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Anna Valtonen

Professor in Strategic Design at Aalto University, Finland

Anna Valtonen is Professor in Strategic Design at Aalto University, Finland. She has worked as Vice President at Aalto University (Art & Creative Practices) from 2015 to 2020 and was the Dean of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture from 2014 to 2019. From 2009-to 2014 she was Professor and Rector of the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden. She has also worked as Post Doc and Visiting Professor at the Management Department of ESSEC Business School, France. 

Anna has an extensive background in industry; design, management, end-user understanding, strategy, and startups. From 1997 to 2009 she worked in various roles at Nokia, most recently as Head of Design Research & Foresight. She has been a board member of several companies, public organisations and universities. Her current board memberships are as Chair of the Board for the Design Museum in Finland, Chair of the board for Kalevala Jewellery, in Vitec Software Group AB, the Finnish Government’s Advisory Board for Creative Industries, and on several editorial boards for journals.