Anna Valtonen is Professor in Strategic Design at Aalto University, Finland and has an extensive background in industry; design, management, end-user understanding, strategy, and startups. She has worked as Vice President at Aalto University (Art & Creative Practices) in 2015-2020 and was the Dean of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014-2019. 2009-2014 she was Professor and Rector of the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden. In 1997-2009 she worked in various roles in Nokia, most recently as Head of Design Research & Foresight. She has also worked as Post Doc and Visiting Professor at the Management Department of ESSEC Business School, France.
She has been a board member of several companies, public organisations and universities. Her current board memberships are as Chair of the Board for the Design Museum in Finland, in Vitec Software Group AB, Chairing the Board for Kalevala Jewellery, the Finnish Government’s Advisory Board for Creative Industries, and in several editorial boards for journals.