Dr. Mika Aaltola is Director of Finnish Institute of International Affairs.
He is also a tenured professor of International Relations and European Union Affairs at Tallinn University (part-time), Estonia, and holds the rank of docent at Tampere University. He has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, Sciences Po (CERI), and Johns Hopkins as well as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota.
His areas of expertise include the U.S. global role, dynamics of major power politics, democratic vulnerability, pandemic security, and Finnish foreign policy.
Mika Aaltola defended his doctoral degree at Tampere University in 1999 and received his MA degree at Tampere University (1994), and BA degree at Columbia University (1992).
Dr. Petri Aaltonen
Petri works as Business Lead and Partner at Solita (Palmu). His key areas of expertise are business strategy, change management, leadership, service design, qualitative customer insight, process management & simulation and project management.
Petri’s ambition is in strategy-based organizational development. He loves both crystallizing abstract phenomena and driving their long-term implementation in practice. Whether it is a strategic intent, a change plan, or a service concept, it has no value unless it is realized in daily work, he believes.
Petri’s role in Solita’s projects is typically related in identification of customer value, change planning and management, organizational development, and influencing key stakeholders. He often acts as an instructor or a coach in his clients change and leadership programs. He is also popular lecturer in universities, MBA-programs, and seminars. Petri is especially acknowledged for his enthusiasm and concreteness.
His recent clients include e.g. Aalto University, Konecranes, Viking Line, Linnanmäki, Lassila & Tikanoja, Ovenia, and City of Helsinki.
Petri holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. His doctoral thesis topic was Adoption of strategic goals. Exploring the success of strategy implementation through organizational activities (2007).
Tiina Aarras is the Designer in Residence at Aalto University School of Art and Design.
Joakim Achren is a games entrepreneur who has been building games startups since 2004. His first startup was called Ironstar Helsinki, and the company focused on mobile virtual worlds and eventually Facebook social games.
After Ironstar, Achren joined Supercell in 2011 to run their analytics operations. He designed the analytics for both Hay Day and Clash of Clans, managing metrics related to player acquisition, engagement, and monetization.
In 2013, Achren founded Next Games, a Finnish mobile games company, which eventually IPOed on the NASDAQ First North stock exchange in March 2017. He exited the company in March 2019 and is now a full-time advisor, lecturer and board member for mobile games companies.
Esko Aho is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of East Office of Finnish Industries Ltd.
The central themes of Mr. Aho’s teaching include, for example, public regulation of business activities, collaboration between business and society in a digital economy, corporate social responsibility and ways in which companies can promote sustainable development.
Mr. Aho served as Prime Minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995 and as Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2003. Since then his tasks have included the post of Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia and membership on the Nokia board, serving as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University.
Marcus Alexander is Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Vlerick Business School in Belgium and a Fellow of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre in London.
He was an Associate Fellow at Oxford University and contributes regularly to courses at the Danish Technical University and The Stockholm School of Economics.
Professor Alexander is an expert in group-level strategy and the role of the corporate center; managing globally; strategy process, innovation and execution; and mergers, acquisitions, and alliances. He has authored many articles and books (including 3 Harvard Business Review articles).
Alexander worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, Boston, Spain, and Australia. He then co-founded a company that he subsequently sold to an advertising agency, before moving into a more academic career. He continues to carry out consulting assignments, working primarily as a facilitator and ‘Business Counsel’ to senior management teams. Over the last 30 years he has also worked with over 50 Group CEOs around the world.
Alexander has been a non-executive director of 9 companies in 5 different countries, and a trustee of 2 charities.
Director, Finance Programs
Mari Ariluoma is a doctoral researcher at Aalto University and a landscape architect and co-founder of Nomaji landscape architects. She has extensive expertise in landscape design, construction, and urban design, both in academic work and practice.
Ariluoma’s research interest is the practical applications of sustainable green and blue infrastructure, ecosystem services, and nature-based solutions. Currently, Ariluoma is working on the CO-CARBON project focusing on carbon-smart urban green.
Laura Arpiainen is Professor of Health and Wellbeing Architecture at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and has an international track record in all areas of design and planning for healthcare.
Arpiainen holds dual Finnish / Canadian citizenship and is particularly interested in the relationship of built environments to health. Other interests include mental health, diversity, as well as the role of optimism in success. Laura leads the SOTERA research group at Aalto University, and is also a popular mentor, keynote speaker and visiting critic.
Elina Arponen is the CEO and Founder of Quicksave. She is a serial entrepreneur. Her previous startup Tribe Studios was acquired by Palringo where she worked as Head of Chat Games.
Tribe Studios created the Dramagame technology that enables an innovative combination of chatting and gameplay. Before Tribe Studios Arponen worked at Digital Chocolate. She has M.Sc in Computer Science and has been 5 years in the Board of Finnish Game Studios Association.
Josef has been helping enterprises to build sales organizations and marketing strategies as well as to effectively position complex goods and services in highly competitive markets for over 15 years.
Sales Catalyst, Entrepreneur, Business Angel
He has successfully built multi-million-dollar sales channels for customers in fields as diverse as ICT, environmental technology and services, the hospitality sector and banking IT. Josef works with companies ranging from Europe to North America and the Middle East.
Each year, Josef teaches a small exclusive number of university and executive level courses, with a special focus on direct sales, building sales organizations and services marketing.
Josef is a native Austrian and has spent many years in Canada and Germany. His professional training includes an MSc degree from the University of Salzburg and an MBA awarded by the Vienna University of Economics and the Vienna Technical University. Besides managing Aschl Systems (sales consulting) in Munich, Josef is a partner in I2I-Associates (ICT) and NextFloor (VC and angel investments) as well a member of the board of RateBoard.
Rohit Babbar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University.
His research interests include shallow and deep models for large-scale AI systems.
Saara Bange is a coach, trainer, and facilitator in leadership, communication, and collaboration with several years of experience in academia and the industry.
Her topics include self-management and self-awareness, leading with emotional intelligence, and understanding identities and personalities in organizational life.
Bange works as Senior Solutions Director at Aalto EE, holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics, and is finalizing her Ph.D. in Organisational Communications at the Aalto University School of Business. She has published her research in journals such as the Journal of Management Inquiry and the Journal of Media Management.
Saara Bange is a certified Hogan Assessment personality profiling consultant, certified WPB5 consultant, certified Personal Resilience Practitioner, and certified emotional intelligence (EQi) assessor. She has worked with several individuals and teams to help them find their potential and leverage their strengths. Bange’s clients have complimented her for her caring and passionate approach and her ability to explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.
Prior to joining Aalto University Executive Education, Bange worked for years with leadership development and strategic communications advisory for leading companies in different sectors. Before that, she worked at the Aalto University School of Economics as a researcher and teacher. Her current research interests lie in the future of work in the media industry.
William Barnett is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
William Barnett studies competition among organizations and how organizations and industries evolve globally. He is conducting a large-scale project that seeks to explain why and how some firms grow rapidly in globalizing markets. Professor Barnett’s prior research includes studies of how strategic differences and strategic change among organizations affect their growth, performance, and survival. This research includes empirical studies of technical, regulatory, and ideological changes among organizations, and how these changes affect competitiveness over time and across markets.
James N. Baron
James N. Baron is Willian S. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale School of Management.
Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies.
He is the author, with Stanford economist David M. Kreps, of a textbook, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Baron is also a regular contributor to leading sociology and organization journals, such as the American Sociological Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research has also been published in influential journals in economics and social psychology.
James N. Baron has a PhD from University of California.
Michael Barry works as a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Barry teaches the nation’s top students on how to connect innovation to customer understanding.
A founder of Quotient Design Research, Barry has over two decades of experience in providing strategic innovation at the critical early stages of the product development process. His clients include Sony, IBM, Kimberly-Clark, HP, Merck, Shure, Johnson Diversey, Ericsson, Nestlé, Wells Fargo Bank, Wrigley, and several divisions of Unilever.
Riitta Bekkhus holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems Science from Aalto University, School of Business.
She has over 20 years of working experience with large Nordic IT companies. In her thesis, Bekkhus studied RPA implementations and created a step-by-step digital business transformation program for traditional companies to follow. Currently, she works as a Digi-Transformation Architect and Advisor at Nordomus. Riitta Bekkhus has taught the first Finnish “chatbot whisperers” working with AI and has been active in the start-up scene.
Paula Bello is a Senior Design Consultant at Livework Studio and Doctor of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH (now Aalto University). Her doctorate investigated how globalization has affected design practices and the role that it plays as driver and mediator in a globalized world.
Paula Bello has extensive experience in various managerial roles within design. For the past seven years as design manager in a large corporation (rated by Forbes as in top 50 innovators in the world), she leads an international team tasked with building global design offerings for products and services.
Gabriel R.G. Benito
Gabriel Robertstad Garcia Benito (Ph.D., NHH Norwegian School of Economics) is professor of strategy at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway. He has extensive international experience in research, teaching, and academic community service.
He has held visiting positions at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), the University of Melbourne (Australia), Henley Business School/University of Reading (UK), ISEG/University of Lisbon (Portugal), and the University of Valencia (Spain).
Benito is co-editor of Global Strategy Journal and consulting editor of Journal of International Business Studies, and a member of the editorial boards of other top international journals.
Benito’s research agenda focuses on corporate governance, the strategies of multinational enterprises, and the economic organization of international business. He has been President of EIBA (European International Business Academy), and has served in various roles in the Academy of International Business (AIB) and Strategic Management Society (SMS). He organized the 2005 EIBA Conference and was Co-Chair of the 2018 SMS Special Conference in Oslo. He was elected Fellow of AIB in 2015, and Fellow of EIBA in 2017.
Marco Bertini is Professor of Marketing at Esade and a senior advisor to the marketing, sales, and pricing practice at the Boston Consulting Group.
He received received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and previously served on the faculty at London Business School and was a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
He is co-author of the book The Ends Game: How Smart Companies Stop Selling Products and Start Delivering Value (MIT Press), which examines how modern technology stimulates accountability, challenging organizations to succeed from the quality of the outcomes they deliver rather than the offerings they bring to market.
The remainder of his research, which for the most part lies at the interface of the economics and psychology of pricing decisions, appears in the leading journals for management science and practice including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Marketing Science.
His speaking and advisory work focuses on the challenge of designing and implementing revenue policies that not only drive organic growth, but also are socially and environmentally responsible. Recently, he was named to the Thinkers50 Radar, a shortlist of the scholars “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.” Prior to this, he was nominated for the Business Professor of the Year Award, a global competition of the Economist Intelligence Unit, and recognized by the Marketing Science Institute as one of the most promising scholars in the field.
Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean for Programs, and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School.
He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. Professor Birkinshaw's main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as strategic agility, digital transformation, corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.
Tua Björklund is an Assistant Professor and one of the founders of Aalto Design Factory, a multidisciplinary experimentation platform at Aalto University and 29 institutions abroad.
Her research focuses on design expertise and advancing new ideas in organizations, building on her experience at Aalto University and the Center for Design Research at Stanford University.
Tua Björklund has a comprehensive, human-centered view of what innovation efforts actually need to succeed in organizations. She teaches design thinking and innovation practices in three schools of Aalto University, as well as at, e.g., Aalto EE and Stanford Executive Education. Currently, she leads the development of research activities in the Design Factory Global Network and manages several research projects investigating design thinking in Finland and Silicon Valley. She is experienced in supervising design thinking development initiatives for companies in practice.
Tua Björklund holds a DSc degree in industrial engineering and management from Aalto University and an MA in cognitive science from the University of Helsinki.
Ingmar Björkman’s key areas of expertise are international management, with a particular focus on people management issues in multinational corporations. He has been the Dean of the Aalto University School of Business since January 1, 2012. In addition to his role as Dean, he teaches the 'Strategic Human Resource Management' course in the Executive MBA program and co-teaches the MSc course 'People Management in Multinational Organizations'.
Prior to joining Aalto University, Ingmar Björkman was Professor of Management and Organization at the Hanken School of Economics, where he served as Dean of Research and Internationalization during 2005-2007 and Head of the Department of Management and Organization from 1998 to 2011. Having taught at a number of business schools in Europe and Asia, he has received teaching awards from Hanken School of Economics, Fudan University (Shanghai), and INSEAD (Singapore).
He holds a PhD and M.Sc. from Hanken School of Economics.
Chief Financial Officer, Aalto University
Tristan Botelho is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management.
Professor Botelho’s research is in the areas of entrepreneurship, labor markets, organizational sociology, and strategy. One stream of his research focuses on the factors that contribute to bias and inequality. In his other stream of work, Professor Botelho uses evaluations to understand the market and organizational factors that affect career-related outcomes, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship.
Heidi Brooks is Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management.
Heidi Brooks teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations.
Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at Yale School of Management. Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers.
Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Alex Budak is a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program.
Regularly one of Haas’ highest rated offerings, Alex’s “Becoming a Changemaker" course brings together his experience as an entrepreneur, academic and advisor to changemakers around the world. Outside of teaching, Alex also serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program.
Before joining UC Berkeley, he co-founded StartSomeGood.com, which has helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $10 Million USD. He’s written about leadership for FastCompany and the Guardian and his work as a changemaker and educator has been featured in publications including Forbes and the Washington Post.
A Silicon Valley native, Budak spent three years living in Stockholm, Sweden where he served as Country Director at Reach for Change, running its social innovation incubator. Through this role, he traveled throughout the Nordics giving talks on leadership and innovation and encouraging the development of a Nordic social entrepreneurship model and movement.
He received a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA from UCLA. UCLA honored him as its Recent Graduate of the Year in 2017 and he’s been named a “top 100 visionary leader" by Real Leaders Magazine and a top under-40 North American leader by Friends of Europe.
Emilia Bunea is a leadership educator and educational technology entrepreneur. She has two decades of C-suite experience with global corporations in finance.
In 2021 Emilia wrote and produced “Crossroads Life,” the world’s first cinematic management case study, comprising a film and a written case based on real events. The movie has received several film awards, including the Award of Excellence from IndieFest, the Special Jury’s Award from the Hague Global Film Festival, and the Best Business Film Award from the Helsinki International Educational Film Festival.
Emilia’s academic interests include the role of ”serious leisure” in leadership identity development. She wrote several scholarly and practitioner articles on this topic and delivered a widely-acclaimed TED talk at London Business School. She has lectured on leadership-related topics in over a dozen countries.
Emilia Bunea has a Non-Executive Director Diploma from the Financial Times Board Director Programme and is a CFA charter holder. She earned her Ph.D. in Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2020.
Robert Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management and the Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program.
Robert Burgelman carries out longitudinal field-based research on the role of strategy in firm evolution. He has examined how companies enter new businesses (through corporate entrepreneurship and internal corporate venturing as well as through acquisition) and leave others (through strategic business exit), and how success may lead to co-evolutionary lock-in with the environment.
Professor Burgelman’s research has focused on organizations where strategic action is distributed among multiple levels of management. He has written some 145 case studies of companies in many different technology-based industries.
Andrei Buzura game designer and product owner at Sulake which is known for making games with big communities. He has been designing Hotel hideaway for the past 4 years and actively participating in road mapping and planning. Enjoying the challenge of designing for a game with no core loop.
Tom Byers is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Professor Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation.
Professor Byers has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. He has been a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, UC Berkeley, World Economic Forum, Conservation International, and several private enterprises.
Internationalisation, business development and strategic sustainability are the focus areas of Aija Bärlund’s work. During her career she has consulted several Finnish companies to go international and strengthen their positions on the global markets, particularly in Central Europe, China and Scandinavia.
Entrepreneur, Partner, Boardman Oy
Bärlund has solid experience in leading development projects. Together with strategic foresight and industry teams she has built entirely new export industries for Finland.
She has extensive experience in consulting SME’s and listed companies, startups, public sector organisations and associations. Within management consulting she has experience in developing executive team and board work, foresight, business scenarios and strategies, service, technology and business development, internationalisation, market and competitor intelligence, brands and sustainability.
Currently Bärlund holds board and advisory positions in the following industries: management consulting (strategy and brands), care services, foodcare, education and insurance. Bärlund also holds positions in the Federation of Finnish Entrepreneurs, in the board of Espoon Yrittäjät and in the Finnish Association for Environmental Management.
Daylian Cain is Senior Lecturer in Negotiations, Leadership, and Ethics at the Yale School of Management.
Daylian Cain is full-time faculty at the Yale School of Management since 2007. Dr. Cain's research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off.
Prior to joining Yale, Cain was the Russell Sage Fellow of Behavioral Economics at Harvard.
Cain has three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Business from Carnegie Mellon.
Rodrigo Canales is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management and a member of the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.
He does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems. His current research is divided in three streams. The first focuses on the structural determinants of the quality of startup employment. The second explores the conditions under which development policies and practices are built upon and incorporate existing, rigorous evidence. The third explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico.
Rodrigo Canales has an MBA and PhD from MIT.
Will Cardwell is Lecturer and New Projects Lead at the Aalto Ventures Program, Aalto University. His expertise includes above all venturing and venture capital. Will Cardwell has spent over 15 years in the Finnish hightech environment as a CEO of a startup, venture capitalist, CEO of Technopolis Ventures, investment banker, researcher and lecturer. He has been on the board of 15 Finnish companies. He has been in charge of coordinating Aalto University’s strategic university partnerships and co-founded the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship.
Mike Carson is a partner at McKinsey and one of the founders of Aberkyn, part of McKinsey Accelerate.
He focuses on helping leaders and their organizations transform, which he supports through facilitation, creating a safe space where leaders develop personal insights that transform their own lives and work. He does this for CEOs and executive committees of global organizations, for small thriving leadership teams, for new or underperforming teams, and for larger groups.
Mike also coaches senior leaders to support their own personal transformation and people leadership. Within Aberkyn, he is responsible for the growth of their global network of local hubs and for representing it inside the ecosystem of McKinsey capabilities.
Stephen Carver is a Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University.
Carver is an internationally renowned teacher and consultant in the field of project and program management. He started his career as an oil engineer and later at Virgin and then onto a global company as head of change. Stephen has a reputation for taking complex management concepts such as Project, Program, and Crisis Management and being able to distill them down, into highly informative and fun lectures – often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is, “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”
Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business. Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught in UK, US Holland, Germany, France, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and has appeared on National Radio and TV.
Päivi Castrén has over 30 years of extensive experience in human resources management and organizational development with global organizations such as Wärtsilä, Nokia Plc and Valmet Paper Machinery. She is a Master of Social Sciences in psychology from the University of Helsinki.
Joaquín Cava is a Lecturer at the Department of Strategy and General Management at Esade.
Joaquín Cava has developed most of his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which he joined in 1994. He became a partner and Vice President of the firm in January 2002. During his career as a consultant, he has worked with a wide range of clients in all sectors: consumer goods, banking, industry (cement, machine tools, metallurgy, etc.), energy, telecommunications, diversified industrial conglomerates, etc. He has been involved in projects in a wide range of functional areas, including: strategic definition and implementation; the design and implementation of business or expansion plans; organizational and process design; the definition of business strategies (channels, products, pricing, etc.); the implementation of plans to improve operational efficiency; management of merger processes and synergies; the valuation of acquisition objectives and participation in due diligence processes; the overseeing of the design and implementation of new strategies for information systems.
While at BCG, Joaquín Cava has also been responsible for the areas of recruitment and marketing at the company's offices in Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Before joining BCG, he worked at The Mac Group and Prodesfarma, SA.
Dane Chamorro is a Partner in Control Risks Asia Pacific business and has more than 25 years’ experience in the region. A former US diplomat, Mr. Chamorro, most recently was the Managing Partner for the Southeast Asia business. Previously Mr. Chamorro was the Director of Global Risk Analysis for the Asia Pacific region and Managing Director of the company’s North Asia business, encompassing Greater China, Korea, and Mongolia.
Specializing in business intelligence, Dane regularly advises strategic investors and private equity firms on political and partner risks, corporate governance, and high-profile business disputes. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a regular CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC broadcast, and print media commentator on China and Asian politics, governance, and investment.
Dane has a degree in international finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and completed graduate research on comparative Asian political-economy and security issues at the University of California. He is an honors graduate of the US Army Intelligence School, speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and licensed investigator in Singapore. Dane is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Zoë Chance is Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Yale School of Management.
At Yale School of Management, she teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka "Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person."
Her research has been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Psychological Science, and covered in media outlets like The New York Times and the BBC. She has appeared on CNN and written for Harvard Business Review. Google uses her behavioral economics framework as the basis for their global food policy.
Zoë speaks internationally for Fortune 500 firms and leading NGOs, and her TEDx talk, How to Make a Behavior Addictive, has over half a million views.
