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


Facilitate and execute global sustainability projects in collaboration with multidisciplinary master’s programmes and courses to foster new settings for students to develop their capabilities in real-life environments.


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.


Engage academic and societal stakeholders to enable multicultural co-creation and a global network of sustainability practitioners.

Latest projects

PBL East Africa

PBL East Africa is a joint initiative between University of Dar es SalaamUniversity of NairobiMakerere University and Aalto University. Taking place in 2017–2020, the project engages faculty, students and external partners in the four countries to work on sustainable innovation challenges in East Africa. As a whole, the project operates as a piloting platform for the universities to test, share and refine best practices in problem-based education – while also building regional and global networks in an effort to share knowledge and deepen innovation capabilities in East Africa and beyond.

CodeBus Africa

CodeBus Africa brings together African and Finnish innovators in tech and education to organise creative coding workshops for youth in ten African countries in February–May 2017. The project aims to inspire youth to discover and make use of technology in their lives, and empower especially girls to explore technology’s possibilities for their future. The project partners include the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, mehackit, Nokia and multiple tech hubs and educational institutes in 10 African countries. CodeBus is part of Finland’s 100th independence celebration and the official Finland 100 programme.

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New cooperative project develops problem-based learning in South Asia
(Photo: Sustainable Global Technologies studio course students in Nepal in 2017) A new Erasmus + project coordinated by Aalto Global Impact will establish a sustainable development learning platform with partners in Europe and India, Nepal and Bhutan. Aalto Global Impact (AGI) has received the €1 million maximum funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus + Higher Read more >

14 November 2018 |

Student perspectives from the PBL East Africa Faculty workshop in Kampala
The third PBL East Africa faculty workshop was held in Kampala from 20th to 26th of October 2018. All four partner university members joined to discuss PBL approaches and to organize workshop sessions. I was part of the faculty workshop as an Aalto student mentor, joining the opening panel discussion and organizing peer-to peer-mentoring for Read more >

26 October 2018 | ,

Tackling sustainability challenges of runaway urbanization and water shortages
What can be done to make future megacities sustainable? How to guarantee resources like access to water for tens of millions urban dwellers? Asian Studies Days tackled sustainable development challenges of urbanization in Asia on October 17 at Aalto University. People living in cities is projected to rise from 3.5 billion people to 5 billion 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.


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.

Outi Puukko

Communication Specialist

Outi Puukko is in charge of developing communication of Aalto Global Impact. Puukko is passionate about communication for societal change and has worked with strategic communication from NGOs to public sector.

Henna Faarinen

Project worker Trainee

Henna Faarinen is responsible for social media communication of Aalto Global Impact, information systems updating, administrative tasks and assisting with events. She’s a big fan of global sustainable development.

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.

Aalto WiT LAB

Aalto WiT (World in Transition) LAB is a network of researchers and projects focusing on resilient communities, human settlements, humanitarian architecture, environmental awareness, pre-disaster planning, reconstruction, sustainable technologies, community engagement and grass roots action.


Sustainability on Business Research provides knowledge about innovative business models and transition paths that enhance sustainable development, and co-creates solution proposals together with partners from different sectors of society.

AGrid Impact

A Grid Impact is the launchpad for startups who aim for big societal impact. We connect your vision to critical resources: co-creation space, community, and coaching.