Appointments in the Leadership Team of Aalto University Executive Education Ltd

Miro Malmelin has been appointed Commercial Director, Organizations of Aalto EE. Laura Sivula has been appointed Business Area Director of Aalto ACCESS.


Miro Malmelin, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed Commercial Director, Organizations at Aalto University Executive Education Ltd (Aalto EE).

Malmelin has extensive experience in executive education and leadership development, having worked in the field in Finland and in Hong Kong for the past fifteen years. He worked at Aalto EE also in 2013–2017 in several leadership positions, for example, as Head of Sales and Customer Value.

“The field of executive education and leadership development is undergoing major changes due to digitalization, among many other things. I want to be involved in ensuring that Aalto EE is in the forefront of driving the executive education field forward and is the number one of that field in the Nordics,” Malmelin says.

“Currently, companies have a huge need and pressure to reskill and upskill and develop competencies and leadership. Aalto EE’s role is to support companies and organizations in the best possible ways and help them to renew. I am excited to return to Aalto EE at this interesting stage when not only the entire industry but also our own organization is being renewed with the new strategy.”

Malmelin moved to Aalto EE from Henley Business School where he worked as Business Unit Director in 2018–2022.

Laura Sivula, M.A., has been appointed Business Area Director at Aalto EE. She is responsible for the Aalto ACCESS portfolio, which includes inclusive, low-threshold programs and courses. Aalto ACCESS combines the portfolio of Aalto EE and Aalto University that is directly applicable to the participant’s work.

Sivula holds a master’s degree in economics and management studies from the University of Aberdeen. Since 2016, she has worked at the Aalto University School of Business as a program director and in roles related to developing teaching. Most recently, she worked as the Head of Summer School.

In her new role, Sivula works as a Business Area Director at both Aalto University and Aalto EE, developing their lifewide learning portfolio.

“The need to learn permeates all fields, organizations, and professions. Aalto University and Aalto EE in cooperation have a unique opportunity to offer new learning solutions based on degree education and research in an easily accessible form,” says Sivula.

“We will see big changes in the field of lifewide learning, especially in terms of platform-based learning and smaller learning entities. The Aalto community’s strong expertise in digitalization will support lifewide learning in the development of operating models.”

Kerttu Kuokkanen, Master of Social Science and MBA, who was previously in charge of the Aalto ACCESS portfolio has been appointed Director, Degree Programs. In her new position, she is therefore responsible for Aalto EE’s MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive DBA programs.

“We are extremely happy to welcome Miro Malmelin and Laura Sivula, who both have extensive experience in competence development, in Aalto EE’s team of top experts. They are both already very familiar with the Aalto University community and have a strong understanding of the field of competence development both at the level of organizations and society, as well as excellent networks," says Tom Lindholm, Managing Director at Aalto EE, and Head of Lifewide Learning at Aalto University.

Further information

Miro Malmelin
Commercial Director, Organizations
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel. +358 40 352 1248

Laura Sivula
Business Area Director, Aalto ACCESS
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel. +358 50 384 7228


Aalto University Executive Education Ltd

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd (Aalto EE) consists of five separate brands and solution portfolios. Aalto EE offers thought-provoking leadership development services, Aalto PRO professional development services for experts and managers, and Aalto ENT development services that help entrepreneurs create new business models and opportunities. Finva serves the insurance, banking, and finance sector as well as individuals and organizations in need of financial training, and our newest brand, Aalto ACCESS, offers inclusive, low-threshold programs and courses that are easily applied to an individual’s work combining the portfolios of Aalto EE and Aalto University.

Aalto University Executive Education’s strengths lie in its global operating model and diverse offering. Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach, together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with the latest research. In addition to Finland and Singapore, Aalto University Executive Education Ltd offers education programs worldwide. As a part of Aalto University, it holds three respected business university accreditations – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS – which places it among the top 0.5% of institutions in the world.