Maive Rute

Date and place of birth: 7 May 1966, Rapla

Married with two children


  • 2012–2013 Harvard University (USA), Fellow
  • 2008–2009 Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, CERIS, Brussels (Belgium), Master's in international politics (cum laude)
  • 1994–1996 Danube University Krems (Austria), Master's in Business Administration
  • 1985–1991 Estonian University of Life Sciences, Degree in economics (cum laude)
  • 1984 Türi Secondary School (gold medal)

Professional experience:

  • From 10/2019 Eesti Pank, Deputy Governor
  • 04/2016–09/2019 Deputy Director-General for the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission
  • 07/2013–04/2016 Resource Director in DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission
  • 07/2009–07/2013 Director for Biotechnologies, Food and Agriculture Research in DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission
  • 04/2005–06/2009 Director for the Promotion of SMEs, Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship in DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission
  • 09/2000–04/2005 CEO of the Estonian Credit and Export Guarantee Fund KredEx
  • 04/1997–08/2000 Managing Director of the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund
  • 08/1995–03/1997 Analyst at the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund
  • 10/1994–08/1995 Audit team member at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • 03/1992–09/1994 Director in Estonia of US aid organisation VOCA

Other positions held:

  • From 12/2019 Member of the TalTech University Council
  • From 11/2019 Member of the Research and Development Council
  • 2005 Representative for SMEs in the European Union
  • 2002–2005 Member of the finance committee of the Eesti Tehnoloogiaagentuur (Estonian Technology Agency
  • 2002–2005 Trainer in management and communication at the Junior Chamber International and training company Invicta

Participation in civil society:

  • 2013–2019 Member of the Harvard Club of Belgium
  • 1999–2001 Deputy President of the Eesti Väike- ja Keskmiste Ettevõtjate organisation for SMEs


  • Estonian – native language
  • English – very good
  • German – good
  • French – good
  • Russian – some ability in speaking
  • Spanish – some ability in speaking