“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”


Albert Einstein


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Personal Details

Sari Savolainen
The Finnish honorary title of talousneuvos
PhD, Dr. (BA & Econ)
+358 400 997250




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I am a development-oriented expert in leadership, education and the way people think. My expertise is based on hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles, as well as work in education and research at professional and academic levels.

I have led the development of educational institutions and various companies, planned and prepared operational processes and administrated the planning and execution of different projects. In addition, I have very strong expertise in economic processes, and as a chief financial officer I have led a client company network of 400 people and worked as the operative leader in companies, organizations and associations.

I know the field of education and its challenges very well, and I have experience from various educational institutions in Finland, Switzerland, Ireland and Italy. As a development director, I have specialized in leading change in particular, and I have also written my doctoral thesis on it and studied it in postdoctoral research projects.

My areas of expertise include human resource management and related business development, organizational changes and organizational development, as well as cognitive psychology, the way humans think, decision-making and the legal, financial and psychological dimensions of ownership.

As a person, I am hard-working, goal-oriented and solution-oriented. In my work, I consider reliability, self-direction and taking initiative important. As a leader I am first and foremost a leader of people, and I want to focus especially on good and encouraging leadership. As an expert, I combine strong practical knowledge and academic expertise. I am pleasant, open, social and always ready to develop myself as a person and as a professional.


University Education:
Doctor of Philosophy: Cognitive Sciece, University of Jyväskylä 2015
Doctor of Business Administration and Economics, University of Jyväskylä 2014
Master of Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, University of Jyväskylä 2011
Erasmus exchange: Università della Svizzera Italiana 9/2010 – 5/2011
Bachelor of Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, University of Jyväskylä 2010

Other Education:
Professional Teacher Qualification, Jyväskylä Univesity of Applied Sciences 2016
Life coach education with hypnosis methods 2008
Jyväskylä Vocational Business School 1987

Work Experience

07/2013 – Prosesse Oy Ltd, Chief Executive Officer
02/2016 – Postdoc researcher, University of Jyväskylä,
Faculty of Information Technology
12/2019 – Lecturer of Finance, Savonia University of Applied Sciences
01/2019 – 06/2019 Principal Lecturer, South Easter Finland
University of Applied Sciences
12/2016 – 09/2018 Chief Development Officer, Brande Oy
08/2016 – 11/2016 Head of Business Studies,
Member of Board and Executive Group, Päivölä Institute
08/2015 –12/2015 Senior Lecturer, Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences
10/2014 – 06/2015 Post.doc. scholarship scholar, University of Jyväskylä
04/2014 – 09/2014 Visiting scholar, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Sveitsi
09/2013 – 03/2014 Visiting scholar, University College Cork, Irlanti
04/2011 – 06/2013 Doctoral student and scholarship scholar, University of Jyväskylä
12/1990 – 07/2010 Chief Executive Officer, Yritystalous Savolainen Ky & Cedro Oy Ltd
08/1989 – 10/1990 Supervisor trainee, Osk. Keskimaa

Honours and Awards:
The Finnish honorary title of Talousneuvos 2019
Federation of Finnish Enterprises: bronze cross of entrepreneur 2000
Federation of Finnish Enterprises: silver medal of association 1995