Aalto MBA and Executive DBA scholars

The support of the Saastamoinen Foundation plays a key role in Aalto MBA and Executive DBA scholarship programs, ensuring lifelong learning in leadership and strengthening internationalism.


Aalto MBA

The Aalto MBA program is a journey of transformation. It is a life changing program for experienced professionals and managers who want to reach their full potential and become business leaders with an innovative and sustainable mindset. Studying on the Aalto MBA program provides students with the insight and capacity necessary for the leadership and decision-making of the future. The Foundation supports MBA studies by issuing grants.

Find out more about the Aalto MBA program here.


Aalto Executive DBA scholarship

The Aalto Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a structured program in Business Administration for experienced individuals with considerable managerial experience who wish to contribute to the development of their professional competence and their key areas of interest.

Aalto Executive DBA graduates will develop doctoral-level in-depth knowledge of the latest theories and methodologies in business research and act as thought leaders for organisational change. The DBA research project – finalized in a publicly defended DBA thesis – typically has strong linkages to business and managerial practice. Saastamoinen Foundation supports one DBA student in their studies approximately every three years.

Find out more about the Aalto Executive DBA scholarship here.



Saastamoinen Foundation MBA scholars

Saastamoinen Foundation MBA Scholarship 2022, Natalia Vyslovska, Vaisala Oyj

Even though I clearly feel that my biggest contribution is yet to be done, I can already now apply received knowledge to my work: organizationally, in people relationship, strategic thinking and of course, sustainable approach in work. Previously, I’d be narrowly performing my daily tasks, now I’ve learned to widen and broaden my view to see the bigger picture, prepare to uncertainties and use them as opportunities. I’m genuinely interested in setting a sustainable way of thinking and through trust and cooperation, encourage my co-workers in other functions to do so, too. Also, I strongly believe that there’s plenty to improve in the ways of working and managing people to create a happier workplace. By focusing on everyone’s strengths, adopting a transparent working culture, being open to innovation and communicating clearly the vision, we can achieve substantial results in business, climate change mitigation, and improving the way our society is working.

Saastamoinen Foundation MBA scholarship 2018, Aku Wilenius, Caidio:

The MBA programs produce highly promising start-up businesses. For Aku Wilenius, the Aalto MBA paved the way to entrepreneurship. Developing a startup whilst undertaking MBA studies allows students the opportunity to put everything they are learning straight into practice. Wilenius’s company’s first pilot projects have since been launched in Finland and China.

Saastamoinen Foundation MBA scholarship 2017, Kevin Eboigbodin, Orion Diagnostica Oy

“Science is naturally the bedrock and foundation of creating any drug or diagnostic test. But at the end of the day, someone needs to buy your product. Marketing, finance, HR - all these are needed to achieve this end”, explains Kevin Eboigbodin. “Once you advance to a leadership position, it is important to step outside your comfort zone and broaden your perspective quite a lot.” Eboigbodin adds.

Photo: Kimmo Syväri, Aalto EE.