Raivo Tamkivi (March 21st, 1953, Tallinn – November 22nd, 2012) was an Estonian physicist and creator of science parks.
He graduated Tallinn Secondary School No. 2 (now the Secondary Science School) in 1971 and Tartu State University 1976 as a physicist. He defended his candidacy for researcher in physics and mathematics (PhD in today’s terms) at the Institute of Physics of Estonian Academy of Sciences with a thesis on solid state physics.
From 1992 Raivo refocused on establishing science parks in Estonia. He founded the Tartu Science Park and a decade later Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol. Between 2000-2008 Raivo sat on the board of directors of International Association of Science Parks (IASP) as a member, Vice President and President. He organized over 25 international conferences, wrote 80 articles and was a tireless promoter of techology transfers from academia to business applications and technology driven entrepreneurship around the world.