Henrik is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark.
He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union. In 2001-2002, he was Minister of Economy.
In 2004, he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas until 2013, when he became Deputy Secretary General.
In October 2015, he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.
Married, one daughter.