Her first book will be published by Random House on February 1, 2022. It's called “Influence for Nice People: The Revolutionary Science of Becoming Someone People Want to Say Yes to.”
Prior to Yale, Zoë managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, acted on stage and film, and earned her bachelor's from Haverford College, MBA from USC, and doctorate from Harvard Business School.
Rumman Chowdhury is a Senior Principal at Accenture, and Global Lead for Responsible AI on the Applied Intelligence team.
Her passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She came to data science from a quantitative social science background. Dr. Chowdhury works with C-suite clients to develop AI solutions that reflect responsible corporate values, embrace an AI-based economy, and are in compliance with regulations. She also creates cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable, and transparent AI and explore solutions for the future of work.
Rumman holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a master's degree in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
Mr. Michael Christiansen serves as Chairman of the board for several institutions and companies. He was the Chairman of the board of Directors of DR (National Danish TV and Radio Broadcasting Institution) in 2008-2019. Before DR, Mr. Christiansen worked as a Director General for the Royal Danish Theatre Opera, Ballet, Drama, and Symfony in 1993-2008.
Mr. Christiansen studied at Copenhagen University and graduated as a Master of Law in 1970. He had a long and respectful career in the Government of Denmark. He worked for the Departement of Justice in 1970-88, and from 1986 he was a permanent undersecretary of State for Justice. He served as a Permanent Secretary of State for Defence in 1988-1993.
He affiliated the University of Copenhagen, where he served as an Assistant professor (penal law) in 1976-1986.
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Cristina Cruz Serrano
Cristina Cruz Serrano is Professor of Family Business at IE Business School and Director of IE Family Business Center. She holds a PhD in Economics and Quantitative Methods from Carlos III University, an Executive Development program in Family Business from IE Business School, a BA in International Economics from Manchester University and a degree in Economics from Murcia University.
Born into a family business, Professor Cruz dedicates most of her teaching and research to studying organizations in which a family group is present and has an influence in strategic decision making.
The results of her research have been published in leading international academic journals including the “Academy of Management Journal”, “Administrative Science Quarterly”, “Journal of Business Venturing” or “Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice”. In recognition of this research work, in 2010, IE Business School awarded Professor Cruz with the “Research Excellence Award”, granted to the school´s best researchers.
Professor Cruz brings the results of her research to the classroom, where she tries to establish the idea that there is a need to preserve and transmit the entrepreneurial spirit to future generations. In line with this underlying philosophy, inside her classroom the topic is not “Family Business” but “Entrepreneurial Families” and “Family Venturing”. The difference is substantial since the main focus is not helping family business to survive, but creating responsible family owners and more entrepreneurial family managers.
In 2013, the prestigious business school social web site “Poets & Quants” included her in the “40 Best Business Shools professors under 40” list.
Domenico Dargenio is a top expert in operational excellence, supply chain management, and change management. He is passionate about developing a holistic employee-customer centric approach to operational excellence and digitalization, with a focus on the leadership implications of this transformation. Currently, he works as a consultant and entrepreneur. Before that, he worked at Wärtsilä from 2006 to 2021, previously as Director, Digital Transformation. Dargenio holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Bari, a Master in Engineering & Contracting from the Business School of Politecnico di Milano, and an EMBA from Aalto University Executive Education.
Mihir A. Desai
Dr. Mihir Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance. He has taught extensively as an award-winning teacher at HBS and at Harvard University. His academic publications have appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals. He has also written for practitioners in the Harvard Business Review on the role of the Global CFO. His work has emphasized the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. His research has been cited in The Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and several other publications. He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance Programs.
Professor Desai received his PhD in political economy from Harvard University and his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. His professional experiences include working at CS First Boston as well as McKinsey & Co. and advising a number of firms and governmental organizations.
He is the author of The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return and How Finance Works: The HBR Guide to Understanding the Numbers. He is also the co-host of the HBR After Hours podcast.
Dr. Mikko Dufva is Sitra’s leading foresight specialist. In his work, he examines future trends, the tensions between these trends, and mental images connected with the future. In addition, he teaches futures studies at Aalto University.
Dufva seeks to identify signals that may be weak now but are nevertheless significant from the point of view of the future. Before moving to Sitra Mikko Dufva was a researcher at the foresight team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He worked on foresight projects on e.g. forestry, mining, synthetic biology, renewable energy, future of work, and platform economy. Dufva has extensive experience in the theory and practice of foresight. His thesis about knowledge creation in foresight and systemic foresight won the Foresight act of the year award in 2016.
Dufva has acted as a guest editor of the journal Futura and as the chairman of the Finnish Society for Futures studies in 2018 - 2019. He is a popular speaker with over 50 presentations a year on e.g. futures thinking, foresight, megatrends, and weak signals.
Kathleen Eisenhardt is a Stanford W. Ascherman M.D. Professor at Stanford University and the Co-Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Professor Eisenhardt's research focus is strategy and organization, especially in technology-based companies and high-velocity industries.
Eisenhardt is currently studying the use of heuristics and other cognitive strategies, strategic interaction in new markets and novel ecosystems, and strategy making by boards of directors. She has received the career Scholarly Contribution Award from the Academy of Management and the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.
Dr. Ville Eloranta is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University School of Business.
Dr. Eloranta is an expert in business model innovation (especially platform business models), distributed ledger technologies (especially open blockchain implementations), and design management (connecting design paradigms to management practice).
Ville Eloranta is teaching future transdisciplinary professionals in International Design Business Management programs and is also involved in developing Network university Fitech (a transformative education endeavor of the seven biggest Finnish universities, Technology Industries of Finland, and TEK). He is researching business models in decentralized business ecosystems and has a solid track record of publications in top-level management journals.
Before joining academia, Dr, Eloranta worked for nearly 20 years as a service designer, programmer, and design agency entrepreneur (founder of a 30-person company in three countries), solving digitalization challenges, especially for big B2B customers.
Dr. Ville Eloranta holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University School of Science.
Emily Esfahani Smith
Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer in Washington DC.
Her book The Power of Meaning was an international bestseller. Smith's articles about psychology and culture have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. In 2017, she delivered a talk on the mainstage of TED that's been viewed 11 million times.
Smith received her master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Catholic University.
Skander Esseghaier is Associate Professor at Department of Marketing at ESADE Business School with a dual expertise in Pricing and Marketing Analytics.
His research and teaching focuses on (i) pricing: optimizing pricing tariffs for access services, analyzing the pricing impact of information flows in distribution channels; and (ii) recommendations systems: product recommendation, customer selection, product targeting and personalisation.
Skander started his academic career in 2000 as an assistant professor of marketing at the Stern School of Business, New York University, after gaining a PhD. in marketing from Columbia University in New York. He joined the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, moved to Koc University in Istanbul in 2006 as an associate professor of marketing, and then joined ESADE Business School in Barcelona as a tenured associate professor of marketing. Skander was also a visiting professor at INSEAD in France and Singapore, and at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.
Skander's research has been published in top-tier academic journals - including: The Journal of Marketing Research; Marketing Science; Management Science; the Journal of Applied Probability; and the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization. His paper on Internet Recommendation Systems was a finalist for the 2005 William F. O'Dell Award (which honors the Journal of Marketing Research article published in 2000 that has made the most significant long-term contribution to marketing theory, methodology, and/or practice).
Justin Ferrell designs and directs d.school’s fellowship program, a creative leadership accelerator for restless experts who want to transform their industries.
The program helps entrepreneurial professionals learn and apply design thinking to organization design, to create and spread large-scale transformations. Fellows have designed systems interventions in international development, food equity, philanthropy, K12 education, disaster relief, financial services, legal technology and federal workforce collaboration. Current fellows are also working on issues in health care, including childhood obesity, cancer prevention and clinical care for low-income communities.
Max Finne is an Assistant Professor of Information and Service Management at Aalto University School of Business.
Max Finne is an operations, projects, and supply chain management expert. He has specialized in servitization, Industry 4.0, service network management, professional service operations, inter-organizational collaboration, learning analytics, and flipped learning pedagogies. Finne has taught in several Warwick Business School’s prestigious Executive, Full-time, and Distance Learning MBA Programs before joining Aalto University. Even the most demanding student cohorts highly appreciate Finne’s teaching and have awarded him the highest student feedback of the whole teaching team on many occasions.
He has carried out close research collaboration with companies such as ABB, Costain, Finnair, Fujitsu, KONE, NCC, and Skanska. He delivers innovative and engaging teaching with a high impact on learning, showcased through his winning the distinguished Nigel Slack Teaching Innovation Award in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Max Finne has been awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice with distinction (1st-class honors) from the University of Warwick. It gave him full pedagogical qualification to teach in the UK Higher Education and recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Max Finne is an Assistant Professor of Information and Service Management at Aalto University School of Business. Prior to joining Aalto in 2018, Max was Associate Professor of Operations Management at Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK. He received his PhD in 2014 from Aalto University. Currently, he teaches courses on Operations and Process Management for BSc programs and delivers a number of executive education programs at Aalto EE. He has been involved in a number of research projects building on strong collaboration with industrial partners. His current research interests are mostly focused within service operations management and innovative pedagogies. Examples of particular topics that Finne is working on are servitization, Industry 4.0, service network management, professional service operations, inter-organizational collaboration, learning analytics and flipped learning pedagogies.
Dr. Merja Fischer has a wide leadership career in several global companies, such as ABB, NOKIA, Wärtsilä within Finance, Sourcing and IT, both in Finland and abroad.
Her PhD (2012) was on Customer experience and service productivity. Today she is leading the Robotics business area in Staria. Oyj. She is also a member of Finnish Government’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) advisory board.
Nathan Furr is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at INSEAD in Paris and a recognized expert in the fields of innovation and technology strategy.
His bestselling books include The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business School Press, 2014); Leading Transformation (Harvard Business School Press, 2018); and Innovation Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2019). He has published broadly in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Inc, and academic journals. He is an Innosight Fellow, has been nominated for the Thinkers 50 Innovation Award, and works with leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Citi, ING, Philips, Solvay and others.
Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he studied how innovators commercialize their ideas.
Dr. Patrick Furu works as a Director at Aalto EE, as well as Adjunct Professor of Management at Hult International Business School.
He has 20 years of experience in consultancy and executive education for management concerning strategies, change processes, and competence development.
He has worked with many large companies, such as Aviva, Cargotec, Ericsson, Fortum, NCC, Nokia, Nordea, Pfizer, SEB, Skanska, Telia, and UPM. Patrick has board work experience in SMEs. His past activities include top management group experience in the IT industry.
Patrick’s research has centred on strategic knowledge creation and sharing in multinational companies, the role of the board of directors in medium-sized companies, and leadership models and processes in improvising jazz bands and classical music ensembles. At Aalto EE, Patrick covers topics such as strategy creation and execution, the interface between leadership and strategy, managing complexity, agile organizational forms, digital leadership, and high-performing teams and collective competence.
Martin Gargiulo is The Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources Management and Organisational Development at INSEAD.
Professor Gargiulo's teaching focuses on informal networks, leadership, influence without authority, and on the management of change in organisations. In executive education, he is particularly interested in the development of high-potential executives.
Martin Gargiulo studies the formation of social networks and their effects on performance in business organisations. His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. His most recent project focuses on the effects of networking strategies on the survival and success of freelance artists. He also designed a widely-used online assessment tool to measure the social capital of an executive’s informal network and is completing an online simulation game to teach influence and networking to business audiences.
Martin Gargiulo earned his PhD in Sociology at Columbia University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Uruguay's national university.
Terje Gaustad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture and Associate Dean for BI’s bachelor program in Creative Industries Management.
Gaustad is also responsible for BI’s executive program in Production Management for Cultural and Entertainment Industries.
As part of BI’s Centre for Creative Industries, Gaustad has researched the digitization of entertainment industries and published on topics such as digitization and diversity in the film industry, new channel strategies, project strategy, and the economic efficiency of copyright enforcement.
In addition to his academic work, Terje Gaustad is an associate partner in Menon Economics, a consultancy operating at the interface of economics, politics and the market. He has a professional entertainment industry background that includes producer credits for theatrical feature films such as the British comedies “Save Angel Hope” (2007) and “Nasty Neighbours” (1999).
Terje Gaustad holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the BI Norwegian Business School and an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.
Hadi Ghanbari works as an Assistant professor at Aalto University School of Business and teaches courses on cyber security.
His research programs focus mostly on different socio-technical aspects of digital innovation, the role of digital services, urban analytics, and citizens' participation in addressing SDGs in smart cities. Before joining academia, Ghanbari has worked in software and IT industry and managed cyber security and software engineering-related R&D programs.
Dr. Stuart Gilson is a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and former chairman of the Finance Unit.
Professor Gilson is an expert on corporate restructuring, valuation, business bankruptcy, credit analysis, and financial strategy. His research, teaching, and consulting focuses on the financial, business, and legal strategies that companies use to revitalize their business, improve performance, and create value when facing significant financial and operating challenges.
Professor Gilson’s research has been published by leading academic and practitioner journals and has been cited, for example, by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, The Economist, and Bloomberg. His work has received numerous honors, including the Charles M. Williams award for outstanding teaching in executive education at Harvard Business School.
Professor Gilson currently teaches in the Advanced Management Program and various other executive programs including Finance for Senior Executives. For twenty years he taught one of the most popular MBA courses at HBS, Creating Value Through Corporate Restructuring.
Professor Gilson consults for a variety of companies and organizations. He is a director of Advanced Alloy Processing LLC, and served on the advisory boards of the Turnaround Management Association and several investment funds.
Dr. Olaf Groth
Olaf Groth is Global Professor of Management, Strategy, Innovation & Economics at Hult International Business School.
Prof. Groth is a global management, innovation and strategy professor, adviser and executive with 20 years of experience in corporations, advisory firms and academia. He advises senior executives internationally on global innovation trends, strategy, ecosystems and commercial diplomacy, primarily in the digital, energy, transportation and infrastructure domains. He has experience in executive and advisory roles with Q.Cells North America, Monitor Group, Qualcomm, Boeing, Vodafone, AirTouch and a transportation data start-up.
Aleksi Grym is Head of Digitalisation at the Bank of Finland.
He manages the digital programme of the bank as well as various projects related to the digital transformation of the financial industry, covering topics such as fintech, distributed ledger technologies, digital currencies, payment technologies, cyber security, and data analytics. Before joining the bank he worked in the consulting and technology investment industry for 15 years. Mr. Grym holds a double Master’s degree in economics and international business.
Dr. Riina Gröhn specializes in developing leaders to increase their self-awareness and self-leadership skills, to understand what in their own leadership style can work for and against them, and to build emotional intelligence in leading others especially during transformation and change.
As an ICF Certified Coach, she does leadership and career coaching, and she thrives by coaching individuals in self-discovery, navigating through change, career transformations, and to exceed themselves.
Gröhn is a seasoned leader with 18 years of international working experience in leading and developing people and business in executive education and FMCG industry. She has solid experience on learning and development as well as leading renewal and change in organizations. Working and living in Asia has also given her a good perspective on business development with P&L responsibility as well as building partnerships with an international perspective to Europe and Asia. From working in FMCG industry she has years of experience of leading product development and research and innovation management.
She holds a Master’s of Science and Doctorate in the field of health and biosciences at the University of Eastern Finland and at the University of Helsinki, Institute of Biomedicine. In addition, she studied human resources management, leadership, mindfulness and positive psychology at Cornell University ILR School, Darden School of Business and University of California, Berkeley. She is also ICF certified coach (ACC) and certified for several personality and Leadership Assessments (Hogan Assessments, SHL Personality and Ability (OPQ/Verify) Occupational Testing and Kets De Vries Institute Leadership Development Instruments).
Anil K. Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park.
Anil also serves as chairman, The China India Institute, a Washington DC-based research and consulting organization.
Dr. Anil K. Gupta is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and emerging markets. He has written number of books including The Silk Road Rediscovered: How Indian and Chinese Companies are Becoming Globally Stronger by Competing in Each Other’s Markets (2014) and Getting China and India Right (2009) as well as over 70 papers in leading academic journals.
Robin Gustafsson is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University.
Professor Gustafsson's research focuses on corporate- and business strategy formulation and strategizing in industry shifts. He is an expert in narrative strategies in nascent industries and markets, platform strategy, and strategy and organization of open research, innovation, and platforms.
Teemu Haila is a Games Industry Entrepreneur and Executive. Throughout his career, Haila has been a facilitator and a connector of dots. He successfully brought people together to study games, make games and build companies that make games.
Sharing those experiences is a great way to understand subjects even better and, as it turns out, is also a great way to build an extensive network. Haila was given a lifetime award by IGDA Finland in 2018 for his contributions to the Finnish gaming community.
Nermin Hairedin is a digital, data, and marketing professional. She has an extensive background in digitalizing businesses for over 20 years.
Hairedin has proven track record of successful turnarounds and growing businesses exponentially, both greenfield and M&A. She has been part of founding Fonecta and worked as one of the pioneers in setting up data-driven businesses. She has held several global senior management positions at Nokia. Her last corporate position was as the Finnish CEO of marketing agency giant Dentsu before moving into board work and entrepreneurship.
Hairedin has practical knowledge of global markets. Her business experience covers services, telecom, media, retail, sales, data&analytics, and marketing. She has specialized in digital transformation, which is all about organizational culture, as well as driving marketing to be a strategic asset for growing company value.
She is currently the co-owner and CEO of a customer-friendly IT and software development startup Frumatic Ltd. She also serves as a board executive in SOK (S Group), Örum Ltd, VR Group, Delipap Ltd and HopLop Ltd. In addition, she works as a strategy advisor, keynote speaker, and investor. Hairedin holds an M.Sc. degree from Aalto University (Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration) and has university studies also from France, Turkey, the USA, and Sweden.
Nermin Hairedin is a digital, data, and marketing professional. She has an extensive background in digitalizing businesses for over 20 years.
Hairedin has proven track record of successful turnarounds and growing businesses exponentially, both greenfield and M&A. She has been part of founding Fonecta and worked as one of the pioneers in setting up data-driven businesses. She has held several global senior management positions at Nokia. Her last corporate position was as the Finnish CEO of marketing agency giant Dentsu before moving into board work and entrepreneurship.
Hairedin has practical knowledge of global markets. Her business experience covers services, telecom, media, retail, sales, data&analytics, and marketing. She has specialized in digital transformation, which is all about organizational culture, as well as driving marketing to be a strategic asset for growing company value.
She is currently the co-owner and CEO of a customer-friendly IT and software development startup Frumatic Ltd. She also serves as a board executive in SOK (S Group), Örum Ltd, VR Group, Delipap Ltd and HopLop Ltd. In addition, she works as a strategy advisor, keynote speaker, and investor. Hairedin holds an M.Sc. degree from Aalto University (Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration) and has university studies also from France, Turkey, the USA, and Sweden.
Jari Hakanen is Research Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
In the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, he started as a researcher in 1998. Between 2006 and 2007 he worked as a specialized researcher in positive organizational psychology and well-being at work. Since 2007 he has been a senior researcher. Jari is also an adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki.
Jari’s current research activities are focused on positive work psychology, employee engagement, burnout, salutogenesis, and work-home interface. He has also done research on suicide prevention and care of the dying cancer patients.
Before starting his career as a researcher, he worked as an adult educator in two institutions for more than five years, running courses for unemployed, elderly, and handicapped people and voluntary workers, including professional training for children´s instructors and for youth and leisure instructors. Jari’s professional mission and dream is to contribute to boosting change towards more positive and healthy work-life practices.
Jari obtained his PhD in social psychology from the University of Helsinki in 2005 with a thesis on burnout, engagement, and a life-course life-event perspective on employee well-being.
Dr. Árni Halldórsson
Árni Halldórsson is Professor in Supply Chain Management at Chalmers University, Gothenburg. After completing his PhD from Copenhagen Business School. Árni held position as an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor there until 2006.
Until his appointment at Chalmers in January 2011, Árni served as Associate Professor as well as Academic Director of MBA at University of Southampton, UK.
Mae is an innovative and energetic coach, mentor and executive. She has more than 13 years experience in strategic leadership and executive roles from the financial industry.
Strategic Communication and Thinking Expert
In addition, she has been directly involved in nurturing and advising startups for over half a decade, in particular about innovation engagements and strategy. Mae has gathered her extensive experience from three continents and seven distinct markets - USA, Denmark, Estonia, Austria, China, India, Russia.
Mae has been professionally involved in global sales at Merrill Lynch Inc (USA), conducting equity research at Byrne Investment Research (USA), building multi-country strategies at Danske Bank Group (Estonia, Denmark), developing the financial sector as first CEO of FinanceEstonia (Estonia), and scrutinizing startup business models while, at the same time, defining growth opportunities for corporates (e.g. Match-Maker Ventures GmbH (Austria), Daimler Financial Services (Germany).
