Vote for the Alumni of the Year 2023

The Haaga-Helia Alumni of the Year voting is now open! Alumni of the Year has been selected at Haaga-Helia since 2012.

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In the spring, we asked for nominations for the Alumni of the Year 2023 and three finalists have been selected for a public vote. Voting is open to all Haaga-Helia students and alumni as well as current and retired staff members until 31 August.

Introducing finalists for the Alumni of the Year

Bambi Dang

CEO and co-founder, Finest Future

Studies: Hospitality, Tourism and Experience Management (2017), International Business (2018)

Reasons for nomination: "Bambi is an excellent example for Haagahelians. She has an aspiration for strong leadership. She desires to make a difference in this world and bring equality to all. Check her speech at Talk to Talk 2020 (Youtube)."

Noora Fagerström

Entrepreneur, angel investor, Member of the Finnish Parliament

Studies: Business administration (2010)

Reasons for nomination: "A member of the Parliament, a distinguished entrepreneur and angel investor, and a TV star who gave an alumni speech at our graduation, she wants to be involved with Haaga-Helia and encourage our graduates. Noora influences our society as a Member of Parliament and locally in the Espoo City Council - and of course as a public figure. Noora has the opportunity to be an opinion leader, to change society by her own example and actions. Whether it's social influence in politics or promoting entrepreneurship."

Tommi Niemelä

Head Coach, Lahden Pelicans

Studies: Sports and Leisure Management (2011), Coaching (2016)

Reasons for nomination: "Tommi Niemelä has given a face to modern hockey management that focuses on meeting the individual and good interaction. Tommi Niemelä has also shown a great example of how to put the athlete-centered coaching philosophy into practice and, at the same time, achieve results in a demanding league. Tommi has been able to create a positive and caring atmosphere in the Pelicans team where every team member feels important. The coaching culture created by "Hölö" gives the player responsibility and in turn, requires the player to take responsibility for himself and his teammates. Hölö's example has a big positive impact on the Finnish coaching culture and its development."

The Alumni of the Year will be awarded at the Alumni Gala in October.

El Amrani
asiantuntija, alumnisuhteet
Specialist, Alumni Relations
+358 294471077