How have the business studies been useful in your career?
During my first study years, I worked at OP Bank's cash desk, then at Nordea's risk management, and then ended up as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young (EY) in the team of transfer pricing and international taxation, largely because I did my Bachelor's thesis on transfer pricing. After a few years at EY, I went to Germany for an internship for DHL's internal consulting because my CEMS MIM degree included an internship abroad.
I became acquainted with my current place of residence through my exchange studies when I went on an exchange to St. Gallen. My idea at the time was to get to know Switzerland as a country where I could perhaps continue to live. Because the place felt nice, I started looking for jobs in Switzerland towards the end of my Master’s studies. My plan was to move there permanently. Indeed, through the CEMS business partner network, I was able to find an internship first, which later became permanent employment for me in Zug, Switzerland.
In my current job, my responsibility is, in short, to buy energy companies across Europe. I am part of the mergers & acquisitions (M&A) team of MET Group, an energy sector company, where our team is responsible for all the Group’s acquisitions and processes related to them, starting from lead screening to the entire M&A process. At present, my work focuses mainly on renewable energy, in particular wind and solar power plants (Onshore wind and Solar PV), combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) and natural gas infrastructure, which means gas distribution networks and gas storages. The latest deal I was involved in, was buying gas storage business from Germany.
The most concrete benefit that my studies have given me are the case exercises done at various study courses, and the PowerPoint and Excel skills that I learned from doing the cases – but of course, not forgetting all the subject knowledge that I learned in accounting and finance courses and that I utilize in M&A work in my current job.
What inspired you to donate to the School of Business?
A few things inspired me to donate. First, I feel that I have received a lot from the School for life, and without Kauppis, I certainly would not be in that place in life where I am now, so I wanted to give back to the School, and in this way, enable future students to get as good a study experience as I got.
Secondly, I was a little amused by the fact that I am making a donation to the School, even though at the time of the donation I had not even graduated from the School. The third reason that inspired me to donate, was the slightly futile thought that in the coming decades, if I come to visit the School of Business, I can go and see my own named piece on the Donors’ Wall and think back my Kauppis times, even though I didn’t really study in the new main building of Kauppis in Otaniemi.
Your greetings to the 110-year-old Kauppis?
Keep up with the good work, as before. Also, make sure that students get good opportunities for internationalization, as I believe that many students will benefit from going outside Finland to see what opportunities the world has to offer.
It is also important to maintain close contacts with the student organization KY and the Aalto University Student Union (AYY), as these organizations are a significant resource for students, enabling them to study and enjoy their student days, although sometimes student organization activities may slow down studies a bit.
Your greetings to the current School of Business students?
When I visited the new main building of the School of Business in Otaniemi for the first time and entered these new premises of Kauppis, I was a little jealous of how good the new premises are for the new and current students. My own study time was just at that turning point, where the old students of the School of Business might have had some prejudices against Otaniemi and against the engineering students, but now that Aalto University students are all on the same campus, I think it's absolutely worth taking advantage of all the opportunities for interdisciplinarity.
Our warmest thanks to you Roope for supporting the School of Business and sharing your story with us!