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 a 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 Hong Kong with ambitious goals. Refuses to give-up and encourage everyone to come back to excellent results while still cheering the spirit up. Midwifes are gossiping that the first word of 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

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

Pekka studied abroad in Beijing, China. He has also worked experience of 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 the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has also worked experience of 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 dog owner and constantly looking for a home decor. Eini is definitely one of the most instagrammable travel photos.

Eini is a intern 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 with a university student from the US, a student from Netherlands and a host university in Indonesia – all together. 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 worked experience from Switzerland, Spain and Germany.


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.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 and watching movies so much 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 worked 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 Study abroad in France, New Zealand and Indonesia. He also has experience from Austria and Switzerland.


Digital Marketing Coordinator – fabian [at]

Contact person for marketing related collaborations & content creation

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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 been working as a freelancer from all over the world.

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