Connected by Electric Marathon

We have been on the road already since 2011 and driven at that time tens of thousands of kilometers on electricity only. As our one goal is also to connect different communities and activities in different countries, we have also made a lot of connections during that time and distance. Hereby are some of the people who have connected through our Rally!

Kristjan Järvi, conductor and pianist

Kristjan Järvi (born 13 June 1972, Tallinn) is an American conductor, composer, and pianist born in Estonia, younger son of the conductor Neeme Järvi and brother of conductor Paavo Järvi and flutist Maarika Järvi.

As a composer, Järvi is active in many compositions, of modern style and some composed with the german composer Johnny Klimek of Klimek-Tykwer-Heil fame, and some for orchestra, vocal, chorus or synth instruments.

Wladimir Klitschko, three-time world heavyweight champion and the second-longest-reigning WBC heavyweight champion of all time

Vladimir Vladimirovich Klitschko (born 25 March 1976) is a Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He held the world heavyweight championship twice, including the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal titles. A strategic and intelligent boxer, Klitschko is considered to be one of the best heavyweight champions of all time. He was known for his exceptional knockout power, using a strong jab, straight right hand and left hook, as well as excellent footwork and mobility, unusual for boxers of his size.

In September 2015, Klitschko was ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; in November 2014, he reached a career peak of second-best on The Ring’s pound for pound list.

Nico Rosberg, Formula One World Champion in 2016

Nico Erik Rosberg (born 27 June 1985) is a German-Finnish former racing driver who won the 2016 Formula One World Championship for the Mercedes team. The only child of Keke Rosberg (the 1982 Formula One World Champion) and his German wife, he was raised primarily in the principality of Monaco. Rosberg began competitive go-kart racing at the age of six and began aiming for a career in Formula One four years later. He achieved early success, winning regional and national French championships, before moving to European-based series and world championships.

Overall he competed in 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, finished in the top three in 57, took pole position 30 times, and acquired 1594.5 championship points. In retirement, Rosberg moved into driver management, television punditry, and became an eco-entrepreneur. He was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year and was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame in 2017.

Ari Vatanen, winner of the World Rally Championship

Ari Pieti Uolevi Vatanen (born 27 April 1952) is a Finnish rally driver turned politician and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2009. Vatanen won the World Rally Championship drivers’ title in 1981 and the Paris Dakar Rally four times. Since 2013 Vatanen has been the President of the Estonian Autosport Union.

In July 2009 Vatanen declared his interest in being a candidate to stand against Max Mosley in the FIA presidential elections in October, should current president Mosley decide to restand for another term. He later confirmed that he would run for the presidency. On 23 October 2009, Vatanen failed in his bid to be elected as president of the FIA, which was won by his former team boss at Peugeot, subsequently Scuderia Ferrari manager Jean Todt.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark (2001 – 2009) and NATO Secretary-General (2009 – 2014)

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (born 26 January 1953) is a Danish politician who was the 24th Prime Minister of Denmark from November 2001 to April 2009 and the 12th Secretary-General of NATO from August 2009 to October 2014. He is now CEO of political consultancy Rasmussen Global and a senior advisor at The Boston Consulting Group’s Copenhagen office.

His government introduced tougher limits on non-EEA immigration and a freeze on tax rates (skattestoppet in Danish). He resigned as Prime Minister in April 2009 to become Secretary-General of NATO. His term as Secretary-General was to end in the summer of 2014, but the North Atlantic Council extended his term from 11 December 2013 until 30 September 2014 in order to ensure the organization of the 2014 NATO summit in Newport, United Kingdom.

Natalia Ishchenko, five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming; the Deputy Chairman- and the Minister of Sport of the Kaliningrad Region;

Natalia Sergeyevna Ishchenko (born 8 April 1986) is a Russian competitor in synchronized swimming, five-times Olympic champion, and nineteen-times world champion.

Ishchenko announced her retirement from sports in April 2017. Since November, she serves as Vice-Minister of Sports of Kaliningrad Oblast.

Joschka Fischer, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (1998–2005)

Joseph Martin “Joschka” Fischer (born 12 April 1948) is a German politician of the Alliance ’90/The Greens. He served as Foreign Minister and as Vice-Chancellor of Germany in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. Fischer has been a leading figure in the German Greens since the 1970s, and according to opinion polls, he was the most popular politician in Germany for most of the government’s duration. Following the September 2005 election, in which the Schröder government was defeated, he left office on 22 November 2005. In September 2010 he supported the creation of the Spinelli Group, a euro parliamentarian initiative founded with a view to reinvigorating efforts to federalize the European Union.

Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia (2015-2019)

Raimonds Vējonis (born 15 June 1966) is a Latvian politician who served as the 9th President of Latvia from 2015 to 2019. He is a member of the Green Party, part of the Union of Greens and Farmers. He served as Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in 2002 and in 2011 and as Minister of the Environment from 2003 to 2011, while the Ministry of Regional Development was a separate department. He became Minister of Defence of Latvia in 2014 and held that office until becoming President in 2015.

Sergey Bubka , six consecutive IAAF World Championships winner

Serhiy Nazarovych Bubka (born 4 December 1963) is a Ukrainian former pole vaulter. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Bubka was twice named Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News, and in 2012 was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics FederationsHall of Fame.

Bubka won six consecutive IAAF World Championships, an Olympic gold medal and broke the world record for men’s pole vault 35 times. He was the first pole vaulter to clear 6.0 meters and 6.10 meters.

He held the indoor world record of 6.15 meters, set on 21 February 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine for almost 21 years until France’s Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6.16 meters on 15 February 2014 at the same meet in the same arena. He is the current outdoor world record holder at 6.14 meters, a record he has held since 31 July 1994, though since adopting rule 260.18a in 2000 the IAAF regards Lavillenie’s record as the official “world record.”

Bubka is Senior Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), serving since 2007, and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, serving since 2005. He is also an Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), having been involved since 1996.

Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012)

Danilo Türk (born 19 February 1952) is a Slovenian diplomat, professor of international law, human rights expert, and political figure who served as President of Slovenia from 2007 to 2012. Türk was the first Slovene ambassador to the United Nations, from 1992 to 2000, and was the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs from 2000 to 2005.

He is a visiting professor of international law at Columbia University in New York City, a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, and a non-resident senior fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at the Renmin University of China in Beijing. Türk is the founder of the Danilo Türk Foundation, devoted mostly to the rehabilitation of child victims of armed conflict. He is also the chairman of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace and the chairman of the board of the Global Fairness Initiative, a Washington-based NGO dedicated to economic and social development in developing nations.

Romano Prodi, Prime Minister of Italy (1996–1998 and 2006–2008)

Romano Prodi OMRI (born 9 August 1939) is an Italian politician who served as the 10th President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. He served twice as Prime Minister of Italy, first from 17 May 1996 to 21 October 1998 and then from 17 May 2006 to 8 May 2008. He is considered the founder of the Italian center-left and one of the most prominent and iconic figures of the so-called Second Republic.

A former professor of economics and international advisor to Goldman Sachs, Prodi ran in 1996 as the lead candidate of The Olive Tree coalition, winning the general election and serving as Prime Minister of Italy until 1998. Following the victory of his coalition The Union over the House of Freedoms led by Silvio Berlusconi in the April 2006 Italian elections, Prodi took power again. On 24 January 2008, he lost a vote of confidence in the Senate house and consequently tendered his resignation as Prime Minister to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, but he continued in office for almost four months for routine business, until early elections were held and a new government was formed. Until now, he is the first progressive candidate to ever come first at legislative elections since 1921 and to manage to form a government without the need for opponent’s parliamentary support.

Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport in European Commission (since 2015)

Henrik Hololei (born April 1, 1970) is an Estonian politician and official of the European Union.

He was a founding member of the Isamaa Party in 1992 (after party dissolution and merger, later a member of the Republican and Conservative People’s Party and the Moderate People’s Party) and since 15 March 2004, he has been a member of the Isamaa and Res Publica Union.

He has worked at the Office of European Integration since its inception on 30 January 1996, initially as an advisor and, since August 1996, as President of the EIB until his appointment as Minister of Economic Affairs. From 15 October 2001 to 28 January 2002 he was the Minister of Economic Affairs of Estonia. In 2002 he again became head of the European Integration Bureau.

On 1 October 2015, he became Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.

Joseph Cofer Black, Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (1999-2002) and Ambassador at Large for Counterterrorism

Joseph Cofer Black (born 1950) is a former CIA official who was appointed Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism by President George W. Bush and led the Office of Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department until his resignation in 2004. Previously Black served in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (CTC).

Guy Verhofstandt, Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008)

Guy Maurice Marie Louise Verhofstadt (born 11 April 1953) is a Belgian politician who was the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2009 to 2019 and has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Belgium since 2009. He was the 47th Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 to 2008, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium from 1985 to 1992 and Minister of Budget from 1985 to 1992. He was a Member of the Chamber of Representatives from 1985 to 2009.