Mae is a mentor and coach to executives in the corporate as well as in the startup world focusing on strategic thinking and strategic communication. Her knowledge has been recognized by many companies on the Supervisory Board level (e.g. OpusCapita (Estonia, Sweden), WU Executive Academy (Austria), Estonian Co-Operative Bank (Estonia).
Lotta Hassi is a lecturer of innovation in the department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE Business School.
She has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of innovation and design, as an entrepreneur, consultant, researcher and lecturer. At ESADE she works in several multidisciplinary innovation projects that bring together research centers, companies, and universities from different disciplines.
Ranja Hautamäki is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture and head of research in landscape architecture at Aalto University. She has a 13-year professional background as the head of landscape planning at the City of Tampere.
Hautamäki's research focuses on urban nature and its planning practices and discourses. She works now on a multidisciplinary research project on urban nature in climate change mitigation and develops solutions for carbon-smart planning.
Senior Manager, Global Talent Development
Riina Hellström is the CEO of Peoplegeeks, a business consultancy and training provider in Agile enterprise development, business development, modernizing and digitalizing HR, and implementing people analytics.
Riina Hellström is recommended internationally as a brilliant agile and people professional. Riina is an enterprise organization developer, executive Agile consultant, and keynote speaker. Riina’s work is all about catalyzing most sophisticated people and business initiatives, in creative and inclusive ways, mostly working with large international organizations.
Being the first HR leader globally to achieve Certified Scrum Professional and Licensed Scrum at Scale trainer, she is bringing Agile into the executive and management levels of companies.
As a pioneer in Agile HR, she co-founded the UK based Agile HR Community, offering certified Agile HR training for HR professionals. Agile HR Community’s training is today attracting HR professionals across all geographies and company sizes.
Hellström is a Master of Science (Technology), a professional business coach, and she has a Master’s degree in Applied Neuroscience from Middlesex University. Recently, she was invited to work among Senior Faculty in the Josh Bersin Academy for HR professionals.
Donna Hicks is Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Donna Hicks is the pioneering mind behind the Dignity Model, a signature approach that she has applied to the most divisive and deep-seated conflicts around the world. With her landmark book, Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People, Dr. Hicks is empowering leaders in business, health care, government and other fields to create cultures of dignity as the key to fostering innovation, productive relationships and successful outcomes.
During more than two decades at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Dr. Hicks has focused on the world’s most extreme conflicts. Dr. Hicks was the Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and is now an Associate at the Center. Dr. Hicks’ experiences resolving world conflict are now being implemented to transform workplace cultures. She connects the essential human need for dignity to the challenges facing corporations, healthcare, and human services organizations.
Kari Hiekkanen is a Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University. He has extensive experience in various IT management and leadership roles in R&D and management consulting.
Hiekkanen has over 20 years of experience combining IT and strategy in various industries. He has a solid knowledge of IT management practices, enterprise architecture, and IT governance both as a practitioner and educator. Hiekkanen's research interests include the industrial Internet and the digitalization of Industries. He is an expert on machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence.
Pamela Hinds works as a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Professor Hinds studies the effect of technology on teams.
Professor Hinds has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of geographically distributed work teams, particularly those spanning national boundaries. She explores issues of culture, language, identity, conflict, and the role of site visits in promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology
Hines has undertaken extensive research into Lean and written or co-written twelve books including the Shingo Prize winning books “Staying Lean”, and “Creating a Lean & Green Business System”. His most recent book “The Essence of Excellence” was published in January 2019.
Hines is the founder of S A Partners, a specialist consultancy organization that assists companies in applying Lean. He also continues his academic links and is a Visiting Professor at Waterford Institute of Technology, Senior Certified Facilitator with The Shingo Institute at Utah State University and visiting roles in universities across Europe and North America.
Jaakko Hollmén is Chief Research Scientist at the School of Science and Technology at Aalto University. Hollmén’s research focuses on machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence. He has a special interest in predictive analytics.
Hollmén has more than 20 years experience in data analytics, both in manufacturing industry and university research. He is a founding member of Northlet Ltd., which offers analytics services and consulting for companies aiming to improve their usage of analytical tools. In 2017, Hollmén was a key organizer of ECML-PKDD 2017 – the biggest conference in machine learning and data mining in Europe.
From September 2018, Kasper Holten is CEO of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen (Denmark’s national home for opera, ballet, drama and symphonic music).
Kasper Holten (born 1973 in Copenhagen) was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera 2000-2011 and Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2011-2017.
Holten has directed opera, drama, musicals and operetta in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Germany, UK, France, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Russia, China, Australia, Japan and USA.
Kasper Holten made his feature film debut in 2009 directing and co-writing Juan – a radical, fast-paced contemporary take on Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, which was praised at film festivals from Korea to Germany and the US.
Kasper Holten has directed more than 70 productions, including many at leading opera houses such as Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Opera Berlin and Teatro Real. His productions include: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Copenhagen), Carmen (Bregenz Festival), Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and Meistersinger (Covent Garden), Der Rosenkavalier (Lyon), Idomeneo (Vienna) and Lohengrin (Berlin), as well as a number of new commissions. Several of his productions are available on DVD.
He is a sought-after motivational speaker on leading and developing extraordinary talents, and he has worked as a teacher at schools and Young Artists Programmes in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.
He is former Vice President of Opera Europa, has been a member of the Danish Radio and TV Board and the Danish Arts Council, and is an honorary professor at Copenhagen Business School. He has received a Knighthood and the medal ”Ingenio et Arti” from HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and is a Commander of Romania.
For further information, please go to www.holten.com
Antti Honkela is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Helsinki and the co-coordinator of the Research Programme in Privacy-preserving and Secure AI at the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI.
He holds a joint appointment at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Public Health.
Honkela's research interests include statistical machine learning, computational statistics, privacy-preserving machine learning and their applications especially in computational biology. He has taught numerous courses on these topics both in Finland and abroad. Honkela obtained his doctoral degree in machine learning from Helsinki University of Technology in 2005.
Dominic Houlder serves as Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School.
Dominic Houlder is one of Europe’s leading experts on strategy execution in B2B and professional services firms. He helps the leaders of major firms to connect with their clients, their colleagues and themselves in different and compelling ways.
He brings a mix of theory, practical experience and spiritual insight to his work. Before joining London Business School in 1994, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and held senior leadership positions in the corporate world. His major clients include Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, SAP and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Henna Hovi is an urban planner and is currently working in the City of Helsinki Traffic Systems unit.
In the past, she has worked as a research assistant in Aalto University Real Estate Economics Department and as a planner in Strategic Land Use Planning at the City of Helsinki. She has a background in geography and planning.
As a planner she focuses on all things strategic – whether the scale is an individual street or the whole city. Walkability, bikeability and sustainable human-centered mobility in cities are Henna’s areas of expertise. As well as being in charge of making the first pedestrian strategy for the City of Helsinki, her projects have included street pilots, like the summer streets we saw alongside Kasarmitori in 2020, and cycling planning, including an EU project called Handshake through which Helsinki seeks to learn best practices from Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
In the future, Henna wants to learn more about how to use temporary measures in strategic planning to improve the walking and cycling conditions in cities and what solutions work when we are striving for long-term change.
Jennifer Howard-Grenville is Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Jennifer Howard Grenville’s research is focused on how people generate and navigate change within and beyond their organizations. She is an expert on organizational culture, identity, and identification, leveraging her insights into these topics to understand how they both impede and enable change. Jennifer has conducted in-depth studies on how people seek to make meaningful change to address sustainability issues in the semiconductor manufacturing, athletic apparel, oil and gas, and other sectors.
Jennifer received her PhD at MIT, her MA at Oxford, and her BSc (Eng.) at Queen’s University, Canada.
During his career in the game industry, Juha has been a developer, scriptwriter, project manager, lecturer, head of studio, lead designer, entrepreneur, head of incubator, CEO and now General Manager of PlayStack Helsinki.
He has worked on 100 published games with over 30 industry awards, been building Finland’s biggest game education, arranged Bit1 event, he’s a member of Neogames board, start-up mentor and now scouts teams for publishing and funding in Finland, Nordics, Baltics, and Russia.
Associate Professor - Department of Marketing, Norwegian Business School BI
Dr. Tristram Hunt is the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance.
Since taking up the post in 2017, Dr. Hunt has prioritized support for design education in UK schools, expansion of the photography department, and encouraging debate around the history of the museum’s global collections.
Dr. Hunt’s priorities are focused on the transition to a multi-site museum, with V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and open access Collections and Research Centre in Stratford, East London.
Prior to joining the V&A, Dr. Hunt was Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a doctorate in Victorian history from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In addition to numerous radio and TV programmes for the BBC, he is the author of Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2005); Friedrich Engels: The Frock-Coated Communist (2009); and Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014).
Senior Director of Product Management at Electronic Arts
Tomi is a product leader specialized in creating innovative high monetization consumer and developer software solutions. He is experienced with product definition and launches for a leading free-to-play games platform, mobile and Web advertising and loyalty program solutions, application stores, developer SDKs and mobile phones used by millions of customers in over 200 countries.
Solid design and user experience understanding, creating the #1 rated Nokia online service, using innovation and rapid prototyping methods based on the Stanford d.school design thinking methods. Over a decade of experience in online service product management and development.
Director, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability Programs
Mikko Hypponen is a global security expert. He has worked at F-Secure since 1991. Mr. Hypponen has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and he appears frequently on international TV. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge.
He was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. Mr. Hypponen sits in the advisory boards of t2 and Social Safeguard and in the advisory panel for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Anna Hyrske works as a leading sustainability expert at Suomen Pankki.
Her responsibilities include developing principles and processes for sustainable investing, supporting portfolio managers in ESG integration in the bank's treasury office, and serving on international working groups to promote sustainability.
Before the Bank of Finland, Hyrske held various positions for over 20 years (including portfolio manager, analyst, leader of Asian operations, and sustainability specialist) at the investment organization of pension insurance company Ilmarinen. She has a long experience in sustainable investing and has written three books on the subject (2023, 2020, and 2012) and studied the issue in his master's studies (2004).
Dr. Sampsa Hyysalo
Sampsa Hyysalo is Professor in Co-Design at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland.
His research focus is on longitudinal studies of designer-user relations in technology projects. His research orientation is multidisciplinary, science & technology studies, innovation studies and collaborative design being his main fields of reference. He received his PhD in behavioral sciences in University of Helsinki and his docenture in is user-centered design of information systems in University of Turku. Hyysalo was awarded the Academy of Finland 2010 Prize for Social Impact of Research.
Executive Assistant to Managing Director
Tiina Härkönen is a Leading Specialist at Sitra, working with the IHAN® project. Sitra’s project IHAN® aims to build the foundation for a fair and functioning data economy. The main objectives are to create a method for data exchange and to set up European level rules and guidelines for ethical use of data. With her work, she seeks to make the online world a better and safer place.
Previously, Tiina Härkönen has held Senior positions in marketing, communications, and business development in IT, telecom and logistics industries. Previous employers include Posti , OpusCapita, SAS Institute, Elisa Corporation, and Nokia.
Petri Ikonen is Creative Director at Electronic Arts Finland. He is an experienced game designer with a thick skin and great sense of humor and has a wide skill set from gameplay design to team leadership and game production.
Ikonen is very hands on and has a get things done attitude. He has an artsy background in the entertainment industry (theater, television) as an actor, director and scriptwriter. Tech proficient: interested in programming languages, IDEs, game dev tools, prototyping & scripting.
Seppo Ikäheimo is Professor of Corporate Governance at Aalto University School of Business.
He specializes in compensation systems, ownership, investor relations, board of directors and company valuation.
Professor Ikäheimo has frequently acted as a member of the arbitral tribunal in minority redemption cases and has provided an expert opinion in several legal cases. He has served as an advisor concerning investor relations, compensation systems, and board work.
In addition, he is actively involved in developing accounting and corporate governance-related legislation and guidance.
Pauliina Ilmonen is Associate Professor in Statistics at Aalto University School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.
Ilmonen has over a decade of teaching experience from various universities. She teaches several Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses at Aalto University, and she is the responsible teacher of a minor in Statistics. She is known for her ability to discuss complicated matters in an understandable way. Pauliina Ilmonen is the chair of the Finnish Statistical Society, and she belongs to the European Regional Committee of Bernoulli Society. She loves statistics and she participates actively in public discussions related to statistics.
In her research work, Pauliina Ilmonen focuses on topics in the field of mathematical statistics. Her research group’s most significant research topics are multivariate extreme value theory, invariant coordinate selection (ICS), independent component analysis (ICA), functional data analysis (FDA), change point analysis, and analysis stationary processes. Also pure mathematics is close to Pauliina’s heart. Her research group’s interest there lies on characteristics of meet and join (hyper)matrices. In addition to deriving theoretical results, her group is working on applied topics related to cancer epidemiology and the epidemiology of viruses. Doing applied work enables to contribute to research that may have significant public health implications.
Dr. Kari Iloranta has held general management positions within several industries and leadership roles in top international consulting companies, e.g. Boos Allen Hamilton’s Finnish operations in 1998–2004.
Kari has broad experience in the development of strategies, change programs, organizations, management models and B2B relationships. Kari plays a key role in the development of study and teaching in supply management at Aalto University and Aalto PRO. He is co-author of Hankintojen johtaminen – ostamisesta toimittajamarkkinan hallintaan, and the title of his dissertation is Cognitive Barriers to External Resource Management – Top Management Perspective (Aalto University).
Doctor of Science at Aalto University School of Business (2016)
Professor of Practice (Corporate Socio-Cultural Responsibility), Aalto University School of Business
President, Suomen Urheiluliitto(2019-2024)
Dr. Sami Itani is a diversely skilled management professional and scholar. He has both theoretical expertise and practical experience, for instance, from corporate socio-cultural responsibility, such as diversity & inclusion –related practices and strategies, performance and talent management in knowledge intensive organizations, stakeholder management, mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on cultural due diligence, and strategy formation and implementation in internationally operating organizations.
Dr. Itani is a much-requested keynote speaker in corporate, governmental and NGO events especially in questions relating to organizational social responsibility. Itani has actively engaged in public discussion on contemporary leadership questions, e.g., in times of Covid-19 and when well-known institutions have faced lack of trust from their stakeholders. Itani has published a book on HRM in multinational organizations (Emerald, 2017), and another one on self-management and leadership in the 2020’s (Otava, 2020). Dr. Itani is a former professional athlete in Decathlon and the captain of the national Finnish athletics team.
Currently Dr. Itani works as Professor of Practice at Aalto University School of Business. Prior to this role, he worked five years in executive roles at The Adecco Group, world’s leading HR service provider, most recently as the CEO of Adecco’s operations in Finland. Dr. Itani holds board positions in diversely formed and organized institutions, such as Ltd. (Oy.), NGO (Ry.) and mutual insurance (keskinäinen). Dr. Itani was recently elected for a second three-year term as President of Suomen Urheiluliitto (SUL), an NGO with close to 100 000 members in Finland.
Dr. Itani attained D.Sc. degree from Aalto University, completing part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. At The Adecco Group he participated several executive development programs organized jointly with IMD and INSEAD.
Dr. Thomas Johnsen
Thomas E. Johnsen is Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management at Audencia Business School (Nantes, France) where he is also Director of the M.Sc. programme in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management. Prior to this he was Gianluca Spina Professor of SCM at Politecnico di Milano.
Professor, Audencia Business School
He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. His book (with M. Howard and J. Miemczyk) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: a Sustainability Perspective which was first published by Routledge in April 2014 and awarded the ACA-Bruel coup de coeur prize, is now in its 2nd edition.
Melissa Jones Briggs
Melissa Jones Briggs is a lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has extensive experience in exploring the relationship of power, authority and status, and how nonverbal communication can help achieve leadership goals.
Jones Briggs works with organizations like Intel, Twitter, Lyft, Mozilla, Cisco, eBay, Ubisoft, London Business School, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Singularity University, Lorraine Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford School of Medicine, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics. In her teachings, she elevates the executive presence and authority of leaders by combining research from the fields of social science and the practical application of performance techniques.
Jones Briggs’s research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary performance practice; psychology of performance; quotidian application of performance craft in public and private life; methodology of coaching; practices of theatre technique that build social cohesion and community resiliency; the role of informal arts play in personal and organizational development; and design theory and pedagogy. She teaches acting techniques to help students perform effectively within networks and hierarchies, a crucial determinant of professional and personal success. She helps her students to broaden their repertoire of physical, vocal and emotional tools to enhance their impact and connection in a leadership context.
Melissa Jones Briggs studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and The Actor’s Center Conservatory in New York. She is an honors graduate from Wake Forest University (USA). She has also worked as a theatre and film actress in New York City and San Francisco.
Dr. Patrik Jonsson
Patrik Jonsson is professor in Operations & Supply Chain Management. He has a PhD in production management from Lund University and held a position as assistant professor at Växjö/Linneus University prior to joining Chalmers in 2001.
Jonsson currently serves as a senior associate editor for the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and is in the editorial advisory board for the European Business Review, and in the editorial review board for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.
Dr. Jari Juhanko
Alex Jung is Assistant Professor for Machine Learning within the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University.
He heads the research group "Machine Learning for Big Data" which studies fundamental limits and efficient algorithm for machine learning problems involving massive datasets. Jung is teaching the main courses at Aalto University on machine learning and artificial intelligence. The recent edition of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Basic Principles have attracted around 500 and 900 students, respectively.
Jouni Juntunen is a Professor of Automotive Business in the Department of Marketing, Management and International Business at the Oulu Business School at the University of Oulu.
He is also a Docent of Supply Chain Management in the Faculty of Technology at the University of Oulu. His research focuses on the automotive business, business analytics, and supply chain management. He has long-term experience in collaborating with logistics companies.
Jouni K. Juntunen
Jouni K. Juntunen is a post-doctoral researcher in Aalto University School of Business. His current research interests are user driven innovation and crowdfunding.
Post-doctoral researcher, Aalto University School of Business
Jouni studied Industrial Engineering and Management in University of Oulu, Finland and holds Dr.Sc (Econ.) from Aalto University School of Business. Prior to coming Aalto University, he was working 15 years in telecommunication business in Finland, China and Japan.
Rachida Justo is Professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at IE Business School. She holds a Ph.D in economics and development (cum laude) from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
Professor Rachida Justo’s interest lies in fields like women entrepreneurs or social enterprises. For Professor Justo, “human beings are very complex and I find it fascinating to analyze how one person can have different expectations.”
Rachida explores how entrepreneurs struggle to deal with important dilemmas, such as how to reconcile professional and family ambitions, how to create a business that successfully achieves the double bottom-line of economic performance and social value, or the implications of these aspirations in terms of firm performance and growth. These are some of the issues that Rachida addresses in her research, published in journals like Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
She has received several awards, including the Best Women’s Entrepreneurship Paper Award from the Academy of Management Conference, and IE’s Best Teaching Case Award. Since 2002, Rachida has been a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, the largest single study of entrepreneurial activity in the world.
Maarit Kahila-Tani is the CEO and co-founder of Mapita, the company behind Maptionnaire, and works in the domain of community engagement tools for urban planners and city developers.
Maarit has a background in planning geography from the University of Helsinki and in urban planning from Aalto University. Her research focused on new methods for enabling and encouraging wider public participation. In her dissertation, she studied the opportunities for urban planners to take advantage of map-based public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) tools like Maptionnaire to gain ideas and insights from residents.
Jarkko Kainulainen is Lead Artist at Rovio Entertainment Corporation. He is a long-term entrepreneur and a versatile Artist and Designer.
Kainulainen Co-Founded PlayRaven which was acquired in 2018 by Rovio.
Licentiate of Law Karri Kaitue is a board professional and business manager.
He has served as Director at Ekokem and Deputy Managing Director at Outokumpu Oyj. In Finland, Kaitue has been for example the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of the Arts, Destia, and CapMan.
Currently, Kaitue holds several board positions internationally.
Kaitue has an extraordinary and fresh view of the management challenges and goals of cultural organizations combined with strong business management experience. For Kaitue the success of the cultural sector and the successful dialogue with the rest of society is an important value.
Kalle Kaivola is an independent game director and consultant. He has worked on games for two decades as a producer, publisher and most recently investor as a partner in Sisu Game Ventures.
His work has taken him across IP from Angry Birds to The Walking Dead and he has shipped games for over 250 million people on over a dozen platforms. Kaivola is currently working as an investor, advisor, and consultant with companies both large and small and is always looking forward to working with people who love what they are doing.
