Board of Directors

Advanced Strategy Program for Executives and Board Professionals

Board of Directors is a high-level director and executive program with a truly global and strategic perspective for executives and non-executives.

The program will develop executives' and board members' abilities to evaluate a company's strategy in a constantly changing business environment. The focus is on strengthening the boards' capability to direct the company. Participation in the program requires a commitment to evolving as a team member in order to make personal board performance more effective.

The Board of Directors program provides you with a view of the global economy, current trends and their impact on organizations, and how strategies are built. Tools are provided for assessing an organization's strategy from a board and executive perspective, together with new insights on building a board with dynamics that will facilitate smart decision-making.

After the program, you have enhanced your ability to

  • contribute to the success of your organization as a board member,

  • assess the strategy of the organization,

  • understand and contribute to the dynamics of the board in a positive manner to make the best possible decisions as a board, and

  • support the CEO and the executive board.

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The program has received excellent customer feedback. The overall impression of the program is 5.2 / 6.0.

'The ability to act as a strategic board member' was rated the key competence developed during the program.

The 6-month online process after the deep dive module provides the participants long-term impact and support for strategy work. 

Webinar recording: Megatrends in Business and Work

In this webinar recording, Dr. Sami Itani, Professor of Practice at Aalto University School of Business, addresses the megatrends and current phenomena in business and work, and how they reflect management work in contemporary organizations.


The Board of Directors program offers ways for board professionals and top-level executives to develop a global mindset to sense and interpret transformation in the global economy. It strengthens your strategic view on how to capture competitive advantage and sustainable value in the constantly changing business environment and the ability to direct company strategy. The program supports company performance when developing more effective board dynamics and cultivating participant’s global and agile mindset.

Offers you new frameworks to develop a truly global mindset
Strengthens your strategic thinking in the global market place
Provides you with the tools to give high performance on the board you serve on or when working closely with the board


The Board of Directors program is designed for people with experience in, or aspirations towards, working on a board as well as for executives working closely with the board.

  • Board members in publicly held and privately owned companies seeking growth
  • Executives preparing to serve on a board
  • Executives working closely with boards

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Contents and Schedule

Program structure

3-day Module

Intensive face-to-face session with faculty, keynote speakers, and peers

Post-module Period 6 Months: Online Process for Deeper Impact

Online process for long-term impact and support to the strategy work

Program Closing

Online event with keynote and discussions. Sharing insights and take-aways from the program.

The program is designed to provide the participants with long-term impact and support for six months after the deep dive module. This online process will build on the frameworks provided during the contact days to deepen the learning experience's impact and support the participants' strategy work. Program closing event will summarize the process and look towards the future through an insightful Keynote session and discussions for shared learning. 



Pekka Mattila

Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business.

Dr. Pekka Mattila is a specialist in strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing. 

Dr. Mattila works frequently with European, Asian and North American as well as African executive audiences and is a much-requested speaker at corporate and other events around the world. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behavior, marketing, and sociology. 

In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies: e.g. media, construction technology, payments, lighting as well as food and beverage industries. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. From 2012 till 2014 he served as a board member at a leading Finnish bank. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board for the foundation operating the renowned Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society and the Chairman of the Board for Helsinki Advanced Interaction Studies Institute. 

He holds a D.Sc. in sociology from the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School.

Pedro Parada Balderrama

Pedro Parada is Professor and currently Chair of the Strategy and General Management Department at Esade Business School in Barcelona.

He is the Director of the Corporate Strategy for Board Members Executive Education program, and he served as Director and Professor of the Global Executive MBA offered jointly with Georgetown University for over a decade.

Dr. Parada has taught as Visiting Professor at HEC School of Management in Paris and SDA Bocconi in Milan for several years. In addition, he has coordinated and taught courses within the International Electives offered by Babson College. Dr. Parada has also taught for and collaborated with private companies in a wide variety of industries. He has written articles, case studies, and book chapters in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Chinese, and Portuguese.

Pedro Parada holds a Ph.D. in Management, a Master's in Public Policy and Management, and an undergraduate degree in Economics.

Matti Suominen

Matti Suominen is Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.

