Conference 2024

Do Foreign Companies Want to Stay in Estonia?

FICE 2024 Survey results: concerns and opportunities


Wednesday, April 17, 2024   •   Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Tallinn

Keynote Speakers

Tiit Riisalo

Minister of Economic Affairs and Information Technology

Sirli Männiksaar

Ericsson Estonia Country Manager and Chairman of the Board

Karsten Staehr

Professor of Macroeconomics at the Department of Economics and Finance at Tallinn University of Technology, and a part-time research advisor at Bank of Estonia

Dr Scott Levy

CEO BlueMount Capital (UK) Ltd.

Madis Ostra

Foreign Investment Screening Expert at Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority

Lenno Uusküla

Luminor Estonia Chief Economist and Associate Professor in Macroeconomics at the University of Tartu

David Clark

Venture partner, Tera Ventures

Edmund Smolarek

Executive of Möhring Group, CEO of Balti Spoon OÜ

The Foreign Investors’ Council in Estonia (FICE) is holding this exclusive conference on 17 April 2024 to answer a pressing question: “Do Foreign Companies Want to Stay in Estonia?” This event promises a comprehensive exploration of the current landscape for foreign businesses operating in Estonia, with insights from industry leaders, policymakers and economists. 

The conference will begin with the presentation of the FICE Executive Survey 2024 report. Then two panels will discuss the main question of the conference from different angles and perspectives.

We look forward to your participation! For more information on FICE, please visit

Kris Leinatamm

Moderator, Effectiveness Consultant for Organisations and Teams

Bart Cosijn

Moderator, Secretary of FICE and founder Estonian Dialogue Academy


9.00–9.15 Welcome coffee
9.15–9.30 Opening speech by FICE chairman Peter Thomsen
Warm up by moderator: brief interaction with the audience to hear their questions for the day
9.30–10.00 Presentation of the FICE Executive Survey 2024 report by FICE chairman Peter Thomsen and Joseph Duggan, Economic Advisor to FICE
Handing over of report to Minister of Economic Affairs & IT Tiit Riisalo
10.00–10.45 First panel with the Minister Tiit Riisalo, Sirli Männiksaar, Karsten Staehr and Scott Levy, + Q & A
10.45–11.00 Coffee break
11.00–11.15 Presentation by Madis Ostra, Foreign Investment Screening Expert + Q & A
11.15–11.25 Announcement of the FICE ‘Chamber of the Year’ including trophy handling
11.25–12.15 Second panel with Lenno Uusküla, David Clark and Edmund Smolarek, + Q & A
12.15–12.30 Closing remarks by FICE Chairman
12.30 Lunch and networking


Foreign Investors’ Council in Estonia

Bart Cosijn


FICE Members