Foster new settings for students to develop their capabilities in real-life environments and create opportunities for in-depth learning in Africa, Asia and Latin America in collaboration with various Aalto University educational master’s level programmes and courses.
Initiate and mobilize funding for new multidisciplinary research and innovation projects in the field of frugal and sustainable innovations, inclusive businesses, renewable energy, water and sanitation, ICT and digitalisation, new media and design thinking.
Create awareness and inspire students and early stage entrepreneurs to start businesses with impact through Impact Iglu which is a community and platform for value-based entrepreneurial activities.
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Aalto Global Impact’s Director
Teija Lehtonen is a director at Aalto Global Impact. She is passionate about co-creation and building inclusive innovation ecosystems together with people in low-income communities. Her vision for Aalto Global Impact is to find new sustainable ways to create wealth and reduce poverty.
Riina Subra is responsible for building partnerships and scaling up best practices for international collaboration. She has specialized in management work with international organisations, designing projects, strategies and partnerships for UNESCO and the UNDP.
Chief Iglu Officer
Ville is the Chief Iglu Officer at Impact Iglu. He has over 20 years’ experience in developing inclusive and sustainable business globally, with special focus on Africa. Ville is passionate about supporting emerging entrepreneurs grow and expand their positive impact.
Roope Kiviranta is the designer for Aalto Global Impact. He has worked as a designer in various roles and projects related to Graphic Design and User Interface Design. He’s a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, and holds an MA from Aalto University.
Project Specialist for CodeBus Africa
Vilma Hämäläinen leads communications in a Finland 100 project Codebus Africa. Currently on the last stretch of her master’s studies at Aalto University, Vilma is particularly interested in the social and equality dimensions of sustainable business practice.
Project Coordinator for Coding Bus Africa
Irena is the coordinator of a Finland 100 project CodeBus Africa. Irena is a graduate of Aalto University with a Master of Science degree and her passion is to co-create and innovate with children and youth.
International Design Business Management
International Design Business Management master’s programme comprises international and multidisciplinary courses accompanied by a six-month industry project in collaboration with organisations from all over the world.
Sustainable Global Technologies
Sustainable Global Technologies programme runs a set of cross-disciplinary courses that look at the diverse connections between sustainability and technology in developing context. Student projects highlight environmental, social and cultural
aspects of sustainable development.
Creative Sustainability master’s programme focuses on ecological, social and economic sustainability challenges and solutions. It offers multidisciplinary courses and a real-life sustainability project with an enterprise, NGO or public sector.
Aalto-IITB DiDaCTiC Collaboration
Digital Design and Construction Technology in Coursework is a collaboration project between Aalto University and IIT Bombay. The project aims to initiate a long term educational collaboration between both universities, especially around topics of digitalization in construction and its potential role in improving the quality and performance of built environments across different parameters, e.g. affordability, sustainability, finish, comfort and air quality, etc.
Research and Innovation Projects
Integrates interdisciplinary research and new business development to co-create the sustainable business solutions of tomorrow.
Creates an innovation ecosystem which develops digital services for citizens living in informal communities. We aim at designing and developing services for sustainable business in emerging markets.
Supports entrepreneurs who do business to solve societal challenges.