Honorary Consul Mr Eric Harkna
State of Illinois
200 E. Randolph Street Suite 38
Phone: +131 2552 6022
Fax: +131 2552 6042
Assignments: member of President's Circle, the Chicago Council on Global Affair, a preeminent organization that provides vital information on global issues. such as cyber security, terrorism, Chinese authoritarian capitalism and global economy.
Professional experience: International advertising and marketing executive over 40 years. Promotion of Estonian business at the trade shows. Have been involved in hosting and assisted in organizing numerous Estonian cultural functions, typically at the Chicago Estonian House.
Associations: Board member of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies - BBDO Worldwide - and CEO of BBDO Chicago, a past board member on national philanthropic and research organizations. Locally served on financial and medical research boards of directors, Director of the Chicago Diabetes Project. President of the US Baltic Foundation, Board member for numerous years.
Areas for developing relations with Estonia: A variety of applications in the high-tech field. The City of Chicago is actively promoting computer-related start-ups that rely locally on a labor force that numbers over four million as well as input from across the globe. The Chicago area is also a major consumer of classical music and Estonia has been very successful in the past decade in tapping into that market, e.g., three Estonians have performed as guest conductors of the prestigious Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Continued involvement should be pursued.
Vision: it would be difficult to offer more time than we already commit to the Consular functions outlined above.Estonian language, visiting Estonia quite often.