the Finland team




Dr. Sc. Kirsi Lainema is a specialist in the fields of managerial interaction, leadership, and strategic management. Kirsi holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in economics and business administration from Turku School of Economics (TSE) with an emphasis on organization and management, and international business. She has been a lecturer in Turku School of Economics and various executive education programs since 2006. Based on her expertise, Kirsi consults and helps managerial teams to reach their best potential by coaching them towards more fruitful and productive interaction and communication.

Previously, Kirsi has worked in the executive education of TSE as Director, and prior to her academic career she worked in managerial positions in various businesses including food stuffs industry, mobile telematics, advertising and business consulting.  Kirsi has participated in various research projects funded by the Finnish Technology Foundation (Tekes) and Academy of Finland related e.g. to collaboration in networked businesses and professional communities in multinational corporations. 


Susan Stehlik

Susan Stehlik is an Associate Professor of Management Communication at NYU Stern, where she also serves on the University Faculty Senate and the Provost's Committee on academic priorities.  She has a consulting practice that has brought her from East Africa to Singapore and Tokyo on missions developing strategic answers to questions of business, leadership and trust building.  She has worked in the private and public sectors, including ABC Televsion, SAC Capital, Vanguard Investments, Comedy Central, UNDP and the University of Dar es Salaam, to name a few. She has appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper show conducting a case analysis on gender issues and has delivered presentations to members of the Japan Society, Mckinsey Global Business Institute and IBM. 

Prior to her academic work Prof. Stehlik spent 21 years on senior management teams at Bank of Boston and Nippon Credit Bank where she also served as corporate ethics officer.  

Her current focus is on promoting more international cooperation and collaboration within the academic and business communities.



John Sexton was named New York University's President in 2001, and served from 2002 until January 1, 2016. He is a renowned educational and legal pioneer. In the decade after he became President, Sexton doubled both NYU's endowment and its financial aid budget, transforming the school from a regional institution to a research university with an international reputation. President Emeritus Sexton is defined by his philosophical approach and global vision to higher education. 

Prior to being President of NYU, Sexton was a theologian-turned-lawyer, and served as the Dean of New York University's Law School. 


Markku Wilenius is currently a Professor of Futures Studies at the Turku School of Economics. His interests lie in understanding the challenges and possibilities of the long-term future and bringing this foresight to the strategic thinking of society and companies. During his career he has served in surplus amount of major companies and high-level governmental bodies to bring new insight to their future activities.

Prior to Turku, Markku served as Senior Adviser at Allianz SE and Director of Finland Futures Research Center. He actively pursues the fostering and systematization of strategic thinking inside organizations.


Aline Wolff teaches and consults on communication and innovative thinking for business in the US, Europe and Asia.  At Stern, she is known for developing and delivering courses in communication and design thinking  for both the academic and executive programs. She is also a visiting fellow at Singapore Management University, where she delivers programs through the Wee Kim Wee Centre for Creativity.

Prior to Stern, she worked at Goldman Sachs and Citibank in Marketing and Communication.

Beyond Wall Street and the classroom, Prof. Wolff is also a plein aire painter, using her own experience to explore innovative thinking in non-verbal contexts.

Ulla Hakala

Adjunct Professor Ulla Hakala (D.Sc.) is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Turku School of Economics. Her research interests lie in branding and marketing communications. Lately she has conducted research on place branding, country image, brand equity and TOMA, brand heritage and cultural heritage, and cultural differences in brand perceptions. She has published articles in Journal of Product and Brand Management, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Marketing Intelligence & Planning, as well as in the 2010 series of Place Branding Yearbook.

She is a co-editor of ‘Names in the Economy – Cultural prospects’, as well ‘Harnessing place branding through cultural entrepreneurship’. In 2015, she chaired the 10th Global Brand Conference (Academy of Marketing’s SIG) at her university. 


Eileen Gilmartin

Eileen Gilmartin is a communications coach, marketing strategist, public relations consultant and adjunct Professor at Stern within the Management Communication program.  She has extensive experience developing communications campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and has secured USAID grants focused on management training programs and privatization efforts in former communist countries and southeastern Europe (Ukraine and Macedonia). She has also worked with international business and education leaders in developing economic and environmental initiatives in a variety of countries including Cuba, Turkey and Greece.

Prior to Stern, Eileen was Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Media and Communication Arts at the City College of New York. She was also Associate Dean of Adjunct Faculty at the Culinary Institute of America, the country's premier private culinary college.

David Lavallee

Dr. David Lavallee served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for the State University of New York, a system of 64 campuses and nearly 500,000 students, the largest in the USA.   He also served as Provost at SUNY New Paltz and at the City College of New York.  He now conducts leadership training for new presidents, provosts, administrative staff and department chairs and is developing science and mathematics courses for the state-wide master teacher initiative.

His early career cites appointment as a Fulbright fellow in Paris and Turkey; research in bio-inorganic chemistry yielding 60 peer-reviewed articles, two books and two patents producing grants of more than US$5 million. 

He has been an invited speaker at more than 125 universities and symposia, and 11 different countries, both about his research and his expertise in curriculum development, student abroad and dual-diploma programs.



Jeffrey Younger

Jeffrey Younger is an Associate Professor in the Management Communication program at Stern, and also teaches in the Media and Management program.  He has extensive experience the field of entertainment, media and corporate communications and has developed workplace education courses for corporate clients such as American Express, Morgan Stanley, the NYC Transit Authority and the Department of Education, to name a few.

Prof. Younger initiated the collaboration with Turku School of Economics more than 5 years ago by collaborating on VIBu, a virtual business simulation.  Since its initial run, in collaboration with Turku and Johannes Kempler, he has successfully introduced the program to universities thorughout the globe as well as executive management programs here in the USA.


Markus Granlund is a Professor of Management Accounting and the Dean of Turku School of Economics. Markus’ research interests cover a wide range of technical and behavioral issues in management control and information systems. He has published widely in respected scientific journals and also serves such journals in many editorial roles. Besides research and teaching, Markus has also been involved with a number of development projects concerning accounting and information systems in major companies and public sector organizations in Finland and abroad.

Besides research and teaching, Markus has also been involved with a number of development projects concerning accounting and information systems in major companies and public sector organizations in Finland and abroad.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

8:00 - 17:00

OP Financial Group, Gebhardinaukio 1, Helsinki




8:00 – 9:00  Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15    Opening and welcome, Rector Kalervo Väänänen, University of Turku, Dean Markus Granlund, TSE
9:15 – 10:40   Keynote speeches by the leading specialists in TSE and NYU/NYU Stern, including

  • John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University, visionary for the global university, founder of Foundation to Educate Youth
  • Professor Markku Wilenius, Futurist, TSE
  • Dr. Ulla Hakala, country image, cultural capital and nation branding, TSE

10:40            Coffee break
11:00            Professor Aline Wolff, design thinking for business, generating breakthrough ideas, NYU Stern
11:25          Showcases on selected innovations and solutions at TSE and NYU

  • Choose Your Future
  • VIBu-network – virtual learning in international business with TSE and NYU Stern
  • Start-ups at Boost Turku Entrepreneurship Society

12:10           Introduction to brainstorming in teams
12:30           Lunch
13:30           Brainstorming in workshops
15:30           Open forum for reporting ideas and recommendations
16:30           Closing addresses
17:00           Cocktails


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