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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), Non-Executive Director Sari Baldauf, Professor Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben, Professor Liqiu Meng, Museum Director Susanna Pettersson and Professor Colin Whitehouse.

The Board members are appointed by the Aalto University Academic Affairs Committee. 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 Aalto University Board

Anne Brunila

Professor of Practice (chair)

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, as President and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation and as Director General of the Finnish Ministry of Finance Economics Department. Brunila is Executive Board member of Kone, Sampo Plc, Sanoma Corporation and Stora Enso.

Mikko Kosonen Aalto-yliopiston hallitus Kuva Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Mikko Kosonen

President (vice chair)

Mikko Kosonen, Ph.D. (Econ.), born 1957, is President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. Before that he had 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.

Sari Baldauf

Sari Baldauf

Non-executive director

MSc (Econ.) Sari Baldauf, born 1955, is a professional board member in several companies and organisations. She is Senior Advisor at DevCo Partners, Chair of the Board at Vexve Holding and Non-Executive Director at Nokia and Daimler. She worked previously at Nokia Corporation in various executive positions, and as a member of the Nokia Executive Board.

Karel Luyben

Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben


Professor Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben, born 1951, is Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is Professor of Biochemical Engineering. Previously he has worked as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and as Scientific Director of the Graduate School Biotechnological Sciences Delft Leiden. He provides industry and government with consultation in the areas of technology, innovation and industrial policies.

Aalto University / Liqiu Meng/ photographer: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Liqiu Meng

Senior vice president

Professor Liqiu Meng, born 1963, is currently the Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni at Technische Universität München (TUM). She has previously held the positions of Vice Dean and Professor at the TUM Faculty 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.

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Susanna Pettersson

Museum director

Susanna Pettersson. Ph.D., born 1966, is the Director General of Nationalmuseum Sweden. Prior to her present position, Petterson worked as the Museum Director of the Ateneum Art Museum, 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. Pettersson is also Adjunct Professor of Museology at the University of Jyväskylä, and a visiting lecturer at the renowned Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam.

Aalto University / Colin Whitehouse / photographer: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Colin Whitehouse


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 and Deputy Chief Executive of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Whitehouse’s personal field of research relates to next-generation semiconductor nanomaterials and devices.

Photos: Aalto University / Jaakko Kahilaniemi & Mikko Raskinen


Previous Board members

  • Professor Bengt Holmström 2008–2017
  • Professor Saku Mantere 2008–2017
  • CEO and President Matti Alahuhta 2008–2015
  • Rector Anna Valtonen 2008–2014
  • Professor Marja Makarow 2008–2012
  • Professor Patrick Aebischer 2011–2012
  • Professor Robert A. Brown 2008–2010

The Board started its work in August 2008.