51 Notable alumni of
Aalto University

Aalto University is 873rd in the world, 303rd in Europe, and 3rd in Finland by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 51 notable alumni from Aalto University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Renny Harlin

    Renny Harlin
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1978-1981
    Occupations
    film producermanufacturerfilm directorcamera operator
    Biography

    Renny Harlin is a Finnish film director, producer, and screenwriter who has made his career in Hollywood and China. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Deep Blue Sea.

  2. Jorma Ollila

    Jorma Ollila
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    businesspersonmerchantentrepreneurbusiness executiveeconomist
    Biography

    Jorma Jaakko Ollila is a Finnish businessman who was chairman of Royal Dutch Shell from 1 June 2006 to May 2015, and at Nokia Corporation chairman from 1999 to 2012 and CEO from 1992 to 2006. He has been a director of Otava Books and Magazines Group Ltd. since 1996 and UPM-Kymmene since 1997, and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, a New York-based boutique investment bank founded by Joseph R. Perella and Peter Weinberg in 2006.

  3. Dome Karukoski

    Dome Karukoski
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 2005
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm actorfilm director
    Biography

    Thomas "Dome" Karukoski is a Finnish film director. He is considered to be one of Finland's most successful film directors, having won over 30 festival awards and having directed six feature films that became blockbusters in his home country and also received international recognition.

  4. Mauri Kunnas

    Mauri Kunnas
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    children's writerillustratorgraphic designerwritercartoonist
    Biography

    Mauri Tapio Kunnas is a Finnish cartoonist and children's author.

  5. Risto Siilasmaa

    Risto Siilasmaa
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    venture capitalistentrepreneur
    Biography

    Risto Kalevi Siilasmaa is a Finnish businessperson and the chairman, founder and former CEO of F-Secure Corporation (formerly Data Fellows), an anti-virus and computer security software company based in Helsinki, Finland. He is also the biggest shareholder of F-Secure, owning around 40% of the company. He was chairman of Nokia from 2012 to 2020.

  6. Timo Sarpaneva

    Timo Sarpaneva
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1926-2006 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    sculptordesigner
    Biography

    Timo Tapani Sarpaneva was an influential Finnish designer, sculptor, and educator best known in the art world for innovative work in glass, which often merged attributes of display art objects with utilitarian designations. While glass remained his most commonly addressed medium, he worked with metal, wood, textiles, and porcelain (china). Sarpaneva has entered homes around the world through his industrial design of upscale, artistically conceived items, including cast-iron cookware and porcelain dinnerware. His work was among the key components that helped to launch Finland's reputation as a trailblazer of design.

  7. Linda Liukas

    Linda Liukas
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 2009
    Occupations
    teacherchildren's writerorator
    Biography

    Linda Liukas is a Finnish children's book author, illustrator and an instructor for beginner programmers. In 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform's most highly funded children's book.

  8. Esa Saarinen

    Esa Saarinen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    philosopherpolitician
    Biography

    Esa Jouni Olavi Saarinen is a Finnish philosopher who was a professor of applied philosophy at Aalto University and co-director of the Systems Intelligence Research Group. until his retirement in 2021.

  9. Maija Isola

    Maija Isola
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1927-2001 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    designerpaintertextile designertextile artistfashion designer
    Biography

    Maija Sofia Isola was a Finnish designer of printed textiles, creating over 500 patterns including Unikko ("Poppy"). Her bold colourful designs made the home furnishings and fashion company Marimekko famous in the 1960s. She also had a career as a visual artist.

  10. Kaj Franck

    Kaj Franck
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1911-1989 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    university teachertextile artistdesignervisual artist
    Biography

    Kaj Gabriel Franck was one of the leading figures of Finnish design and an influential figure in design and applied arts between 1940 and 1980.

  11. Klaus Härö

    Klaus Härö
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    film director
    Biography

    Klaus Härö is a Finnish film director. In 2004, he won Finland's State Prize for Art.

  12. Oiva Toikka

    Oiva Toikka
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1931-2019 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    designerceramicistglassblower
    Biography

    Oiva Kalervo Toikka was a Finnish glass designer, best known for his designs for Iittala.

