Management team


President Tuula Teeri

Tuula Teeri, Ph.D. (b. 1957) is the first President of Aalto University since 1 April 2009, with her second five-year term as of 1 April 2014.

During her scientific career, she was a pioneer of forest industrial biotechnology and the development of biomimetic materials. Tuula Teeri has held research and leadership positions in different universities and research institutes. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Technology Academy Finland, and the Swedish Academy of Technology in Finland.
She is a cofounder of SweTree Technologies.

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Provost Ilkka Niemelä

Provost Ilkka Niemelä, D.Sc. (b. 1961) is responsible especially for Academic Affairs (Research and Education). He received his doctorate in computer science from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. He was appointed as Professor of Computer Science in Helsinki University of Technology in 2000. He has served as the Head of the Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science 2000–2007, as the Chair of the Degree Program of Computer Science and Engineering 2008–2010, as the Dean of Aalto University School of Science 2011–2012, and since March 2012 as the Deputy President of Aalto University.

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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 Århus 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. He is professor of international business. 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, raised in Norway) received his Ph.D. 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 Managment 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, Björkman has received teaching awards from Hanken School of Economics, Fudan University (Shanghai), and INSEAD (Singapore). Ingmar Björkman´s research are is 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 Technology

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 Risto Nieminen 
School of Science

Aalto Professor and Academician of Science, Risto Nieminen, D.Sc. (b. 1948) has since 1987 been professor of physics at the Department of Applied Physics at Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University School of Science. He has been Scientific Director at Center for Scientific Computing 1989–1996 and Academy Professor 1997–2007. Nieminen has directed COMP, the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence for Computational Nanoscience since 2000. He is very active in the international scientific community, for example in the scientific advisory boards of Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Berlin) and Thomas Young Centre (London), in European Research Council panels, in many research networks and consortia. He serves in numerous national and international positions of trust. Nieminen is a member of Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Academy of Engineering Sciences and European Academy of Sciences and Fello of the American Phsyical Society and Institute of Physics (UK).

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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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Director Marianna Bom, Finance

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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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 the 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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Tiia Tuomi

Director Tiia Tuomi, Human Resources

Tiia Tuomi, M.Sc (Econ), (b. 1974) has worked at Aalto University in varied tasks in HR management. From 2004 to 2010 she served as HR planner, administrative director and HR manager at the Helsinki University of Technology, the predecessor of Aalto University. From 2010 she has worked as Head of Operational HR at Aalto University with operative HR management as her area of responsibility.

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