EBS International Summer School on Digitalization and Sustainability

Dates: 15-19 August 2022
Location: Tallinn, Estonia (15-18 August) & Helsinki, Finland (19th August)
Credits: 6 ECTS 

  1. After a successful inaugural year, the second International Summer School at the Estonian Business School (EBS) on digital and green transformations is planned for 15-18 August 2022 in Tallinn and for 19 August in Helsinki. 

  2. The motivation for the business school’s focus is the understanding that the digital and green transformation can only happen with significant changes in business models. While everybody has heard that data is the new oil, it is not the quantity of data that matters, but how data enhance our understanding of the world. 

  3. This summer school focuses on the rapidly growing digital and sustainability sectors, both of which are enabled by the data revolution. The Estonian Business School brings together students and speakers from all over the world, allowing for the exchange of ideas in the fields of sustainability and digitalization. While the former is Estonia’s strength, the latter is still a field where Estonia can learn from the international context. 

Combining our diverse business, economic, policy and management perspectives offered by the summer school’s distinguished faculty, lecturers, and speakers will provide fundamental ingredients for generating new ideas. We are well on our way to making this event a summer tradition at EBS, providing a platform for future leaders to gather at EBS and turn their ideas into reality.

The summer school has a strong critical thinking and analytical component. To graduate, its participants develop a capstone project on a topic of their choosing within the parameters of the issues discussed during the program. Those that complete the summer school and their capstone project receive 6 graduate-level ECTS credits

Special attention will be given to engaging women and minorities historically underrepresented in global business, especially in top leadership roles. We are planning at least one round table with female CEOs and entrepreneurs. A visit to a startup incubator is planned, as well as a visit to the seat of Estonia’s parliament. There are also online options for streaming over the internet, with the professional support of the EBS IT team. 

  2. Speakers

  4. We are working on solidifying our speaker list for 2022, which we will post when we have solid commitments. Many of our speakers from last year’s summer school have expressed a desire to participate in 2022. They included the following speakers last August and the topics they addressed:
  • Global and European views on digital and green transformation

Bengt Holmström, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics and Professor at MIT
Amy Jaffe, Research Professor at Tufts University
Eric Lamouroux, French Ambassador in Estonia

  1. Vivian Loonela, Spokesperson for Green Deal, European Commission
    Peter Lõhmus
    , Economist at IMF

Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Transport, European Commission

Katrin Höövelson, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission

Madis Müller, Governor at Bank of Estonia

Eve Tamme, Founder and Managing Director, Climate Principles

Protima Rauwel, Chair head of Energy Applications engineering

Theodore Hervieux, Scientific and academic Attache

Catherine Tanneau, Board Chair of ICF for Professional coaches

  • Digital transformation and governance

Taavi Rõivas, Former Prime Minister of Estonia and Entrepreneur

Nele Leosk, Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Long-term foresight and scenario planning

Meelis Kitsing, Rector at Estonian Business School

Anna Ebers Broughel, Tetra Tech and University of Texas at Austin, The Academic Director of the Summer School
Einari Kisel, Head of Partnerships and Strategy at FinEst Twins
Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO and Senior Partner of Nordic West Office
Dawud Ansari, Researcher at DIW Berlin

  • Roundtable of women entrepreneurs

Marion Lepmets, Founder and CEO of SoftComply (Munich)

Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter

Liisi Karindi, Co-Founder of GLIS & CCO

  • Helsinki and Tallinn startup ecosystems

Peter Vesterbacka, Founder of Finest Bay Area

Marion Teder, Founder and CEO of CareMate

Petri Kajander, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Finnish Think-Tank Libera

Antti Ainamo, Professor at TalTech University and Aalto University 
Timo Seppälä, Professor at Aalto University

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Businesses

Andres Meesak, CEO at Estonian PV Association
Martin Kruus, Sunly OÜ, Founder
Tõnu Mauring, Building Physicist, Amenti AG

Alexander Stauch, Post-doc researcher at the University of St.Gallen

  • Electric Utility and Beyond

Marko Viiding, Head of Electric Transport Services, Elektrilevi
Kristjan Eljand, Eesti Energia AS Technology

