The Hanken Ambassadors
The Hanken Ambassadors are a group of alumni that function as the University's ambassadors. The Ambassadors are an important part of Hanken's marketing and image building. The Hanken Ambassadors are role models for the students. Their primary task is to motivate students during their studies and to inspire students to plan their career and future.
The Ambassadors can be met at the Career Evenings hosted by Hanken's Career Services. The Career Evenings provide a unique opportunity to meet and discuss a range of issues with some of Finland's top executives with a Hanken background. The Ambassadors also take part in the introduction day, graduations and the solemn conferment of degrees.
Chairman: Nella Ginman-Tjeder, Managing Director, Eira Hospital
Max Alfthan, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, KONE Corporation
Anna Cox, Director, Financial Services, Valuation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Anna Cox graduated from Hanken in 2001 with a Master of Science degree and a major in Finance. During her studies, Anna was involved in IHD, International Helsinki Days. Since her graduation, Anna has established an international career in finance and has worked in Germany and England. Prior to her current position as Director of Financial Services, Valuations at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, Anna worked at RWE Trading GmbH, Lehman Brothers and Bank of England with duties related to stock exchange and valuation, risk management and derivatives.
Margaretha Cronstedt, Head of Sales and Partner, JLT Risk Solutions AB
Malin Groop, Executive Director, Brand Development, Grow
Malin Groop graduated from Hanken in 1997 and has broad experience in brand development for many Nordic companies with a strong focus on international expansion. She has worked as a brand and communication strategist at leading agencies in Helsinki and Stockholm for more than ten years, and for four years as Global Marketing Director for Marimekko where she also was a board member. Today Malin works as Brand Development Director and General Manager at Grow.
Katarina Heikius, vd, Högskolestiftelsen i Österbotten
Niklas Karlström, CEO, Pico Brothers Ltd
Patrik Kvikant, Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson
Noora Lintukangas, CEO, Linnuntie
Daniel Pasternack, CEO, Elite Varainhoito Oyj
Daniel Pasternack graduated from Hanken in 1999 with a Master of Science degree and in 2002 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a major in Finance. Daniel has over over 15 years of leadership experience and is currently working as CEO for Elite Varainhoito Oy. Daniel co-founded Eufex Bank and has also researched and lectured at Hanken.
Rasmus Roiha, Managing Director, Ohjelmistoyrittäjät ry
Lisa Sounio-Ahtisaari, Branding, Sales & Product Development Executive
Dan-Ove Stenfors, Bank Manager, Aktia Plc
Mikael Still, Owner, VisionWorks Ab Oy
Mikael Still graduated from Hanken in 1985 with a M.Sc. (Econ.). He also has a degree in engineering (boat design) from the Southampton College of Technology (UK). Mikael is since 2012 owner of Transportation company VisionWorks. He has aslo been in charge of the financial department at Ahola Transport, Financial Advisory Services at KPMG and previous to that he worked as Investment Director at Oy Wedeco Management Ab, a capital investment company. Before that he worked as economic director and business area director at Oy Nautor Ab. These posts followed a period of about 10 years in economic administration at Wärtsilä. In 1976 he became world champion in ocean racing (¾ ton class).
Annika Sucksdorff, producer and co-owner, Helsinki-filmi
Annika Tidström, Research Doctor, University of Vaasa
Annika Tidström graduated from Hanken in 1999 with a M.Sc. (Econ.). She also holds an Ph.D. degree from Hanken in Vaasa in 2006. Tidström is also Docent at Åbo Akademi University, Department of International Marketing in 2011. She has previously worked as assistant at the Department of Management at Hanken in Vaasa and since August 2007, as a postdoctoral researcher at johtamisen yksikkö at Vaasa University. Annika is the program manager for the International Master's program in Strategic Management. To her areas of expertise include business networking, collaboration and competition between companies and conflicts between companies. She has published several scientific papers in many international journals. In 2011 she received the Finnish Economics Association award for best tutoring practices. Tidström has regularly, for over ten years, lectured on conflict management for companies and organizations.
Stefan Törnqvist, owner and CEO, Keep it Simple KIS AB
Stefan Törnqvist graduated from Hanken in 1989, with a major in Finance. He also has an M.Sc in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology. Stefan has 25 years of experience from the finance industry, of which 17 years derive from Asset Management. He has previously been founding partner, CEO and member of the board of Ålandsbanken Asset Management (2000-2013), partner and head of investments at Gyllenberg Asset Management (1995-2000), CEO at Erik Selin Fond Ab, and placement specialist at Industrialiseringsfonden Ab. Stefan has also been on several boards. Since 2013, Stefan is CEO and owner of Keep it Simple KIS Ltd.
Annika Vainio, Development and Purchasing Director, Snellman Group
Ann Wahlroos-Jaakkola, CEO, Picnic Yhtiöt Oy
Eva Wathén, Director CSR & Brand, Koskisen Oy
Eva Wathén received a Hanken MBA-degree, specialised in Finance, in 2010. She also holds a MSc in Tourism Marketing from the University of Surrey. Since 2014, Wathén is the director of CSR and Brand at Koskisen Oy. Her career at Koskisen started directly after her time of studies, within the area of sales. Thereafter Wathén has advanced to sales manager and marketing development manager, as well as to several board member positions in the company. She is also a member of several other boards. Since 2012, Eva Wathén is also working as an entrepreneur within coaching and mentoring to other private entrepreneurs and key persons in family businesses.