School of Business Alumnus/a of the Year awards
School of Business Alumni of the Year:
Kristo Ovaska (2022)
Pekka Ala-Pietilä (2020)
Elina Björklund (2018)
Salla Vainio (2016)
Riku Asikainen (2014)
Timo Löyttyniemi (2012)
Sirkka Hämäläinen (2011)
Mikko Kosonen (2010)
Arto Hiltunen (2009)
Matti Honkala (2008)
Read interviews and alumni stories of Alumni of the Year
‘There is a great deal of demand for wide-ranging competence in the labour market,’ says Kristo Ovaska
Life is a learning journey where learning as such never ends, explains Pekka Ala-Pietilä, chairman of the boards of directors of packaging manufacturer Huhtamäki and media group Sanoma.
Elina Björklund, the CEO of Reima, was awarded as the Alumna of the Year 2018 in Aalto University School of Business.
‘The School of Business gave me a lot, most importantly my best friends,’ says Vainio, who is the CEO of the law firm Fondia.
The School of Business has founded the Alumni Advisory Board to discuss alumni activity, the school's external relations and fundraising.
Alumni Ambassador Timo Löyttyniemi: More important than getting good grades is to be eager to learn a wide range of things
Timo Löyttyniemi, who worked as the Vice Chair of the Single Resolution Board in Brussels from 2015 to 2019, underlines the ability to change in today’s working life. “’Agility’ is a good term to describe the true way of working amidst all the changes”, says Löyttyniemi.
Currently, Löyttyniemi is the CEO of The State Pension Fund of Finland (2020).
The former Bank of Finland Head Sirkka Hämäläinen emphasizes the importance of extensive, high quality common knowledge in working life success.
Alumni Ambassador Mikko Kosonen: Knowing people widely from different sectors benefits you in the future
President of Sitra and School of Business alumnus Mikko Kosonen challenges students to plan their studies well. ”Tackling different challenges demands cooperation between the public and private sector, and it is no more enough to know only your own field well”, advises Kosonen.
Alumni Ambassador Arto Hiltunen: Consider your study time to be more than just acquiring knowledge from books and lectures
Our Alumni Ambassador Arto Hiltunen reminds that all kind of work experience, especially the summer job experience during the studies, has an effect on the career in the future. "Being active is one of the key factors", says Hiltunen.
"Accept the job when offered, and don’t be too picky in the beginning", says our alumnus Matti Honkala to the current students.