Our group is united by a deep motivation to work towards a more sustainable world. The team includes researchers and practitioners, together creating a pool of expertise that covers engineering, business and design. Many are what we began to call “hybrid people”, i.e. persons with interdisciplinary backgrounds or persons that take on multiple roles such as researcher, entrepreneur and activist.



Mika Turpeinen Energy systems consultant

Paula Linna Researcher, Aalto University

Tytti Nahi Researcher, Aalto University

Aurelie Toivonen Social innovations and entrepreneurship

Ashish Ranjan Research assistant, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Ankur Sarin Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Tim Ndezi Director, Centre for Community Initiatives, Tanzania

Steering Group

Minna Halme Aalto University

Peter Lund Aalto University

Olli Varis Aalto University

Turkka Keinonen Aalto University

Teija Lehtonen Aalto Global Impact

Polsa Pia Hanken School of Economics

Markku Lämsä TEKES

Tuomo Suortti TEKES

Siv Ahlberg Finnpartnership

Birgit Nevala Finnpartnership

Jusa Susia Finpro

Heli Antila Fortum

Pekka Puustinen Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Antila Sinikka Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Jaani Heinonen Ministry of Employment and Economy

Mari Hakkarainen Ministry of Employment and Economy

Leena Pentikäinen Ministry of Employment and Economy

Helena Sundström FCG

Timo Rosenlöf NAPS Solar Group

Seppo Laukkanen Knowledge Networks Organization

Jussi Impiö Fuzu

Tiina Saukko Funzilife Oy, Torniconsulting Oy

Sanna Eskelinen Nokia / Microsoft

Mikko Koria Loughborough University London / Aalto University

Advisory Board

Prabhu Kandachar Delft University of Technology

Aape Pohjavirta Funzi, Slush & Startup Sauna

David Romeo Tecnológico de Monterrey

Margareta Norell Bergendahl KTH Royal Institute of Technology





Mexico + Chile

Finland + The Nordics

Networks + Peer Learning