The Business Lead Program is a unique integration program for educated refugees and immigrants that benefits all stakeholders involved, immigrants, company partners and Finnish society at large. The program consists of four live modules addressing the Finnish and European business landscape and organizational culture, strategic leadership, finance and a sales and service mindset. The participants in the program also have access to a virtual learning environment and will have the opportunity to take part in mentoring. The program will end with a 3-month internship in a company in Finland.


Through participating in the program, educated refugees and immigrants can quickly contribute to Finnish business and advance their career.


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  • 7 days of live learning in Helsinki
    • Topics include Finnish and European business landscape, strategic leadership, finance, sales and customer excellence
  • A virtual learning environment
  • Group mentoring
  • A 3-month unpaid internship in a company in Finland

Pernilla Gripenberg

Pernilla Gripenberg (Ph.D.) is a Program Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education, guest lecturer at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and a Hanken EMBA facilitator.

Pernilla has close to twenty years of experience of business education from basic to MBA and executive levels in a variety of areas in management and organisation.

Her recent focus has been on leadership issues, self-leadership and personal efficiency, leading for top performance, change leadership, and communication and presentation skills. Her research has centered around virtual organising, she has also worked in the areas of work well-being and innovation. Pernilla is a co-editor of the Routledge-book (2012) : ‘Challenging the Innovation Paradigm’.

As program director with a strong pedagogical approach she has been highly appreciated by clients and participants. She has worked with companies from a variety of industries, like banking, telecom, engineering, retail, retail property management, construction and the food industry.

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