Contributors – Future of Work

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Course authors

Hertta Vuorenmaa is Research Director in the Future of work research project at Aalto University. Her current research focuses on the changing nature of work and changing people management, HRM in public and private organizations, digitalization, gender and qualitative research methods including ethnography. Hertta is an experienced researcher and trainer. She has been working as a researcher in several large Academy of Finland funded research projects focusing on for example well being at work, people management and its various roles and gender inequalities.

Kristiina Mäkelä is a Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business and the Provost of Aalto University. Her research focuses on people management issues in large, multinational organizations, including both the future of work – i.e. technology-driven changes in how people work – and human resource management. In her Provost role, she is also interested in leadership issues more generally, and the future of higher education.

Juha Äkräs is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hintsa Performance. Additionally, he works as Executive in Residence in Aalto University, School of Business, Department of Management. He is co-leading a research program called “The Exponential Work Project: Cascading Wellbeing Climate & Organizational Performance” – a joint research project by Aalto University, Hintsa Performance and Ilmarinen. Juha has worked as Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Nokia Oyj, member of Nokia Executive Board and Nokia Siemens Networks Board of Directors. Before these, he worked in multiple business manager roles, e.g. Senior Vice President of Core Networks, Nokia Networks. Moreover, he has had multiple positions of trust in business and non-profit organizations.

Responsible teacher

Laura Sivula is Head of Summer School and Program Director at Aalto University School of Business. Her current work focuses on future skills, life-wide learning and higher education development. Laura has worked with companies and partners with co-learning initiatives at Aalto University and witnessed the intertwining relationship of business and higher education.

Course assistant

Elina Sura is a Coordinator at Aalto University for the Future of Work project. She is a part of several projects at Aalto and is involved in all aspects of these projects, including marketing, data management and company relations.  


Johanna Fagerström is a Marketing Specialist at Aalto University. Her current work focuses on life-wide learning marketing and communications, and strengthening global partnerships. Johanna has a background in both the start-up world and higher education.


Amy Gelera is a Designer and Illustrator studying MA Visual Communications at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.


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