Meet The MBA Class Of 2021: Samuli Pyy, HKU Business School

Samuli Pyy

HKU Business School

At least five of the following are true: pioneer, curious, polite, driver, intelligent and funny.”

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Fun Fact About Yourself: The books that I own weigh more than the motorcycles that I own. Both equally fun, though.

Graduate Schools and Majors: (1) University of Turku, Finland (LL.M.) 2008, and (2) King’s College London, UK – The Dickson Poon School of Law (LL.M. in International Business Law) 2013.

Most Recent Employer and Job Title:


Most recent employer (i.e. employee position): Deloitte Oy (Senior Manager, Leader M&A Legal, Commercial & Commercial Legal Leader).

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA curriculum or activities that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? HKU Business School is ranked No. 13 in the category of Finance MBAs (FT 2018).  As you must invest time and money to do the MBA, I wanted to be in a world-class business school with a focus on finance (well… business schools (plural) as my MBA programme is a double-track programme with Columbia Business School, US). I also wanted the programme to be in China – “learn business where business is”.

What quality best describes your MBA classmates and why? Intelligence. The MBA cohort consists of people with different backgrounds, education and skillsets. Moreover, everyone has different stories to tell and different career aspirations to pursue, but all of the MBA classmates have one thing in common: everyone is extraordinarily intelligent – socially, academically, interpersonally, and mathematically.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It is being a co-founder, partner, and the managing director of the company where I currently work. In other words, it is having the skills, confidence, and guts to be an entrepreneur.

What has been the biggest surprise in your first three months of business school? The workload, the importance of teamwork, and the speed at which the finance professors go through the subject matter during the class. You learn a lot and are surrounded by great minds – wouldn’t have it any other way!

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I wanted a career expansion from pure law into a role where I can combine quants knowledge, business acumen, and business law. In other words, I wanted to learn more quants and business.

What do you see yourself doing ten years from now? Things that are meaningful to me and to those around me. Most likely this will take the form of being an entrepreneur and running my own consulting business and venture capital fund.


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