Welcome to Sustainability Master Class!

This year we have started a new collaboration between University of Helsinki and Outotec in form of Sustainability Master Class. We received some 50 really outstanding applications for the program and the group of participants that will take part in it is an interesting mix of young experts with very different backgrounds: everything from corporate environmental management and world politics to mechanical engineering and hydrobiology.

We look forward meeting you all at the Meet & Greet on Monday Dec 12! All the participants can be found from the list below. Don’t forget to check out the mentors too!


This year’s participants are:

  • MSc (Recycling Technology) Annukka Aaltonen, Senior Process Metallurgist, Outotec
  • MSc (Mechanical Engineering) Kalle Aerikkala, Senior Manager, Outotec
  • BSc (International Business) Nabin Aryal, University of Jyväskylä
  • PhD (Biotechnology/Biochemistry) Jane Etegeneng Besong epse Ndika, University of Helsinki
  • BBA (Corporate Environmental Management) Nghiem Dac Vinh Bui
  • MA(hons) (International Relations), M.Sc. (Media and Communications) Ville Ding, University of Helsinki
  • MSc (Corporate Environmental Management and Environmental Impact Assessment) Diki Dukpa, Consultant, Watrec Oy
  • BSc (Metallurgical Engineer) German Fernandez, Process Specialist, Outotec
  • LLM Pirke Fustinoni, Senior Legal Counsel, Outotec
  • BSocSc (Political History) Anna Haakana, University of Helsinki
  • BSocSc (World Politics) Viivi Haimi, Evaluation & Monitoring Volunteer, Green Living Movement Zambia
  • MSc (Environmental Economics) Kirsi Hakalahti, Project Manager, Eaton Power Quality
  • BSc (Geography) Anu Häkkinen, University of Helsinki
  • MSocSc (Development Studies) Anna Ikonen, Assistant/Operator, Opset
  • BSc (International Business) Shariful Islam, University of Jyväskylä
  • MSocSc (Contemporary History) Jaakko Joki, Regional Manager, Economic Information Office TAT
  • MScTech (Water management and Sustainable Global Technologies) Emmi Karjalainen, Environmental Engineer, Skanska
  • MScTech (Applied Mathematics) Tommi Kauppinen, Doctoral Student, Aalto University
  • BSc (Environmental Business) Jenni Kemppainen, University of Jyväskylä
  • BA (English Language) Christopher Knight, Translator, Bank of Finland
  • BSc (Metal Materials) Milla Korhonen, Master’s Thesis Worker, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK
  • LLM (Corporate Governance) Sanchi Maheshwari, Coordinator, Hanken School of Economics
  • MScTech (Environmental Technology) Kaisa Manninen, Doctoral Student, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • BSc (Environmental Economics) Panu Maula, Communications Manager, Startup Catapult
  • MSc (Economic Geology) Otso Mäkimattila, Geologist, Finnish Consulting Group
  • BSc (Biological and Environmental Sciences) Pekka Mäkinen, Research Assistant, Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
  • MSc (Chemical Engineering) Minna Nevalainen, Doctoral Student, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • BSc (Corporate Environmental Management) Lotta Nieminen, University of Jyväskylä
  • BSc (Environmental Engineering) Noora Oikarinen, Master’s Thesis Worker, Neste
  • MSocSc (International Relations) Taru Pakkanen, Planning Assistant, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL
  • MBA (Business Administration) Mikko Pietilä, CFO, Parkkisähkö Oy
  • BBA (Corporate Environmental Management) Jenni Poutanen, Supply Chain Process Specialist, Neste
  • AA (Liberal Arts and Sciences) Jack Räisänen, Novia University of Applied Sciences
  • BSc (Supply Chain Management) Tuomas Sainio, Spare Parts Specialist, Outotec
  • MSc (Hydrobiology) Elina Salo, Environmental Inspector, Municipality of Kirkkonummi
  • BBA (Human Resources and Management) Emmi Sarttila, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
  • BSc (Geology) Juha Sihto, Cabin Steward, Tallink Silja
  • BE (Supply Chain Management) Francesca Skolc, University of Jyväskylä
  • MScTech (Energy and Biorefining Technology) Suvi Suojanen, Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Student (Environmental Economics) Kenneth Söderling, University of Helsinki
  • BBA, BSc (Business/Managerial Economics) Zoltan Toth, IT System Manager, Fortum
  • BSc (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) Tekin Uyan, Aalto University
  • MSc (Green Chemical Technology) Paula Vehmaanperä, Doctoral Student, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • MSc (Innovation Management) Kirsikka Vänttinen, Consultant Trainee, Miltton
  • MSc (Inorganic Chemistry) Junhua Xu, PhD Student, University of Helsinki

Applying for Sustainability Master Class is Open

The University of Helsinki and Outotec will launch in December 2016 a challenge-based Sustainability Master Class program for students, young researchers and professionals who are interested in new approaches to innovation as well as learning by doing and co-creation as tools for building a vision and concrete solutions for a sustainable future.

In the coming decades, increasing urbanization and the growth of the middle-class will put a strain on natural resources and environment. There will be a growing demand for metals and minerals, and this makes it crucial to optimize resource usage and build a circular economy as well as decouple wealth and ecological footprint. The achieve this, collaboration between different stakeholders is essential.


The multidisciplinary Sustainability Master Class will discuss and tackle issues such as social impacts and social license to operate in the mining industry, the integration of sustainability into business decisions, disruptive business models as well as technology transfer and leapfrogging. During the four month long program multidisciplinary teams will explore, analyze and challenge the topics and create new solutions to specific problems (re)defined as part of the process. The University’s entrepreneurial community Helsinki Think Company and Demos Helsinki will take part in facilitating the process, and a group of mentors and hand-picked experts will support the teams in their work from start to finish.

40 participants will be chosen for the program through open call. The participants get to know the subject with the help of experts and build new procedures in the field of sustainability. The program contains joint meetings, workshops, science camp and 2-day bootcamp. The program is challenge based and solutions are built upon co-creation and experimentations. Master Class is held in English and it is worth three ECTS credits.

Search for participants is open now, and it closes on Friday, the 4th of December. I have attached a PDF document, where you can find the official call for applications and more information about the program. More information about the program can be found from our website.

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