Get to know the energetic team behind Asia Exchange! Altogether, we are a multinational team of around 20 people with vast experience and skills in international relations, international networking, sales, marketing, content creation, administration and customer service. 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 and big-brained Finnish Hongkongian with ambitious goals. Refuses to give-up and encourages everyone around him to reach to excellent results while still cheering the spirit up. Midwifes are gossiping that the first word from his mouth was entrepreneurship, the second perseverance and the third optimization.

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

Pekka Pernu

Business Development Manager – pekka[at]

Contact person for Spanish-speaking countries and countries without a direct 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

Operations Manager – anna-mari[at]

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.

Currently on maternity leave


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.


Study Abroad Advisor – kristian[at]

Kristian working hard

Kristian is our jack of all trades, doing a little bit of everything at the office. Need to know about SEO? He’s your guy. Administrative problems? Ask Kristian. Do you need that cabinet taken apart and put back together in another place? Kristian’s the man for the job! Always optimistic and innovative, he finds new solutions and the silver lining in any situation, no matter how grim, a skill honed through many years of supporting Arsenal.



IT Team


Planning Officer – risto[at]

Risto is the office IT-person who will often save the day when the other mortal beings of the office are struggling with their electronic devices. He is kind, helpful and definitely very funny (or at least he thinks so). He can often be found at the office coffee machine grabbing a refill or waist-deep in electronic application forms. His extreme efficiency keeps the website alive and the office lights on. Risto studied abroad in Taiwan and continues to educate himself at Tampere University.


Networking & Marketing


International Coordinator – miika[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.


Digital Marketing Coordinator – fabian[at]

Contact person for marketing related collaborations & content creation

Young man with a moustache and dark collared shirt

Charismatic, creative and energetic marketing genius who focuses on inbound marketing. Part of his job is establishing marketing collaborations, with students and businesses from all around the globe. With his artistic vision he can capture the beauty he sees for others to enjoy.

Fabian studied abroad in Indonesia and has work experience as a freelancer from all over the world.


International Coordinator – Tiphaine[at]

Contact person for France


Tiphaine is predominantly responsible for our French markets and French customers. This is because she has a strong understanding of French culture, speaks fantastic French and well… She is French. Tiphaine is often the first at the office and always greets everyone with a smile in the morning. And she really does need to turn up early in order to have enough time for her several pastimes in the evening: volleyball, yoga, gym, studying at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, watching movies, reading books and obviously she will never miss a football game if France is playing!


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