'In my studies I was aiming to deepen my business know-how, but I gained so much more. Studies at the School of Business made me value academic thinking. This was a true finding.'
Entrepreneur and investor, one of the founding members of Aalto University related Start-up Sauna Foundation and one of the Head Coaches for Start-up Sauna
The School of Business Alumnus of the Year 2014.
Riku Asikainen speaks shares his views on how the alumni can take ownership of the School. (in Finnish)
'The education offered at the School of Business is wide ranging, and it has provided excellent capabilities for different positions. Other central aspects have included learning by doing and getting to know great people.'
The Single Resolution Board, Vice Chairman
Member of the Aalto University’s advisory investment committee. The School of Business Alumnus of the Year 2012.
'I majored in economics. It provided me with the right tools for understanding how the economy works, analysing information, distinguishing between major and minor things as well as how to be analytical. All of these things have served me well in my various positions.'
Chair of the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Vice Chair of the Aalto University Board. Member on the boards of the Kone Corporation, Sampo Plc, Sanoma Plc and Stora Enso Corporation.
'Among the strengths of the School of Business was a high level of international networking. I spent one term as an exchange student in the United States, which opened up my horizons a great deal. I also appreciated the great combination of high-level teaching and research.'
Chair of the Board of Marimekko Corporation
'The greatest gift that the School of Economics gave me was the variety of education. Perhaps the most precious gift of all was the ability of engaged teachers to inspire curiosity and a never-ending thirst for new knowledge.'
Chair of the Finnish National Opera Foundation Board and the School of Business Alumna of the Year 2011.
'The School of Business gave me excellent skills for both business life and politics. The school taught me that there is seldom one correct solution to difficult problems: the most important thing is adopting the correct way of thinking and understanding the interdependence of matters.'
M.Sc. (Business Administration)
Mehiläinen, Director, Heathcare outsoursing services
Member of the Helsinki city council, former member of the Finnish parliament