Aalto Global Impact promotes and facilitates Aalto University´s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.

Aalto Global Impact promotes and facilitates Aalto University´s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.

Aalto Global Impact


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.

05 April 2016
Building Information Modeling Digital Design & Construction Summer School
The course is open all students who are interested in the topics of digitalization and built environment. There are no prerequisite BIM skills needed, though some level of familiarity is desirable. The project-based approach will give opportunity for all levels of students to actively participate and learn during the course. What to expect? Expect having fun working and Read more >
Photo competition
22 March 2016
Photo Competition: Building bridges, crossing borders.
Aalto Global Impact is launching a photo competition, as part of the upcoming Aalto Festival 2016. We are organizing and hosting several events and activities, themed Co-Creating Global Impact. We are calling out to all the photo enthusiasts of Aalto University, to demonstrate the efforts to co-create global impact: students, staff, alumni, faculty, or people Read more >
17 March 2016
Impact Iglu is looking for a Communication and Events Coordinator
Are you passionate about entrepreneurship and opportunities to make the world a better place? Impact Iglu is offering a trainee position for Aalto Students. Impact Iglu is a fast growing impact community that supports entrepreneurs who do business to solve societal challenges. We are powered by Aalto Global Impact, an initiative that promotes and facilitates Read more >


Teija Lehtonen

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

Senior Manager

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.


Makeda Yohannes

Impact Iglu Lead

Makeda Yohannes is the lead in Impact Iglu. Makeda has been actively involved in entrepreneurship societies to advocate learning and working in multinational & multidisciplinary teams. She is passionate about motivating students to harness their creativity for sustainable solutions.


Roope Kiviranta


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.

Vilma Hämäläinen

Communications & Events Coordinator

Vilma Hämäläinen coordinates communications and events for AGI and Impact Iglu. She has a solid background in marketing and community management and is particularly interested in the social and equality dimensions of sustainable business practice. Vilma is a master’s student at IDBM.



Educational Programmes
International Design Business Management

IDBM master’s program comprises international and multidisciplinary courses accompanied by a yearlong industry project in collaboration with companies and other clients from all over the world.

Sustainable Global Technologies

SGT is a multidisciplinary elective educational programme that takes students to different locations in the world to give their input in development. Projects have been focusing on community participation, technological solutions and urban planning. SGT also offers background theory courses about state of the world and development.

Creative Sustainability

CS master’s program is a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, business, design, landscape planning, real estate and urban planning.

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
New Global

The “New Global: Co-creating Frugal and Reverse Innovations in Complex Global Systems” project integrates multidisciplinary academic research and private sector’s business development.

Digital Opportunities

Digital Opportunities is an ecosystem formation project addressing the development of low-barrier digital service platform especially for citizens living in informal communities. We aim at designing and developing services for sustainable business in emerging markets.

Impact Iglu

Impact Iglu supports entrepreneurs who do business to solve societal challenges. It provides real business opportunities and connections to African, Asian and Latin American markets.