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.

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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.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day Eventbrite
23 November 2015
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day
Are you passionate about finding a sustainable solution to the societal problems in entrepreneurial ways? Aalto Entrepreneurship program and Impact Iglu are organising the first sustainable entrepreneurship day with a special focus on Asylum-Seekers’ Situation in Finland. The program will be held at Urban Mill, on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, starting at 10:00. Different sustainable Read more >

05 November 2015
Startups in Emerging Markets Magazine
Startups and entrepreneurs bring new ideas and innovations to the market and play an important role in changing the world. Enormous potential exists for frugal products and services responding to the needs of societies in emerging markets. In this magazine we highlight a few business cases, which aim to improve the wellbeing of people.   Read more >

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04 November 2015
Internship opportunities at UN Habitat
The Capacity Development Unit at UN-Habitat is looking for interns for next year! This is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the work of UN-Habitat and get involved in our capacity development initiatives and our work with partners all over the world. Share the announcement below with your classmates and students.


Teija Lehtonen

Aalto Global Impact’s Director

Teija Lehtonen is a director at AGI. She is passionate about co-creation and building inclusive innovation ecosystems together with people in low-income communities. Her vision for AGI 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.

Petri Allekotte

Business Engagement Manager

Petri Allekotte is responsible for business engagement into Aalto’s research and innovation projects in high potential emerging markets. Petri also coaches entrepreneurs, startups and students for business development and connections to reliable partners and networks.


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.

Caroline Knappers


Caroline Knappers is the designer for Aalto Global Impact. Throughout her career, she has worked on different graphic, web and spatial design projects in the Netherlands, India and Finland. She holds both a Bachelor of Design degree, and has an MA in Creative Sustainability.



Educational Programmes
International Design Business Management

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

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.

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.