  • Sustainable development

Ivan Sergejev, Head of Sustainable Regional Development, FMA

Alex Wellman, Marketing and Communications, Team Lead, e-Residency

Dr. Kerli Kant Hvass, Head of Circular Economy, Estonian Business School

Aleksandra Kekkonen, EBS researcher on Circular/Green economy and Innovative Finance Inclusion

  • Agriculture and Tech

Martin Kenney, Distinguished Professor at the University of California

  • The Future of Work

Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab
Liya Pagalashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University


Deadline for early bird price


Full tuition payment is due 


Beginning of the Summer School

How to Apply

We welcome participation from graduate students and advanced undergraduates in social sciences, management, engineering, and other disciplines, striving for global business excellence. 

To apply, please submit the following info and documents as PDF files to summeradmissions@ebs.ee

  • A resume;
  • An unofficial school transcript with grades (undergraduate and graduate, if available);
  • A short justification (max 1 page) why you would like to participate in this event;
  • Contact info: name, phone number, email.

The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we strongly encourage you to apply early, as our space is limited. Once you are accepted, full tuition payment is due by 30 June 2022 to secure your spot. 

Course Credit

The summer school curriculum is for master’s and doctoral-level students or advanced undergraduates (final year) or those entering into graduate-level programs. The summer school is taught in English. 
You will receive an official Transcript of Records granting 6 ECTS credit points when the summer school is completed, and your summer school requirements are fulfilled. 


  • General admission price: 990 EUR. Price includes tuition fee, study materials, Transcript of Record, and certificate. 
  • Early bird price (20% off): 790 Euros. Your application must be received by 31 May 2022 to qualify for the early-bird price.
  • Attendance at the summer school; no credit: 790 Euros. 
  • Online attendance of the entire program with a certificate of attendance:  250 Euros
  • One-day online attendance: 90 Euros. 

Need-based scholarships


  • The organizers will award need-based scholarships on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and EBS alumni. 
  • To be considered for a need-based scholarship, please add a separate file to the application package outlining your situation and the amount needed (provide evidence, if appropriate). Partial scholarship waivers are much more likely than full waivers. The need-based scholarship only covers the tuition, while travel and accommodation in Tallinn remain the student’s responsibility.
  • All students will be responsible for their transportation and lodging in Tallinn and Helsinki and ticket purchases for site visits.

Visiting Tallinn: What to Know

The Baltic region is simply gorgeous in the summer months with moderate temperatures and long hours of daylight, and Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is one of the jewels. 
The city has been notable since its days as part of the Hanseatic League of medieval trading cities. In recent years, Tallinn has become a place of a burgeoning startup scene and ecosystem with nearly 1,300 companies. Six of those startups have been classified as unicorns, making it the European leader startups, unicorns, and investments per capita.
The Estonian Business School is located within walking distance of Tallinn’s Old Town, which dates back to the 13th century. The Old Town delights first-time visitors with its fantastic medieval walls, cobblestone streets, and many shops and museums. See what else Tallinn and the rest of Estonia have to offer.

Visiting Helsinki: What to Know

EBS has been operating its campus in Helsinki for 10 years and moved to a new location within walking distance of the city center in 2021. Traveling from Tallinn to Helsinki means a 90-minute ferry ride, offered many times a day. Then it’s a short tram ride to the EBS Helsinki campus. 
We won’t have much time on Friday, 19th August, to see the sights, but for the adventurous, Helsinki and its environs are well worth hanging around for a long weekend. You can learn more about what the city has to offer at this link.

Contact information

Anna Ebers Broughel

Anna Ebers Broughel

Summer School Co-director; Visiting faculty at EBS; Director of Energy Leadership, Clean Energy Leadership Institute; Lecturer in Energy Economics, The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)
Scott Abel

Scott Abel

Summer School Co-director; EBS junior researcher and lecturer; Ph.D. student in management


Despite the various surges in the pandemic in 2021, EBS was able to host the summer school in Tallinn and Helsinki without any issues; our experience has been that the virus practically disappears during the summer months in this region if it continues to be an issue going forward.
If you are coming from outside the European Union, attendees must follow the EU guidelines for entry. Please see also Estonia’s current COVID policies. If an official letter from EBS regarding your attendance at the summer school would help you in traveling, please contact our directors below after receiving your admittance, and we will provide one.