Tarja Kallonen is an expert in anticipating the future training needs of the financial sector, lobbying, and cooperation with financial corporations and various labor market operators. Kallonen has previously acted as Head of Financial Work and Competence at Finance Finland (FFI). She is a Master of Social Sciences from University of Jyväskylä.
Jussi Kangasharju received his MSc from Helsinki University of Technology in 1998. He received his Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Informatiques (ESSI) in Sophia Antipolis in 1998.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki Director of Data Science Master’s Program
In 2002 he received his PhD from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/Institut Eurecom. In 2002 he joined Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD), first as post-doctoral researcher, and from 2004 onwards as assistant professor. Since June 2007 Jussi is a professor at the department of computer science at University of Helsinki. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the director of the Future Internet research program at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). Since 2018 he is the director of the data science master’s program at University of Helsinki. Jussi's research interests are information-centric networks, edge and cloud computing, content distribution, opportunistic networks, and green ICT. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.
Kimmo Karhu is an Assistant Professor, at Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Karhu is an expert on platform business models and a seasoned teacher on digital strategy. By combining hands-on industry experience with academic thinking, he seeks to explain how AI, machine learning, and other technologies can be leveraged for scaling platform business. Karhu's recent doctoral thesis analyses open platform strategizing and digital tactics in mobile ecosystems.
Dr. Samuel Kaski is an Academy Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University and Director of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).
Previously Dr. Kaski has been the director the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research COIN and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. His primary research interests are probabilistic machine learning methods and their multidisciplinary applications.
Riitta Katila is Professor of Management Science & Engineering and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar at Stanford University, and a faculty member of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.
Professor Katila is an expert in technology strategy, innovation, and learning development in firms with a focus on achieving short- and long-term organic growth. She has conducted extensive work on alliances, acquisitions and corporate venture capital. Professor Katila’s alma mater Aalto University honored her as the Alumnus of the Year in 2016.
Michail Katkoff is the Head of Studio at Rovio Entertainment, a company best known for its Angry Birds franchise. Prior to joining Rovio Katkoff has held leadership and product management positions at Supercell, Zynga and FunPlus.
Katkoff is also known as the founder of Deconstructor of Fun. A blog and a podcast that has over the years grown into a consulting company specializing in free-to-play games.
Katri Kauppi got her PhD from Helsinki School of Economics in 2009, on the topic of "Challenges of purchasing centralization - Empirical evidence from Public Procurement". After her graduation, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Manchester Business School, and as an Assistant Professor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Nottingham University Business School.
Associate Professor, Aalto University
In August 2012, Katri started in the tenure track of Aalto University. She was promoted to Associate professor and received her tenure in August 2018.
Tomi Kauppinen is the head of Aalto Online Learning at Aalto University. His background is in media technology and computer science. He aspires to bring an entrepreneurial mindset and lean and agile creativity to all his projects and teaching.
Tomi Kauppinen is Head of Aalto Online Learning at Aalto University. He holds a habilitation (2014) in geoinformatics from the University of Muenster in Germany and the title of docent (2014), a Ph.D. (2010) in media technology from Aalto University, and an M.Sc. (2004) in computer science from the University of Helsinki. Kauppinen's passion is to create, study, and teach information visualization, spatial thinking, cognitive systems/artificial intelligence, and blended learning design. Since 2016, he has led the Aalto University-wide strategic development initiative, Aalto Online Learning, which covers activities ranging from blended learning to fully online textbooks and exercises, from video production to online social interaction, from artificial intelligence-based recommendations and assessment to interactive visual simulations, and from augmented/virtual reality to games and gamification. With his background in startups before a calling to academia, he aspires to bring an entrepreneurial mindset and lean and agile creativity to all his projects and teaching.
Hanna Kaustia is External Relations Manager for McKinsey Sustainability leading publishing, media relations, and events on sustainability, with a focus in Europe. In her previous roles at McKinsey, she has led initiatives in leadership development, diversity, and social responsibility.
Kaustia has been with McKinsey in 2000-2002 and rejoined the firm in 2014. In between, she worked at Finland Post, as, e.g., Corporate Responsibility Director. Kaustia holds a Master’s degree in sociology at the University of Helsinki and a Diploma in responsible business and environmental management at the Aalto University.
Markku Kaustia is the Hannes Gebhard Professor in Finance and Insurance at Aalto University.
His areas of research include finance, investments, financial markets, assets management, investor behavior, and psychology. His research has been published in leading academic journals, like the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Finance.
Professor Kaustia is a regular speaker and teacher for finance professionals and conferences. He has investigated micro-foundations of investment epidemics, dynamics of investors' risk aversion, and behavioral biases of finance professionals.
He has been at Aalto University, School of Business, Department of Finance, since 2008. As a Visiting Professor, he has taught in the USA at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (2011-2012), and at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (2012-2013).
In 2014, Aalto University established the position of Hannes Gebhard Professor in Finance & Insurance to acknowledge the support of the OP-Pohjola Group in promoting scientific research in finance. Hannes Gebhard was a Finnish businessman, professor of economic history & economics, member of Parliament & father of the Finnish Cooperative Business.
Markku Kaustia has a Ph.D. in Finance from Aalto University, School of Business.
Dr. Katariina Kemppainen
Katariina Kemppainen is a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. Dr. Kemppainen has previously taught courses on Supply Chain Management, Sourcing and Manufacturing Planning at the RSM Erasmus University, Helsinki School of Business and Nokia.
Professor of Practice, Aalto University School of Business
She has been recognized with teaching awards such as the Best Course at the Finnish Business Schools 2005 and Aalto Teaching Excellence 2017. Dr. Kemppainen is particularly interested about supply chain decision making and operations planning. She worked as a supply chain executive (e.g. Chief Supply Chain Architect, Head of Sales & Operations Planning, and Head of Continuous Improvement) at Nokia and Microsoft 2007-2014. She has also published in academic journals such as International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and Journal of Business Ethics. Her current research focuses on the use of analytics in supply chain planning processes, management of supply risks, and operations scheduling in service and manufacturing systems. Professor Kemppainen holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Logistics both from the Helsinki School of Economics. She has been a board member of Hansel Oy, the central purchasing organization of state organizations, since 2016.
Derin Kent is an assistant professor of organization studies at Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, and a visiting researcher in organization and management at Aalto University School of Business.
His research focuses on the group dynamics of workers in extreme contexts, i.e., those that are isolated, confined, and have the potential to cause severe physical or psychological harm to participants. In these settings, Derin studies the group dynamics of socialization, collective emotions, work meaningfulness, and sensemaking to answer the question, "what do people do individually and in small groups to flourish in extreme situations?"
To explore these topics, Kent has studied physicians responding to lethal viruses (the SARS-1 outbreak), crews aboard container ships, storm chasers hunting tornadoes, and securities traders restoring their workplaces after 9/11. Wherever possible, he has embedded as an ethnographer with people working in these environments to gain firsthand knowledge of their experiences.
Kent's research appears in peer-reviewed academic journals like Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Academy of Management Annals, and has been presented at a variety of international conferences. In addition to research, he has experience teaching in undergraduate and MBA programs in North American and European universities.
Derin Kent earned his PhD in Management at Smith School of Business, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada. Besides scholarship, Derin enjoys marathon and trail running, sailing, and storm chasing.
Michael Kitson is University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Since September 2019, Michael Kitson has been the Director of the MBA Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). He is also an Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), Cambridge, and is Hub Director of the UK-Innovation Research Centre.
His research interests lie in macroeconomic policy and performance; international trade; regional economics; corporate performance; innovation and the commercialisation of science.
Arto Klami is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. He belongs to the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), where he coordinates activities developing easier tools for building uncertainty-aware artificial intelligence.
Klami has been researching AI for more than 15 years, particularly probabilistic machine learning. His research group, Multi-source Probabilistic Inference, works on new machine learning models and algorithms, as well as a diverse range of applications from understanding human behavior to ultrasonic cleaning and spectral imaging.
Perry Klebahn is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Executive Education at the Stanford d.school.
When it comes to startups, corporations and executive leadership, Klebahn’s seen just about everything. He's a seasoned entrepreneur, product designer, chief executive and co-founding member of the d.school faculty with over 20 years of experience. He also loves math, motorcycles and making things. Klebahn brought two out of three of those interests to bear when he created a new category of sportswear by way of a high-performance shoe — a snowshoe — for his product design master’s thesis. He went on to found the Atlas Snowshoe Company, which remains the leader in snowshoe design and technology. Klebahn sold Atlas and became the head of Sales and Marketing for the clothing brand, Patagonia in 2000. He then went on to be named the CEO of the iconic bag company, Timbuk2 in 2007. Both opportunities gave him extensive experience in brand turn-around, design and innovation.
He holds a B.A. in Physics from Wesleyan University (1988) and a Master’s degree in Product Design from Stanford University (1991).
Dan Klein is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford University. Klein teaches improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is a faculty member of the Drama Department and the Graduate School of Business.
Klein partners with multiple different corporations, such as Cisco, Oracle, Nestle, Visa, ING, Barclay’s Global Investments, Randstad, Nobel Biocare, and many more.
Dr. Samuli Knüpfer serves as Professor of Finance and Professor of Ownership at Aalto University School of Business.
Dr. Knüpfer is an experienced business school educator and globally recognized expert in Finance. His key areas of expertise include financial decision-making, financial markets, investor behavior, and sustainable finance. His research regularly appears in top academic outlets, and he is a recipient of many research grants and awards.
Dr. Knüpfer has extensive experience in developing business school education at multiple institutions. His academic career encompasses numerous deliveries of courses and programs at all levels of business school education, including education targeted at executive audiences.
Samuli Knüpfer holds a D.Sc.(Econ.) in Finance from Aalto University. He has held positions at BI Norwegian Business School and London Business School and has visited the University of California at Berkeley. He is affiliated with the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.
Sanne Kofod Olsen
Sanne Kofod Olsen is Dean at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Gothenburg University.
Before she worked as Vice-Chancellor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts/Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.
Since 2005 she has been the executive manager at Funen Art Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark and has had a focus on change management, strategy, and development in these institutions. At present, she is leading a strategic development process at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Art as dean.
She has worked within the field of visual arts for more than 20 years both as a curator, writer and manager and has been teaching contemporary art at the University of Copenhagen and at the art academies in which she worked. She has a profound experience in collaborating with artists and academics in institutional settings and has developed new strategies, visions, and institutional identity through participatory management methods.
Sanne Kofod Olsen has two degrees in art history from Copenhagen University and has recently achieved a master in management development at Copenhagen Business School.
Louise Kofod Thomsen
Louise Kofod Thomsen is a sustainability advisor with 10 years of experience. Louise is the owner and sustainability advisor at LT Cambio. Alongside her consulting work, Louise works as an External Lecturer in Corporate Sustainability with a focus on Nordic business at Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Louise has previously worked with corporate sustainability at the Danish Chamber of Commerce advising small and medium sized companies on sustainability issues, regulations, CSR strategy and implementation. Later she held the position as Centre Manager at the CBS’ research centre for sustainability in which position she led CBS’ internal sustainability work.
At LT Cambio, Louise advises Nordic business on the transitioning to more sustainable business practices. Louise has advised organisations on how to develop sustainability strategies and action plans and she does so through the lens of sustainability research and science-based knowledge. Other topics of expertise include ecolabeling/business certifications, social sustainability and employee engagement.
Louise teaches corporate sustainability at university level primarily at CBS and Copenhagen University.
Louise holds a Master in Business Administration and Organizational Communication from Copenhagen Business School.
Mika Koivisto is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, CEO and Partner at Nordic Business Improvement Oy. He has acted full time with Lean Six Sigma from 1999 and onwards. Koivisto has lead projects, supported thousands of improvement initiatives, provided trainings, and been responsible for global organizations' Lean and Six Sigma deployment.
Since establishing his own company in 2009, Koivisto has been providing training in his areas of core expertise: statistical methods, Design for Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma. He has profound knowledge of development methods and can apply them to a diverse range of practical processes and situations. Koivisto is highly esteemed for his expertise and productive, practical approach.
Mika Koivisto completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training in 1999 and became a certified Master Black Belt on Nokia's first MBB course in 2000.
Tapio Koivumäki is Leader of Operational M&A Advisory in Finland, including integration, separation and operational due diligence services for corporate and private equity clients.
Koivumäki has worked on numerous complex deals over the last 10 years in TMT, E&R, IP&S, Chemicals, Security, Insurance and Food industries. He is experienced in top management advisory, programme blueprinting, synergy and milestone development, Day1 readiness checks, TSA development, execution support, and synergy and separation reviews.
Koivumäki holds M.Sc. (Econ) and CEMS MIM from Helsinki School of Economics.
Dr. Katja Kolehmainen serves as a Senior Advisor at Finnish Ministry of Finance. She specializes in strategic financial management, forecasting, scenario analysis, and investment decision making.
Dr. Kolehmainen is also Vice Chairman of Board Partners Helsinki, an association that works with small and medium sized companies to improve the quality of board work.
Before joining the ministry, she worked as a Director for Capful Ltd., a strategy consultancy company specializing in scenario planning and strategic foresight, an Assistant Professor for Strategic Management Accounting at Aalto University, and a Director for strategic planning at If and Vattenfall.
Recruitment Consultant, Nesenta Oy
Randy Komisar is an early stage investor, entrepreneur, lecturer and author of such books as The Monk and the Riddle and Straight Talk for Startups.
Karen Korellis Reuther
Janne M. Korhonen
Janne M. Korhonen (MSc (Tech), PhD) is a researcher and an author who researches the qualities, possibilities, and limitations of different technologies in modern society.
Currently, he is working at Aalto University on the Recon project, which studies applications of blockchain technology. Before his research career, he was the founding partner in the design and product development services at Seos Design.
Mikko Koria is Professor of Design Innovation and Director of the Institute for Design Innovation in Loughborough University London, and Visiting Professor at Aalto University.
Dr. Koria has a career that spans over twenty-five years of professional management, practice and research in the private, public and the third sectors. In the last years, Mikko has directed his efforts to the field of innovation and related capability management, design and management research and international development projects. He has done research, lectured and taught widely in the fields of design, culture and business studies at various universities and faculties in Finland, China, Japan, Brazil and the UK.
Dean, Aalto University School of Business
Sixten Korkman is Professor of Practice in Economics at Aalto University School of Business since 2012.
Professor of Practice in Economics, Aalto University School of Business
Previously he has worked as managing director of the Finnish research institute ETLA and the associated think tank EVA. Also he has international experience through his role as Director General at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in Brussels, heading the department assisting the Ecofin Council and the Eurogroup. He has also worked as Director General for the Economics Department at the Ministry of Finance in Helsinki, as Head of Office at the Bank of Finland and as Principal Administrator at the OECD in Paris.
He has published articles in journals and books. He writes regularly columns for a weekly magazine. His main focus of interest is currently the EMU.
Sixten Korkman has a doctorate from Helsinki University.
BBA, MA, PhD candidate Lilly Korpiola is an author, key note speaker, media strategist, leadership and communications expert and coach.
Lilly’s expertise is in the leadership and communications. Her passion is to empower people with her inspiring style of speaking and to help them to gain new and fresh perspective from strategy to everyday life. She is praised for her ability to integrate the latest research into practical leadership.
Currently, after Covid pandemic and crisis in Ukraine, she is training organizations in strategic and leadership communications in relations to resilience and psychological security. Among her clients are Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Finnish Parliament, The Finnish Police Force and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health besides various private and public companies.
She has a broad international educational background from business administration and organizational psychology to communication studies. Her current academic work is in the field of media society, leadership, and strategic and crisis communications.
Lilly has written six non-fiction books based on academic studies (Arab spring 2012 nominated as the best Finnish non-fiction with the Tieto Finlandia award). Her latest book is about resilience and the next will be about leadership in times of crisis and societal changes.
Karoliina Korppoo is the Co-Founder, CEO at Visual Novel Entertainment and Game Producer at Veikkaus. She has made her mark by designing games such as award winning Cities: Skylines at Colossal Order, where she managed the design team.
Korppoo has worked in the game industry since 2007: before Colossal Order as a QA engineer in Universomo and as a lead artist in Kyy Games Ltd. Her work has also included creative writing and level design. She is a successful speaker having performed for instance in TED Talk and other events around the world.
Competence area lead, Data & AI, Reaktor.
Matti Kuittinen is a Professor of Sustainable Construction at Aalto University´s Department of Architecture and Senior Specialist at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.
Kuittinen researches and develops policies for mitigation of climate change in the built environment and coordinates Nordic policy development efforts in the field of circular economy and low carbon construction. As an architect, he has designed experimental sustainable buildings and participated in humanitarian operations.
Senior researcher Liisa Kulmala acts as the Head of the Carbon Cycle Group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. She has studied various biotic processes in the carbon cycle in forests, agricultural fields, and urban green spaces.
Her current work focuses on quantifying the climate mitigation potential of land ecosystems and finding multi-beneficial management practices for the land use sector.
Mikko Kurimo is an associate professor at Aalto University, where he leads the automatic speech recognition group.
Kurimo has more than 20 years of experience in speech and language. He is specialized in modeling speech and language using machine learning and speech recognition to transform speech to text, assist in foreign language learning, and produce descriptions of audiovisual data. Internationally, his group is best known for their work on modeling morphologically rich languages for speech recognition.
Ville Kyrki is an Associate Professor of intelligent machines at Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation at Aalto University.
Professor Kyrki is an expert in intelligent robotic systems and robotic vision with a particular emphasis on developing methods and systems that cope with imperfect knowledge and uncertain senses.
Mikko Kytö has researched augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with a multidisciplinary approach for over 10 years.
He received his M.Sc. from Helsinki University of Technology in 2009 and D.Sc. from Aalto University in 2014. From his research in Finland and international collaboration, he has gained a comprehensive overall image of the field of AR and VR. Especially he has researched interaction and visualization techniques for AR and VR, as well as application contexts for AR and VR, such as using AR in social interaction. Kytö has published scientific articles in the best venues in the field, for example, at ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Arto Käyhkö is the Vice President of Business Development at Apprien Oy Ltd. He has nearly 20 years experience from international business and consulting operations. He is a professional executive with a focus on managing sales, marketing, and consulting teams.
Käyhkö has gained industry experience from Mobile Games to Banking and from ICT to Investment Consulting. He is also passionate about service design and finding business potential from unexpected places.
Miko Laakso is Design Thinking Manager at DNA and PhD Student in Technology at Aalto University.
Laakso has over a decade of experience in facilitating, researching and conducting creative development work and helping organizations in different fields to develop their working practices. He has taken part in developing the Design Factory concept since its early years. He has worked in and managed several local and international research and development projects.
He is also a Founding Partner at Riihi Consulting Oy where he makes the most of design methods and distinctive ways of working in a variety of development contexts. Laakso has previously worked as a product designer developing award-winning products.
Jorma Laaksonen is a Senior University Lecture at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University. His research interests include content based information retrieval and computer vision.
Laaksonen is responsible for the AI Education program in the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence.
Tomi Laamanen is a Chaired Professor for Strategic Management and Director at the Institute of Management of St. Gallen University. He specializes in strategic management, mergers & acquisitions and strategic processes.
Previously Dr. Laamanen has served as a Chair of Strategic Management of Aalto University (1998-2011) and Director of the Institute of Strategy of Aalto University (until 2011). He is a strategy consultant and member of the board to firms from different industries.
Laamanen’s previous experience also includes being an Associate Editor at Strategic Management Journal, Editorial Board Member at Journal of Management and Co-chair at SMS Finland Special Conference 2010.
Tomi Laamanen holds two D.Sc. degrees; one in Strategy and one in Finance.
Jami Lead is CEO and Founder at Futureplay Ltd. Jami Laes entered the mobile games industry already in 2000, working as a game designer. In 2004 Jami joined Sumea Interactive which was soon acquired by Digital Chocolate where over the course of almost eight years, he helped to create hit titles like Tower Bloxx and almost 200 other games on numerous platforms from J2ME to XBLA and everything else in-between.
Jami Laes joined Playfish as the VP Global Studios in 2011. His role at Playfish was to oversee the work of all their global studios, helping develop the Award winning Sims Social game as well as delivering the vision, mission, and creating even more amazing products like SimCity Social.
After Playfish he took over the flight of the Angry Birds at Rovio Entertainment, leading Rovio Games for almost two years. Finally in 2015 he co-founded his own mobile gaming studio Futureplay Games, which has produced view-to-play hit games such as Farm Away!, Build Away! and, Craft Away!
Laes combines an unique blend of creative process leadership, mobile and social platform expertise as well as his experience as a tv-show host in Finland!
