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Our leading team of passionate experts behind FinlandWay®

Noora Laitio, FRSA CEO and Co-Founder   A Cambridge economist and impact investment specialist in emerging economies, Noora has worked for IFC World Bank Group as their Nordic Representative and Western Europe Women’s Representative for Private Sector Projects, the European Investment Bank and in investment banking across five continents.  An independent advisor to the United Nations, European Commission, Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute and the World Economic Forum, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce in the United Kingdom and a member of the Finnish Educational Research Association and the Steering Group of Education Finland (dep).

Noora Laitio, FRSA
CEO and Co-Founder

A Cambridge economist and impact investment specialist in emerging economies, Noora has worked for IFC World Bank Group as their Nordic Representative and Western Europe Women’s Representative for Private Sector Projects, the European Investment Bank and in investment banking across five continents.

An independent advisor to the United Nations, European Commission, Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute and the World Economic Forum, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce in the United Kingdom and a member of the Finnish Educational Research Association and the Steering Group of Education Finland (dep).

Dr. Jonna Kangas PhD Education Expert and Co-Founder   A leading internationally published author, editor, speaker and researcher on participatory play-based pedagogy from Finland, Dr. Jonna is a Senior Lecturer and Teacher Training Expert at the University of Helsinki and a Joint Research Member at the Playful Learning Centre research laboratory. Her research has been published by Springer, Elsevier and Sage amongst others.  Dr. Jonna is a Board Member of the Early Education Association of Finland and advises the Finnish National Centre of Educational Assessment and the three capital region municipalities on participatory practices in Finland.

Dr. Jonna Kangas PhD
Education Expert and Co-Founder

A leading internationally published author, editor, speaker and researcher on participatory play-based pedagogy from Finland, Dr. Jonna is a Senior Lecturer and Teacher Training Expert at the University of Helsinki and a Joint Research Member at the Playful Learning Centre research laboratory. Her research has been published by Springer, Elsevier and Sage amongst others.

Dr. Jonna is a Board Member of the Early Education Association of Finland and advises the Finnish National Centre of Educational Assessment and the three capital region municipalities on participatory practices in Finland.

Christopher Day   Global Operations Director   An international development consultant with expertise spanning multiple commercial education verticals, Chris has previously overseen the launch of new international schools in Shanghai and Singapore with the Dulwich College International group of schools. Based primarily in Asia since 2007, he has lived and worked in China, Singapore, Kenya and Vietnam supporting K12 school operations, preschool franchising and vocational training platforms.  Chris holds an MBA from China Europe International Business School and a BA in Philosophy from Mount Allison University.

Christopher Day
Global Operations Director

An international development consultant with expertise spanning multiple commercial education verticals, Chris has previously overseen the launch of new international schools in Shanghai and Singapore with the Dulwich College International group of schools. Based primarily in Asia since 2007, he has lived and worked in China, Singapore, Kenya and Vietnam supporting K12 school operations, preschool franchising and vocational training platforms.

Chris holds an MBA from China Europe International Business School and a BA in Philosophy from Mount Allison University.

 
Pilvi Lindberg  Curriculum Design and Pedagogical Practice   A passionate educator, Pilvi has 15 years of practical experience of curriculum design and operations in Finnish kindergartens. Actively involved in Education Policy and Children’s Welfare matters at the University of Helsinki and through the Mannerheim National League for Child Welfare, she is a grantee of the national OKKA Foundation for Teaching, Education and Personal Development backed by the Trade Union of Education in Finland OAJ and the Kindergarten Teachers Union in Finland.

Pilvi Lindberg
Curriculum Design and Pedagogical Practice

A passionate educator, Pilvi has 15 years of practical experience of curriculum design and operations in Finnish kindergartens. Actively involved in Education Policy and Children’s Welfare matters at the University of Helsinki and through the Mannerheim National League for Child Welfare, she is a grantee of the national OKKA Foundation for Teaching, Education and Personal Development backed by the Trade Union of Education in Finland OAJ and the Kindergarten Teachers Union in Finland.

Mariella Loayza Latin America, Business Development   Graduate of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland with a double degree in business and hospitality management. Mariella has an international background in client relationship building and a passion for digital marketing. Having previously worked in China and the United Arab Emirates, she is currently based in Lima, managing our partnerships and representing FinlandWay International Preschools in South America.  At present, she is pursuing her MA in Marketing and Commercial Management at UPC Graduate School.

Mariella Loayza
Latin America, Business Development

Graduate of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland with a double degree in business and hospitality management. Mariella has an international background in client relationship building and a passion for digital marketing. Having previously worked in China and the United Arab Emirates, she is currently based in Lima, managing our partnerships and representing FinlandWay International Preschools in South America.

At present, she is pursuing her MA in Marketing and Commercial Management at UPC Graduate School.

Duong Nghiem Asia, Business Development   Educated between Europe and Asia and based in Helsinki and Hanoi, Duong is an expert in cross-cultural management and the Southeast Asian education sector. He represents FinlandWay and manages our partnerships in Asia.

Duong Nghiem
Asia, Business Development

Educated between Europe and Asia and based in Helsinki and Hanoi, Duong is an expert in cross-cultural management and the Southeast Asian education sector. He represents FinlandWay and manages our partnerships in Asia.

We believe in sourcing the best that Finland has to offer for our FinlandWay® schools family, and work with specialists and subject experts in the varying fields covering early childhood development and education.

FinlandWay® benefits from our expansive academic and practitioner network at the leading Education Science Faculties in Finland. All our teacher trainers and subject matter contributors are experienced professionals from Finnish universities or teacher training institutes.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring the best of quality education from Finland to thousands of children, families and educators worldwide.

We have selected the core elements of Finland’s education excellence and use the latest platforms and delivery models to support our partner schools and families to build better beginnings for lifelong learning. 

Having studied the most impactful, economical and scalable school system models in growth markets and following years of research and system development, we combine the latest scientific understanding of the most efficient pedagogical approaches to support joyful early learning with pragmatic hands-on guidance for educators and parents.  

We combine our understanding of the demands and challenges of our partner countries with a firm footing in leading research and daily education practices of Finland.