Get to know the energetic team behind Asia Exchange! Besides the people below, we have many passionate interns, alumni and partners helping us to spread the word about the benefits of studying in Asia.


Harri Suominen

Managing Director, Co-Founder – harri[at]

Passionate entrepreneur in education since 2007, big ice hockey fan and inspirational speaker. Feels privileged to make his living with businesses that make a difference. Grateful for being able to help people find their goals and live their dreams.

Harri studied abroad in Athens, Greece and in Shanghai, China.

Tuomas Kauppinen

Director, Co-Founder

Sharp-minded study abroad specialist with ambitious goals. Refuses to give up and encourages everyone around him to reach excellent results. A great founder, father and friend based in Hong Kong. When not working, Tuomas is surfing, traveling and learning Mandarin Chinese.

Tuomas studied abroad in Greensboro, USA and in Shanghai, China.

Pekka Pernu

Business Development Manager – pekka[at]

Contact person for countries without a dedicated contact person

Easygoing team spirit booster with an eye for new business opportunities. Part of his job is making the team happy and he’s just the right person to do that – his approachability and good moods is contagious!

Pekka studied abroad in Beijing, China. He has also work experience from Spain and Iceland.

Anna-Mari Pietikäinen (on maternity leave)

Operations Manager 

Anna-Mari is a walking Asia Exchange and study abroad encyclopedia. And not only that. Thanks to her eye for talent, we have grown to be a team that we are today.

Anna-Mari studied abroad at University of Tartu, Estonia. She has also work experience from Belgium and the Netherlands.


Administration & Student Advising


International Relations Specialist – eini[at]

Eini is our East Asia guru and a cheerful member of our administrative team. On her free time, she is a wanna-be dog owner and constantly looking for uncommon home décor. Eini has definitely been bitten by the travel bug and has the most instagrammable travel photos.

Eini is a former intern at Asia Exchange. She has work experience from France.


International Coordinator – elsi[at]

Contact person for the United States, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Always professional and super efficient in the office. Elsi can be caught either dealing with a home university from the US, a student from Netherlands and a host university in Indonesia – all simultaneously. She’s a true international multitasker. If she feels relaxed and a bit wild, you might see her windmilling her ponytail!

Elsi studied abroad in Australia. She has also work experience from Switzerland, Spain and Germany.

IT Team


IT Coordinator – miika[at]

Wonderful colleague with can-do attitude. Always comes up with great ideas and has the energy to help other team members. Miika is a true karaoke star, fluent speaker of German and English and strongly experienced in CRM, SEO and website planning.

Miika studied abroad in Regensburg, Germany and in Guangzhou, China.

Networking & Marketing


Engagement Specialist – nina[at]

Contact person for France and French speaking Canada

Nina is an extremely kind and positive person with a lot of international experience. She is always ready to help and she works with her whole heart.

Nina studied abroad in Bangalore, India. She has also work experience from Laos and Nepal.


International Coordinator – miika.peitso[at]

Contact person for Austria and Germany

MiikaPMiika is a Germany and networking expert with a passionate can-do attitude. In his free time, he enjoys creating MS Paint art and watching movies so bad that they are actually pretty good. His secret skills include doing incredible and supernatural things under pressure just before deadlines. Miika has studied in Chemnitz, Germany and has working experience from Germany as well. He has also been backpacking and interrailing around Europe.


International Coordinator – hannes[at]

Contact person for Asian Countries

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High-spirited, open-minded and caring team player who focuses on creating dream teams. Part of his job is pursuing new markets and taking care of business relations, mainly inside Asia. His can-do attitude and flexibility are outstanding.

Hannes studied abroad in France, New Zealand and Indonesia. He also has work experience from Austria and Switzerland.

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