  13. Pertti Salolainen

    Pertti Salolainen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1969
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomatjournalist
    Biography

    Pertti Edvard Salolainen CBE is a Finnish politician. He has served as MP from the National Coalition Party (1970–1996, 2007–2019) and party chairman (1991–1994) and Minister (1987–1995).

  14. Teuvo Kohonen

    Teuvo Kohonen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1934-2021 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    engineercomputer scientistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Teuvo Kalevi Kohonen was a prominent Finnish academic (Dr. Eng.) and researcher. He was professor emeritus of the Academy of Finland.

  15. Sirpa Pietikäinen

    Sirpa Pietikäinen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Finland. She is a member of the National Coalition Party, part of the European People's Party.

  16. Markku Pölönen

    Markku Pölönen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1979-1982
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm director
    Biography

    Markku Tapani Pölönen is a Finnish film director, screenwriter, editor and owner of film production company Suomen Filmiteollisuus. Pölönen's best known work is the 2004 film Dog Nail Clipper — directed and written by Pölönen — which was honoured with five awards at the 2005 Jussi Awards (Finland's premier film awards) including Best Direction and Best Script and which film critic Jay Weissberg from Variety called Pölönen's "most mature work to date". Pölönen has been awarded numerous additional Jussi awards, including best picture and best screenplay for Onnen Maa (1994); best picture and best director for Kivenpyörittäjän kylä (1995); and best picture, best director, and best screenplay for A Summer by the River (1999), plus many more Jussi awards for actors in Pölönen's films. Pölönen has further been nominated for at least two other Jussis that he did not win.

  17. Lauri Törhönen

    Lauri Törhönen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1976
    Occupations
    television directorfilm directorwriterpolitician
    Biography

    Lauri Törhönen is a Finnish film director. He has directed 13 feature films including Tropic of Ice. He worked in Warren Beatty's Reds as the second assistant director: Finland (as Lauri Torhonen) and in Gorky Park by Michael Apted also as the second assistant director: Finland (as Lauri Torhonen).

  18. Matti Alahuhta

    Matti Alahuhta
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    managerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Matti Juhani Alahuhta was the President & CEO of KONE Corporation (2005–2014). Earlier he worked 26 years at Nokia Corporation and was Member of Nokia's Executive Board from 1993 to 2004. He is Chairman of the Board of DevCo Partners Oy. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of Kone Corporation (2003-) and AB Volvo (2014-).

  19. Ilmari Tapiovaara

    Ilmari Tapiovaara
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1914-1999 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    designerartist
    Biography

    Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara was a Finnish designer noted for his furnishings and textiles.

  20. Satu Hassi

    Satu Hassi
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    writeruniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Satu Maijastiina Hassi is a Finnish politician, and former Member of the European Parliament for the Green League. She served as the Minister of Environment and Development Co-Operation in Paavo Lipponen's second cabinet between 15 April 1999 and 31 May 2002. In accordance with her party's position on the issue, she quit the cabinet in protest of the government's decision to build a fifth nuclear power plant in Finland. Hassi served as the leader of her party between 1999 and 2001. She was a member of the national parliament from 1991 to 2004; she left the parliament when she was elected to the European Parliament as the sole Finnish Green representative in the 2004 election.

  21. Mārtiņš Staķis

    Mārtiņš Staķis
    Born in
    Latvia Flag Latvia
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Mārtiņš Staķis is a Latvian politician and businessman, currently serving as Mayor of Riga since 2020. He served as a deputy of the 13th Saeima, the Latvian parliament, until he resigned on 5 June 2020. On 29 August 2020, Staķis was elected to the Riga City Council, and on 2 October, elected Mayor of Riga.

  22. Heidi Blomstedt

    Heidi Blomstedt
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1911-1982 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    designerceramicist
    Biography

    Heidi Kristina Blomstedt was a Finnish designer.

  23. Elina Valtonen

    Elina Valtonen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 2005
    Occupations
    bankerpolitician
    Biography

    Elina Maria Valtonen is a Finnish politician. A member of the National Coalition Party, she has represented the constituency of Uusimaa in the Parliament of Finland since July 2014 till 2021. In the municipal election 2021, she changed for the constituency of Helsinki and collected the second highest number of votes and was elected a member of the City Council of Helsinki.