Iris Lahti is specialized in driving the utilization of data and helping companies to evolve their data driven culture, scale up their data capabilities and gain sustainable business value from data and AI solutions.
For the past 15+ years she has been focusing to understand and resolve how different companies find the most relevant data and refine and integrate it to their business processes and daily work. She has worked as a business controller, a consultant helping clients in various industries to utilize the full potential of their data and analytics systems, and as a development director of data utilization in Sanoma Media Finland. Her role at Sanoma was to drive the company wide data driven culture transformation and lead a team of 20+ analyst and data scientists supporting consumer sales, media content design, customer service and digital service development operations.
She is a founding partner of AI Roots, a network and agency for data professionals. She is currently helping companies across various industries to build winning data teams and exploit the potential of data through the right skills and talent.
Dean, Aalto University School of Science
Ira Lange's core competencies are relationships in the workplace and the factors that influence behavior and interaction of management and experts. Her coaching and training themes are leadership and management practices, efficient and effective team building, as well as building trust and confidence in the organization.
In recent years Lange has also coached executive board members and management teams which have faced leadership challenges in achieving common goal.
Lange is interested in human cognition, emotions and efficiency in workplace environment and in professional context. In addition to leadership coaching and training Lange also trains sales and customer relationship management skills, based on her previous experience as a consultant and sales manager. Lange makes a variety of assessments and inquiries that can be connected to team building and personal development programs.
Lange is a coach, CEO and entrepreneur at Q.motion Oy. She has over 20 years of experience in sales and leadership management e.g., Aspectum Consulting, Amos Partners, Bon Stockbrokers, AON Corporation. Lange works in Finland and Baltic countries. She has Masters from the University of Helsinki. She is a certified Business Coach by ICF and team builder, TM.
Dr. Leena Lankoski is an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability. She is currently working as a Senior University Lecturer in Sustainability in Business at Aalto University School of Business. She also holds a Title of Docent in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Helsinki and is a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD, France.
Leena Lankoski has been working with corporate responsibility and sustainability questions for almost 30 years in Finland and elsewhere, both as an environmental consultant at the United Nations and lately in academia. During her years in the field, Dr. Lankoski has looked at questions at the interface between business and society from a number of perspectives, ranging from strategies and competitiveness issues for single firms and sectors to macro-level and policy questions in a globalized economy. Her academic research spans across several topics such as the relationship between a firm’s sustainability performance and financial performance, the different meanings that ‘sustainability’ can take in a business context, behavioural and organizational change for sustainability, and sustainability and ethics in a digital economy. She has taught corporate responsibility and sustainability for university students at all levels as well as for executive audiences for 20 years.
Dr. Lankoski holds a D.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Pia Lappalainen is a Doctor of Science (Technology). Her areas of expertise are productivity, performance assessment, human resource management, managerial communication, occupational wellbeing, and conflict resolution and management. She is also an experienced management coach and facilitator.
Dr., Docent Pia Lappalainen is specialized in performance management and productivity, managerial communication, conflict resolution and management, and workplace well-being. She is also an experienced management coach and facilitator and a professional conflict mediator of workplace disputes.
Lappalainen is a Doctor of Science (Technology) and Master of Arts (English, Communications, and Pedagogics). Currently, she is a Senior Advisor at Aalto EE, a Lecturer at Aalto University, and a Docent of Workplace Conflict and Performance Management at Finnish National Defense University. She has a background in ICT, construction, and oil industries in leadership development, communication, and training tasks.
Mikko Laukkanen is Post-Doctoral Researcher at Aalto University School of Business and Academic Director at Aalto University Executive Education.
Dr. Laukkanen specializes in customer experience management, service design and service business, strategic marketing, business model innovation, and innovation management.
He has an extensive background of consulting and research projects with large international firms, and is a well-liked lecturer and sought-after public speaker. He has pioneered a number of experiential teaching methods in his executive and university teaching.
At Aalto University Executive Education, Dr. Laukkanen works as the Academic Director, and is responsible for the academic quality of Aalto EE’s extensive portfolio of programs.
Mikko Laukkanen has a Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University School of Business.
Hau Lee work as the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at Stanford University. Professor Lee’s areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental & social responsibility.
Lee is the faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, and a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative.
Jaakko Lehtinen is heading Capgemini’s Nordic Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence.
Lehtinen has more than 10 years of experience in outsourcing, service delivery and process improvement. He has been working in various tasks related to Finance & Accounting and Digitizing Services development. Lehtinen is a technology enthusiast and follows up closely on how machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence will affect knowledge work.
Jaakko Lehtinen is an MSc (Tech) from Aalto University, School of Science.
He is an experienced business consultant and trainer in Intelligent Automation (IA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Knowledge Work Automation. Lehtinen is currently working at Capgemini as Head of the Nordic Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence. He has worked with RPA since 2014 and is a true technology enthusiast.
Jaakko Lehtinen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University and a research scientist at NVIDIA Research. Prior to that, he spent a few years as a postdoc with Frédo Durand at MIT.
Professor Lehtinen is an expert in computer graphics and computer vision, in particular realistic image synthesis, appearance acquisition, and procedural animation.
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Principal Business Developer – Innovation, BI Norwegian Business School
Mika Leskinen, Investment Director of S-Bank, is one of Finland's most experienced sustainable investing professionals with more than 15 years of experience.
In the IRRI survey 2017, Leskinen was the world's TOP 50 ESG influencer in the asset managers category. In 2023 he was selected as the 29th most important ESG influencer in the world in the Onalytica listing.
Leskinen is an active speaker in domestic and international sustainable investing events. He has been on the Commission for Sustainable Investment of the Church Pension Fund (Kirkon eläkerahasto) from 2016-2020 and Chairman of the Finsif Board 2018. Leskinen has been widely quoted and also quoted in media and non-fiction books.
Juuso Liesiö is Associate Professor of Management Science in the Department of Information and Service Management at Aalto University School of Business.
Professor Liesiö’s research interests lie in decision analysis and prescriptive analytics with a focus on modeling incomplete preference information and uncertainties in decision support. In these areas, he has developed novel theory, methods, algorithms, and computer software. This research has been published in leading journals in the field such as the European Journal of Operational Research, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Decision Analysis.
The application areas of Professor Liesiö’s research include, for example, R&D portfolio selection, strategy building, infrastructure asset management, procurement optimization, supply chain planning, and production planning.
Jarno Limnéll is a Professor of Practice in Cyber Security at Department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University. He is also the CEO of Tosibox Ltd.
He has been working with security issues for more than 20 years, and he has the profound understanding of the global threat landscape, combined with the courage to address the most complex issues.
Professor Limnéll holds a Doctor of Military Science degree in Strategy from the National Defense University in Finland; a Master of Social Science degree from Helsinki University; and an Officer's degree from the National Defense University. Professor Limnéll has published a comprehensive list of works on security issues.
Carola Lindholm is Partner in Castrén & Snellman's M&A team and a member of the board and management team. She has worked within M&A for almost 20 years and been involved in some 300 transactions, most with a cross-border element.
Carola Lindholm is often consulted for strategic M&A advice, and she takes a particular interest in the possibilities and risks climate change and constantly changing regulation bring for future businesses and investors. She regularly work on deals for both domestic and international clients in a variety of industries—the financial, insurance and health care industries, to name a few—and has also been involved in several major energy, renewables, and infrastructure transactions on the Nordic market.
Head of Lifewide Learning, Aalto University
Risto Lintula is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Partner at Nordic Process Improvement. He is specialized in management systems and change programs. Lintula has experience in supporting various fields of business for over 30 years in Opex and Lean deployment, improving customer driver value chains and flow systems.
Lintula is a result-oriented developer, facilitator, and corporate sparring partner. Since 2006, he has been working as a consultant, trainer and adviser, and on Boards of Directors. His particular areas of expertise are strategic development, business development and fruitful implementation, Lean and Six Sigma applications, analytical problem-solving methods, processes, and management systems.
Lintula has degrees from Helsinki University of Technology and Leeds Business School. He completed his Master Of Quality in 1994 and Lean Six Sigma BB in 2006.
Lorentz received his doctoral degree in international business in 2009 from University of Turku, Finland, and currently serves as an associate professor of purchasing and supply management in the Operations & Supply Chain Management programme of Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland.
Associate Professor, University of Turku
His research interests are currently concentrated on digitalization of procurement, procurement capabilities, as well as on supply market intelligence. In the past Dr. Lorentz has been affiliated with the University of Cambridge (Senior Research Associate), and Manchester Business School (visiting researcher) in the UK. He also has practical experience from food export operations as well as World Bank led trade and transport facilitation projects in the CIS countries. Dr. Lorentz has published in several leading international journals, such as Journal of Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and Industrial Marketing Management.
Riitta Lumme-Tuomala has extensive expertise in leadership, especially from the point-of-view of potential development, talent management, individual diversity (MBTI Step I and Step II Certification, WorkPlace Big Five Profile Certification) and self- leadership. She is an expert and frequent lecturer on these topics.
Lumme-Tuomala defended her DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) dissertation on Talent Management in June 2017.
During her multiple years’ career at Aalto University Executive Education, she has been responsible for e.g., brand marketing, communication, and alumni relations. She started in her Senior Advisor role in February 2023.
Her working experience includes Pfizer (HRD Manager 2001–2005), Mercuri Urval (2000–2001), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Regional Finance Officer, Africa 1995–1999).
Riitta Lumme-Tuomala holds a M.Sc. in Economics with a major in International Marketing from the Helsinki School of Economics, and an EMBA from HSE Executive Education.
Jukka Luoma is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Aalto University School of Science.
Professor Luoma is an expert in competitive dynamics, market-oriented strategies, and the use of models and data in organizational decision making.
He has also had visiting scholar positions at the Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce, both at the University of Virginia.
Johan Magnusson is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg. There he acts as head of the division for information systems, and as a co-director for the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation.
He has a background in management accounting and devotes his time to research within the field of how digitalization topples old assumptions in governance and control, and how it forces us to balance innovation and efficiency in a new manner. He is active as an external keynote and advisor for organizations within both the public- and private sector and is highly engaged in the public debate concerning the digitalization of society.
Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where he also served as the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004 to 2017.
Before that, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and twice as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He has had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC, and New York. He was Permanent Secretary at the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.
Professor Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. Global recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs with his seven books, including “Can Asians Think?”, “Has the West Lost It?” and “The Great Convergence”, selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.
He was selected as one of Prospect magazine’s top 50 world thinkers in 2014 and as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In March 2009, he was listed by the Financial Times among the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism, and in 2011 was described by Foreign Policy as “the muse of the Asian century”.
Dr. Christopher Malloy is a Professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Prior to joining HBS in 2007, Professor Malloy was an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at London Business School.
Professor Malloy currently teaches investment strategies and stock pitching at Harvard Business School and has previously taught courses in behavioral finance, corporate finance, and equity investment management. His research focuses on behavioral finance, asset pricing, investments and portfolio choice, labor economics, and empirical corporate finance. His research has appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies, and has been described in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and various other media outlets.
Professor Malloy received a PhD in Finance and an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics from Yale University. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.
Teemu Malmi is a Professor of Accounting at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in managerial control systems, strategy implementation and cost, and profitability accounting.
Professor Malmi has served as a consultant to a large number of companies from different industries, e.g. Computers, Electrical, Energy, Finance, Food processing, Furniture, Health Care, Media, Metal and Engineering, Paper and Pulp, Pharmaceuticals, Rental Services, Retail, telecom and Transportation/logistics. He has also served ministries, municipalities, and hospitals.
Pekka Malo is Associate Professor of Statistics and Business analytics at Aalto University School of Business.
Malo’s key areas of expertise are machine learning and artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, semantic information retrieval, statistical natural language processing, and multiobjective optimization.
Pekka Malo has a Ph.D. in Economics from Aalto University School of Business 2007. In addition, he holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics from University of Helsinki and a Master's Degree in Finance from Aalto School of Business.
Saku Mantere is Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and Director at the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management.
His research focuses on strategic organizations: on questions such as what it is that makes organizations strategic and how strategic management affects organizations. He is particularly interested in strategic change, middle management and organizational communication, as well as the methodology of studying management and organizations. Saku’s research has been published in the leading academic outlets for management and organization studies, and he been awarded multiple times for his teaching and research.
Saku Mantere was trained as a high school philosophy teacher and telecommunications engineer before doing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Arja Martikainen is Business & Concept Owner at Northstar talent community Nordics at Barona. She has participated to over 20 mergers and acquisition as well as to integration projects.
Martikainen has recruited hundreds of game and tech developers as well as people to other functions like sales or BI. Her specialties are: human resources generalist, recruiting, games, operative management, internal communications, mergers and acquisitions, events management.
Michael Mathioudakis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki.
His research interests include web mining, data science, and optimized data processing. He also teaches postgraduate courses on computational social science, network analysis, and data management.
Prof. Mathioudakis received a PhD in computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2013.
Pekka Mattila is Associate Professor at the Aalto University School of Business.
He works frequently with European, Asian, African, and North American executive audiences on themes of strategic management, business model innovation, leadership, top team dynamics, leading change and transformation, organizational culture, and strategic marketing. During the period 2011-2021, he served as the Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education.
In addition to his academic activities Mattila has conducted an active business career. He has served or currently serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies in media, banking, ecommerce, technology, edtech, invest-in, construction, as well as food and beverage industries. Moreover, he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery.
Mattila holds a doctorate (D.Sc. 2006) and a master’s degree (M.Sc. 2003) in sociology at the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA (2010) at London Business School. Over the years, he has frequently visited several prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing, and sociology.
Mattila has authored several managerial books on leadership, change, and transformation as well as strategic marketing and sales. His consulting, training, and coaching career started in 2003, and his corporate clients comprise over 480 Nordic and international companies, entrepreneurial ventures as well as prominent public sector institutions and NGOs.
Markku Maula is Professor of Venture Capital and the Head of the Institute of Strategy and Venturing at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University. His research focuses on value creation related issues in business strategy and corporate finance with a particular focus on venture capital and private equity, technology-based new firms, corporate venturing, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation.
Maula has received several international awards and published his research in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal.
Maula is Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and serves on the Editorial Boards of Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. He was the Founding Director of Aalto Ventures Program, has served in many scientific committees and organizations and acted as an advisor to many firms and government agencies in issues related to his areas of expertise in Finland and abroad.
He was appointed as a professor in 2004 and tenured in 2009. He graduated as Doctor of Science in Technology (with distinction) in 2001. Prior to that, he graduated as MSc (Econ.) majoring in Finance at Helsinki School of Economics (2000) and MSc (Eng.) (with distinction) in Strategy at Helsinki University of Technology (2000). He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Scancor, in 2000 and 2012 and at INSEAD in 2010 and 2015. Before his academic career, he worked at Nokia and CapMan.
Aaron McDaniel is a corporate leader, entrepreneur, speaker and author. At the age of 27, Aaron became one of the youngest ever to serve as Regional Vice President at AT&T, a Fortune Global 100 company, leading an organization of over 60 people. Aaron was a graduate of AT&T's flagship MBA-only Leadership Development Program (as an Undergraduate), and was part of AT&T's Diamond Club, being part of the Top 1% of sales leaders worldwide.
Aaron is currently one of the youngest members of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and has built many successful ventures including 3 that were acquired (one of which was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank). Most recently he co-founded 10X Innovation Lab where he serves as Head of Innovation.
Aaron is the author of The Young Professional’s Guide to the Working World (an international top 10 listed book printed in multiple languages, with a foreword by New York Times Bestseller Marshall Goldsmith) and The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing (foreword by co-author of The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes) and has been written about in Forbes, Inc., Bloomberg BusinessWeek and US News & World Report.
He has also been heard on CBS Radio & NPR and has spoken to groups of executives at top companies and organizations like: The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Academy, Deloitte Consulting, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group and many more.
Jari Melgin serves a Professor of Practice at Aalto University School of Business.
He specializes in accounting, finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and corporate governance.
Professor Melgin has broad consulting experience in Financial Management, Corporate Finance, and Investments. He has also a long professional experience as a CFO in several international corporations.
Tapio Melgin is Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in Helsinki, focusing on strategy, sustainability, and M&A, focus industries covering materials, energy, consumer goods, and investors. He is part of McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance practice.
Tapio joined McKinsey in 2015 and had founded a food technology start-up before joining. He has a Master’s in Information and Service Management from Aalto University and CEMS MIM from Aalto/Tsinghua University.
Tomi Merenheimo is the managing partner of Magnusson in Finland and the Chairman of Magnusson International.
He is a former managing director of a top 10 Finnish law firm and was previously Vice President of Legal Affairs and Investor Relations at a major Finnish-listed technology company and licensed telecommunications operator.
Merenheimo focuses on contract law, mergers and acquisitions, employment issues and technology. He has solid experience in leading transaction processes and integrating acquired businesses, with experience of well over 300 M&A cases. His area of specialization is the management of cross-border transactions, typically including several jurisdictions. Merenheimo has many board positions in different industries and he is well known for his business-minded approach and skills to find alternatives and solutions in difficult situations.
Miloš N. Mladenović is an Associate Professor at the Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering Group, Department of Built Environment, School of Engineering.
His current research interests include the governance of emerging mobility technologies and the development of decision-support methods. His previous and current teaching responsibilities include transport systems policy, planning, modeling, management, and design courses.
Pedram Mokrian focuses on big data, cloud/SaaS, and energy tech investments. His core expertise lies in the intersection of the energy, technology, and services domains. He has served as a board observer on CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy). He was formerly a principal at Mayfield and has spent time on the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse and held positions at Ford Motor Company, JDS Uniphase, and Nortel Networks, broadly covering the areas of power generation, fiber optics, and hardware development.
Mokrian is actively involved with and recognized for his domain expertise within the energy community. He has served on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy, the membership committee for the US Association for Energy Economics, and is a Charter member of C100, where he co-leads the Cleantech practice. In addition, he is an active contributor to the Energy Policy Task Force at the Hoover Institute.
Mokrian holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University with a focus on Energy Finance and Economics, and during his tenure, was involved with the founding of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency.
Stephen Morrissette is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His career includes corporate experience in mergers & acquisitions and banking as well as entrepreneurial projects as an investor and founding CEO of several start-up businesses.
Most of his banking career focused on transformation projects, especially through mergers and acquisitions. His M&A experience includes over a dozen projects ranging from small deals with $10 million in sales to a full-time role on the First Chicago-BankOne executive merger integration team, one of the largest financial services mergers at that time.
In his various CFO roles (BankOne Commercial Bank, American National Bank of Chicago, First Chicago Regional Bank), Morrissette was responsible for M&A and post-merger integration. When Jamie Dimon became CEO, he was asked to serve as head of Strategy & Planning for BankOne Commercial Banking. His M&A experience also includes selling business units, taking his firm public and eventually selling his first company 4 years after going public for a 450% return to investors.
Morrissette has extensive entrepreneurial experience -- he has been an angel investor actively involved in the formation of several firms in industries ranging from technology to plumbing parts. He was also the founding CEO of First Community Financial Partners, a bank group with 4 start-up banks having grown from zero to $1 billion in assets in just 7 years. At First Community, he led 5 stock offerings raising over $100 million in equity. As a consultant, his work includes business plan development, strategic planning, performance improvement, turnaround management, management buyouts, and various types of M&A projects.
His academic credentials include an MBA with honors in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Finance from Union University. In addition to Booth, he is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and has guest lectured at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. His current research includes decision models for mergers and acquisitions including "A Framework for Validating and M&A Deal Thesis" published in the Journal of Accountancy and Finance. He also recently published "An Investor's Guide to Search Funds" in the Journal of Private Equity; the article was co-authored with a Booth student.
Tomasz Mucha is a practitioner turned academic. He has ten years of industry experience from large corporations and start-ups, with past roles including expert and managerial responsibilities. He has always been working on the intersection of international business and technology in telecommunication services, mobile phones, B2B software-as-a-service, renewable energy, and management consulting. Additionally, Tomasz serves the European Commission as an independent expert evaluator of innovation funding proposals submitted to the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency.
Currently, Mucha is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University in Finland. His research focuses on the diffusion and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies within the context of for-profit organizations. He has been involved in government-initiated Finland’s Artificial Intelligence Accelerator since 2019 and is a co-author of the State of AI in Finland 2020 report. Tomasz has been publicly speaking about AI at practitioner- and researcher-focused events and conferences and teaching on the subject.
He is an MSc in Finance and has earned his education from Lund University in Sweden, Helsinki School of Economics (now part of Aalto University) in Finland, Queen’s University in Canada, and Warsaw University in Poland.
