Asia Exchange welcomes Joonas Salo as new Managing Director  

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Curiosity, compassion, ambition – and Sisu. These are the described driving forces of Asia Exchange’s new Managing director.

Since Asia Exchange establishment in 2007, we have been dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for students around the world. Our founders Tuomas and Harri, alongside our extraordinary team, embarked on a journey to shape Asia Exchange into the remarkable institution it is today. And today, we are at a historic turning point as the baton of leadership passes on.

We are excited to announce the appointment of Joonas Salo as Asia Exchange’s new Managing Director. This decision marks a significant leadership transition in our organization, which has become one of the biggest names in international education. 

Joonas Salo (left) and Harri Suominen (right) giving thumbs up for the next chapter of Asia Exchange under Joonas's management.
Joonas Salo (left) and Harri Suominen (right) giving thumbs up for the next chapter of Asia Exchange under Joonas’s direction.

Passion for impactful study abroad

With a broad international background, Joonas has a deep passion for the industry. His journey with Asia Exchange began in December 2019. He soon distinguished himself through his passion for international education and commitment to our mission. “I came into the organization not knowing much about the industry. Having experienced international settings abroad and in Finland all throughout my life, I realized this would be the most meaningful work in my career” Joonas comments.  

Our co-founder Harri expresses confidence in Joonas’s ability to lead Asia Exchange forward. “Joonas’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Asia Exchange,” says Harri. Joonas’s addition symbolizes not just a new era of leadership but the embodiment of the qualities we hold in the highest regard. “His curiosity, compassion, and ambition align perfectly with our core values. His approach to leadership—listening actively, leading by example, and his relentless perseverance, encapsulated by the Finnish concept of ‘Sisu’, will undoubtedly play a key role in shaping the future direction.” Harri will continue in his role as President, and working closely with all our colleagues.

Driving growth and development

In his new position, Joonas will lead Asia Exchange into an exciting new chapter, focusing on expanding our global presence and enhancing our offerings to students. ”Our model of providing accessible study abroad in the industry is truly unique. The fact that we are regarded by many as experts on mobility to Asia is an advantage. I believe there are still more students we could reach and inspire to go abroad by growing our global destination and program portfolio. We are also capable of developing our services and growing our presence in new and existing countries,” Joonas says. Under his guidance, Asia Exchange aims to strengthen our position as a leader in the study abroad industry. “I look forward to working closely with the team to further our mission of empowering students through impactful study abroad experiences.” 

We are inspired to embarking on this new journey with Joonas’s leadership. Together we remain committed to providing students with life-changing study abroad experiences!

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