  24. Jussi Pajunen

    Jussi Pajunen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politiciancivil servant
    Biography

    Jussi Ilmari Pajunen is a Finnish politician of the National Coalition Party and former city manager of Helsinki.

  25. Lenita Toivakka

    Lenita Toivakka
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lenita Anneli Toivakka is a Finnish politician and a member of National Coalition Party.

  26. Emma Terho

    Emma Terho
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    ice hockey player
    Biography

    Emma Kristiina Terho née Laaksonen is a Finnish retired ice hockey defenseman and the current Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission. She is the general manager of Kiekko-Espoo in the Naisten Liiga. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano she became the youngest Winter Olympian to medal for Finland at the age of 16 years 54 days.

  27. Piia-Noora Kauppi

    Piia-Noora Kauppi
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politicianjurist
    Biography

    Piia-Noora Kauppi is the managing director of the (2008) and a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) of the European People's Party (1999-2008).

  28. Eero Nelimarkka

    Eero Nelimarkka
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1891-1977 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Eero Aleksander Nelimarkka was a Finnish painter. He is best known for depicting the flat landscapes of Ostrobothnia known as lakeus but he also produced portraits of notable Finns and family members.

  29. Rut Bryk

    Rut Bryk
    Born in
    Sweden Flag Sweden
    Years
    1916-1999 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    textile artistdesignerceramicist
    Biography

    Linnea Rut Bryk was a Finnish ceramist. She is considered a key reformer of modern Finnish ceramic art.

  30. Birger Kaipiainen

    Birger Kaipiainen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1915-1988 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    designerceramicist
    Biography

    Birger Johannes Kaipiainen was a Finnish ceramist and designer. He is one of the most successful and well-known ceramic artists in Finland.

  31. Ulla Procopé

    Ulla Procopé
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1921-1968 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    designerceramicist
    Biography

    Ulrika Eleonora Matilda Procopé-Nyman (1921–1968) was a Finnish designer of ceramics. Procopé was one of the most noted Finnish ceramic designers of the Golden Age of Finnish Design. Her work has been produced by the Arabia company in Finland.

  32. Sari Multala

    Sari Multala
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 2005
    Occupations
    politiciansailor
    Biography

    Sari Multala is a Finnish Olympic sailor, politician and a member of Parliament of Finland.

  33. Helena Tynell

    Helena Tynell
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1918-2016 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    designer
    Biography

    Hellin Helena Tynell was a notable Finnish glass designer who has been described as a pioneer of Finnish glass art.

  34. Ismo Sajakorpi

    Ismo Sajakorpi
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1965-1969
    Occupations
    entertainerplaywrighttheatrical directortelevision directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Ismo Sajakorpi is a Finnish television writer, screen writer and television director.

  35. Pia Kauma

    Pia Kauma
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Pia Liisa Kauma is a Finnish politician who serves as a Member of the Finnish parliament and as a member of the City Council of Espoo, representing the National Coalition Party. Kauma is also a member of the Finnish delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the organization.

  36. Taneli Tikka

    Taneli Tikka
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    businesspersonblogger
    Biography

    Taneli Tikka is a Finnish serial entrepreneur and IT influencer.

  37. Jalmari Ruokokoski

    Jalmari Ruokokoski
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1886-1936 (aged 50)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Joel Jalmari Ruokokoski, known as Jali was a Finnish Expressionist painter. Although most of his works were landscapes and still-lifes, he is probably best known for a series of portraits (including numerous self-portraits) painted mostly during the 1910s. Although Ruokokoski never officially joined the November Group, (Marraskuun ryhmä), he participated in the galleries set up by the group.

  38. Lisa Johansson-Pape

    Lisa Johansson-Pape
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1907-1989 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    designer
    Biography

    Carin Lisa Johansson-Pape née Johansson was a Finnish designer, best known for her work in lighting. She was the most significant Finnish lighting designer in the second half of the 1900s. Her priorities were first about the functions then the design.

