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 Mikko Kosonen, President (Chair), Susanna Pettersson, Museum Director (Vice Chair), Sari Baldauf, Non-Executive Director, Ilkka Kivimäki, Investor, Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben, Professor, Liqiu Meng, Professor, and Colin Whitehouse, Professor.

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.

Mikko Kosonen Aalto-yliopiston hallitus Kuva Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Mikko Kosonen, Chair


Mikko Kosonen, Ph.D. (Econ.) is President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. Previously he had leadership positions at Nokia, for example Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Infrastructure. Kosonen is member of the Board of Technology Academy Finland, the Supervisory Board of Smart & Clean Foundation and the Delegation of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Supporters’ Association. Kosonen has an Honorary Professorship of Budapest Business School. He has published books and articles on strategic leadership.

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Susanna Pettersson, Vice Chair

Museum director

Susanna Pettersson. Ph.D. 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.

Sari Baldauf

Sari Baldauf

Non-executive director

MSc (Econ.) Sari Baldauf 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.

Ilkka Kivimäki / Aalto University / Photo Mikko Raskinen

Ilkka Kivimäki


Ilkka Kivimäki, M.Sc. (Tech.) is a partner at, early stage venture capital fund. He has worked with numerous startup companies as an investor and a coach. Kivimäki has an extensive entrepreneurial background, for example in PC-Superstore and Wicom Communications, and he has also worked in the multinational software company SAP AG as its Senior Vice President. He was the Chair of Slush’s Board of Directors, and he is one of the founders of Startup Foundation. Kivimäki is a member of the Finnish National Innovation Council and the National AI Steering Group and co-founder and board member of Kasvuryhmä – Finnish Scaleups.

Karel Luyben

Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben


Professor Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben 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


Professor Liqiu Meng conducts research in the field of geodesy and geoinformation at Technische Universität München (TUM). She has previously held the position of Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Surveying at Technische Universität München (TUM). She has also taught and taken part in research activities at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the University of Hannover in Germany.

Aalto University / Colin Whitehouse / photographer: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Colin Whitehouse


Professor Colin Whitehouse 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 of Practice Anne Brunila 2008–2018
  • 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.

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