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The leadership programme is a combination of a mentorship programme and a training course, which will incorporate business creation and innovation components in the shape of an entrepreneurship as well as digitalisation and sustainability modules.

The objective is to equip participants with skills that will give them the confidence to likely drive innovation in their employed position but also entrepreneurship, whether they are currently in academia or industry.
The programme includes networking opportunities and career development mentoring.

What are we looking for in a mentee? 

Female ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics), social science and humanities, students in MSc and PhD degrees or women employed in the manufacturing sector, whether in academia, RTOs or industry, eager to start and grow their own business or develop their professional careers and rise to management and leadership positions.

What can you expect from STRADA? 

Throughout the 3 months of the programme, classes, workshops and teamwork will be delivered, mainly online, with synchronous and asynchronous sessions based on the 4 main pillars of the programme, which will provide you with:
13 -14h of Masterclasses provided by our partners with expertise in:

  • Developing Leaders and Managers
  • Leading digitalization
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Business and environmental sustainability. 


  • At least 5h of webinars that will help you improve your pitch aptitudes, work on your horizontal leadership abilities and guide you through the funding opportunities that EIT brings to help innovative entrepreneurs among others.  
  • Up to 2,5h of mentoring sessions with a mentor, paired based on the same specific background, skills and attitude towards professional path. 
  • 1 to 2,5h of learning Nuggets via Skills.move based on the pillars of the project. 
  • 1 Hands-on workshop with Women in Manufacturing and other Women associations round tables 
  • Online sharing experiences workshops.

Level of commitment

As a mentee you are expected to dedicate at least 25 hours to sessions distributed along the 3-month programme.
Mentees, with the support of the mentor, will analyse their strengths and work on their weaknesses to achieve their personal and professional growth and will develop a career plan at the beginning of the leadership programme.
After each session, mentees will be asked to fill a short survey related to the topic of the mentoring sessions. 
Note that these forms are meant to help us check that the meetings are taking place and to identify possible improvements. No details from the meeting itself are requested as these are highly confidential.
Also, an intermediate evaluation with the coordinator of the programme, will be set up during the development of the programme to monitor and evaluate the advances of the programme and take the corresponding actions to mitigate the possible risks.
At the end of the programme mentors and mentees will be asked to fill a satisfaction and evaluation survey that will allow us to improve for next editions.

Triin Kõrgmaa
CEO / Member of the Board – Salvest AS
Triin Kõrgmaa has been in the food industry for 15 years. She has worked in various positions in several large Estonian companies, such as Valio Eesti and HKScan Estonia. She currently manages one of the largest and best known food companies in Estonia – Salvest. In addition to being CEO of Salvest, she is also a member of the board.

Photo by Stina Lill

Marju Zirel
Head of Investor Relations – AS Tallinna Sadam


Marju Zirel first joined the Port of Tallinn 16 years ago and has held various financial positions there, as treasurer, EU project manager and IPO project manager. Today she is working as the group head of investor relations. She has been a finance manager in an international manufacturing-construction company and logistics-transport company, and previously also worked in the finance department of the Tartu City Government. In addition, Marju is a member of the TalTech Logistics Programme Advisory Board.

Photo from Tallinna Sadam gallery

Helina Põldemaa
Verification Engineer – Karl Storz
Helina Põldemaa is an alumnus of the University of Tartu with a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree and a doctorate in materials science. Over four years ago, after completing the second year of her doctoral studies, Helina joined the medical equipment manufacturer Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ as a full-time validation engineer. By now, she has gathered about 1.5 years of experience as a validation manager at Karl Storz.

Photo by Sigrid Proosvelt

Triin Anette Kaasik
CEO / Member of the Board – Data Print OÜ
Triin Anette Kaasik has 30 years of management experience in various Estonian manufacturing companies such as Sangar, Estiko-Plastar and today Data Print. In addition to her everyday manufacturing work, she is involved in community life, being a member of Tartu Hansa Rotary Club and Tartu City Government.

Photo by Merle Värv

Liisa Luhaste
Manager – Moe OÜ
Liisa Luhaste has worked in the spirits industry close to 10 years. Started off as a technician in the laboratory of Rakvere Spirits Factory and working now as the manager of Moe Distillery. Master’s degree in chemistry has helped her dive deep into production and development of drinks whilst it being considered a masculine area.

Photo from private gallery

Kaire Kuldpere
Head of Environment and Sustainability – AS Utilitas Eesti
Kaire Kuldpere is the Head of Environment and Sustainability of the energy group Utilitas. She has long-term work and leadership experience in the fields of environment, energy, infrastructure and sustainability in general.

Previously, as Audit Manager at the National Audit Office of Estonia, Kaire was involved in organizing and conducting audits in the fields of energy, environment, state infrastructure, transport and IT. She started her career as a consultant and project manager in the field of energy and environment. She holds a Master’s degree in Heat Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Protection Technology.

Photo by Jake Farra

Emöke Sogenbits
Managing Director / Member of Management Board – Raumedic Estonia AS
Emöke Sogenbits served in numerous positions of leadership in operations over the course of her long international career. She has been working in several supply chain, global sourcing and operations management positions in China, Central Europe and USA.

Photo by Andras Kralla

Sirli Männiksaar
Head of Supply Site Tallinn / Chairman of the Board – Ericsson Eesti AS
Sirli Männiksaar is the Country Manager of Ericsson Estonia and the Head of Supply Site. Sirli has a Master of Science in Product Development and she has also studied Quality Management. She’s been in Ericsson since 2004 and has worked with supply chain, strategy, digital transformation and management quality. For the last three years, she worked for the global Ericsson digitization organization, creating, among other things, machine learning models with her team.

Today Sirli leads the innovation-driven supply site in Tallinn, where latest 4G and 5G products are industrialized for clients all around the world.


Photo by Rauno Liivand