Kari Korkman, M.Sc. (Econ.), is the founder and director of Helsinki Design Week. He has been involved in a large number of product development projects and launches since the beginning of the 90s and has produced and curated a number of design exhibitions and events. Kari has received much recognition for his achievements in the design business and for activating city culture. Kari spends his spare time racing with his old wooden sailboat named Raili.
Helsinki Design Week’s Marketing Director Petra Majander has studied cultural production and marketing communication management. She has built a career on various marketing and communication positions within culture, publishing and media. Petra is developing the marketing communication of the festival and Helsinki Design Weekly, its online publication, as well as working for Helsinki Design Week’s internationalization and mediatization. Petra loves Mrs. Armi Ratia, balloons and early morning swimming. In her leisure time Petra is there where the sun shines, being happy and carefree.
Moona Tikka works as Helsinki Design Week’s Executive Producer. She holds a Master’s of Art in service design and has previously worked with city events, design and modern art. Moona is interested in utilizing design thinking broadly and believes strongly in design’s ability to solve worldwide problems. She is in charge of productions and partnerships, among her other responsibilities. In her free time Moona does yoga, goes to dance classes and dreams of becoming a musician.
Anni Korkman has been a part of the Helsinki Design Week from the beginning. For a quite a few years, she has been in charge of producing the Design Market stock sales at the Cable Factory. She is based both in Helsinki as well as in London, where she is currently studying at Central Saint Martins in an Innovation Management MA course. In her spare time Anni likes to watch documentaries about the world’s oceans and play the piano.
Helena Fernström works with productions and plays a part in making Helsinki Design Week’s programme even more diverse and international. Helena has worked also with the World Design Weeks network since it was founded. She is a Master of Arts who during her free time enjoys teaching French, dancing and quality movies and not-so-quality jokes.
Marjukka Malkavaara works as Helsinki Design Week’s Communications Coordinator. Her main task is to develop and produce the online publication Helsinki Design Weekly. In addition, Marjukka is in charge of daily communication. Marjukka is a Master of Arts who loves 1950’s design, going to the opera and doing sports. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children.
Martina Wuoristo-Huhta (leave of absence)
Martina works as the Executive Producer for Helsinki Design Week. She is a MSc. (Econ.) specialized in marketing and cultural management. Martina has been at the service of Helsinki Design Week since 2010 and she is in charge of productions and administration. In her spare time she likes to dance and spend time with friends and her garage band.
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