Henrik Hololei is an economist, graduating from Tallinn Technical University and he also studied at Aarhus University in Denmark.
He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was responsible for leading and steering the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Government and Prime Minister.
In 2001-2002, he was Minister of Economy.
In 2002-2003, he represented the Estonian Government in the Convention on the Future of Europe.
In 2004, he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. During the first mandate of Vice-President Kallas, 2004-2010, he dealt with Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud issues while during his second mandate, 2010-2013, he dealt with Transport issues.
From November 2013, he was nominated as the Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission, representing the European Commission in the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union Member States.
Henrik took up his current role as Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission in October 2015. He is tasked with leading a team of over 600 colleagues and overseeing the work of four different Transport Agencies (EASA, EMSA, ERA, INEA) and two Joint Undertakings (SESAR, S2R) in developing and implementing EU transport policy across all modes of transport.
Throughout the years, he has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Lion from the President of Finland; the 3rd Class Order of the White Star from the President of Estonia; the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite from the President of France; the Cross of Recognition from the President of Latvia and Order of Honour by the President of Moldova.
In May 2014, the Estonian European Movement named him "European of the Year".
Henrik is married and has one daughter.