Aalto University


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

The Chair of the Aalto University Board is Mikko Kosonen and Vice Chair is Ilkka Kivimäki. Other board members are Mariana Amatullo, Karel Luyben, Andreas Mortensen, Marita Niemelä and Hanna Sievinen.

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, PhD (Econ), worked as President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, in 2008-2019, and earlier 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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Ilkka Kivimäki / Aalto University / Photo Mikko Raskinen

Ilkka Kivimäki, Vice Chair

Ilkka Kivimäki, MSc (Tech), is a partner at Maki.vc, 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.

Mariana Amatullo

Mariana Amatullo

Professor Mariana Amatullo is Vice Provost for Global Executive Education & Online Strategic Initiatives at the New School in New York and Associate Professor of Strategic Design & Management at the Parsons School of Design. Amatullo has pioneering experience of integrating the creative fields into international development programmes and executive education. Her scholarship and consulting intersect between the fields of management and design for social innovation. She is Honorary President of the Cumulus Association of Art and Design Education and Research and serves on a variety of international panels and advisory boards dedicated to the arts and design.

Karel Luyben

Karel Ch. A. M. Luyben

Karel Luyben is professor of biochemical engineering in the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has previously worked at the university as rector magnificus, 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.

Andreas Mortensen standing in the Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

Andreas Mortensen

Professor Andreas Mortensen is Vice President of research and professor in the Institute of Materials at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He currently serves as the Director General of the EU FET Flagship Human Brain Project.  Prior to joining EPFL he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Mortensen has been a member of various high-level expert groups, research and scientific councils, and foundations, for Europe and other organisations.

Maritta Niemelä Oppimiskeskuksessa.

Marita Niemelä

Marita Niemelä, DSc (Tech), leads Rejlers Finland’s division focused on sustainable energy solutions. Previously, she was director of the energy business unit at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, and has held leading positions at Neste Engineering Solutions, Valmet, Metso and Pöyry. In 2009–2011, she served as part-time professor at Aalto University. Niemelä has been board member in Academy of Finland and the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC and advisory board member in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Board member Hanna Sievinen at the Learning Centre

Hanna Sievinen

Hanna Sievinen, DSc (Econ), is a professional board member in several companies and organisations, and she is Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee in the board of Taaleri Oyj and Vice Chair in the board of Koskisen Corporation, among others. Between 2000 and 2014, she held several managerial positions at Nokia Corporation in many countries. She also works as an independent corporate advisor and holds several positions of trust. 

Photos: Aalto University / Jaakko Kahilaniemi & Mikko Raskinen, Niina Stolt

Previous board members

  • Director Sari Baldauf 2017–2023
  • Director General Susanna Pettersson 2014–2022
  • Professor Liqiu Meng 2013–2021
  • Professor Colin Whitehouse 2013–2019
  • 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.


Kuusi Aalto-yliopiston hallituksen jäsentä ja rehtori kuvattuna radiokaiuttomassa huoneessa
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Board approved the financial plan 2025–2028 and had a campus tour

The Aalto University Board’s meeting was held on campus 10-11 June
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Aalto University was recognised in national and international evaluations in 2023

University board approved the Annual Board Report and Financial Statements for 2023
Mikko Kosonen, photo by Mikko Kosonen.
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Mikko Kosonen: Empathy is needed to communicate across disciplines

'When you disagree or feel defensive, it’s important to really try to hear what the other person is saying. That requires empathy. If disciplines have different languages, it’s easy to talk past each other.'

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The executive bodies of the university are the Board (AUFB), the President, and the University Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The President's Management Team (PMT) coordinates the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions. The Aalto Management Team (AMT) furthers transparency and open dialogue in decision-making regarding university development.

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Aalto Handbook

Here you will find information regarding Aalto University’s organisation, various operators, management processes, operational principles and the guiding rules and policies of our operations.

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