An entrepreneur in the design industry urges students to build a cooperation network during their studies actively. Studies brought Luoto and Heidi Maria Huovinen together and their common study path laid the foundation for mutual trust and a desire to work together as design entrepreneurs.
All stories: From alumni to alumni
Out of curiosity, a future's researcher also stops to investigate things that might seem insignificant at first. Their job is to challenge both their own and others’ thought patterns, and to inspire us all to imagine together.
Business studies at Aalto complemented Jamila Awadh’s previous studies and experience. Studies led to her current position as Business and Marketing Director at Polar Glucan.
A forerunner in service design, Master of Arts and Design Mikko Koivisto moved on from consulting to the energy industry where he works with the social issues brought on by climate change. Now he has a chance to work on customer experience development at the energy company Helen and tackle challenges related to the transition of the energy industry.
Lumi Maunuvaara, who founded HAVU Cosmetics during her second year of studies, learned quickly that being a start-up entrepreneur requires courage, even foolhardiness, but also humility. High interest in ones own field and the company ensures continued motivation even in difficult moments.
Anssi Käki: I want to develop as a leader who gets results and possesses a broad understanding of business
‘Acting ethically with openness and equality are key qualities in a leader. In my role, I also need analytical thinking, broad-mindedness and an open mind.’
Head of Growth Programmes at Technology Industries of Finland Piia Simpanen was interested in many different subjects in upper secondary school. She chose the technical study path, as it allowed her to combine many of her interests.
Finnish-Cuban Ernesto Hartikainen planned a career as a diplomat but instead became a diploma-holder in engineering and in business. Ernesto firmly believes in entrepreneurship, daring and taking a leap of faith.
The Ambassador of Finland to Israel, Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen, is an alumna of the School of Business. As a student, she set her sights on becoming a citizen of the world and she has stayed the course ever since.
A multitalented professional of conceptualisation, branding and design, Annaleena Hämäläinen has a chance to realise her vision as the creative director of Hakola, a Finnish design furniture company.
Nora Rosendahl, an alumna of the Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, is a start-up entrepreneur and working on a doctoral dissertation on the future of work.
In our December interview we have Niklas Von Weymarn, the CEO of Metsä Spring Ltd. He has also been selected as the first Alumnus of the Year of the School of Chemical Engineering in 2017.
Anna Suonheimo and Hanna Puharinen, both Masters of Science in Technology, had a desire to help poverty-stricken women and disabled people in Ethiopia by providing employment to them in Finnish design.
Hele Haapaniemi, 24, is a Master of Science (Technology). She graduated from the School of Chemical Technology last autumn. In April this year, she will celebrate her first year working for Orion as a development chemist.
Anna Asikainen works for a consultancy in Mexico that specialises in sustainable development solutions and climate change. She has noticed that traditional Finnish ‘sisu’ can go a long way in an international environment.
Jyrki Kasvi, chairman of the City Council of Espoo, says that one of the most important things he learned during his studies was that one should always say their wildest ideas out loud, as these can help you learn the most.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is a Finnish Photographer. His Last Machos exhibition was on at the Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu. Last Machos exhibition tells a story about change, loneliness and what it is like to be a Finnish man.
Welcome to the new From Alumni to Alumni series. In this first "From Alumni to Alumni" we have interviewed Perttu Karjalainen, CEO and Co-Founder of EntoCube. EntoCube is the leading edible insects farming solutions provider in the Nordics