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[Organized by Aalto EE] FREE – Leader’s Insight – Vietnam 2017 | 18/07/2017


Latest insights on different topics relevant to modern business will be shared by local and international leaders. An opportunity for participants to discuss related concerns.

The Special Skills Needed for Leading through Change

Our world is changing at a faster pace than ever before. Companies which can transform and adapt to this fast-changing world will not only survive but also thrive in the competitive market. Leading your company and your people through changes requires special skill sets.

Are you, your management teams and your company prepared and ready for change? Join our event to gain insights from Vietnamese and international leaders on leading through change!

Limited seats available. Register for the event by July 17, 2017. Register here »

Leaders’ Insight – Vietnam 2017 Quick Facts

Date:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Place: Conference Hall, Hotel Continental Saigon, 132 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fee:   The event is free of charge.
We will send an invitation letter confirming your registration via email.
The official language of the event is English. Interpretation from English to Vietnamese will be provided.


  • C-level executives
  • Directors, senior managers, top managers, heads of department
  • HR directors and managers, especially in training and development departments

Personal Benefits

  • Latest information and experience sharing from Vietnamese and international experts
  • On-site consultation and discussion on applying the knowledge to your company
  • Networking with other leaders and managers
  • Collaboration opportunities in training and development (both personal and corporate)

Contents, Schedule and Speakers

8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast, networking and registration
8:50 – 9:00 Welcome address
Ambassador Ilkka-Pekka Similä, Finnish Embassy in Vietnam
9:00 – 9:30 Growing as a Leader Amidst Change
Dr. Pekka Mattila, Professor of Practice, Group Managing Director at Aalto EEAre you a detached manager, busy manager, procrastinator or purposeful manager? In this presentation, Dr. Mattila will share some insights about the challenges that most leaders have to face in their managerial careers, especially in the continuously changing world. Both personal and organizational changes will be addressed in the discussion and advice.
9:30 – 9:50 Coffee break and networking
9:50 – 10:20 A journey of building a sustainable corporate culture and community
Case: My Lan Group
Dr. Nguyen Thanh My, Vietnamese-Canadian Scientist, Entrepreneur and PhilanthropistIn 2004, Tra Vinh was one of the top three poorest towns in Vietnam lacking in infrastructure, transportation, high-quality workforce and support from the local government. Many people said that Dr. Nguyen was crazy when he came back from Canada to his hometown to start Mylan Group. In this session, Dr. Nguyen will share his successful journey in overcoming challenges and building a sustainable corporate culture and community in Vietnam.
10:20 – 10:50 Leading Mindfully
Dr. Riina Viitala, Executive Director at Aalto EE Asia-PacificWith the speed of distractions and the volatility of our business environments today, our attention and resilience is under constant pressure. Strong and clear focus as well as the ability to re-charge is becoming one of the most valuable resources for today’s business leaders. Driving for results in this whirlwind of changes makes it more important than ever for leaders to be self-aware and emotionally and socially intelligent. For most of us, this requires learning and adaptation that leads to personal renewal.
10:50 – 11:20 Panel Discussion with Audiences
Moderator: Dr. Riina Viitala
Panel members: Dr. Pekka Mattila, Dr. Nguyen Thanh MyThis session is a chance for everyone to discuss a few practical questions of concern to company leaders. The panel members will share their thoughts, insights and experience with the aim of helping participants and their organizations.
11:20 – 12:30 Networking lunch
12:30 – 15:00 Individual meetings between Aalto EE and companies (advance reservation)

This session consists of 30-minute meetings for companies that wish to discuss privately with Aalto EE on topics such as partnership, training solutions, service inquiries, business collaboration opportunities and similar.


Ambassador Ilkka-Pekka Similiä
Ambassador Ilkka-Pekka Similiä
Finnish Embassy in Vietnam

Ilkka-Pekka Similä is Ambassador of Finland to Vietnam since 2015. He has also served as an Ambassador in Abu Dhabi and held various positions in the Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva and the Embassies in Cairo and Vienna.

He will start as Director General of the Department for External Economic Relations in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1 September 2017. In the Ministry, he has worked as Director in the Department for External Economic Relations and held position in the Political Department and the Department for International Development Cooperation. Similä joined the Foreign Ministry in 1989.

Dr. Pekka Mattila
Dr. Pekka Mattila

Professor of Practice, Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto EE

Dr. Pekka Mattila is a specialist in strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing. He works frequently with both European and Asian executive audiences, and is a much-requested speaker at corporate and other events around the world.

He holds a D.Sc in sociology from the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA from the London Business School. He also serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh My
Dr. Nguyen Thanh My

Vietnamese-Canadian Scientist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Dr. Nguyen is the named inventor and co-inventor of over 60 patents in the US, Canada, EU, and other countries. He has also authored and co-authored over 55 publications in various peer reviewed scientific journals. He was the recipient of the NSERC (Canada) and FCAR (Quebec) scholarships. Among the awards presented to Dr. Nguyen Thanh My are the Influential Business Person of the Year from the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet and VCCI, the Technological Advancement Silver Award from Dainippon Ink & Chemicals Inc. (Japan), the Invention Achievement Award from Sun Chemicals (USA), and several Certificates of Merit from Vietnam’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr. Nguyen received his Ph.D. in Energy and Materials from L’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, and his Master of Science in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry from Concordia University.

Dr. Riina Viitala
Dr. Riina Viitala

Executive Director of Aalto EE, Asia-PacificDr. Riina Viitala is an experienced international leader in the field of executive education and FMCG industry for over 15 years. Years of practical experience from director positions and implementation of development programs has given her a broad perspective on change management and renewal in organizations. She is passionate about continuous learning and renewal as well as helping individuals to develop strong self-leadership skills. Her academic interest focuses in combining her background in health and biosciences on the research on leadership, emotional intelligence and neuroscience for developing leadership skills and building executive resilience and wellbeing.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Helsinki and has studied also in Cornell University ILR School, Darden School of Business and University of California, Berkeley.

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