International Student Ambassadors

Let our International Student Ambassadors introduce you to Hanken and the student life.

Meet our student ambassadors and check out their Nordic Brilliance blog!

Jordan Lawrence, International Strategy and Suistainability

jordan.jpgWhen the opportunity to move to Helsinki came,  I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I’m from Detroit and was living in Madison at the time, so Finland sounded more like the setting of a novel than my next home. Yet, when I was looking for a sustainability-driven business degree, it turned out that there were few places better to go than Hanken.

Now I’m working on mymaster’s thesis as part of the International Strategy and Sustainability track and love Helsinki.

Through Hanken I’ve worked with leading professors and innovative researchers, with boutique consultancies and industry giants like IKEA and LEGO. My classes have taken me to Stockholm, Lugano, and San Francisco, including group projects with international teams and meetings with everyone from impact VCs to biodynamic wine evangelists. There are opportunities for nearly any mix of interests or passions here if you look for them.

Furthermore, your connections from Hanken help well beyond class. I was accepted into the ‘Hanken International Talent’ program, which helps pair international students with Helsinki companies, and was paired with Fazer. I am working and writing my thesis with Fazer Group as part of their Digital Transformation team. It’s exciting to be at such a traditionally Finnish company as an American, plus chocolate is a nice office perk. Then from a more entrepreneurial perspective, I’ve also been working with AaltoES as part of their Kiuas Incubator program with some Hanken classmates. If you’re still looking for more, the mix of speakers who come through Hanken and the city overall is fantastic, some of my favorites from the past year include a speech on leadership by a Miltton partner and a smart contract seminar at Microsoft Flux. I really wanted to see Obama at the Nordic Business forum, but tickets were a bit too pricy – luckily there is a livestream.

But all work and school can make you a bit dull. That’s why I’m also active with SHS and President of the Masters’ Committee. SHS provides a whole host of sporting events, coffee hours, parties, speakers, company visits, and a couch to crash on when it’s all a bit too much. And with MC, we’re there for master’s students needs specifically. I’m partial to grabbing coffee with KaffeKlubben when I need a perk me up and playing tennis with Hanken Tennis Club when I need to blow off some steam. Or, if that doesn’t do the trick, I can feel like the city is a million miles away while running in Central Park or by heading up to Nuuksio for the day.

Feel free to contact me at:


Anna Zhuravleva, Humanitarian Logistics

anna_edited.jpgMy student life in Finland has started in the beautiful city of Lahti, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, I am a Master’s degree student at Hanken. I am few steps away from the graduation and already writing my thesis.

Hanken is the only university in Finland which offers a study program in Humanitarian logistics. This program has introduced me to a world of humanitarian aid and disaster relief from the managerial perspective. In addition, Hanken opens wide opportunities for students who are willing to build their career in consulting. You will find several project courses where you work with real business clients and receive mentorship from top consulting agencies.

Recently, I have found a way how to combine my two interests – consulting and humanitarian aid. This year I am a president of the world’s largest student consulting association 180 Degrees Consulting, Helsinki branch. We organize events and run consulting projects to help NGOs to improve their services and scale their social impact.

Apart from that, you can meet me running on the forest path. Finnish nature fascinates me.

Feel free to contact me by email


Ana Shehaj, Economics

ana_shehajbla.jpgHi, my name is Ana. I come from Italy, but I was born in Albania. I am a second year Masters' Degree student here at Hanken, Major Economics.

I moved to Finland in 2016, after I finished my bachelor's in Business Administration. I decided Finland because wanted to discover the culture, language, nature and thus, see if it was the right country for me to continue my Master studies. During the year that I spent working here, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the country, learn the language, make friends and look for a suitable place for my studies. There were different reasons that brought me to decide Hanken, but the most important one, was the fact that it is in a sense a small university but at the same time really international. In this way I could feel at “home”, be part of a community and have the opportunity to study in an international recognized university. I finished my bachelors in a small university in Italy, which made me understand the values that you gain from a small university, that you might miss when being part of a large one.

What I like most about Hanken is networking, thanks to different events that the university organizes, the help you get for any doubts or problems you might have and the international cooperation it has.

