On the last Leadership for Change (LFC) Lecture of the academic year 2018–2019, we had the honor to host Timo Ritakallio as our guest. Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman at OP Financial Group, has been working in the banking industry for the last 20 years, and he is an expert of his field. The banking sphere is something that affects people’s everyday lives, which emphasizes its social relevance. The field has been facing changes in its operational environment, and thus it is important that the companies are agile and leaders keep learning actively. In this blog post, we have gathered some of the key takeaways of Mr. Ritakallio’s LFC Lecture.
The world is full of crises – caused by wars, hunger, water scarcity and poverty – and humans need leaders who can deal effectively in complex situations and who obtain the required leadership skills for resolving the issues. Peace operations are, however, always based on collectivism and not on the actions of a few individuals. Passion and care for fellow humans is necessary. Leadership in peace operations was discussed on Tuesday, March 12th when the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture ‘Leadership in International Peace Operations: Managing the Changes and Challenges’ by Kirsi Henriksson, Director of Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Finland.
Climate change, one of the largest environmental threats today, is among the issues that can’t be solved on a small scale. It needs to be combated collectively, which requires international negotiations and agreements. Climate change is not only a political, but also an economic agenda, and it is not solely owned by the politicians. How to reach a consensus with such a heterogeneous group of various actors? The Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture titled ‘After Paris – Communicating Climate Policy in the EU’ with Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the European Commission Spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy.
People are increasingly interested in sustainability and worried about the effects of climate change. Funding and investing in sustainable projects is one of the solutions on the road towards a more sustainable future. The role of finance in solving sustainability challenges was discussed by Eila Kreivi from the European Investment Bank at her LFC lecture at Tampere University.
Marina Danoyan, first-year student from the Politics track, told us about her interesting professional background and her experiences of returning back to studies after nearly a decade of working in conflict mediation. Studying in the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change, Marina feels that she learns something new every day. Meet LFC student Marina Danoyan!
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We had an interesting chat with Khalil Mozaffari, a first-year LFC student. Khalil studies in the track of Sustainable Business Management and he is also a student in the double-degree programme Cross-Border International Relations, which is offered by the Faculty of Management (University of Tampere) in cooperation with Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg State Universities in Russia. Besides discussing practical matters, Khalil encouraged to look deeper in ourselves when considering whether to apply to the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change: “This programme develops you and it makes you ask questions what kind of person you are and what kind of person you want to be, whether you are ready for the change. If the students are ready for the change in themselves, then the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change is the right choice for them”.
This November, we have been organizing workshops that prepare first-year LFC students to organize LFC Lectures in the spring semester. Saara Kontiainen, Communications Coordinator in the Faculty of Management, visited our final workshop and attended also the pre-Christmas party that was organized for all LFC students and staff. Saara wrote some observations from the class and took photos from there – and our party!
Food can unite and bring people together, and contribute to social change. LFC student Berfin Nur Osso tells about the new initiative Food for Good, and shares her experience starting a social enterprise in Tampere. Get inspired!
During her Bachelor’s studies, Yesselin did Erasmus exchange studies in Finland. That’s when she realized she wanted to continue to Master’s studies. “The title, Leadership for Change, caught my attention. I had never heard anything like that and I became very curious”, she says.