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Alumnus Casper von Koskull hosted the alumni meet-and-greet in Stockholm

Alumni gathered to hear the latest developments of Aalto and the start-up community that has grown in and around the university.
Alumni at the meet-and-greet in Stockholm.

About 20 Aalto alumni, out of which roughly two thirds represented the field of business and the rest the field of technology, gathered in the Nordea head office in Stockholm on March 29.  The event was held in the “Salong” with a magnificent view over the city.

Casper von Koskull

School of Business alumnus Casper von Koskull, President and Group CEO of Nordea, opened the event with a thought-provoking presentation on his views on the “geo-political recession” and other transformational global trends. He also shared his thoughts on what should be done in the banking sector and beyond to embrace digitalization, including collaboration and competition with start-ups.

The Dean of the School of Business, Professor Ingmar Björkman presented the latest news of Aalto University and the School of Business. The alumni were surprised and happy to hear of the many positive developments that have taken place recently. Dean Björkman also painted a picture of the whole start-up ecosystem that has developed in and around Aalto.

Dean Ingmar Björkman

Director of Community at Startup Sauna and Aalto entrepreneurship student Kasper Suomalainen concluded the presentations by sharing his inspiring story on Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, startuplifers, Startup Sauna and Slush. The alumni commended him for the important work he and others in the Aalto start-up community have done to encourage students to become entrepreneurs.

All of the presentations stimulated a lively discussion, which continued after the “official” programme of the evening.

The Stockholm event followed the Dean's similar gatherings in New York, the Stanford University campus, and the City of London.

The purpose of these events is to create an Aalto alumni community also outside of Finland, which will hopefully help in building a culture of giving back to the university in different ways going forward.

There are already over 40 000 alumni from over 80 countries in the Aalto University alumni network. You can join the network free of charge at alumnicircle.aalto.fi

Further information:
Jonna Söderholm, Head of External Relations, School of Business
[email protected]

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