Delivery mode





Aalto Executive Summit 2023

Cross-Cutting Science for a Sustainable Future

The Aalto Executive Summit  is an international event that brings together Executive MBA, MBA, and Global Leader participants and alumni from around the world to network, learn, and experience the breakthroughs of Aalto University’s ground-breaking research. The Aalto Executive Summit event has been organized since 2008.

In 2023, the Aalto Executive Summit has been renewed to tie Aalto University’s cutting-edge research, teaching, and experimentation to the learning goals and impact of the Aalto MBA programs by exposing the participants to the unique multidisciplinarity of Aalto University. The three-day event will bring world-renowned researchers and rising stars from Aalto University to the stage.

The learning methods combine more traditional approaches, such as lectures and keynotes, with an experiential campus day at Aalto University in Espoo. The extracurricular program includes arranged networking and socializing events.

During the event, you will complete one elective module (4.5 ECTS credits) while enjoying a unique opportunity to meet other leaders and network.

The Aalto Executive Summit will be held onsite on August 23–25, 2023 at Aalto University Töölö in Helsinki and Aalto University campus, Espoo in Finland.


August 23, 2023

Learning Experience
Experiential learning is part of the Summit approach; the balance of theory, practical experience, and hands-on learning enhances learning.

Ground-Breaking Research
Gain fresh perspectives and insights from the inspirational sessions held by faculty from Aalto University.

Expand your network by connecting with Aalto EMBA, Aalto MBA, and Global Leader participants and alumni, as well as participants from our partner schools’ EMBA programs.

Contents and Schedule

Aalto Executive Summit 2023 provides participants with novel perspectives on technology, business, leadership, and creativity to expand their horizons and give them the tools to thrive. We'll be joined by top thinkers from various fields to help us reframe familiar topics and dive into entirely new areas. You can look forward to three days of new ideas, great discussions, and an unforgettable experience.

The Aalto Executive Summit will take place on August 23–25, 2023, with seminar days from Wednesday to Friday, including the campus day on Thursday, and an optional opening event on Tuesday evening, August 22.

Detailed program to be announced soonest.


Petter Holme

Petter Holme is a Professor of Network Science at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University School of Science.

His research concerns the modeling and analysis of networked systems in society—ranging from data-driven topics about social and technological systems, to theoretical questions about analysis methods and simulation. In particular, Holme has been leading the integration of temporal information into network scientific methods. Holme has much interdisciplinary experience, working with economists, sociologists, psychologists, and others.

Before joining Aalto University, Holme was a Specially Appointed Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Professor of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. Prof. Holme has co-authored over 180 research papers with over 18,000 citations. He has a Docent degree in Biological Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Umeå University, Sweden, and an M.A. in Chinese from Stockholm University, Sweden.

Lauri Järvilehto

Lauri Järvilehto is a Professor of Practice at Aalto University and Director of the Aalto Ventures Program.

He is a serial entrepreneur, philosopher, author, musician, and Sherlock Holmes fan. He is the founder of the Finnish Academy of Philosophy and serves on the Board of Directors of Unicef Finland. He has written several bestselling books on thinking and learning and is an active public speaker worldwide.

Lauri Järvilehto has a PhD from Jyväskylä University.

Hiroshi Kanno

Hiroshi Kanno is a Professor at the Waseda University Business School, where he teaches General Management and Corporate Strategy. He is also currently a Visiting Professor at Aalto University School of Business.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Kanno spent 17 years at Boston Consulting Group. At Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he served global corporations in various industries, including high-tech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology, telecommunications, industrial goods, and consumer goods. As the Asia-Pacific Regional Leader of Technologies, Media and Telecommunications Practice, he provided strategic consulting services to Japanese, Asian, European, and American corporations on diverse projects in Asia, Europe, and North America. His experience includes corporate strategy, business portfolio restructuring, sales and marketing, new business creation, R&D, operations management, new market entry, corporate vision, and more.

In 2012, Professor Kanno became the Dean of the Hitotsubashi Business School in Tokyo and later joined the faculty at Waseda University in 2016. In addition to teaching, he served as the Director of the Institute for Business and Finance at Waseda University, providing executive education to senior executives. He currently also serves as a board member of several Japanese corporations.

