in Kiel – in the field of marketing; in the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Academy in Neubergstadt – in issues related to local government) and in Austria in the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (economics of small and medium-sized enterprises).

In 1997–1999 he studied at forestry courses organised for private forest owners by the State Forest Management Centre. In 1998 he acquired the project management and development training provided by Project Institute Finland.

Work experience since 1965: jobs in enterprises (gardening, services, industry, consultations and project activities, etc.) as a worker, foreman, engineer-planner, head of department and head of company, from 1978–1984 in Estonian research institutes and from 1984–1987 in Mainor as a head of department. Training and business consultant.

Work experience in the system of higher education since 1975: Faculty of Economics of the Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu, Pärnu College of the University of Tartu, in different periods also in parallel in certain Estonian private institutions of higher education.

Has been employed as an adjunct lecturer, senior researcher, lead researcher, docent and professor. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the Tallinn University of Technology in 1990–1994. Has organised the SME speciality in the Faculty of Economics of the Tallinn University of Technology (1991). In 1992, founder (in the Tallinn University of Technology) of the first Chair of Economic Policy created after Estonia regained its independence, its first Holder of the Chair and Professor (1992–1997). Since 1996 he has been employed in addition by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu, and since 1999 periodically and since 2002 as a permanent member of the staff also in the Pärnu College of the University of Tartu.

Subjects taught at the university:
He has taught Business Administration and is currently teaching mainly different subjects of economic policy, such as Basics of Economic Policy, Regional and Local Government Policy, Environmental Policy, etc.

Publications: author of more than 200 research publications (incl. 20 books and booklets). More than 50 works have been published in Russian, German and English outside Estonia. Editor of several research publications, organiser and main organiser of (also international) research forums.

Social activities:
Initiator and contributor to the activities of the Pirita Gymnasium of Economics (1993-1996).

Elected as Vice-President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) (1994–1999). Member of the three first administrative councils of the Pirita District of Tallinn (1992–1999). Founder-member of the Estonian Economic Association and of the German DAAD-Alumni in Estonia. Founder-member of the Ambla Forest Cooperative.

Reinitiated the creation and installation of the sculpture "Sundial" to mark the site of the University of Tartu in the 17th-18th century (sculptor Hannes Starkopf) (the University of Tartu was in Pärnu in 1699–1710). Also organised the financing of the sculpture. The sculpture was opened in Pärnu on 8 September 2004 and it is on the lawn in front of the Pärnu College of the University of Tartu at Ringi 35.

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