Suominen has previously worked as a consultant at the European Corporate Finance Practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a Chief Dealer in the Options and Futures Markets in Finland. From 1997 until 2006 he was in the full time faculty at INSEAD, working first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Finance. Although already also at the Aalto University, between 2006 and 2015 he has continued to work with INSEAD as an Adjunct Professor of Finance or as a Visiting Professor of Finance.  

Suominen is actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions and executive education. He has taught in the MBA, PhD and executive education programs. He has also taught in several company specific programs worldwide.  

Matti Suominen did his PhD in Financial Economics in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wharton.

Keynote Speakers

Dane Chamorro

Dane Chamorro is a Partner in Control Risks Asia Pacific business and has more than 25 years’ experience in the region. A former US diplomat, Mr. Chamorro, most recently was the Managing Partner for the Southeast Asia business. Previously Mr. Chamorro was the Director of Global Risk Analysis for the Asia Pacific region and Managing Director of the company’s North Asia business, encompassing Greater China, Korea, and Mongolia.

Specializing in business intelligence, Dane regularly advises strategic investors and private equity firms on political and partner risks, corporate governance, and high-profile business disputes. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a regular CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC broadcast, and print media commentator on China and Asian politics, governance, and investment.

Dane has a degree in international finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and completed graduate research on comparative Asian political-economy and security issues at the University of California. He is an honors graduate of the US Army Intelligence School, speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and licensed investigator in Singapore. Dane is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Nermin Hairedin

Nermin Hairedin is a digital, data, and marketing professional. She has an extensive background in digitalizing businesses for over 20 years. Hairedin is the co-owner and CEO of a customer-friendly IT and software development startup Frumatic Ltd. She also serves as a board executive in SOK (S Group), Örum Ltd, VR Group, and Delipap Ltd. In addition, she works as a strategy advisor, keynote speaker, and investor.


Hairedin has a proven track record of successful turnarounds and growing businesses exponentially, both greenfield and M&A. She has been part of founding Fonecta and worked as one of the pioneers in setting up data-driven businesses. She has held several global senior management positions at Nokia. Her last corporate position was as the Finnish CEO of marketing agency giant Dentsu before moving into board work and entrepreneurship.

Hairedin has practical knowledge of global markets. Her business experience covers services, telecom, media, retail, sales, data&analytics, and marketing. She has specialized in digital transformation, which is all about organizational culture, as well as driving marketing to be a strategic asset for growing company value.

Hairedin holds an M.Sc. degree from Aalto University (Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration) and has university studies also from France, Turkey, the USA, and Sweden.

Vesa Puttonen

Vesa Puttonen is a Finnish business economist and Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He is one of Finland's most well-known experts in investment and financial markets. He worked at the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Turku School of Economics, and the Academy of Finland. In addition, he was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, Stern Business School (USA). He specializes in strategic finance, risk management, portfolio management, sustainable investments and marketing financial services.

Also, he worked in corporate management positions such as Managing Director at Conventum Fund Management Ltd, and Senior Vice-President, Equity Products & Markets at the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors at VR Corporation and has acted as a member of the Board of Directors in various organizations and listed companies. Currently, he is a member of the investment committee of SITRA (The Finnish Innovation-Fund) and a member of the Board of NASDAQ Nordic Foundation. 
Professor Puttonen has published several books & articles on strategic finance, risk management & behavioral finance. His publications appear in the Financial Analysts Journal, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Management Science, Journal of Asset Management and Journal of Financial Services Marketing. He received his Doctorate at the University of Vaasa in 1993.

Antti-Jussi Tahvanainen

Dr. Antti-Jussi Tahvanainen is the Manager of Innovation Policy at Finnish Forest Industries Federations, VP Ecosystem Strategy at Corymbus Asset Management Ltd, and the founder of Oraklon.

Dr. Tahvanainen is an expert in assessing the competitiveness and investibility of emerging industries and analyzes the role of technology in economic renewal, and the capabilities of firms to capture value and determines the appropriate financial vehicles for their growth. He helps executives in generating co-creative foresight for their endeavors in user-driven innovation and business renewal.

At Stanford University, he has co-authored the Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation, a set of practical ideation tools inspired by DARPA.

Dr. Tahvanainen wields a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management with a focus on International Strategy as well as an M.Sc. in Technology Management from Aalto University.

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