Anna-Kaisa Ikonen: “Cities need to change themselves, and they need to lead the change”

How do complex challenges appear from the perspective of city leadership? This was the topic of the LFC Lecture by Dr. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Professor of Practice in the UTA Faculty of Management and former Mayor of the City of Tampere. Dr. Ikonen shared the insider’s point of view with the audience presenting her ideas on leadership in the public sector and the role of the mayor in city leadership. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Markku Sotarauta, Professor in the Faculty of Management, commented on Dr. Ikonen’s lecture from the perspective of current academic research.

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Meet LFC Student Gabriel Esber Elias: “We need to find new ways to live. We need to think in different terms, not just economics and politics”

On his insightful trip from Canada to Brazil, with no plane tickets involved, Gabriel Esber Elias realized he wanted to continue with his studies.

Having got Bachelor’s degree in Business and several years of work experience, Gabriel felt he wanted to do something new that could make an impact. He thus decided to head to Finland to learn more about questions related to social justice and welfare, which is when he found out about the track Governance for Sustainable Change in the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change. Now Gabriel’s goals are to learn as much as he can, both from theory and interaction with people, and apply the acquired knowledge in his home country Brazil. “Stop thinking and apply!”, Gabriel encourages all potential LFC students. Meet LFC Student Gabriel Esber Elias!


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