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.



Administration & Student Advising


International Relations Specialist – eini[at]
Currently on maternity leave

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.


Study Abroad Specialist – 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.



Study Abroad Advisor – anna[at]

You need a stand-up comedian in every decent office and Anna is definitely ours! She is much more than merely good company, though, she also takes very good care of our students and large part of our partner universities in Asia.





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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