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

Aalto Global Impact (AGI) 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.

Cookbook for Sustainability Innovation
28 April 2017
Cookbook for Sustainability Innovation encourages co-creation with diverse stakeholders
New ‘Cookbook’ highlights sustainable and innovative co-creation models of companies. The transition to a sustainable future requires companies to pursue innovative co-creation with diverse stakeholders and many companies are already doing so, as illustrated in the new Cookbook for Sustainability Innovation. ‘Advancing sustainability requires that we rethink all aspects of our lifestyles, which is no Read more >
Photo: Aalto Creative Sustainability
11 April 2017
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day tackled social inclusion challenges
Photo: Aalto Creative Sustainability SED 2017 focused on social sustainability and inclusion in collaboration with the City of Helsinki. Local election candidates also discussed their views. Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day 2017, held on 31 March, highlighted the work of students on this year’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship course with a particular focus on social sustainability and inclusion. ‘Solving Read more >
02 April 2017
Aalto Global Impact to strengthen problem-based learning in East African universities
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has granted Aalto Global Impact 700,000 euros for a three-year project establishing best practices in problem-based learning in East African universities. The project entitled Strengthening Problem-Based Education in East African Universities (PBL East Africa) is one of 20 projects, out of 78 applications, to receive funding from the 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.


Ville Luukkanen

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


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

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.


Irena Bakic

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.

Aalto Impact Ecosystem


Educational Programmes
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

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
New Global

Integrates interdisciplinary research and new business development to co-create the sustainable business solutions of tomorrow.

Digital Opportunities

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.

Impact Iglu

Supports entrepreneurs who do business to solve societal challenges.