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Dr. Ramnath Narayanswamy
Ramnath Narayanswamy is Professor in the Economics and Social Sciences Area at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB).
His areas of interest include business and society, economic reforms in transition economies, self-development and leadership development, outsourcing and creativity and innovation. Fluent in several languages, and a frequent contributor to professional journals in India and abroad, his latest book on ”Growing Leaders” (co-authored) is to be released in 2017. He is also completing a volume on ”Management Insights from Indian Spirituality: Investigations from the Epics for Managers”. Ram has won several teaching awards from successive groups of students in both creativity and innovation.
Netta Nevalainen is a Certified Coach, Communication Professional & Trainer for individuals, entrepreneurs, and organizations.
She is an expert in marketing consulting, corporate communication, intercultural management, virtual leadership and teamwork, and self-leadership.
Ben Nothnagel is a Senior Advisor at Aalto University Executive Education and has worked with Aalto EE for over 20 years specializing in developing the leadership skills of executives who are part of ambitious businesses.
Nothnagel's focus is on encouraging individuals and organizations to excel by increasing self-awareness, creating understanding of the individual diversity of performance and results, enhancing influencing-skills and building high-performance leadership teams.
Nothnagel’s current research focus on three main areas: neuro-leadership (practical lessons that leaders can learn from neuro-science), cognitive decision-making and emotional-intelligence.
Nothnagel teaches periodically in Aalto Executive MBA programs at various locations in Europe and Asia. He is the owner of Benna Oy and is a Senior Advisor at Aalto EE. He works as a consultant and executive-coach all over the world, including the Nordic-countries, Germany, the United States and Asia. His clients include companies such as ABB, Basware, Cargotec, Danfoss, Daimler, Fazer, Finnair, GE, Hewlett-Packard, HKScan, Michelin, Ruukki, Vaisala and Yahoo.
Nothnagel is an Attorney at Law, Myers-Briggs Certified Interpreter and Certified Emotional-Intelligence Practitioner.
Ben Nothnagel is an expert in self-development and applied neuro-science and has been a member of Aalto EE’s faculty for many years. His concepts of applied neuro-science have also been incorporated into the leadership development programs of many global corporations. Nothnagel is an Attorney at Law, as well as an MBTI Certified Interpreter, Certified Emotional Intelligence practitioner, Certified SDI Conflict Management practitioner, and a Big Five Personality assessor. He has extensive consulting experience from working with companies such as Daimler, Nordea, Finnair, Michelin, GE, HP, Yahoo, Vaisala, Cargotec, and Danfoss to name a few.
Pilvi Nummi (PhD, architect) is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Built Environment at Aalto University.
Pilvi Nummi's research interests are related to participatory land use planning and digital participation. She is currently working on the FinEst Twins research project, which develops smart tools for communicative city planning in Helsinki and Tallinn.
Niina Nurmi is a Professor in International Design Business Management and the Director of IDBM Master's program at Aalto University School of Business. Nurmi is a seasoned trainer on the topic of virtual working and leadership.
Her research addresses work design and management of global virtual collaborations: Situations in which knowledge workers are at a distance from other team members and must rely on communication technology to facilitate their interaction across distance, language, and cultures.
Nurmi's academic background is in Adult Education and Organizational Psychology. She is trained as an ethnographer at Stanford University, Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at the Department of Management Science and Engineering, where she worked for four years as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral researcher. Before entering academia, Niina worked as an HR Manager.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales, where he is supporting the company to do innovative work with and for all kinds of people in all kinds of places. Through his career as an independent artist, he has collaborated with artists and experts from other disciplines to make film and live performances that have been seen across Europe, in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, and China.
Ó Conchúir has been commissioned to do work for companies such as Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company and Maiden Voyage. His work, The Casement Project was part of ART:2016, the Arts Council’s program for Ireland 2016 and of the Culture Ireland International Programme for that centenary.
Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht, Ó Conchúir completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before training at London Contemporary Dance School. He has been Curator of the Artistic Programme at Firkin Crane in Cork, Trustee of the BBC Performing Arts Fund and a board member of Dance Ireland, Dance Digital, Project Arts Centre and Create. He was appointed to the Arts Council in 2018 and became Deputy Chair of the Council in 2019. The first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, he continues to contribute to the programme’s work, in the UK and internationally, as a facilitator, coach and speaker. Fearghus is a Project Artist, a member of Project Arts Centre’s associate artist scheme. In 2017, he completed his PhD as an inaugural Irish Research Council Scholar at Maynooth University’s Dept. of Geography.
Dr. Tero Ojanperä is a Board Professional and Chairman & Co-founder at Silo.AI, the largest AI solution and service provider in the Nordics. He is also Professor of Practice in Aalto University School of Science, at the departments of Industrial Engineering and Management and Computer Science.
Dr. Tero Ojanperä shares his longtime experience and expertise in global scale technology business and business transformation with AI for large corporations. He is an executive and a technology visionary with a strong experience in global scale technology business, corporate strategic planning, industry partnerships, and innovation. He is a former CTO and Chief Strategy Officer of Nokia and served in Nokia's Executive Board. He is a board member with experience in digital transformation, technology, strategy, innovation, IPR, IPO, and M&A. Currently, Tero shares his expertise in business transformation with AI and platform business models for large corporations.
Tero has a PhD in electrical engineering. He was nominated as Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum 2006. He has been recognized as 7th Most Creative People In Business 2009 by Fast Company.
Tarja Ollilainen is a certified coach and instructor. She has extensive experience in executive positions in the finance industry (Pohjola Group, Danske Securities, and SEB, to name a few). She is a Master of Science in Economics from Aalto University.
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Dr. Antti Oulasvirta
Antti Oulasvirta is an Associate Professor at Aalto University where he leads the User Interfaces research group. The group investigates novel computational methods for design and adaptation of user interfaces.
Antti Oulasvirta was previously a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction at Saarland University. He received his doctorate in Cognitive Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006, after which he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Information in University of California-Berkeley in 2007-2008 and a Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT in 2008-2011.
Stella Pachidi is University Lecturer in Information Systems at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Stella Pachidi’s research interests lie in the intersection of technology, work, and organising. Currently, her research projects include the introduction of algorithmic technologies such as analytics and artificial intelligence in organisations; managing challenges in the workplace with digitisation; and practices of knowledge collaboration across boundaries.
She holds a PhD in Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam, a MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University, and a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens.
Guido Palazzo is Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Lausanne. He studied business administration and has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Marburg in Germany. In his research, he is passionate about the dark side of the force and examines unethical decision making from various angles.
He is mainly known for his studies in globalization, in particular on human rights violations in global value chains, but he also studies the reasons for unethical behavior in organization and the impact of organized crime on business and society.
Mika Pantzar is a Professor of Consumer Citizenship in Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki.
Pantzar is an expert in big data, large data sets of various forms (human physiology, netnography, social media etc.).
Dr. Mika Pantzar is a Research Professor at the National Consumer Research Center. His field of research is diverse and his expertise includes e.g. futurology and research of consumption and technology. In 1996 Pantzar received the State Award for Public Information and in 2010 his business publication was the most read book in the category.
Pedro Parada Balderrama
Pedro Parada is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy and International Business at Católica Lisbon.
Parada has been researching and teaching strategy for 25 years. Before starting in his current role in Lisbon, he worked for years at Esade Business School in Barcelona and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Moreover, he has been training board members in both Madrid and Helsinki, and he is one of the instructors in Aalto University Executive Education’s (Aalto EE) Board of Directors program.
Dr. Parada has taught as Visiting Professor at HEC School of Management in Paris and SDA Bocconi in Milan for several years. In addition, he has coordinated and taught courses within the International Electives offered by Babson College. Dr. Parada has also taught for and collaborated with private companies in a wide variety of industries. He has written articles, case studies, and book chapters in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Chinese, and Portuguese.
Pedro Parada holds a Ph.D. in Management, a Master's in Public Policy and Management, and an undergraduate degree in Economics.
Markku Partinen is a neurologist and director of the Helsinki Sleep Clinic, Vitalmed Research Centre, Helsinki, and Principal Investigator of Sleep Research at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Helsinki.
Partinen has held many international positions in different research societies including Member of the Scientific Board and Vice-President of the European Sleep Research Society, and President Elect and President of the World Association of Sleep Medicine. He worked as a researcher at Stanford University, USA in 1985–86 and in Bologna, Italy in 1987, and has published more than 330 original international articles and several books, in addition to more than 300 reviews and book chapters. Professor Partinen is an internationally sought-after speaker. He has a holistic approach to combining the three main elements of brain health: sleep, nutrition and physical exercise.
Dr. Partinen has worked with many high-level business leaders, top level athletes including Olympic Games winners, and other experts. He has tools to screen for insomnia, sleep apnea, fatigue and sleepiness. By measuring sympathico-vagal balance combined with sleep recordings using modern digitized technology, he can recognize possible problems and make individual plans to help people be alert and vigilant when awake, and to sleep well when it is time to sleep.
Markus Paukku works as an Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam. Dr. Paukku is a specialist in strategic innovation, strategy and capabilities and in international management and strategy.
His broad research interests include the emergence of novel business models and the innovation of strategy. Previously Paukku has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and as a project director of The Outlier Intiative at Aalto University which was organized both in Helsinki and Silicon Valley.
Esko Penttinen is a Professor of Practice in Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems Science and an M.Sc. in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Penttinen leads the Real-Time Economy Competence Center and is the co-founder and chairman of XBRL Finland. He studies the interplay between humans and machines, organizational implementation of artificial intelligence, and governance issues related to outsourcing and virtual organizing. His main practical expertise lies in the assimilation and economic implications of inter-organizational information systems, focusing on application areas such as electronic financial systems, government reporting, and electronic invoicing. Penttinen's research has appeared in leading IS outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and Electronic Markets.
Janos Perei is the Chief Marketing Officer at HYPERVSN. He is a seasoned marketer with core focus on strategic marketing management and controlling. He held various positions in marketing and advertiser companies with key emphasis on setting up, managing and optimising performance based marketing activities leveraging digital - specifically mobile - media outlets.
Perei currently assumes overall responsibility of the marketing activities at HYPERVSN, a London-based technology company which develops disruptive 3D holographic system. He also works as a mobile marketer for mercury black, a mobile marketing company specialising in the gaming and app industry.
He holds a Master of Sciences degree in Economics and Business Administration with a major in Innovation Management from the Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University and a Diploma in Marketing Communications from the International Advertising Association.
José Manuel Perez
José Manuel Perez is the CEO of Product Lab, and Academic Collaborator at ESADE Business School.
Ricardo Pérez is a Professor of Information Systems at IE. He has combined an extensive professional career with one of deep research into the field of new technologies. This dual profile, coupled with fifteen years of experience, has made him a recognized authority in the rapid evolution of the sector.
During the early years of interne, he studied leading Spanish start-ups such as Olé, Barrabes, Teknoland, Netjuice, and served as consultant for companies like Telefónica, Telefónica Data, Microsoft, HP, CECA or the Norwegian Bank Association.
Professor Pérez maintains close relations with counterparts at the University of New York, Carnegie Mellon and MIT. He wants to see how companies use technology to relate among themselves and thus foresee the changes that these relations will undergo as new technological architectures emerge.
This local approach to an international scenario from a business perspective rather than a technological one, is the DNA of Professor Pérez’s research activity. He is also using his experience at MIT to the full to develop a doctoral program in information systems for companies, at the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de la Universidad de Madrid.
Dr. Susanna Pettersson is Director General at Nationalmuseum, Sweden. She is an art historian specializing in museum history and collection studies.
She is also Adjunct Professor in Museology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Associate Professor at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Before moving to Stockholm, she worked as Director of the Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery.
Dr. Pettersson has worked for more than twenty years in museums. Her posts have included Director of the Finnish Institute in London, Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Museum and Director of Development at the Finnish National Gallery.
Dr. Pettersson’s research interests include museum history, collection studies, history of art history as well as 19th -century and modern art, and she publishes widely. Her positions of trust include Board Membership of Aalto University (Finland) and she is also President of the Board of the Finnish Institute in Japan.
Rebecca Piekkari is a Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business.
Professor Piekkari has extensive experience studying the management of large multinational corporations, with a particular focus on internal communications, organization design & architecture, and corporate culture & diversity management.
Since 2004, she has been a Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business. Between 2011 and 2014, she was the Vice-Dean of Research and International Relations. She teaches 'Managing in a Global Context', 'People Management in Multinational Organizations', and 'Case Studies in Business & Management Research' in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs at Aalto University.
Before joining Aalto University, Piekkari was a Research-Fellow at the Hanken School of Economics (Finland), a Lecturer at the University of Bath (UK), and the University of Sheffield (UK). She has held many visiting positions at foreign universities and business schools like INSEAD, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), and Stanford University (USA).
Piekkari devotes 50% of her time to teaching and supervising M.Sc. students majoring in International Business. In addition, she focuses on language and careers. She is interested in using qualitative methods, particularly in International Business. Rebecca Piekkari has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in International Business from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Jari Pirhonen has worked in a variety of security management roles and currently works for TietoEVRY as Chief Security Officer.
His interests are is in comprehensive security and more specifically in information security from the business, security management, and risk management point of view. Pirhonen is also alumnus of the Diploma in Safety and Security Management program.
Toni Puhakka is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and Senior Adviser at Nordic Process Improvement. His speciality areas are Design for Six Sigma and LSS coaching to achieve considerable savings and benefits. Puhakka has close to 20 years of experience in LSS from the global business environment.
Since 2016, Puhakka has worked as a trainer and consultant at Nordic Process Improvement in Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma training and coaching programs, and as a project manager and mentor for project leaders in various business areas. Prior to his current role, he has spent more than 14 years in R&D and manufacturing process development across a wide range of business areas.
Puhakka holds a Master of Science degree in Technology. He received his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification in 2015 and a Design For Six Sigma education in 2010.
David Purdy is Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication at New York University Stern School of Business.
Professor Purdy draws on more than 25 years of experience and education in business and the arts to help students, executives and entrepreneurs think and influence more effectively both in person and online. His research in Aesthetic Intelligence draws on the arts and humanities – and insights from neuroscience – to help others connect, communicate, and collaborate effectively.
He received an education degree in music from Temple University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Maryland. He also studied for three years at the Studio Theatre Conservatory (Washington DC) and has studied entrepreneurship best practices through both the JumpStart and FastTrac programs at the Levin Institute.
Vesa Puttonen is a Finnish business economist and Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He is one of Finland's most well-known experts in investment and financial markets. He worked at the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Turku School of Economics, and the Academy of Finland. In addition, he was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, Stern Business School (USA). He specializes in strategic finance, risk management, portfolio management, sustainable investments and marketing financial services.
Also, he worked in corporate management positions such as Managing Director at Conventum Fund Management Ltd, and Senior Vice-President, Equity Products & Markets at the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors at VR Corporation and has acted as a member of the Board of Directors in various organizations and listed companies. Currently, he is a member of the investment committee of SITRA (The Finnish Innovation-Fund) and a member of the Board of NASDAQ Nordic Foundation.
Professor Puttonen has published several books & articles on strategic finance, risk management & behavioral finance. His publications appear in the Financial Analysts Journal, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Management Science, Journal of Asset Management and Journal of Financial Services Marketing. He received his Doctorate at the University of Vaasa in 1993.
Marko Pöllänen is Partner and the leader of Deloitte’s Transaction Services team in Finland and he is specialized in M&A advisory including financial due diligence engagements in both buy-side and sell-side transactions.
Pöllänen has long experience from developing strategy, executing M&A transactions and valuation projects. Pöllänen has led several diligence projects to both corporate and PE clients. His clients include both domestic and international companies of all sizes.
Gopal RajGuru is a sales, leadership, and innovation trainer and coach based in Geneva, Switzerland. His background is in top technology sales, marketing and management.
RajGuru is a Lecturer in the Federal Institute Of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, Executive MBA, in the Master’s of Technology program: ‘Managing And Executing Sales in an Entrepreneurial Business-to-Business Selling Environment’.
He ran the international expansion of WRQ, which is an American software company. He settled in the Netherlands to establish its European Headquarters. In addition, he set-up companies in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Dubai and Singapore. With a turnover of over $100 million, he combined direct key-account sales, and channel-based sales in more than 125 countries.
RajGuru’s teaching focuses on the presentation and implementation of pragmatic concepts, tools & methods, rather than pure academic studies. As a seasoned, business leader & consultant, his motivation is to ensure that the objectives of a project or mandate are achieved, by measuring actions and accomplishments instead of generating volumes of paper. During his workshops, his goal is not only to teach, but also to help participants learn.
Gopal RajGuru has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington (USA).
Daniel Ralph is Professor of Operations Research and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Danny’s research and industry engagement addresses systemic risks and how a manager can deal with them, risk aversion in capital investment, economic equilibria models, and optimisation methods. Danny is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies.
The risk centre’s mission is the study of systemic risk. Its outputs include a Taxonomy of Threats, which is a “universal” categorisation of shocks; a growing family of catastrophe scenarios that are used as management stress tests; and risk index of world cities, the Cambridge Global Risk Index, championed by Lloyd’s of London, which is a world first in quantifying economic loss, ‘GDP@Risk’, across a wide variety of threats, most of which are nonfinancial.
Daniel Ralph has a BSc from University of Melbourne and a MS and a PhD from University of Wisconsin.
Ville Rauma is the COO at Fingersoft Ltd. He is an All-around game development professional with over a decade of experience. He has been responsible for designing and developing everything from minor game systems and tools to massively scalable, real-time server/client architectures with all the bells and whistles.
Rauma has also been heavily involved building and organizing game companies from the ground up. Currently, at Fingersoft, he is responsible for all the day-day operations of a hugely successful mobile game development studio.
Tom Remlov, Theater Director and Film Producer, has held several top management positions in the Norwegian art world.
Remlov was Artistic Director at Den Nationale Scene (The National Stage) in Bergen from 1986 to 1996, Managing Director and Executive Producer at the publicly-owned studio and production company Norsk Film AS until 2001, CEO at Den Norske Opera & Ballett (The Norwegian Opera & Ballet) from 2008 to 2014, and Artistic Director at Riksteatret (The Norwegian National Touring Theatre) for a fixed tenure ending in 2020.
Throughout his professional life, Mr. Remlov has been active as a public speaker, educator, translator, and writer and has served on a wide range of committees and boards. Apart from several directorships, he is today Adjunct Executive in Residence at BI Norwegian Business School at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour.
Teemu Roos is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki.
Professor Roos is an expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. He has developed applications of AI in areas such as mobile computing, genomics, epidemiology, quantum physics, and digital humanities.
Teemu Roos is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki.
Roos' research interests include the theory and applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. He also teaches introductory courses on these topics with a total of up to 500 students annually. He has developed applications of AI in areas such as mobile computing, genomics, epidemiology, quantum physics, and digital humanities.
Teemu Roos received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Helsinki in 2007.
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Simo Routarinne was originally trained as an actor at the Finnish Theatre Academy. He is now the creative director at IMPROVment Ltd. He is a professional improviser and an interacting designer with great presentation skills. He is one of the World’s Leaders in status training.
In the last 20 years, Routarinne has worked with a large variety of people, from police officers to priests, from scientists to CEOs, and from actors to doctors. He has given inspirational keynotes, training and facilitating sessions in corporate settings. He has lectured at several universities in Finland and abroad.
Routarinne has studied improvisation under the guidance of Keith Johnstone and has translated his book Impro in 1996. He has written his own two books: “Improvise!” (2004), and “Power in Interaction” (2007). In 2011, he launched the Status Games card deck, a powerful learning-tool of body-language.
He can come up with a playful exercise within any content, context or goal. Learning by doing works best, learning by playing, with lots of laughter, works even better!
He has a B.A. in Acting from The Loose Moose International Summer School.
Simon Rozner is the Design Lead of Battle Studio at Rovio Entertainment. He has worked as a designer and game artist over 21 years in top studios such as Lionhead, Interplay and Ubisoft ranging from AAA PC and console to F2P Mobile games.
Laura Ruotsalainen is an Associate Professor of Spatiotemporal Data Analysis for Sustainability Science at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki.
Her current research interests include the development of computer vision, estimation and machine learning algorithms for creating and using accurate and reliable spatiotemporal data, namely navigation data, especially for the development of autonomous systems enabling sustainable smart cities. For years, she has been teaching courses and supervising research on navigation at the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki and more recently also a course on Computer Vision at the University of Helsinki.
Ingrid Røynesdal is a Norwegian pianist and conductor, and CEO of the Oslo Philharmonic.