  39. Åke Hellman

    Åke Hellman
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1915-2017 (aged 102)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1934-1938
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Åke Fredrik Hellman was a Swedish-speaking Finnish still life and portrait artist and art professor. He worked as art teacher at the University of Helsinki. In 1963, he received the order of the Lion of Finland.

  40. Ukri Merikanto

    Ukri Merikanto
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1950-2010 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    teachervisual artistsculptor
    Biography

    Ukri Uolevi Merikanto was a Finnish sculptor.

  41. Michael Schilkin

    Michael Schilkin
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1900-1962 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    designersculptorvisual artistceramicist
    Biography

    Michael Schilkin was a Russian-born ceramist who is best known for having worked in the art department of Arabia.

  42. Wilhelm Wahlforss

    Wilhelm Wahlforss
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1891-1969 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    engineerentrepreneur
    Biography

    Emil Wilhelm Wahlforss was a Finnish engineer, industrialist and vuorineuvos.

  43. Dora Jung

    Dora Jung
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1906-1980 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    textile artistdesigner
    Biography

    Dora Elisabet Jung was textile artist, craftswoman, and industrial designer from Finland. Her career lasted five decades. She designed products and works of art made out of linen which can be found in homes, churches, and public buildings. She was known for her expertise in designing woven damask fabrics with abstract motifs.

  44. Kaj Arnö

    Kaj Arnö
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    businesspersonwriterprogrammer
    Biography

    Kaj Sigurd Ademar Arnö is the current CEO of the MariaDB Foundation, and former VP of the MySQL Community at MySQL AB, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation. He joined MySQL AB as VP of Training in May 2001 and subsequently served in roles as VP Consulting, VP Services, VP Engineering and VP Community Relations till February 2008, when Sun bought MySQL AB. He served as VP of the MySQL Community in the Database Group at Sun Microsystems until June 2010, when the German subsidiary of Sun was integrated into Oracle. In October 2010, he announced his retirement from Oracle. He later became EVP Products at SkySQL, a company that sold support and consultancy for MySQL and MariaDB, and which later became MariaDB Corporation.

  45. Kirsti Ilvessalo

    Kirsti Ilvessalo
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1920-2019 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    textile artistdesigner
    Biography

    Kirsti Ilvessalo was a Finnish textile artist, best known for her ryijy. She received awards at the Triennale di Milano (1951, 1954, 1960), and the Order of the Lion of Finland (1979).

  46. Kari Huhtamo

    Kari Huhtamo
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Enrolled in Aalto University
    Studied in 1961-1963
    Occupations
    sculptorvisual artist
    Biography

    Kari Huhtamo is a Finnish sculptor. He was born in Rovaniemi, Finland. He studied at the School of Industrial Art and the School of the Finnish Art Academy 1961–1964 and has lived and worked in Helsinki since 1961.

  47. Ulla Puolanne

    Ulla Puolanne
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1931-2015 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ulla Kaija Puolanne was a Finnish politician who served as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1987 to 1991. Born in Lahti, she graduated from the Helsinki School of Economics in 1954 and afterwards worked in finance in an engineering office. Puolanne first got involved in politics in 1969 when she was elected to Lahti City Council. Six years later she was elected to the Parliament of Finland in the 1975 elections as a member of the National Coalition Party. She served as a member of Parliament until 1991, and was primarily part of the Banking and Finance Committees.

  48. Henry Ericsson

    Henry Ericsson
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1898-1933 (aged 35)
    Occupations
    painterdesignergraphic artist
    Biography

    Carl August Henry Ericsson, born 6 February 1898 in St. Michel, Finland, died 16 October 1933 in Borgå, was a Finnish graphic artist and decorative painter.

  49. Jaakko Honko

    Jaakko Honko
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1922-2006 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    economistprofessor
    Biography

    Jaakko Honko was a Finnish business economist, Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics, and its rector for many years.

  50. Raija Jokinen

    Raija Jokinen
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    visual artist
    Biography

    Raija Jokinen is a Finnish visual artist and textile designer. Jokinen lives and works in Helsinki and Sipoo.

  51. Bertel Bertel-Nordström

    Bertel Bertel-Nordström
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    Years
    1884-1967 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Engelbert Bertel-Nordström was a Swedish painter. His work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics.