Aalto Executive Summit

Aalto Executive Summit is an annual highlight that offers participants a unique opportunity to study with highly renowned international guest speakers and faculty and around 150 executives and leaders from around the world.

During the Summit, you get to develop your understanding of compelling current topics related to leadership and strategy, to experience new state-of-the-art learning methods, and to network with an international group of participants. The networking is further supported by evening social events throughout the week.

The Summit location alternates between Helsinki and Singapore. It was last held in Singapore in August 2019 under the theme Politics of Business, and in Helsinki in 2018 with the theme Visionary Leadership in the Age of Digital.

The Aalto Executive Summit is open to current Aalto Executive MBA, Aalto MBA, Aalto-Esade MBA for Executives, and Global Leader program participants and alumni, as well as selected participants from our international partner universities.

Examples of Previous Summit Faculty and Speakers

Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean for Programs, and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. 

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. Professor Birkinshaw's main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as strategic agility, digital transformation, corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.

Rumman Chowdhury

Rumman Chowdhury is a Senior Principal at Accenture, and Global Lead for Responsible AI on the Applied Intelligence team.

Her passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She came to data science from a quantitative social science background. Dr. Chowdhury works with C-suite clients to develop AI solutions that reflect responsible corporate values, embrace an AI-based economy, and are in compliance with regulations. She also creates cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable, and transparent AI and explore solutions for the future of work.

Rumman holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a master's degree in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Martin Gargiulo

Martin Gargiulo is The Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources Management and Organisational Development at INSEAD.

Professor Gargiulo's teaching focuses on informal networks, leadership, influence without authority, and on the management of change in organisations. In executive education, he is particularly interested in the development of high-potential executives.

Martin Gargiulo studies the formation of social networks and their effects on performance in business organisations. His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. His most recent project focuses on the effects of networking strategies on the survival and success of freelance artists. He also designed a widely-used online assessment tool to measure the social capital of an executive’s informal network and is completing an online simulation game to teach influence and networking to business audiences.

Martin Gargiulo earned his PhD in Sociology at Columbia University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Uruguay's national university.

Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where he also served as the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004 to 2017.

Before that, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and twice as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He has had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC, and New York. He was Permanent Secretary at the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

Professor Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. Global recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs with his seven books, including “Can Asians Think?”, “Has the West Lost It?” and “The Great Convergence”, selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.

He was selected as one of Prospect magazine’s top 50 world thinkers in 2014 and as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In March 2009, he was listed by the Financial Times among the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism, and in 2011 was described by Foreign Policy as “the muse of the Asian century”.

Feedback from Our Participants

"New network, new friends, new knowledge. I will definitely participate next year in the Summit!"

"Great topic, teacher, and simulation. Great way to stimulate the team.“

"Excellent experience, both on a personal level and referring to the program of the Summit."

"Great balance of science, experience, exercises, and humor."  

"I really loved it! A great variety of topics discussed during the Summit. It was like a buffet – you could choose those topics which are the most interesting for you and deepen your knowledge in this field."

"World class speaker and very important themes – could have spent another day listening."

"Excellent topic [Politics of Business] for the Summit. An area that is not widely discussed during the regular program in Finland, so it made the trip worthwhile! The particular focus of Asian perspective was much appreciated and interesting! Great and enthusiastic speakers all around."

“Excellent content, magical presenter – almost meditative."

"The Summit all in all was super. A lovely atmosphere, unique information provided, really great."



For detailed information on the Aalto Executive Summit, please contact your local program team.