Pirjo Kääriäinen

Pirjo Kääriäinen is Associate Professor of Design and Materialities at Aalto University's School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Together with Professor Tapani Vuorinen, she has facilitated the interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture (ARTS) and the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) since 2011. CHEMARTS aims to inspire students and researchers to explore innovative bio-based materials and to create future-oriented concepts together for a more sustainable world of materials. Pirjo has participated in several research projects focusing on textiles and materials for a circular economy. Before her career in academia, she worked for Scandinavian textile industry and commerce, and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for the creative industries.

Jari Laine

Dr. Jari T. A. Laine is a Co-founder & CEO at LignoSphere Company Ltd, a spin-off of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering.

Prior to this he was a Senior Innovation Advisor at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering responsible for commercialization activities and value chain design of innovations in bioproducts, e.g. Ioncell® and LignoSphere™ .

Laine has over 20 years of industrial executive experience in Nokia and Fiskars, topped with 10 years of research projects and lecturing at Aalto University, Aalto EE, and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. He has a special interest and experience in innovation processes and commercialization of innovations, and practical experience in the facilitation of regional/local innovation networks. His other areas of expertise include team building and leadership, change management, and strategy creation and implementation. 

Jari T. A. Laine has a doctorate from Aalto University. The dissertation focused on creating and leading serendipitous inter-firm innovation networks.

Niina Nurmi

Niina Nurmi is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Design and Leadership at Aalto University School of Business.

Her research in the fields of organizational psychology and organizational behavior focuses on leadership, work design, and self-organizing in contemporary knowledge-intensive organizations. Nurmi studies the digital transformation of knowledge work and how information technology affects virtual work, leadership, work design, work processes, team dynamics, employee well-being, and innovative performance.

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. She has also studied statistics at the University of Helsinki, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Before entering academia, Niina worked as an HR Manager.

Peter Sarlin

Dr. Peter Sarlin is CEO and co-founder of Silo AI, one of Europe’s largest private AI labs, and a Professor of Practice specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence at Aalto University.

In addition, he is a Research Associate / Professor with Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Halle Institute for Economic Research, and the University of Cape Town. He is also the Vice President at the IEEE Computational Finance and Economics Technical Committee and previously worked for the ECB and IMF, among others.

Peter Sarlin has a PhD in Applied Machine Learning.

Juha Äkräs

Juha Äkräs is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hintsa Performance and Executive in Residence at Aalto University School of Business.

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. Currently, he is writing a doctoral thesis at Aalto University

Summit Dinner

The Summit Dinner is held in Restaurant Plats at the Hanaholmen Cultural Center in Espoo on Thursday, August 24.

You will have the possibility of booking your own 8-person dinner table for you and your fellow Summit participants. The fee for your own table is € 80 (incl. VAT), including a bottle of sparkling wine. You will need to provide the names of the people seated at the table when you buy the table through our webstore. If you don’t fill all eight seats, the remaining seats will be filled by the Summit team. The cost remains the same.

The dinner table is booked separately from your Summit registration. Kindly note that there is no cancellation refund for table bookings.

Summit Fee and Registration


Current Executive MBA participants: € 850 (+ VAT)

Current MBA and Global Leader participants: € 950 (+ VAT)

Participants from partner university cohorts: € 1,650 (+VAT)

Aalto EE Alumni:

  • 3-day participation: € 1,650 (+ VAT)
  • Thursday participation only: € 950 (+ VAT)

All fees include lunches and coffee breaks during the program days, the Summit Dinner in Restaurant Plats at the Hanaholmen Cultural Center in Espoo on Thursday, August 24, and the optional opening event on Tuesday evening, August 22.

The fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation, which are to be organized independently.

VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.

Please note that if you are paying the participation fee independently, it will be collected during the registration form submission. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Finnish Online Banking transactions. The invoicing option is only available to organizations.


Register for the Aalto Executive Summit 2023 by June 30, 2023.