Ingrid Røynesdal made early contact with classical music because her father was a musician in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. She studied piano at the Barratt Due Music Institute and the Norwegian Academy of Music with Jens Harald Bratlie, Jiří Hlinka, and Einar Henning Smebye as teachers. She graduated from the two-year soloist diploma program at the Norwegian Academy of Music in the spring of 2005 in the same year as she completed her master's degree in political science with a thesis on cultural policy.
Previously, she was director of the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen from 2011--2013, chair of the board of the Ultima festival, and a commentator and reviewer in Aftenposten from 2009--2011. She took over as director of the Oslo Philharmonic from Odd S. Gullberg in 2013.
Sigrid Røyseng is Professor of Cultural Sociology at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Professor II of Arts Management at BI Norwegian Business School.
She has published books and articles on cultural policy, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural leadership, and the role of artists in society.
Røyseng teaches several Executive Master of Management programs in leadership at BI and has been the Associate Dean for BI’s bachelor program in Creative Industries Management (2016–2019).
Røyseng is the chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research and she sits on the editorial boards of Poetics – Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, International Journal of Cultural Policy and Norwegian Journal of Sociology. Røyseng is also on the boards of the Danish Institute of Cultural Analysis and Swedish Agency of Cultural Policy Analysis.
Katri Saarikivi works as a researcher at University of Helsinki. She is a cognitive neuroscientist, researcher, team leader and co-founder of the NEMO project (Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction), which won the grand-prize in the science-based idea competition, Helsinki Challenge.
In her research, she explores the neural mechanisms behind empathy and fruitful interaction, particularly in digital environments. She is fascinated by social cognition, cognitive control, and how these functions emerge from the brain processes.
As an independent consultant and speaker, Saarikivi works with organizations on subjects like the future of work, digital work, connectivity, creativity, and human-centeredness. She hopes to bring relevant neuroscientific knowledge to organizations to support human interaction and learning, and thereby better value-creation.
Katri Saarikivi holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Helsinki.
Olli Sahimaa works as postdoctoral researcher in Aalto University School of Business, Sustainability in Business group. His core expertise is in the areas of systemic change to circular economy and circular business models.
Postdoctoral researcher, Aalto University School of Business
Sahimaa teaches the course Strategies and Management for Circular Economy in Aalto University School of Business. In his research, he has especially studied the systemic challenges of municipal waste management and textile sectors from the circular economy point of view. He strives towards multi-disciplinarity and systemic understanding of phenomena both in teaching and research activities.
Sahimaa defended his doctoral thesis in Aalto University School of Engineering. His work and study background is a combination of engineering sciences and sustainability in business.
Sunita Sah is KPMG Professor of Management Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Sunita Sah is an award-winning professor and organisational psychologist who has spent over a decade conducting ground-breaking research on advisor-advisee relationships, trust, conflicts-of-interest, disclosure and compliance. Her research has been published in top academic journals in management, medicine, economics and psychology, and also in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Scientific American.
Professor Sah’s research integrates the theories and methods of organisational behaviour, social psychology, behavioural economics, and judgment and decision making. She uses a multi-method approach of randomised laboratory and field experiments, surveys, qualitative analysis, and large real-world archival data sets.
Sah has an MD from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from London Business School, and a MS & PhD from Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University.
Paula Salonen, Master of Laws, has a long career in top management positions in the financial sector, especially at Sampo Group and IF. Most recently, she served as the Director of Finva in 2019-2021. She has strong training and coaching expertise as well as extensive experience working as a board professional in the finance and insurance industry. Currently, Salonen is also a Member of the Board of Mandatum Life.
Kenneth Salonius is a founder and CEO at Vertical.
Kenneth’s expertise is in helping corporations build their future in markets that are under disruptions, having a particular focus on customer- and user-centric development and building value through collaboration. Kenneth and his team are specialized in strategy and business development, service design and new ways of working. They have particular focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors but have a vast amount of experience in the industrial sector, energy, media and retail markets.
Kenneth has also co-founded Upgraded (former HealthSPA), the largest health & wellness company ecosystem in Nordics. He is also an advisor to the Board of Directors at HealthTech Finland among holding several other positions of trust.
Mikko Sandelin is Researcher at Aalto University School of Business.
His doctoral research focuses on management control systems from holistic perspective in order to understand effective combinations of financial planning, performance measurement and evaluation, rewarding, reporting lines, and cultural controls such as promotion, socialization, and training practices.
Sandelin helps organizations increase their responsiveness to changes in the operating environment by redesigning financial planning and measurement combinations, and by rethinking management through lean principles.
Risto Sarvas is a Professor of Practice and Head of the Information Networks program at Aalto University. He has a colorful history overlapping design, business, technology, and society.
The common denominator between these three roles is his endless enthusiasm to figure out how technology and society are intertwined: as a culture, in politics, in business, as well as in everyday life.
His research, teaching, and service design work have received several awards and much popularity.
Risto Sarvas holds a doctorate from the Helsinki University of Technology in Media Technology.
Henri Schildt is a professor with a joint appointment at the Aalto University School of Business (Management & Organizations) and the School of Science’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
His research interests span technology strategy, organizational change, and strategy process (with specific interest in reasoning under uncertainty and the use of data analytics). He is currently heading two research programmes on data-driven management and the management of digitalization in Finnish manufacturing companies. Henri Schildt completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology in 2007.
Bernd Schmitt is Robert D. Calkins Professor of International Business and Faculty Director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School in New York.
Bernd Schmitt is widely recognized for his major contributions to branding, marketing, and new technologies through his unique focus on the customer experience and innovation. He has published in the major marketing journals and written nine books which have been translated into 25 languages, including, among others, Experiential Marketing, Customer Experience Management, Big Think Strategy and Happy Customers Everywhere.
Schmitt has consulted and developed brand, experience and innovation strategies for clients in consumer package goods, automobile, electronics, software, financial services, pharmaceuticals, beauty and cosmetics, hospitality, and media industries.
Kishore Sengupta is Reader in Operations Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Kishore Sengupta’s current research, teaching and consulting activities are focused on managing complex projects, managing complexity in organizations, and the future of work in the age of technological discontinuity.
His academic and professional career has been in organisations in the United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Hong Kong and India. Kishore Joined CJBS in 2014. He was Director of Executive Education at CJBS during 2016-2019. Before joining the University of Cambridge in 2014, Kishore held faculty positions at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (2000-2014), the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA (1989-2000), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1996-1998). He has also worked at the AT&T Network Software Center and Ernst and Young. His responsibilities included serving as advisor on complex projects to large organizations and the U.S. Government Department of Defense.
He holds an MBA and PhD from Case Western University.
Emma Seppälä is Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management.
A psychologist and research scientist by training, her expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Her best-selling book The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016) has been translated into dozens of languages.
Seppälä’s research has been published in top academic journals and featured in major news outlets. She speaks and consults internationally for Fortune 500 companies like Google and Facebook and contributes to Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and TIME among others. A repeat guest on Good Morning America, she also spoke at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward and is featured in documentaries like The Altruism Revolution, What You Do Matters, and Bullied.
Emma Seppälä has graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD).
Dr. Timo Seppälä works as University Lecturer of Operations Management at the Aalto University and as Research at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA.
His research interest lie in contemporary global phenomena like digitalization, platform economy and global value chains as well as strategic management and internationalization of firms.
Seppälä's areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management, and Contract Negotiations.
Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq, and SAP.
Dr. Harri Seppänen acts as a Research Associate in Accounting at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in strategic performance analysis and measurement, credit risk assessments and firm valuation.
Dr. Seppänen executes various types of industry/company analyses and firm valuations for M&A’s and legal disputes, violations of antitrust laws, municipal outsourcing, as well as financial modeling for business ventures. He has international and domestic experience on IPO, M&A, Private Equity, and investment analyses as a CFO and Head of Investment Analysis at Kouri Capital Group.
He also renders independent advisory services in financial analysis and firm valuation. Organizations that have cooperated with him are, for instance, African Development Bank, BCG, Ernst & Young, Fidelity, Finnvera, McKinsey & Co, Moody’s Investors Service, Nokia, Nordea, Reuters, PwC, and Stora Enso.
Lasse Seppänen is Producer at Supercell. A veteran in the game industry executive, perhaps best known as Remedy's Executive Producer on Alan Wake, now heading an innovative massively multiplayer/social mobile games studio backed by Northzone, Creandum, and early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners.
Specialties: Studio leadership & management, business development, vision & strategy, human resources, outsourcing, executive producing, branding & positioning, pitching.
Dr. Fabian Sepulveda has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, management consulting, and investment banking at companies such as Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney, and J.P. Morgan.
He is actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a start-up coach and Lean Launchpad® trainer, and helps organizations understand and execute Lean Start-up methodologies and customer development. He teaches Venture Formation and other courses at the Aalto Ventures Program and Aalto University Executive Education
Dr. Fabián Sepúlveda is a Senior Advisor at Aalto University Executive Education.
He is actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a startup coach and Lean Launchpad® trainer, and helps organizations understand and execute Lean Startup methodologies and customer development.
Sepúlveda has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, management consulting and investment banking at companies such as Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney, and J.P. Morgan.
He teaches at Aalto University Executive Education and Venture Formation and other courses at the Aalto Ventures Program. He cofounded eyescubed, a startup in automotive technology, and also cofounded Courage Ventures Advisory, which provides entrepreneurship training and development to leading private and public organizations. He is also a cofounding Partner of Courage Ventures Management, a fund investing in health & wellness, education, and environment verticals.
Sepúlveda has a PhD in International Business (Entrepreneurship) from Aalto University, an MBA in Finance and Financial Management Services from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands) and a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Carolina State University (USA).
Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Lending Club, Tableau, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.
He is also a General Partner at XSeed Capital and a Venture Partner at Piva. He sits on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics and Avochato. He led investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers - NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group - RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - PANW), Nova Credit, Disco, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other companies, such as Citrine Informatics.
Siegel is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computer-technik AG in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for HERE Technologies and Tulco. He is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Siegel has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Forbes.
Siegel was previously General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. He was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Siegel was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.
Risto Siilasmaa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia.
Under his tenure Nokia has successfully transformed from a mobile phone manufacturer to a leading communication technology company. Siilasmaa is the founder of F-Secure Corporation and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also an active contributor in many European and Asian industry associations and public debate. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and the Vice Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). He is also a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), the Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board at Tsinghua University and the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing.
Katariina Silander on työskennellyt terveydenhuollon kehittämis- ja tutkimushankkeissa julkisen ja yksityisen sektorin kanssa yhteistyössä ja on toiminut Aalto-yliopiston HEMA-instituutin tutkimusjohtajana.
tutkimusjohtaja, Aalto-yliopisto, Hema-instituutti
Hänellä on käytännön kliinistä kokemusta perusterveydenhuollosta sekä erikoissairaanhoidosta. Silanderin tutkimusaiheita ovat muun muassa terveyspalveluiden massaräätälöinti ja modularisointi, vaikuttavuus sekä interventioiden arviointi. Hän viimeistelee väitöskirjaansa sairaalapalveluiden modularisoinnista ja erikoistuu terveydenhuoltoon.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Aalto University
Brendan Simms is Professor in the History of European International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Simms is an expert on European geopolitics, past and present, and his principal interests are the German Question, Britain and Europe, Humanitarian Intervention and state construction. He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the Faculty of History.
Breandan Simms has a PhD from Cambridge University.
Specialist, Global Talent Management
Mats Sjöberg is a Machine learning specialist at CSC - IT Center for Science, where he works with the machine learning environments on Finland's fastest supercomputers.
He holds a PhD in computer science from Aalto University. His scientific interests are machine learning and computer vision, particularly deep learning methods for understanding and describing image and video content.
Dr. Arno Solin is Assistant Professor in Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University. Previously, he has worked in industry as an algorithm developer and team lead, and still holds ties with several tech startups.
Assistant Professor, Aalto University
He was a postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellow at University of Cambridge until June 2018, after which he joined Aalto as a faculty member. Prof. Solin is the winner of several prizes, hackathons, and modelling competitions, including the Schizophrenia Classification Challenge on Kaggle, the ISIF Jean-Pierre Le Cadre Best Paper Award, and a teaching award for his introductory course in Artificial Intelligence. His research group mainly focuses on temporal models combining statistical machine learning with applications in sensor fusion, computer vision, finance, robotics, and online decision making.
Nuria Solsona is the Academic Director of the Program Design Thinking for Business Innovation at Esade in Barcelona. In addition to that, she is an Adjunct Professor in Service Design at Aalto University.
She has 6,5 years of experience designing services and developing businesses at the world-famous design consultancy Livework. As a project lead, she was responsible for managing international projects for leading public and private organizations in a wide range of sectors including clients from BBC, Telefonica, Orange, Barclays, London Underground, or the Thailand government.
Solsona has experienced different levels of service consultancy, from customer strategy, service vision, service proposition, and service implementation as well as defining digital strategies and adoption of new online and mobile services such as mobile payments applications.
She combines a creative perspective with a management approach garnered by studying for an MA in Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins in London, UK, which built on her background in design. She brings a deep understanding of user needs by applying service design methods and customer-oriented frameworks allowing clients and customers to co-create services both from the perspective of the corporation and from the user value perspective.
Solsona has also participated in a variety of projects embedding the service design approach. Her ability to understand organizations' challenges has empowered internal teams to improve their services every day. She is currently based in Barcelona, working as an independent service design consultant.
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is Senior Associate Dean of Leadership Programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance.
Professor Sonnenfeld's related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld has PhD from Harvard University.
Olav Sorenson is Frederick Frank '54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management at Yale School of Management.
Professor Sorenson's research interests include economic geography, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, organizational ecology, the sociology and management of science and technology, and business and corporate strategy.
His most extensive line of research examines how social networks affect transactions, thereby shaping the geography and evolution of industries.
Olav Sorenson has a PhD from Stanford University.
Daniel Soriano is Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE Business School. He is the Professor and Mentor of Corporate Innovation Projects in Multinationals at Financial Times, IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance. Additionally, he is member of an Investment Committee for a micro venture capital instrument at Caixa Capital Risc. He is trainer in Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies as well as Pitch Coach for start-ups for international investor forums.
Almost 20 years of professional experience at IE Business School has allowed him to stay in touch with the basics of the entrepreneurial process both academically and practically.
As Director of several leader competitions for innovative technology start-ups, he has been in touch with the experience-based entrepreneurial opportunity identification, feasibility analysis and fundraising. He has also been responsible for managing professional advisory services to new technology-based companies where he was able to identify the needs of newly established firms with a high technological component. On the academic level, he is a professor of Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School MBA Programs, and also specific programs for technology-based entrepreneurs, aimed at both start-ups and to SMEs with growth projects.
He mentors intrapreneurship projects in large firms from different countries and sectors, such as banking, energy, insurance, media, distribution, construction, IT, pharma and retail.
Professor Soriano obtained the IE Business School MBA degree, he has a MSc in Economics and Innovation Management from UPM, UCM y UAM and studied Computer Science at UPM. He participated in the European Entrepreneurship Colloquium organized by European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER).
His interests are focused on start-ups, corporate innovation, venture capital and design thinking.
Jacob Staun is a partner at McKinsey & Company in Denmark. He is a co-author of McKinsey’s report on the value of AI and automation for Northern European countries, ‘Shaping the Future of Work in Europe’s Digital Front-Runners’ (2017).
Jacob leads McKinsey’s work with public sector including defense and securities in Scandinavia and is part of McKinsey’s European leadership within Public Sector, Defense and Operations. Jacob holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from The Technical University of Denmark and McGill University, Canada.
Dominic Stead is Professor of Land Use and Transport Planning at Aalto University.
His research and teaching are mainly concerned with urban and regional governance and sustainability. Before moving to Aalto, Dominic worked in the Netherlands and the UK. He has also spent time as a visiting academic in universities in Australia, Germany, and Malta.
David Stillwell is Reader in Computational Social Science and Academic Director of the Psychometrics Centre at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
David’s research uses big data to understand psychology. He published papers showing using social media data from millions of consenting individuals to show that the computer can predict a user’s personality as accurately as their spouse can. Follow-up research found that personalising an advert to the recipient’s psychology is more effective than generic ads.
David Stillwell has a BSc, MSc, and PhD from University of Nottingham.
Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
His research and teaching explore sustainable business practices and the role of corporations in society with particular attention to the U.S. and Nordic contexts. More recently, Robert is focusing on contrasting varieties of capitalism in the U.S. and Nordic contexts and working on the book project “Sustainable Vikings: Nordic Leadership in Sustainable Capitalism.” He was a United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway.
Robert was first drawn to the Nordics as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Norway out of desire to understand how the Nordics were achieving such strong and balanced economic, environmental, and social performances at the macro country level – and he wanted to understand the role of business in this. He soon identified a heightened focus on cooperation rooted in democratic ideals as a fundamental reason among other related institutional and cultural factors.
Prior to joining academia as a professor with the Copenhagen Business School, Strand spent a decade in industry with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota (completed at HEC-Paris), and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Vice President for Education, Aalto University
Chairperson of the Board
Matti Suominen is Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.
Suominen has previously worked as a consultant at the European Corporate Finance Practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a Chief Dealer in the Options and Futures Markets in Finland. From 1997 until 2006 he was in the full time faculty at INSEAD, working first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Finance. Although already also at the Aalto University, between 2006 and 2015 he has continued to work with INSEAD as an Adjunct Professor of Finance or as a Visiting Professor of Finance.
Suominen is actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions and executive education. He has taught in the MBA, PhD and executive education programs. He has also taught in several company specific programs worldwide.
Matti Suominen did his PhD in Financial Economics in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wharton.
Mika Susi is Executive Director of Finnish Information Security Cluster. He has formerly worked as a chief policy adviser at the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Susi has 20 years of experience from security and risk management related duties both from the public and private sectors. He specializes in risk management, corporate security, and cybersecurity issues.
Bob (Robert) Sutton is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering and a Professor of Organizational Behavior (by courtesy) at Stanford University. The American Management Association selected Sutton as one of the top 30 leaders who most influenced business in 2014 (ranked 10th on their list).
Professor Sutton is the co-founder of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization, where he worked as a co-director from 1996 to 2006. He is also the co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the d.School. He studies innovation, leadership, scaling excellence, workplace dynamics and the links between managerial knowledge and organization action.
Chairman of the board
Samuli Syvähuoko is a game industry serial entrepreneur and investor. He is an early pioneer of the Finnish game industry. He has founded Remedy Entertainment, Fathammer, Recoil Games, Helsinki GameWorks, Sisu Game Ventures, and Lightheart.
Dr. Antti-Jussi Tahvanainen is Team Leader in Corporate Foresight & Strategy at VTT; VP Ecosystem Strategy at Corymbus Asset Management Ltd, and the founder of Oraklon.
He worked several years as Manager of Innovation Policy at Finnish Forest Industries Federations.
Dr. Tahvanainen is an expert in assessing the competitiveness and investibility of emerging industries and analyzes the role of technology in economic renewal, and the capabilities of firms to capture value and determines the appropriate financial vehicles for their growth. He helps executives in generating co-creative foresight for their endeavors in user-driven innovation and business renewal.
At Stanford University, he has co-authored the Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation, a set of practical ideation tools inspired by DARPA.
Dr. Tahvanainen wields a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management with a focus on International Strategy as well as an M.Sc. in Technology Management from Aalto University.
Dr. Outi Tahvonen has a long practical background in green industries and an active network with various actors in the field. She finished her PhD in Landscape architecture in 2019.
Tahvonen's research interest includes multidisciplinary topics to support sustainability, such as the role of low-density housing in urban green infrastructure and its role in stormwater management and carbon sequestration.
Tuukka Takala is a postdoctoral researcher at Waseda University. He graduated from Aalto University, where he taught a VR course for five years.
Takala has worked full-time with augmented and virtual reality since 2007, focusing on VR software development and full-body avatars.
Dr. Henry Tirri is specialized in technology research and digitalization. His personal research interests span Artificial Intelligence, information theory, search technologies and Programmable world/Internet of Things.
Dr. Tirri is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology officer of Nokia reporting to CEO. In that role he was responsible for setting Nokia’s technology agenda, owned all forward-looking R&D and drove Nokia’s core innovation.
Before joining Nokia, Dr. Tirri was a tenured Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Graduate School and the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Helsinki, leading a world-class research group in probabilistic modeling. Prior to that, he held various academic positions including Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin; Research Scientist at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC); Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories; and Visiting Scientist at NASA AMES, where he contributed to the Mars Rover technology for the 2003 mission.
Dr. Tirri has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and most recently an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at University of California at Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers in various fields of computer science, social sciences and statistics and holds many patents.
He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Tampere, Finland.
Sami Torstila is Associate Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business.
