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.


CEO Harri

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.

CEO Tuomas

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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Sales and Relationship Manager – joonas[at]

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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Study Abroad Advisor – anna[at]

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.

Networking & Marketing

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International Coordinator – lotta[at]

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, Thailand, and South Korea. All of our partner universities have been carefully selected and are counted among the best in their respective countries.