Toomas Tirs joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 as a Desk Officer for South Caucasus countries in the Political Department. In 2009, he was posted to Brussels where he worked for 4 years in the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU as a Desk Officer in Trade Policy and Transatlantic Relations. Toomas Tirs continued his service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Trade Policy and International Economic Organisations Division (2013-2014 and again in second half of 2015).
In 2015, he served as a Seconded National Expert to the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Riga. From 2016 until 2018 he was working at the Government Office of Estonia as the Head of Logistics for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
In 2018, Mr. Tirs was posted to Brussels where he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and as a Head of Administration at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU.
Before joining public service, Toomas Tirs worked from 1995 until 1999 in the Estonian Telephone Company (now Telia Estonia) as Project Manager and Human Resources Director, 1999-2007 as a Consultant and Trainer in Goldratt Baltic, and also as a Lecturer of Project Management in Estonian Business School and IT College.
Ambassador Tirs has a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Strategic Management (Cum Laude) from University of Tartu, Estonia and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.
Ambassador Tirs presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on 8 September 2021, to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon on 3 November 2021, to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov on 25 November 2021, to the President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov on 15 March 2022, and to the Chairwoman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan (Mejlis) Gülşat Mämmedowa on 8 December 2022.
He speaks fluently Estonian, English and Russian and in an intermediate level French, Latvian, and Finnish.
Toomas Tirs enjoys Estonian folk dance, swimming and takes part at AIESEC alumnus. He is married to Mrs Gunda Tire and has three children.