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


We are continuing to work on solidifying our speaker list for 2022, which we will post when we have solid commitments. Confirmed in attendance (and their topics) so far this August is the following:  

  • Green Recovery in the European Union 

Vivian Loonela, Spokesperson for Green Deal, European Commission 

  • Net Zero and 100% Renewable Energy Scenarios 

Anna Ebers Broughel, Director of Energy Leadership, Clean Energy Leadership Institute; Lecturer in Energy Economics, The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS); Academic Director of the Summer School 

  • The Forces Shaping Our Global Digital Economy 

Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi, Co-founder & Director of Research, Digital Planet. Lecturer in Global Business and Doctoral Research Fellow for Innovation and Change, Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), The Fletcher School, Tufts University (USA)   

  • Digital transformation, and lessons learned from Ukraine 

Jaanika Merilo, Global Head of PR and Marketing at Funderbeam, advisor to Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine 

  • Hydrogen Futures and Geopolitics/ Energy Access and Conflict 

Dawud Ansari, German Institute for International and Security Affairs 

  • Regional Development in the Light of a Circular Transition/ Leadership in Green Finance 

Denis Larchenko, Program Director of Entrepreneurship & Digital Solutions curriculum, Narva College of University of Tartu 

  • Digital Leadership and Open Governance 

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

  • Harnessing Wind Energy 

Marko Viiding, Vindr Baltic 

  • Sustainable, Purposeful, and Compassionate Leadership for the Post-COVID World 

Catherine Tanneau, Board Chair of ICF for Professional coaches 

  • Big Tech’s Power, Political Corporate Social Responsibility, and Regulation 

Jukka Mäkinen, EBS Helsinki 

  • Long-term foresight and scenario planning 

Meelis Kitsing, Rector at Estonian Business School  

  • Leadership in Green Finance 

Mark Kantšukov, University of Tartu and EBS 

  • Estonia’s Long-Term Clean Energy Priorities
    (Panel moderated by  Megan Naylor, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia):

Jaanus Uiga, Director of the Energy Department, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications;
Laura Remmelgas, Adviser to the Climate Department, Estonian Ministry of the Environment
Priit Mändmaa, Secretary General, World Energy Council Estonia

  • First-Day Welcome and Remarks 

Mark Naylor, U.S. Embassy in Estonia

Site visits 

We will be taking several trip and tours during the summer school program. The ones confirmed so far are: 

Guided tours of Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site 

A tour of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)  

A site visit to the B2B Startup Accelerator, Startup Wise Guys 

A group visit to Tallinn’s Seaplane Harbor Museum 

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 10 August 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. 
  • 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.