Andres Tarand is the former Prime Minister of Estonia (1994 – 1995), a member of the Estonian Parliament (1992 – 2004) and a Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2009). Twice Tarand served as the Minister for the Environment of Estonia (1992 – 1994 and 1994 – 1995).
Andres Tarand has two higher educations from the University of Tartu – a degree in climatology and a degree in geography. He has served as a director of research at the University of Tartu in 1979 – 1981.
Tarand has been involved in environmental and sustainable development concerns not only in Estonia but throughout the Baltic and Nordic states. His involvement in these concerns has led to his involvement in such organizations as the Estonian Geographical Association, Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development, Stockholm Environment Institute, Estonian Nature Fund, and Globe International Europe.
From 2011-2018, Andres Tarand served as the President of the Estonian Association for the Club of Rome.