Alar Karis

Auditor General

  • Phone: +372 640 0701

Date and place of birth:
Tartu, Estonia, March 26, 1958

Estonian Agricultural Academy, 1981

Degree: PhD (veterinary medicine), 1987

Professional career:
Since 2013 Auditor General, National Audit Office of Estonia
2012-2013 President, Estonian Rectors’ Conference
2007-2012 Rector, University of Tartu
2003- 2007 Rector, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Since1999 Professor, University of Tartu
1996-1999 Senior Research Fellow, University of Tartu
1993-1998 Research Fellow, Erasmus University Rotterdam
1992-1993 Research Fellow, National Institute for Medical Research, London
1991-1992 Visiting Scientist, University of Hamburg
1990- 1993 Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Biocentre
1988-1990 Research Fellow, Estonian Biocentre
1981-1988 Research Fellow, Estonian Institute of Animal Breeding and Veterinary Medicine

Main field of research:
Developmental biology, molecular genetics, transgene technology

Administrative and other duties:

President's Academic Advisory Board, Member
European University Association (EUA), Member of the Council


2007 Fourth Class Order of the White Star of Estonia
2008 Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium
2011 Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden