Anna Valtonen

Vice President, Art and Creative Practices, Aalto University
Panel discussion: Why culture? How can art and creativity spur growth and innovation in Europe?

Anna Valtonen is Vice President at Aalto University in Finland (Art & Creative Practices). She was the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture between 2014 and 2019. Her Professorship is in Strategic Design. Between 2009 and 2014 she was Professor and Rector of the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden. She has also worked as Post Doc and Visiting Professor at the Management Department of ESSEC Business School, France.

Anna has an extensive background in industry; design, management, end-user understanding, strategy, and start-ups. Between 1997 and 2009 she worked in various roles in Nokia, most recently as Head of Design Research & Foresight. She has been a board member of several companies, public organisations and universities. Her current board memberships are in Vitec Software Group AB (publ), Kalevala Jewellery, and as Chair of the Board for the Designmuseum in Finland.