Commercial Director Jouni Ahonen leads Commercial Services in Haaga-Helia. The unit co-ordinates domestic and international business, career and recruiting services and services to alumni. The unit is also responsible for Haaga-Helia’s partnerships and answers eMBA-training programme. As a deputy president, Jouni Ahonen works as president's substitute.
Ahonen was earlier the director of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Education unit in the Haaga campus for 13 years. Since the summer 2014 he has worked as project leader in the project “EduExport”. The objective of the project is to strengthen the operational preconditions of the education export in the Finnish UAS so that they are able to operate on the genuinely international education market. The project also aims to strengthen Haaga-Helia’s growth as an internationally operating UAS according to the Haaga-Helia’s strategy.
Jouni Ahonen took the restonomi degree in Haaga Institute in 1986. He has performed MSc in Tourism Marketing in the University of Surrey and the vocational teacher education in Helsinki Business Polytechnic of the vocational teacher. In 2012 - 2013 he completed the sports marketing studies arranged in the cooperation Jyväskylä University and Haaga-Helia.
Earlier Jouni Ahonen has work as a Director, as a Manager of the Degree Programme and also as a teacher in Haaga Institute UAS. He has a more than ten years experience of the board working in the UAS. Within the hotel and catering industry he has worked in the managerial positions and management tasks and as an entrepreneur in Frutti di Mare-restaurants. At present he is a member the board of Best Western Hotel Haaga, in the board of the Southern Finland’s Tourism entrepreneurs and restaurant entrepreneurs registered association. He is also a member of the Finnish National Board of Education’s education commission of the tourism services and catering services. Ahonen serves as the treasurer of the EuroCHRIE organisation internationally.