Bio

Ilkka Kurkela’s Biography

Mr. Ilkka Kurkela (M.A., eMBA) is a profound lover of life, learning, and leadership. Ilkka works as a Business Area Director in University of Helsinki HY+ providing customized educational solutions for individuals, companies and organisations in Finland and globally. Brief work history:

– Business Area Director in University of Helsinki HY+ (2017->)
– Senior Lecturer in Laurea University of Applied Sciences (2014-2016)
– Executive MBA Director in Management Institute of Finland MIF. (2012-2014)
– Digital Sales & Marketing Expert in JTO School of Management, Based in New York (2011-2012)
– Marketing Manager in Valmennustiimi Eximia Ltd. (2007-2011)
– Various different sales, marketing, educational and customer service jobs (2000-2007)

Ilkka is a professional digitalist and popular lecturer with real-life marketing & social media experience from New York, Manhattan. Ilkka has international experience from world’s best ranked business schools such as IMD (Switzerland), Berkeley (USA, California), Ashridge Business School (UK), Columbia University and New York University (USA).

Ilkka Kurkela has finished his professional teacher education as online education. He has international experience from world’s best ranked business schools such as IMD (Switzerland), Berkeley (USA, California), Ashridge Business School (UK), Columbia University and New York University (USA). He orchestrated the international MIF eMBA Creative Leadership –program as the program director in 2012-2014.

In March 2014 Ilkka Kurkela was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). RSA is a British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to today’s social challenges. The Society was founded in 1754. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx and Stephen Hawking are some of the notable past and present members. RSA characterises itself as “an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges”.

In his personal life Ilkka Kurkela is a husband and proud dad of a daughter and a profound lover of drum’n’bass music.

Please visit at Ilkka Kurkela’s LinkedIn-page for more information.

Guest blogs, articles and publifications:

Taking the Steps of Life – Always Move Forward (LinkedIn 2017)
Remember to Smile (HY+ vlog/blog 2017)
Myyntitarinoita: Miten opiskelijalle opetetaan myyntiä? (Vainu.io guest blog 2016)
Hiillos ratkaisee menestyksesi (Myynnin ja Markkinoinnin ammattilaiset MMA 2015)
Digitaalinen markkinointi on kunnioitusta (Myynnin ja Markkinoinnin ammattilaiset MMA 2015)
Digital Humanism Combines Rhetoric and Modern Marketing (Cross-Cultural Business Conference 2015, pp. 139-144, ISBN 978-3-8440-3646-6, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria 2015)
Haastattelussa eMBA-alumni Ari Pajunen (MIF blog 2014)
Brandname in Google Adwords (IAB Finland, A member of Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe 2014)
Enjoy your life – it is too precious to be wasted (Mineral.fi 2014)
Haastattelussa Pekka Walkama: Tietotyön johtaminen ja kehittäminen (Sininen Meteoriitti 2012)
Näin tavoitat asiakkaan verkossa 2012 (Kuljetus- ja logistiikkalehti 01/2012)
eCommerce and sales – case Urakone 2010 (Videoblog in co-operation with ZEF Solutions 2010)

 

ilkkakurkela-senior-lecturer

References / testimonials

“Paras valmentaja! tosi ammattitaitoinen ja innostava kouluttaja, avasi hankalan aiheen mielenkiintoisesti ja sai asian tuntumaan helpolta”

“Todella hyvä ja innostava tilaisuus”

“Loistava kouluttaja! Mukautui hyvin myös ryhmän tarpeisiin ja kysymyksiin/toiveisiin Aiheesta olisi varmaan voinut puhua kolmannenkin päivän, mutta hyvä näinkin 2 päivää :)”

Please find more at references.

Want to co-operate?

I am excited about meeting new people and learning new things daily. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, if you need a lecturer who will inspire you and your colleagues or if you want to discuss about the cooperation please send me email (ilkka.kurkela at helsinki.fi) or add me on Twitter (@ilkkakurkela) or LinkedIn and I will be happy to discuss more!

Ilkka Kurkela lecturing Digital Marketing at Laurea University of Applied Sciences