After one year of studies, I would strongly recommend Hanken because it has allowed me to meet other ambitious students, extend my knowledge in Economics, get involved in different activities and feel at “home” since the first day of my studies.

Besides studying Economics, I like to spend my free time doing outdoor sports, cooking and meet new people.

Please feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have about the application process, Economics Program or student life here in Helsinki. 

Looking forward meeting you!


Marcel Vogt, Finance


Hey there! My name is Marcel and I am originally from Germany. I am currently pursuing the Master´s Programme in Finance in my first year at Hanken. I moved to Finland in August 2017, after I graduated as a Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and Finance, in Germany. I chose Hanken due to its good reputation and very good company contacts. Furthermore, Hanken prepares it´s students in an excellent manner for a career in the business world or for pursuing a PhD.

The atmosphere at Hanken is great! Due to Hankens´size the atmosphere is very welcoming, and you will feel comfortable very easily. Especially in the beginning of your studies you will meet many students from different countries and with different backgrounds. The events of the Master´s Committee are also always a good way to meet new and interesting people.
Most of the students at Hanken are very ambitious and hardworking, but still very friendly and open minded, this creates a very motivating environment. The classes are demanding but the professors are very approachable and always open to help you. Besides the studies at Hanken there are different interesting seminars, student organisations and other activities you can attend to.
The city of Helsinki offers also various activities for students and a great mix between beautiful landscapes and a metropolitan city.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions regarding the application process, studying at Hanken, Hanken´s Finance Programme or about the student life in Helsinki. I am looking forward to hear from you.


Jane Petrova, Intellectual Property Law


Hello and welcome aboard!

My name is Jane and I am a first year Master’s student in Intellectual Property Law.

In Moscow, I graduated from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy and throughout my career, I was responsible for coordinating trade finance projects and assisting companies in various international deals. I find inspiration in both people and documents and I believe that such a combination makes you a real expert in the field.

Despite interesting life and work in Russia, my irrepressible sense of adventure made me seek new paths and experiences.

Then I met Hanken. He is slightly older than I am but very wise and clever, with a brilliant reputation and sense of humor. His solid skills in many areas of business and law attract and inspire. He invites friends from businesses and top universities to tell you about their research interests and practical insights. He brings you to exciting events where you can meet fantastic people and network. He is sometimes critical and demanding, but with no doubt generous and friendly.

I know that I made the right choice and education at Hanken will open many doors for me all over the world.

If you want to know more about studies and life at Hanken or particularly about the Intellectual Property Law program, get in touch with me at


Liu Ye, Accounting

ye-liu-isa.pngHello! My name is Liu Ye and I am a Master’s degree student in International Accounting. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication in China, after which I came to Hanken to continue my studies. I firmly believe that Hanken offers good opportunities for their students’ futures and I learn a lot from great teachers and friends.

In my view, Hanken is a warm family for all international students. The student union and school staff are friendly and helpful. I am sure that you will fall in love with Hanken very easily! I really like the Master’s programme, the facilities, and student events offered by Hanken, and I believe that I made the right choice in coming here!

Apart from studies, I am interested in travelling and outdoor sports. I am very glad to be an International Student Ambassador, so please feel free to contact me at for any questions you may have. Hope to see you soon at Hanken!


Silas Mwangi, General Management

silas.jpgHello! My name is Silas Mwangi and I am originally from Kenya. Currently, I am a second year Master’s degree student in Hanken, Vaasa campus studying General management. Prior to hanken I got my bachelor’s degree from Novia UAS in Vaasa, Finland which was inEnvironmental engineering and renewable energy. I chose Hanken since I was passionate about renewable and environmental issues with a business perspective and Hanken is one of the top business university in the world.

Since I joined Hanken I have been having fun both at school and outside school. The teaching methods used enable us to learn about working in teams and the interactions lead to making new friends. Apart from school activities, the university offers many networking events and through this I managed to create a good network which helped me get a summer job from Wärtsilä.

Apart from studies and events my other hobbies include playing football and table tennis. And when I have time, I try different cooking recipes to see what I can substitute with since not all foods from my home country are available in Finland. I feel proud to be chosen as an international student Ambassador and look forward to help as much as I can. For any queries don’t hesitate to contact me at and hope I can be of service.