Sami Torstila specializes in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and managerial finance.
Torstila is an Associate Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He is also an Associate Partner at Nordic Adviser Group, advising his clients on mergers & acquisitions and investment strategy projects.
From 2009 to 2010, Torstila was visiting scholar at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and from 1996 to 1997 investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs in London. At Goldman, he worked with mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt offerings.
Torstila received a D.Sc. degree in Finance in 2000 and an M.Sc. degree in Finance with honors in 1996, both from Helsinki School of Economics. He also holds an LL.M. degree specializing in Tax Law from the University of Helsinki.
Ketty Tudeer has over 20 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management through her global senior leadership roles within the telecommunications and automotive industries.
Tudeer holds a Licentiate of Science in Technology degree from Aalto University and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Helsinki. Her postgraduate research interests are in the fields of purchasing management and sustainability.
Tudeer's expertise includes sourcing and supply chain management, organizational transformations, operational efficiency, global supplier management, and organizational development. During her career, she has worked with for example strategy development, sustainability, process development, and risk management.
For the last years, Tudeer has worked as Head of Procurement and Supply Management at thyssenkrupp Group, in Germany. Previously Ketty has worked as an executive management consultant gaining a wide knowledge of several industries and before that over 11 years in several managerial positions within Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.
Dr. Marko Turpeinen is an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University. He is also founder and CEO of a recently established data sharing company called 1001 Lakes.
He was previously the Finnish Node Director of EIT Digital, a Knowledge an Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and Professor in Media Technology at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He has extensive industrial experience from the media industry, as between 1996 and 2005 he worked in various executive positions at Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish media company.
His current academic research addresses issues in customized media content, human-centric approach to personal data, and the role of AI and algorithmic power in networked society. He has a Doctor of Technology Degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) and a Master of Science Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Antti Ukkonen is an Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki. He has 15 years of experience in research and development of data analysis algorithms.
Prior to joining UoH, Antti has worked as a data scientist at Yahoo! Research, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He has published over 40 scientific articles in international journals and conferences on the topics of data mining, machine learning, and algorithms. He obtained his doctoral degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008.
Jeremy Utley is the Director of Executive Education at Stanford d.school. In this role, he advises professionals and organizations on how to imbed the tools of design thinking and cultivate an innovative organizational culture.
He also teaches the celebrated d.leadership and LaunchPad classes, advanced d.school courses focused on creating real-world impact with the tools of design.
Jeremy Utley is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin’s Red McComb’s School of Business (2005) and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2009).
Eero Vaara is Professor in Organisations and Impact at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in UK, and visiting Distinguished Professor at Aalto University.
Professor Vaara has a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and MSc degrees from Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki School of Economics. Eero Vaara’s research interests focus on organizational, strategic and institutional change, strategic practices and processes, multinational corporations and globalization, and methodological and philosophical issues. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars in postmerger integration. His research has been published in the very leading journals of the field, and he has authored several books. He is now serving as an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal.
Floris van der Marel
Floris van der Marel is Researcher at the Aalto Design Factory, a multidisciplinary experimentation platform in Aalto University and 29 institutions abroad.
His research focuses on unheard voices in design initiatives. He is interested in how certain perspectives are included, heard, respected, and equally responded to, whereas others are more ignored, or forgotten.
Passionate about exploring tensions between bringing people with different ways of thinking and doing together, he has amassed considerable practical experience in designing, facilitating and researching Participatory Design practice in several contexts, e.g. for the European Union in Vietnam, for MIT’s International Design Centre in Singapore, for Future Design Factory in the Netherlands and for Aalto University Design Factory in Finland.
Floris van der Marel holds a MSc in Design Research for Interaction from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Middle East Technical University in Turkey with a project studying the sociological impact of a small wood stove in a tribal area in India. Currently he is doing his double degree doctoral studies at Aalto and Design Factory Melbourne combining Participatory Design and research practices to amplify unheard voices and challenging power imbalances in a hospital context in rural Victoria, Australia.
Peter Vesterbacka is Co-Founder and Brand Breaker at Lightneer. He is a founder of the startup event Slush. Formerly Vesterbacka was known as the MightyEagle of Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds.
Vesterbacka also works as a BrandBreaker in Lightneer, a company making learning fun through fantastic games and other products. Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people on the planet already in 2011.
Mika Videman has extensive experience and versatile expertise in global corporations and start-up companies. He has worked in areas such as sales, marketing, and partnership development. In addition, he has extensive experience in HR management at Fazer Group and Nokia Corporation. He has a Master of Science degree from Aalto University.
KTT Tomi Viitala
Tomi Viitala toimii apulaisprofessorina Aalto-yliopiston kauppakorkeakoulussa. Hänen erityisosaamisalueettaan on kotimainen ja kansainvälinen yritysverotus sekä veropolitiikka. Viitala on aikaisemmin työskennellyt muun muassa veroasiantuntijana EY:llä, jossa hän toimi yritysveropalveluiden vetäjänä, veroasiantuntijana Keskuskauppakamarissa ja valtiovarainministeriön vero-osastolla. Hän on lisäksi verotuksen oikaisulautakunnan jäsen. Tomilla on kauppatieteiden tohtorin tutkinto Turun kauppakorkeakoulusta.
Eeva Vilkkumaa is an Assistant Professor of Management Science in the Department of Information and Service Economy at Aalto University.
Professor Vilkkumaa is an expert in modeling uncertainties and developing mathematical models to support decision making and resource allocation at companies and public organizations.
Luis Vives is the Associate Dean of the Esade MBA, Director of the Multinational MBA and Associate Professor of Strategy and General Management at Esade Business School.
His research focuses on the creation and development of innovative business models.
Tom von Weymarn
During the last 30 years von Weymarn has acted in boards of over 50 various companies, their groups and affiliated companies, including listed companies, family businesses and start-up technology firms.
M.Sc. in Engineering (Chemistry and engineering, 1968), Tom von Weymarn has occupied various management positions in manufacturing and trade since year 1970. At first, as Operation Engineer and R&D Manager at Kyme-Kymmenen in petrochemical industry.
Since 1975 Wholesale and Plastics Branch Director at Oy Huber Ab. In 1981-83 the CEO of Oy Telko Ab (technical wholesale). In 1983-89 at Oy Fazer Ab, as Director of Chocolate and Confectionary Branch and in 1989-91 the CEO of Oy Karl Fazer Ab, In 1992-1997 the Vice CEO of Cultor Plc, globally responsible for animal and fish feed as well as feed enzymes and amino acids. In 1998-2004 the CEO of Oy Rettig Ab.
Sari Vuohtoniemi is an Executive, Leadership & Team Coach and Developer, and CEO at True Potential Ltd.
Sari Vuohtoniemi has 20+ years of experience in leadership and team development in corporate and government sectors including holding executive, leadership and expert roles in international start-ups and large corporations in Finland and abroad.
Her special expertise is in executive and leadership coaching, leadership team development, leadership training and consultancy especially in the areas of growing as a leader including developing self-awareness, self-management, wellbeing, resilience, emotional intelligence, team dynamics, coaching leadership and dealing with challenging leadership and team situations.
Sari is currently PhD researcher in Psychology besides her work as an entrepreneur. Sari holds M. Soc. Sci. majoring Social Psychology and minors in Psychology, Business Management and Work Psychology and BBA. She has certifications of a wide variety of developmental tools, assessments and methodologies.
She believes that every human being and organisation has so much hidden potential and her mission is to support people, teams and organizations to unleash their true potential.
She is a chapter contributor to the Coaching Science Practitioner Handbook (sold in Amazon) and a Co-Leader at International Coaching Federation’s Global Coaching Research Community of Practice.
Hertta Vuorenmaa works as a Research Director in the Future of Work research project at Aalto University.
Her current research focuses on changing nature of work and changing people management, HRM in public and private organizations, digitalization, gender and qualitative research methods including ethnography.
Dr. Vuorenmaa is an experienced researcher and trainer. She has been working as a researcher in several large Academy of Finland funded research projects focusing on for example well being at work, people management and its various roles and gender inequalities.
Mervi Vuori M.Sc.(Econ) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial management at Aalto University. Mervi works as a full-time project researcher at BIT Research Centre of the Aalto University.
Project researcher, Aalto University
Before project research, she has been working as a development manager in global sourcing in a paper and forest industry company, where she was responsible for the sourcing process, development of the e-sourcing system and training. Her research interests include using ICT within sourcing, social media including crowdsourcing, innovations in supplier networks and development of social capital in the sourcing function.
Dr. Valtteri Vuorisalo works as Head of Trusted Society for Fujistsu and as a research fellow at King’s College London.
In his work Vuorisalo has studied and focused especially on security of data and information flows, national security, and ICT transformation. Currently his role focuses on enabling trustworthy solutions and technologies for public organisations.
Timo Vuori is an Associate Professor, Strategic Management at Aalto University School of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Professor Timo O. Vuori is a strategy consultant and professor at Aalto University. His research on the psychological aspects of strategic management has been published in leading international journals and won several international awards. He has taught and presented his research at leading universities like Harvard and INSEAD.
Professor Vuori's research and teaching focus on how companies formulate and execute strategies. He has written two books with senior business executives on these topics. "Living Strategy" describes scenario-based strategy making in an ever-changing world. "Platform Strategy" describes how incumbent firms should and can renew themselves in the digital era. The books detail both the "hard" factors, such as technology and business models, and "soft" factors, such as people and psychology, influencing strategy and renewal.
Professor Vuori works extensively with companies, often collaborating with a leading strategy consulting company. Vuori helps the client organization formulate and evaluate several strategic options in strategy formulation projects. He uses advanced psychological techniques to help leaders unleash their strategic creativity and overcome thinking myopias and personal biases. This approach is based on his cutting-edge international research, also described in the Platform Strategy.
In strategy execution projects, Professor Vuori specializes in helping the client firm optimize the psychological engagement of the whole organization. He analyses the psychological impact of the intended strategy execution program and modifies it to maximally leverage the emotions of the organization's members' for effectiveness.
Dr. Vyakarnam has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to governments and on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship education.
He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programs for SMEs over several years. From 2003 to 2015 he focused on the development of practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. His approach has been copied extensively by Institutions.
Dr. Vyakarnam is specialized in board room team development across industries, business growth strategies, mentoring early stage businesses. He is familiar with most industry sectors due to the long experience of working with businesses.
Dr Vyakarnam was awarded "Best Entrepreneurship Professor" at the 2nd Asian Business Schools Awards in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the prestigious European Academy of Science and Arts.
Liisa Välikangas is a Professor in Innovation Management at Aalto University School of Business and Hanken School of Economics.
Professor Välikangas’ areas of expertise include strategic leadership, innovation, and management, change and innovation capability, as well as the transformation of companies. Professor Välikangas has over 15 years of experience working with leading international companies.
Previously, Liisa Välikangas has worked for e.g. Stanford University, London Business School, Keio University in Japan, and IMD in Switzerland and cooperated actively with leading global companies. Currently, Dr. Välikangas’ research interests are in the field of blockchain, strategic resilience, and leadership innovation.
The Academy of Management awarded her the Best Action Research Paper prize in 2009 in Organizational Change and Development division. She regularly talks to executive audiences about innovation management, organizational resilience, and strategy development. She is the author of The Resilient Organization, How Adaptive Cultures Thrive Even When Strategy Fails, published in 2010.
Liisa holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Tampere.
Risto Walden, Lic.Sc. (Econ. and Bus.Adm.), KLT-accountant, is a taxation and accounting expert at Bilanssi Oy. He specializes in in accounting and taxation.
Walden has extensive experience as an instructor in accounting and taxation, both in the public and private sector. He has also written several books in the fields of accounting and taxation.
He previously worked at Aalto University’s Department of Accounting and in tax inspection functions at Finnish Tax Administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Taxpayers’ Association of Finland. In 2003, Walden was named Teacher of the Year at Helsinki School of Economics.
Graham Ward serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD. Graham’s expertise is in transformational leadership, high performance teams, group dynamics, team dysfunction and change.
Graham consults around the psychology of leadership, the application of fair process in teams, sustainable relationship building and developing high performance teams and culture in organizational life. He is a trained executive coach and works with both individuals and teams in this capacity, generally at EXCOM level. He is also Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD Business School in France and is the academic director of a number executive programs. He has worked as visiting faculty at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, Moscow Higher School of Economics and ESMT in Berlin.
Graham spent more than 17 years at Goldman Sachs (GS), a US investment bank, both as a business leader for nine years and latterly spearheading an initiative to introduce a Global Leadership Development office that he led for three years. Graham received a PhD from the Economics Faculty of Vrije University in Amsterdam in 2014 and holds an MSc and Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology from HEC/INSEAD. In 1994 he received a Diploma in Investment Management from London Business School.
Dr. Sharon Watson was appointed CEO and Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in May 2020. Prior to that, she was the 7th and longest-standing Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, she was one of the first female Principal Dancers invited to join the all-male award-winning Phoenix Dance Company, touring with the company from 1989 to 1997, where she choreographed Never Still and Shaded Limits. Having left Phoenix to pursue a number of other ventures, including setting up her own company ABCD, Sharon returned in 2009 as the new Artistic Director.
During her tenure at Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon has received a number of awards and accolades: In 2010, she was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s ‘Women to Watch,’ a list of 50 influential women working in arts and culture in the UK. She recently received the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts’ Companionship Award from Sir Paul McCartney and was recognized as one of the ‘100 faces of a vibrant economy 2017’ by Grant Thornton.
Watson’s recognitions are a testament to her continued passion and drive to contribute to the local and national creative industries through the medium of dance. She is committed to improving diversity within the arts by supporting the creative voices of women and black and ethnic minority artists.
Through founding and leading 10X Innovation Lab as CEO, Klaus Wehage has built a reputation for being a Silicon Valley ambassador for international corporations, entrepreneurs, government agencies, international investment firms, and accelerators, providing key insights into what makes the Silicon Valley ecosystem uniquely successful and serves as a conduit, connecting the world to the startup community elite.
He is known as the secret weapon for those looking to expand their businesses worldwide, raise capital, implement innovation programs and strengthen their ties to the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
Klaus previously served as the Head of International Relations at Silicon Valley Forum, the most prestigious non-profit promoting innovation and entrepreneurship where he started dedicating his career to building and cultivating high-value, sustainable partnerships with international organizations.
To date, Klaus has mentored and assisted 2000+ founders and corporate executives worked with 50+ countries, has mentored executives from some of the largest global companies, and currently advises governments on ecosystem building, including Japan and Taiwan amongst others. Klaus earned an MBA at Hult University and a Bachelors in Business and Culture from Copenhagen Business School, the nation’s most prestigious program of its type. Originally from Denmark, Klaus has lived and worked in 4 continents and has called Silicon Valley home for the last 7 years.
Henri Weijo is Associate Professor in Marketing at Aalto University School of Business.
Henri Weijo is an expert in consumer marketing with a special concentration in research in consumer collectives, value co-creation, and consumer creativity. His research has been published in marketing’s top-tier academic outlets such as Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Business Research.
Dr. Weijo has an extensive industry background in digital marketing and advertising prior to and also during his academic career. Despite his move to academia, he has continued his marketing industry involvement as a consultant and public speaker. He has consulted Finnish companies on brand strategy, marketing communications, research, and customer engagement.
Prior to his return to Aalto University, he was an assistant professor at Bentley University, which USA Today rated as the number one marketing teaching university in North America. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Oulu and California State University Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo).
Vernon B. Williams
Vernon B. Williams serves as an MD, Sports Neurology at the Healthy Boss. He joined Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic 1997 and is a consulting Team Physician to the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, KISS and Anaheim Ducks.
Dr. Williams is an active educator on sports neurology and concussion and Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section.
Dr. Williams is a board-certified neurologist (certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology), focused on the field of sports neurology. In athletics, education and even job performance, our brains are working non-stop, sending signals to our bodies that compel them to act in very specific ways. Dr. Williams’ passion is studying and understanding how the brain and nervous system work together to make people perform.
Dr. Jochen Wirtz
Dr Jochen Wirtz is a Professor of Marketing at National University of Singapore. In recognition of his excellence in teaching and research, Prof. Wirtz has received over 40 awards. He serves on the editorial review boards of over ten academic journals.
Dr Jochen Wirtz has worked in the field of services for over 25 years. His research focuses on service marketing and has been published in some 100 academic journal articles (incl. HBR), 130 conference presentations, and some 40 book chapters. His over 10 books include Services Marketing – People, Technology, Strategy (Prentice Hall, 7th edition, 2011), co-authored with Professor Lovelock, which has become a world’s leading services marketing text book that has been translated and adapted for over 26 countries and regions, and with sales of some 700,000 copies.
Prof. Wirtz has been an active management consultant, working with international consulting firms, including Accenture, Arthur D. Little and KPMG, and major service firms in the areas of strategy, business development and customer feedback systems. He has been involved in a number of start-ups including in Accellion (www.accellion.com), TranscribeMe (www.transcribeme.com) and Up! Your Service College (www.upyourservice.com).
Debbie Wrench leads the Swedish Post Merger Integration team. Wrench has over 15 years of experience in working on mergers, integrations and separations. Wrench has hands-on experience of planning and implementing integrations and separations in the UK, USA, Europe and Chile.
Wrench has worked on over 20 integration/separation assignments. She has experience as both an advisor to clients on their integration/separation strategy and approach as well as having first-hand experience of identifying and delivering synergies as a Senior Manager in Industry.
Amy Wrzesniewski is Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management at Yale School of Management.
Professor Wrzesniewski's research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.
Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.
She received her PhD from the University of Michigan.
Peter Zackariasson is Associate Professor of Marketing at University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law.
For over 15 years he has studied the cultural industries, with a special focus on the video game industry. The results from these research endeavours has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed articles, book, edited books, chapters and conference papers.
He has also been instrumental in enabling collaboration between arts and business faculties at University of Gothenburg. Fruitful collaborations in several research centres, e.g.: Business and Design Lab, and Centre for Game Research.
In addition he is also CEO of Vasa Marketing, a consultancy company specifically focused on providing marketing knowledge to cultural industries in order to improve the possibility of establishing strong organisations with solid consumer bases.
Grace Zandarski is Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting at the Yale School of Drama.
Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous New York, Yale Rep and YSD productions in addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television.
Grace has taught master classes for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. She was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998 in the first certification program. She was one of the core faculty members of The Actors Center, and The Studio NY, and also served on the faculty of A.R.T./MXAT (Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program with the Moscow Art Theatre).
Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives.
Gal Zauberman is Professor of Cognitive Science at the Yale School of Management.
Professor Gal Zauberman studies consumer judgment and decision making, time in decisions, financial decision making, and memory for emotions and choice. In his research, He has published articles in leading marketing and psychology journals on topics that include: factors that affect individuals' evaluations, preferences, and choice, with specific interest in the role of time in decisions and experiences. He also investigates the role of photography in experiences.
Gal has won numerous awards, including the William O’Dell and the Paul Green best paper awards, and the 2007 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Consumer Psychology. His research received international media coverage, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and others.
Juha Äkräs is a Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hintsa Performance and Executive in Residence at Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management.
Juha Äkräs has worked as Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Nokia Oyj and as a member of the Nokia Executive Board and Nokia Siemens Networks Board of Directors. Before these, he worked in multiple business management roles, including Senior Vice President of Core Networks at Nokia Networks. He has held multiple positions of trust in business and non-profit organizations.
Currently, he is co-leading a research program called “The Exponential Work Project: Cascading Wellbeing, Climate & Organizational Performance” – a joint research project by Aalto University, Hintsa Performance, and Ilmarinen.
Juha Äkräs holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and has studied Industrial Management, Work Psychology, and Telecommunications.
Juha Äkräs is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hintsa Performance and Executive in Residence at Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management.
He is co-leading a research program called “The Exponential Work Project: Cascading Wellbeing Climate & Organizational Performance” - a joint research project by Aalto University, Hintsa Performance, and Ilmarinen.
Äkräs has worked as Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Nokia Oyj, member of Nokia Executive Board and Nokia Siemens Networks Board of Directors. Before these, he worked in multiple business manager roles, e.g., Senior Vice President of Core Networks, Nokia Networks. Moreover, he has had multiple positions of trust in business and non-profit organizations.
Juha Äkräs holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology. He also have studied Industrial Management, Work Psychology, and Telecommunications.
Sonja Ängeslevä is the product lead at Zynga. She is one of the top 100 ICT influencers in Finland, Angesleva has led Finnish game industry associations IGDA Finland, Women in Games and Neogames.
In her career, Ängeslevä has developed tools for mobile game developers at Unity and Scoreloop and worked in product management of online, Facebook and mobile games for nearly 20 years.