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President Ilkka Niemelä

Ilkka Niemelä, D. Sc. (Tech.) (b. 1961) is the President of Aalto University since 1 July 2017.

Ilkka Niemelä has served as Professor of Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology, Head of the Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science, and Chair of the Degree programme in Computer Science and Engineering. The research group led by Niemelä has developed new methods for automated reasoning and constraint programming for solving challenging computational problems and explored various applications related to these methods. He has served as Dean of the Aalto University School of Science, as the University’s Vice President responsible for academic affairs, as Provost and as Deputy President. His international experience covers several visiting positions in different universities and research institutes and he holds several academic positions of trust. 

Ilkka Niemelä, CV (pdf)
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Provost Kristiina Mäkelä

PhD Kristiina Mäkelä (b. 1966) was awarded a Doctorate from the Helsinki School of Economics in 2006. She is Professor of International Business, and has worked as Vice Dean responsible for education at Aalto University School of Business. Her research focuses on the future of work, human resource management, and people-related issues in multinational corporations. She has also acted as deputy head of the Department of Management Studies and as head of the International Business Unit at the School of Business. Before joining Aalto, Mäkelä worked at Hanken School of Economics, as a researcher in several universities abroad and in various positions in corporate world.

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Tuija Pulkkinen

Vice President Tuija Pulkkinen
Research and innovation

Vice President (research and innovation) Tuija Pulkkinen, Ph.D. (b. 1962) completed her Doctorate Degree at the University of Helsinki in 1992. She is Professor of Space Science and Technology and served as Dean of Aalto University's School of Electrical Engineering for the period 2011–2014. She previously headed the Space Research and Earth Observation research programmes at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. She has also worked at NASA and the University of Colorado, USA. Dr. Pulkkinen has also served as the president of the European Geosciences Union and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in spring 2014.

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Eero Eloranta

Vice President Eero Eloranta

Vice President (education) Eero Eloranta, D.Sc. (b. 1950) was awarded a Doctorate Degree from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1981. He is Professor of Industrial Engineering and has worked as Vice Dean responsible for education at Aalto University's School of Science. He has also worked as a researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology and in various logistics and supply chain management positions at Nokia. 

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Antti Ahlava

Vice President Antti Ahlava
Campus development 

Vice President (campus development) Antti Ahlava, D.A., M. Arch. (b. 1967) has a Doctorate from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2002. He is Professor of Emergent Design at Aalto University. He was previously Head of the Department of Architecture at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. His interests include building design and urban design. In addition to his work at Aalto University, he has taught at Aarhus Architecture School, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Technology in Vienna. 

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Hannu Seristö

Vice President Hannu Seristö
External relations

Vice President (external relations) Hannu Seristö, D.Sc. Econ. (b. 1962) has a Doctorate from the Helsinki School of Economics. Professor Seristö was previously Vice President of knowledge networks at Aalto University and worked before Aalto University at the Helsinki School of Economics as professor and vice rector. He has also held positions related to international business in Polar Electro Oy, Suunto Oy and Finnair, and has worked as a consultant at McKinsey.

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Anna Valtonen

Anna Valtonen
Vice President, Art and creative practices
Dean, School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Anna Valtonen, D.A. (Art and Design), (b. 1974) has worked as Rector of Umeå Institute of Design. Before this, Valtonen was Head of Nokia Design Research & Foresight. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has been a member of its Board. The research interests of Valtonen include how the added value of design can boost the competitiveness of companies and nations.

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Dean Gary Marquis
School of Engineering

Gary Marquis, D.Sc. (Tech.), (b. 1957) has worked actively both in international and Finnish scientific communities. He moved to Finland in 1988 after working as a Research Fellow at the Silesian Technical University in Poland. He has worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist and as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA.

In 2001, he started as a Professor of Steel Structures at the Lappeenranta University of Technology before he was appointed Professor of Mechanics of Materials at the Helsinki University of Technology in 2008. Gary Marquis has also worked as a visiting professor at the Kyushu University in Japan and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and is currently an affiliated professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. Gary Marquis is a member of the Board of Directors of The International Institute of Welding (IIW) and is the long-serving chair of the IIW commission on fatigue.

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Dean Ingmar Björkman
School of Business

Ingmar Björkman, Ph.D. (b. 1959) received his Doctorate from the Hanken School of Economics (Finland) after having done parts of his studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining Aalto University he was Professor of Management and Organisation at the Hanken School of Economics, where he served as Dean of Research and Internationalisation during 2005–2007 and Head of the Department of Management and Organisation from 1998 to 2011.