Since 2009 he has been a Member of the European Parliament where he is a former leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) and founded the inter-parliamentarian federalist Spinelli Group. He was the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party nominee for President of the European Commission in the 2014 European Parliament election and is the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator in the Brexit negotiations. He advocates for the Federalisation of the European Union.

Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator for Louisiana

Mary Loretta Landrieu (born November 23, 1955) is an American politician, entrepreneur, and former Senator for the state of Louisiana. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Landrieu came to national attention in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after she publicly criticized the federal response to the natural disaster. Her opposition to the public option played a major role in the crafting of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as she did not agree to support it until additional concessions were granted to support Louisiana’s Medicaid system. In 2011, she became a cardinal (chair) of the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. She chaired the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2014 and chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2014 to 2015.

David L. Goldwyn, U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs

Mr. Goldwyn served as the US State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011, reporting directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he conceived and developed the Global Shale Gas Initiative and the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative. Mr. Goldwyn previously served as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs (1999-2001) and as national security deputy to US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997-1998). Mr. Goldwyn is the Chairman of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s Energy Advisory Board, a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations and of counsel to Eversheds-Sutherland.

Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy and Development (2004-2014)

Andris Piebalgs (born September 17, 1957) is a Latvian politician and diplomat who served as European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission from 2010 until 2014. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as Commissioner for Energy. Between 4 June 2016 and 19 August 2017, he served as the leader of the Unity Party.

Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995 – 2005)

Aleksander Kwaśniewski (born 15 November 1954) is a Polish politician and journalist. He served as the President of Poland from 1995 to 2005. He was born in Białogard, and during Communist rule, he was active in the Socialist Union of Polish Students and was the Minister for Sport in the Communist government during the 1980s. After the fall of Communism, he became a leader of the left-wing Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland, successor to the former ruling Polish United Workers’ Party, and a co-founder of the Democratic Left Alliance.

Kwaśniewski was elected to the presidency in 1995, defeating the incumbent, Lech Wałęsa. He was re-elected to a second and final term as president in 2000 in a decisive first-round victory. Although he was praised for attempting to further integrate Poland into the European Union, he faced criticism for involving the country in the Iraq War. His term ended on 23 December 2005, when he handed over power to his elected successor, conservative Lech Kaczyński.

Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria (1997 – 2002)

Petar Stefanov Stojanov (born 25 May 1952) is a Bulgarian politician who was President of Bulgaria from 1997 to 2002. He was elected as a candidate of the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF). He did not succeed in the next presidential elections and after leaving office refrained from politics for a while, but, later became an MP in 2005 and was Chairman of UDF from 1 October 2005 to 22 May 2007.

At the request of President Stoyanov, the Caretaker Government officially submitted a request for Bulgaria’s membership in NATO. Petar Stoyanov also played an important role in resolving the Kosovo crisis, strongly supporting the Alliance.

Stoyanov serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.

Alfred Gusenbauer, Chancellor of Austria (2007 – 2008)

Alfred Gusenbauer (born 8 February 1960) is an Austrian politician who until 2008 spent his entire professional life as an employee of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) or as a parliamentary representative. He headed the SPÖ from 2000 to 2008 and served as Chancellor of Austria from January 2007 to December 2008. Since then he has pursued a career as a consultant and lecturer, and as a member of supervisory boards of Austrian companies.

In July 2007, Gusenbauer led the Austrian delegation to the 119th session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City to present the proposal for Salzburg as host of the 2014 Winter Olympics; the proposal eventually lost against Sochi, whose bid was presented by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

John E. Herbst, Eurasia Center Ambassador and 5th United States Ambassador to Ukraine

John Edward Herbst (born August 12, 1952) is a retired American diplomat who was the United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2000 to 2003 and United States Ambassador to Ukraine from September 2003 to May 2006. Herbst was married to Nadezda Christoff Herbst and has five children.

Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia (since 2016)

Jüri Ratas (born 2 July 1978) is an Estonian politician who has been Prime Minister of Estonia and Leader of the Centre Party since 2016. The current government of Ratas, active since April 2019, has been notable for its share of public scandals, resignations of ministers and the number of public apologies from Ratas, mostly connected to the activities of the nationalist EKRE party, a coalition member.  His tenure has also seen the national budget of Estonia going into deficit after years of being in surplus. According to a national poll conducted in November 2019, Ratas was the preferred person for the seat of the prime minister in the country for 36% of voters, thus scoring the highest result in the poll.

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