Aalto University Board

The Aalto University Board decides on the strategy, operation and financial issues and is responsible for any far-reaching plans.

The Aalto University Board comprises of Professor of Practice Anne Brunila (Chair), President Mikko Kosonen (Vice Chair), Professor Bengt Holmström, Professor Saku Mantere, Professor Liqiu Meng, Museum Director Susanna Pettersson and Professor Colin Whitehouse.

The University Academic Affairs Committee appoints the Board members. The seven members represent a wide spectrum of sciences and arts, as well as the best social and industrial expertise on both national and international levels.



Anne Brunila, Professor of Practice

Anne Brunila, D.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration), born 1957, is Professor of Practice at Hanken School of Economics. Brunila has worked as Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Sustainability at Fortum Corporation. Brunila has also worked as President and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, the Finnish Ministry of Finance as Director General of the Economics Department, and held various positions, at the Bank of Finland, the European Commission and the Labour Institute for Economic Research. Brunila is Executive Board member of Kone, Sampo Plc, Sanoma Corporation and Stora Enso.



Mikko Kosonen, President (Vice Chair)

Mikko Kosonen, Ph.D. (Econ.), born 1957, has served as President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, since 2008. Before that he had different leadership positions at Nokia, for example Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Infrastructure. Kosonen is board member in Telia-Sonera, Technology Academy Finland and the Foundation for Economic Education. He was awarded Honorary Professorship of Budapest Business School in 2012.



Bengt Holmström, Professor

Bengt Holmström, Ph.D., born 1949, is Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and has previously worked as a Professor at Yale University. Holmström holds a number of posts of responsibility in academies, research institutes and in industry. Holmström was awarded the Nobel prize in economics in 2016.



Saku Mantere, Professor

Professor Saku Mantere, D.Sc. (Tech.), MA, born 1974, currently teaches at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montréal. He has held professorships at the Warwick Business School in the UK, Hanken School of Economics in Finland, and Rouen Business School in France (now NEOMA Business School). A member of the board of Aalto University since its founding, professor Mantere also played a key role in the foundation of the Helsinki University of Arts as its first chairman of the board in 2012-2014.



Liqiu Meng, Professor

Professor Liqiu Meng, born 1963, is currently the Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni at Technische Universität München (TUM). Professor Meng was born in China and has previously held the positions of Vice Dean and Professor at the TUM Faulty of Civil Engineering and Surveying, as well as taught and taken part in research activities at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the University of Hannover in Germany.



Susanna Pettersson, Museum Director

Susanna Pettersson. Ph.D., born 1966, is the Museum Director of the Ateneum Art Museum. Prior to her present position, Petterson worked as the Director of the Finnish Institute in London, and she was a member of the Board of Directors of Frame Visual Art Finland. Susanna Pettersson has also worked in a number of arts management positions, including Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation/Museum and Director of Development at the Finnish National Gallery. She has been a member of a number of committees coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Pettersson is also Adjunct Professor of Museology at the University of Jyväskylä, and a visiting lecturer at the renowned Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam, and elsewhere.



Colin Whitehouse, Professor

Colin Whitehouse, born 1949, has worked in leading UK Universities, Government Research Laboratories and industry. He now advises all these sectors, particularly regarding research, strategic research partnerships and innovation. He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield driving forward major new multidisciplinary research programmes. More recently he became Deputy Chief Executive of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Director of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, where he established the new UK national science and innovation campus involving STFC, several leading Universities and high-technology companies. Whitehouse’s personal field of research relates to next-generation semiconductor nanomaterials and devices, and he was an advising member for The Academy of Finland from 2000-2009. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham and previously at the University of Oxford.

Photos: Aalto University/ Jaakko Kahilaniemi & Mikko Raskinen

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