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


A joint initiative for reforming agri-entrepreneurship education in Sub-Saharan. A new network-based learning ecosystem will be created by the nine partner universities in Kenya, Uganda Zambia, Italy and Finland.

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PBL Bio Africa

A collaborative project for strengthening the capacity in bioeconomy HEIs in Kenya and Zambia. Reforming bio-entrepreneurship education to meet the needs in working life and to promote entrepreneurship among students and graduates will lead to economic productivity as well as environmental and social sustainability.

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PBL East Africa

A joint initiative between University of Dar es Salaam, University of Nairobi, Makerere 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.

PBL South Asia

The project develops best practices in problem-based education as a joint initiative between ten universities that are located in Finland, India, Nepal, Bhutan, the Netherlands and Lithuania. Taking place in 2018-2021, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of partner HEIs and contribute to local innovation ecosystems while integrating themes of sustainable development, social responsibility and human rights into educational practice through PBL.


Codebus Africa

CodeBus brought together African and Finnish innovators in tech and education to organise creative coding workshops for youth in ten African countries in February–May 2017.

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Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam

New Global

The six-year Tekes funded project integrates interdisciplinary research and new business development to co-create sustainable business solutions.

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Student project highlights

Photo: Aalto and AITM students during an evening session.


Sustainable community reconstruction after disaster (post 2015 earthquake).

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Haikara Health

Improving maternal healthcare and identifying the main issues healthcare personnel face in Kenya.

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Tanzania Meteorological Institution

Innovation mechanisms for enhancing uptake and utilization of climate information, in order to enhance climate resilience of agriculture.

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05 September 2022 |

Radically Creative Learning: PBL Shifts to On-Line Learning During the COVID pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to have a great impact on everyday life all over the world. Having affected all areas of life, from social contact to the job market, the pandemic has inevitably had an impact on education. In times of crisis, structures tend to become vulnerable, and ongoing activities can be threatened. Read more >

20 August 2020 | ,

Experiencing research through institutional dynamics in East Africa
Verneri Virsunen, a student from Aalto’s School of Business, embarked on his thesis journey last year. Despite not knowing how the work was going to turn out, or which form it would take, he was convinced of one thing; he wanted to draw attention to an often overlooked topic in his field: development cooperation dynamics Read more >
The Aalto team with post-its

09 June 2020 |

PBL as an approach to build trust and raise awareness in Bhutan
The Aalto team was formed by students Daniela Tapprest, Mona Fritz, Gaspard Del Marmol, Helmi Korhonen and Félicia Zhang, accompanied by SGT Coordinator Matleena Muhonen and the team’s mentor, WAT researcher Matias Heino. The JNEC team, on the other hand, was formed by Lobzang Chophel, Laxmi Sharma, Namgay Wangmo, Karma Choden and their mentor, lecturer Read more >

Riina Subra


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.

Avinash Dhital

Avinash Dhital

Project Specialist

Avinash Dhital is responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating the project activities (mainly PBL South Asia). He is a graduate in Sustainable Energy Engineering with keen interest and expertise in capacity building, climate entrepreneurship and sustainable development in emerging markets.


Roope Kiviranta


Roope Kiviranta is the designer of Aalto Global Impact. He has worked as a designer in various roles and projects related to Graphic Design, Branding and Marketing. He’s a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, and holds an MA from Aalto University.

Matleena Muhonen

Project / Communications Coordinator

Anna Björnberg-Michelsson

Project Manager

Anna is responsible for project management at AGI, with a strong focus on the quality assurance. She has vast experience from work with human rights, gender and development cooperation within both UN agencies and NGOs in South America, Asia and Africa. The last few years she has been training civilian and military professionals serving in UN Peacekeeping Missions in her areas of expertise.


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.

Other Partners
UniPID, the Finnish university network for international development, offers interesting online courses and a virtual studies programme that are available for all Aalto students.
Research and Innovation Projects
New Global

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

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.