Stuart Patton’s background is mainly in corporate business development working in large and small firms at board levels, sectors covering, manufacturing, medical, mobile, digital and now Edtech. He has been based in Asia for 15 years, the last three years of which he has been working closely with Finland and Finnish Edtech and the startup scene. He is the co-founder of Polkuni HK, a Hong Kong and Helsinki brand that is both an investment and market activation company – linking the best Finnish education products to the Asian markets. Stuart is also the co-creator of a Helsinki-based company called KOKOA standard, the first company in the world to carry out evaluations of Edtech products to determine their educational quality. To date, KOKOA has evaluated products from 23 countries. Stuart is also the Chairman of the FinnCham education committee in Hong Kong whose goal is to raise awareness of the Finnish education system. He is also vice Chair of the FinnCham board in Hong Kong.
Alongside his portfolio of roles, Stuart is a mentor and advisor to education based entities in Finland, and to Hong Kong and Malaysia based entities who are adopting Finnish educational approaches and philosophy.