Having taught at a number of business schools in Europe and Asia, Björkman has received teaching awards from Hanken School of Economics, Fudan University (Shanghai), and INSEAD (Singapore). Ingmar Björkman´s research has focused on International Management, with a particular focus on people management issues in multinational corporations.

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Janne Laine

Dean Janne Laine
School of Chemical Engineering

Janne Laine, D.Sc. (Tech.), (b. 1968) has served as Professor at the School of Chemical Technology since 2003, first with the former Helsinki University of Technology and then later at Aalto University. He has headed the Department of Forest Products Technology from 2012, before which he was the deputy head of the department.

Janne Laine worked with the Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute, STFI, in 1997–2001 and brought with him to Finland a study related to nanocellulose. He was one of the founders of the Finnish Centre for Nanocellulosic Technologies in 2008, and his input into the Design Meets Cellulose project is also significant. From 2003 to 2013, Janne Laine headed the Forest Products Surface Chemistry research group, which will be part of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research as of 2014.

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Dean Jouko Lampinen
School of Science

Jouko Lampinen, D.Sc. (Tech.), (b. 1962), has worked as Professor of Computational Engineering at Aalto University and its predecessor Helsinki University of Technology since 1996. Lampinen has several years of experience as Head of Department at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science and at the Department of Computer Science, which he was leading 2015–2016. Lampinen has also served as Vice Dean of the School of Science between 2014 and 2015. He has focused his research on probabilistic modelling of complex phenomena, pattern recognition and data-analysis.

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Jyri Hämäläinen

Dean Jyri Hämäläinen
School of Electrical Engineering

Jyri Hämäläinen Ph.D., D.Sc. (Tech.), (b. 1965), has worked as a Professor at the Helsinki School of Technology and at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering since 2008. As a professor at the Department of Communications and Networking, his research has focused on wireless networks. Hämäläinen has a Doctorate in Applied Mathematics and in Signal Processing for Communications. Before joining Aalto, Hämäläinen has worked e.g. at the University of Oulu and at Nokia.

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Chief Financial Officer Marianna Bom

Marianna Bom, M.Sc. (Econ.), (b. 1969) has worked at Nokia Siemens Networks as Financial Director for the regional organisations of Finland, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East since 1996 as well as the Financial Director for Latin America. Prior to this she served as Business Controller at Kone Elevators for Russia and the Baltic countries.

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Chief Digital Officer Kati Hagros

Kati Hagros, M.Sc. (Eng.), M.Soc.Sc., (b. 1970) is responsible for planning the University’s digital transformation strategy and change process, as well as managing the IT services. Previously Hagros has worked as the CIO of Kone Corporation, as well as the Director responsible for Kone’s digitalisation strategy. She has also served in various leadership positions in Nokia, including VP Quality and Director, Strategy for Asia-Pacific. Hagros is a member of the board of Tokmanni Oyj, Siili Solutions Oyj and Nixu Oyj.

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Sirkku Linna

Director Sirkku Linna, Development

Sirkku Linna, M.Sc. (Econ.), M.Soc.Sc. (b. 1975), has a long experience in societal relations and politics in Finland. Prior to joining Aalto, Linna has worked e.g. as State Secretary at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, as Chief Political Adviser for the Prime Minister of Finland, as Special Adviser in Economic Affairs for the Minister of Finance, and as influence team leader at The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.

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Jaakko Salavuo

Director, Jaakko Salavuo, Communications

Jaakko Salavuo, M.Soc.Sc., (b. 1973) is responsible for leading communication services, media relations and brand management of the University. Salavuo joined Aalto University from the City of Helsinki, where he has been directing information technology and communications as Chief Information Officer and Chief Communications Officer. Before that Salavuo held multiple senior positions in communications in Fortum and Nokia, most recently serving as Nokia Corporation's Head of Strategy Communications. He has also been a Member of the Board at the innovation company Forum Virium Helsinki.

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Director Teppo Heiskanen
Advancement and Corporate Engagement

ThM Teppo Heiskanen (b. 1964) is responsible for the university`s corporate collaboration, donor and alumni relations, and career services. Mr Heiskanen has worked as director for the Nordic Council of Ministers in Denmark and Lithuania. Earlier, he has been at the University of Helsinki, for instance as the head of administration in the faculty of theology. Before Aalto University his firm has provided fundraising and international project management services for the higher education.

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Chief Human Resources Officer Riitta Silvennoinen

Riitta Silvennoinen, MSc (Econ.), MBA, (b. 1966) is responsible for personnel processes including competence and leadership development. Her previous position was Nokia's VP, Global HR Center of Expertise. She has been employed by Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks in versatile human resources management tasks from 1997. Prior to this, she worked at the Helsinki School of Economics' International Center.

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