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

Degree from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Study abroad semesters in Athens, Greece and Shanghai, China.

Passionate entrepreneur in education since 2007.  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.

Outside of work cherishes the time with his family, lives to the fullest and often comes up with some great ideas also for his work. Feels as comfortable in a suit as in surf shorts.

“All the greatest experiences in my life are linked to Asia. That’s why I also encourage other people to grab onto their Life-Changing opportunities. Seek your passions, follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Be active and remember to enjoy the everyday things in life. Put in use what you learn and everything is possible!”

Tuomas Kauppinen

Director, Co-Founder

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business (University of Oulu, Finland). Study abroad semesters in Greensboro, USA and Shanghai, China.

A passionate study abroad specialist who has visited more than 200 campuses around the world. When not working, Tuomas is surfing, traveling and learning Mandarin Chinese. Based in Hong Kong. Previous work experience as a Corporate Finance Advisor at PwC.

“Study abroad semesters have enabled so many unbelievably things in my career and personal life. Everyone should study abroad at least once. The only thing that I regret is that I didn’t go on a study abroad semester for a third time. Asia is the number one destination of this century.”


Operations Manager

Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Studied abroad at University of Tartu, Estonia. Internships and voluntary work in Belgium and the Netherlands.


Business Development Manager

Master of International Relations and Affairs (University of Lapland, Finland).

Studied abroad in Beijing, China. Work experience from Spain and Iceland.


Engagement Specialist

Master of Arts in Russian Language and Translation (University of Eastern-Finland).

Studied abroad in Russia and Austria. Internship at the International office of Tver State University, Russia.


Engagement Specialist

Master of Social Sciences in International Relations (University of Tampere, Finland) and Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Polytechnic of Jyväskylä, Finland).

Studied abroad in Bangalore, India. Work experience from Laos and Nepal.


International Relations Specialist

Master of Arts in Multilingual Communication and Translation Studies (University of Tampere, Finland).

Studied abroad in Canada. Work experience from Switzerland, France and Sweden.


International Coordinator

Master of Arts in German Language and Culture (University of Tampere, Finland).

Studied abroad in Germany, Austria and Iceland. Internship in Ankara, Turkey.


International Relations Assistant

Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).
A former intern at Asia Exchange. Work experience from France.


IT Coordinator

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies in Communication and Administration (University of Vaasa, Finland).

Study abroad semesters in Regensburg, Germany and Guangzhou, China. Internship in Bern, Switzerland.


Planning Officer

Studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea.


International Coordinator

Master of Administrative Sciences in Intercultural Studies in Communication and Administration (University of Vaasa, Finland) and Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business (Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland).

Studied abroad in Australia. Work experience from Switzerland, Spain and Germany.


Peter Vesterbacka

Peter is best known for Angry Birds and the world’s leading startup and tech event Slush. His passion is to help Finnish entrepreneurs in the Education Sector to conquer the world.

Rengson Mualchontham

Director of International Business Program, Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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