Travis Bradford A former private equity and hedge fund executive founded the Prometheus Institute in 2003 to address the need for reliable data, analysis and information in the renewable energy industry. He believes the lack of information limits the adoption of cleanteach, a challenge that can be addressed by “bringing the business language to the push for sustainable technology.” He says that arming companies with clear information that outlines the immediate economic benefits of sustainable solutions can accelerate the take-up of sustainable technologies.
Metropolitan Ambrosius is the Bishop of the Diocese of Helsinki of the Finnish Orthodox Church. He has a deep interest in the business world. For 19 years, Metropolitan Ambrosius was a member of the board of Tulikivi Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of heat-retaining fireplaces. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau. He is also one of the contributors to Aalto EE’s new book on the sins of leadership.
William Wolfram founded his first company at the age of 13. He is now 20 and heads DealDash, a fast-growing e-commerce company. DealDash auction site encourages bidders to interact and compete against each other to buy products at a fair price. If a bidder fails to win a product, he can buy it at a fair price and his bids will be refunded. Between 2010 and 2011, the turnover of the company grew by over 300% to 6.2 million euros. Wired magazine has featured DealDash as one of the leading European startups.
Lars G. Nordstöm is Chairman of the Board of the power company Vattenfall and Board Member of the shipping company Viking Line and the financial group Nordea Bank, among other positions he holds. He retired as President and Group CEO of the postal company Posten Norden (now PostNord) in 2011.
Anne-Liisa Palmu is the former Head of Legal Affairs at Nokia Mobile Phones. She spent 17 years at Nokia and witnessed the rapid growth years as part of Nokia’s top management. Today, she is an entrepreneur, author and lecturer.
Megawaty Khie spent nearly two decades supporting the growth of enterprise, SMB and consumer segments in the IT and telecommunications industries. She then turned her management expertise and passion for technology to the renewable energy sector and now runs her own business in a field she feels has enormous potential for growth, for connecting people, furthering development and improving quality of life. Her motto is “With passion, You Can Change the World.”
Jarkko Konttinen is a Vice President at Finnair Plc. He has been responsible for Finnair’s marketing in Asia for the past 10 years. Jarkko completed an Executive MBA at HSE Executive Education (now Aalto EE), studying in both Helsinki and Singapore in 2006.
Sajid Niazi is a Senior Software Architect at Tieto, an entrepreneur and a student in the Aalto Part-time MBA Program. He has developed an iPhone application called Dream Talk Recorder, which has been downloaded by over 300,000 users worldwide.
Mika Okkola is a Director, Developer and Platform Evangelist at Microsoft Finland. He has a special interest in organizational development and digital working environments. Prior to moving to Microsoft he held several executive positions, most recently at Quartal, Defcom, and WM‐data.
Before you send a manager abroad, there are a few things you ought to consider. Expatriated managers are often required to solve problems for which they have no empirical background. Decision making in a foreign country is trickier than it may seem.