Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni Advisory Board discusses policies related to the School's alumni activities, external relations, and fundraising.
Alumni Advisory Board steering group consists of 10–14 alumni representatives from the various study programmes of the School of Business and from different fields of business. The steering group meets approximately two times per year.
School of Business Alumni Advisory Board 2019. From the left: Ingmar Björkman, Jonna Söderholm, Mika Raulas, Juho Tuovinen, Terttu Sopanen, Elisa Liekkilä, Jaakko Eteläaho, Elina Björklund, Pasi Torppa, Arttu Aine, Norbert Juhász, Niklas Wasenius and Emilia Nevalainen.
Alumni Advisory Board 2019. From the left: Ingmar Björkman, Jonna Söderholm, Mika Raulas, Juho Tuovinen, Terttu Sopanen, Elisa Liekkilä, Jaakko Eteläaho, Elina Björklund, Pasi Torppa, Arttu Aine, Norbert Juhász, Niklas Wasenius and Emilia Nevalainen

Alumni Advisory Board provides important insights and input concerning how to further develop the alumni activities of the School of Business (and Aalto University in general), helps to brainstorm on externally oriented activities, and supports the School of Business and Aalto University in their fundraising activities. In addition, the board members participate in the selection of the Alumnus/Alumna of the year. The members of Alumni Advisory Board are appointed by Dean of the School of Business for two years. The members can be re-elected.

 

Members

School of Business alumna of the year 2018 Elina Björklund

Elina Björklund, Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board

I started my studies in 1989 and studied international economics as my major. As my minors, I studied statistics and finance. I graduated in 1994.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

You should study as widely as possible, and remember to stay open-minded for different studies! Aalto University offers a great opportunity for this. Studying multidisciplinary subjects will be of use to you later on in the working life.

Understanding digital aspects, gaining analytical skills and being able to interact with people are extremely important skills when building your career, but you should not forget the "softer subjects", such as design thinking. I encourage you to study languages, too, for you might not have the time needed to study them later on in life.

Kaisa Vikkula, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Kaisa Vikkula

I completed my Master’s degree in the years 1980–1985, international economics as my major. After that I completed Doctoral’s degree in the School of Economics and the University of Michigan in the years 1990–1993. I am the CEO of Soprano Plc and its subsidiary company, Management Institute of Finland MIF Oy.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

Be curious in your studies. Take an advantage of the learning environment and discuss different subjects with your fellow students and teaching staff. Take part in student activities in different clubs, associations or in the startup community. You can practice in a safe environment and you will gain life-long friendships and valuable experience for your career.

Jaakko Eteläaho, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Jaakko Eteläaho

I started my studies in 2002 and graduated in 2006. I studied finance as my major. I work as a Managing Director, Corporate Finance at Danske Bank.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

The School of Business gives you the best skills to succeed and opens up numerous opportunities. The School’s spirit, high quality teaching and the community together create a first class group of fellow students also for the time after the studies. I urge everyone to face the opportunities with a broad and open mind.

Mika Suortti, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Mika Suortti

In the years 1984­­–1991, I studies systems engineering, computer science and accounting. Nowadays, I work as an Executive Search Consultant and Partner at Amrop Finland.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

Do all the things you want during your studies: study, get to know new people, try something new – without forgetting to party! As my great grandfather instructed my grandmother when she was starting her studies in the early 30’s: study eagerly, but remember also to enjoy and party. Later on, I was given the same advice from my grandmother.

Jari Huikku, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Jari Huikku

During the years 1993–2009, I graduated as Licentiate of Science and Doctor of Science, both in economics and business administration. At the moment, I work as an Assistant Professor at the School of Business, Department of Accounting.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

Make the most out of your studies, but I suggest you also graduate before long.

Terttu Sopanen, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Terttu Sopanen

During the years 1990-1998, I studied Finnish language and communications as my major and accounting as my minor. Now I work as a Senior Consultant at Brunnen Communications.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

It is more important to find something that currently interests you, rather than wondering whether it is the right choice for the future. According to a survey by OECD, 40 % of the British people currently work on a different field than what they studied, a third of the French, and even every fourth Finn.

It’s worth following the business life and connect it to your studies. I encourage you to do lots of case projects with companies and carry out your Master’s thesis for a company/organization. Keep your eyes open, believe in yourself and take the chances! The School of Business degree is appreciated in the working life. Just increase your expertise and strengths, and offer them boldly to the organizations that interest you!

Juho Tuovinen, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Juho Tuovinen

I did my Bachelor's Degree in International Business at the Mikkeli Campus 2004-2007. After this I continued my Master's studies at Copenhagen Business School, including completing the CEMS Master in International Management degree at London School of Economics.

After several years abroad, I have recently returned to Finland and am currently the COO at Rabbit Films, a local media company specializing in television production.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

The School of Business is an incredible opportunity to establish yourself as a valuable member of society! I'd recommend making yourself comfortable with at least one of the more "concrete" skills, such as finance, accounting or business law. This will give you a competitive edge in the job market, regardless of the industry that you end up working in.

Norbert Juhász, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Norbert Juhász

I started my studies in 2010, at the time when Helsinki School of Economics was turning into Aalto University. I started in the Master's Program in International Business but a year later I also joined the CEMS MIM program. I finished both of them in 2013.

Currently, I work as a Business Intelligence Manager at Fiskars Corporation.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

I suggest to appreciate your study years. Plan them well so that you earn not only valuable knowledge, skills and network for your future career, but also memorable personal experiences. The School of Business provides an excellent ground for all of these. On the top, the School's new 'Better Business - Better Society' endeavour is something very worthwhile to be proud of.

Elisa Liekkilä, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Elisa Liekkilä

My studies in International Business began in 2008 in the Mikkeli Campus and I finished my Master's studies with the same major in 2016 in Töölö. Studies took me also abroad: First to Mexico and then Germany. During the years I got to experience the exciting transformation from the Helsinki School of Economics to Aalto.

Currently I enjoy daily bringing Business, Design and Technology together as a Sales Manager at Tieto.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

What we have at Aalto is something very unique, so cherish your study time as well as slow down to enjoy the ride and get the most out of it! Also, remember that developing our School is a continuum: the more the School demands from you the better you get, but also vice versa: the more you demand from the School the better it becomes. Be active, be open, be bold to challenge yourself and others!

Pasi Torppa, member of the School of Business Alumni Advisory Board

Pasi Torppa

I studied in the School of Business during the years 1991-1996, and graduated with the Master's degree in Accounting. Currently, I am a Partner at August Associates, the leading local strategy consultancy in Finland.

Your greetings to the students at Aalto University School of Business?

Kauppis provides excellent learning opportunities and possibility to create networks that have great value throughout your career. After Kauppis, prepare for lifelong learning and choose the jobs that offer the best possibilities to develop your capabilities.

Mika Raulas

Coming up!

 

Niklas Wasenius

Coming up!

The members of the board also include

The School of Business Dean Ingmar Björkman, School of Business Head of External Relations, School's alumna Jonna Söderholm, Alumni Relations Manager Emilia Nevalainen, and the Chairman of the Board of Aalto University Business students in Helsinki (KY).

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