Asia Exchange Team

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.

Management

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Harri Suominen

Managing Director, Co-Founder – harri[at]asiaexchange.org

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.

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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.

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JOONAS SALO

Sales and Relationship Manager – joonas[at]asiaexchange.org

Joonas can be described as the pitbull of the Tampere team. He has a burning desire to make things happen and will never give up – for him, every problem is an opportunity. A true problem solver who always keeps going even when others are ready to give in. As a manager, he always takes care of his team and his constant enthusiasm is genuinely infectious. In his free time, you can find Joonas brewing some craft beer, travelling the world or dragging his wife to a heavy metal concert.

Administration & Student Advising

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Kristian

Study Abroad Advisor – kristian[at]asiaexchange.org

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.

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Anna

Study Abroad Advisor – anna[at]asiaexchange.org

You need a stand-up comedian in every decent office and Anna is definitely ours! After spending an hour with Anna, you will feel as though you have been friends for years. She is much more than merely good company, though, she also takes very good care of our students and a large part of our partner universities in Asia. Anna achieved her Master’s degree in Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, having completed exchange studies in Ireland and Canada as well.

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Eini

Senior International Relations Specialist – eini[at]asiaexchange.org 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.

Networking & Marketing

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Miika

International Coordinator – miika[at]asiaexchange.org

Contact person for Austria and Germany. 

Miika 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.

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Tiphaine

International Coordinator – Tiphaine[at]asiaexchange.org

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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FABIAN

Digital Marketing Coordinator – fabian[at]asiaexchange.org

Contact person for marketing related collaborations & content creation

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.

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LOTTA

International Coordinator – lotta[at]asiaexchange.org

Working in networking, administration and customer service, Lotta is the quintessential Finn of the Tampere office. Modest, honest and direct; yet chatty, hospitable and friendly when you get talking to her. Her background as a classroom teacher, as well as her cheerful attitude, makes her the perfect person to guide and advise our students. Lotta enjoys spending her summers at her family strawberry farm, and her winters knitting by the fireplace with a cup of her favourite tea.

 
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our story

Creating Life-Changing Experiences for Students All Over the World

Today, Asia Exchange offers the chance to study abroad in TaiwanChina, Indonesia, Malaysia, ThailandSouth Korea and lately also New Zealand. All of our partner universities have been carefully selected and are counted among the best in their respective countries.