Meet DIS Faculty

The majority of the faculty at DIS are hired as part-time instructors, while also holding permanent jobs in academia, government, the public sector, and the professions. All have final university degrees qualifying them to teach at Danish universities. Meet our faculty below.

Adam Darwich

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2014). Assistant Professor in Health Systems Engineering at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Research focused on modelling and simulation of systems and processes related to healthcare, health services, pharmaceutical development, precision dosing and more. With DIS since 2021.

   

Adrian Mongan

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master's in Economics (International Macroeconomics), UW Madison, Wisconsin. Master's in Economics (International Trade), University College Dublin, Ireland. Worked in multinational conglomerates for over 10 years with roles as company macroeconomist, strategy director, and in strategic communication. Experienced university lecturer in international trade, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. With DIS since 2019.

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Aimee Placas

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, 2009. Lecturer in the College Year in Athens program in Athens, Greece since 2003. Research and publication interests include the anthropology of consumption, economic anthropology, and gender and sexuality. Most recently co-edited the volume Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis (Berghahn 2018). With DIS since 2018.

Alessandro Iop

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MSc candidate in Interactive Media Technologies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology with a specialization in Visual Media. Research engineer in Mixed Reality-applied neurosurgery at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset. BSc in Web and Multimedia Technologies at the University of Udine (Italy) - 2015-2019. With DIS since 2022.

Alessondra Speidel

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BSE in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University (2007-2011). PhD in heart tissue engineering at Imperial College London, UK (2011-2016, Marshall scholar). Henry Luce fellowship exploring liver regeneration methods through cell sheet technology and the international differences in regulatory pathways for cell/tissue products at Tokyo Women’s Medical University-Waseda University Joint Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science in Tokyo, Japan (2015-2016). Currently, a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute interested in better understanding the interaction of medical materials and their target body tissues, towards the design of smarter materials and improved regenerative therapies (since 2017, Wenner-Gren foreign postdoctoral fellow 2018-2020). With DIS since 2021.

Alexander Hviid

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (International Security & Law, University of Southern Denmark, 2016). M.A. (Social Science, University of Copenhagen, 2010). Research interests include Arctic security and Danish-Greenlandic relations, as well as public international law, specifically international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Work experience with the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defense College. With DIS since 2016.

Alva Roselius

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BFA (Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Stockholm, 2020).  Gender studies (Södertörns University, Stockholm, 2016). Self employed textile artist and freelance set designer working with a variety of artists for music videos and similar projects. Project manager and curator for EXIT gallery, 2017. With DIS since 2021.

Anders Engholm Kristensen

DIS Summer Faculty

Ironmongery (CEU technical school 2003). A.K Design + business technologist (VIA University College Design and business 2013) Italian Design course (Politecnico di Milano 2013), Co-Founder of design studio FEM (2013). With DIS since 2014.

Anders Kverneland

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2015). Ph.D Clinical Oncology Reseacrch Fellow, Center for Cancer Immune Therapy (CCIT), Department of Oncology, Herlev Hospital. With DIS from 2021.

Anders Larsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.Mag. (History and English Literature and Language, University of Copenhagen, 2008). Research focused on cultural history and visual culture. Teaches Meaning of Style, which is an introduction to semiotic analysis using fashion as a case study, as well as Visual Culture of Cities in the summer. Worked on various projects for DIS relating to cultural competencies and cultural engagement and staff training within the Housing & Student Affairs department. With DIS since 2007.

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Andrea Homann

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Dipl.-Ing. (Apparel Engineering/Fashion Design, Fachhochschule Mönchengladbach, 1989). Educator at the Danish National Gallery, the Thorvaldsen Museum, and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. With DIS since 1997.

European Humanities, Andrea Homann

Andreas Brøgger

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Modern Culture Studies, University of Copenhagen). Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, 1999-2000, and Otis College of Art and Design, 2001. DIS Program Director of European Humanities. Lecturer, University of Copenhagen, 2002-2005. Previous Director and Curator at Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, 2009-2018, where he curated the exhibition KICK OFF – Contemporary Art and Football. With DIS since 2018.

Andreas Fenger

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2016). First year resident in Urology at Herlev University Hospital. Previous experience in General Surgery with 14 months residency at Køge University Hospital, Dept. of General Surgery. Former employment as a clinical research assistant at the Centre for Perioperative Optimization, Dept. of Surgery Herlev Hospital. Responsible for the Emergency Medicine Course at CAMES, Herlev, and previous Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2015.

Angel L. Vidal

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Law studies (University of Madrid). Course of Democratic Development and Governance (Stanford University). Expert on Local Economic & Social Development & Capacity Building, United Nations, 1988-2007. Former Adviser to the National Association of Local Authorities of Spain. International consultant. External lecturer at DIS since 2009. Faculty member at DIS since 2014.

Global Economics, Angel Luis Vidal Alonso

Angela Gigliotti

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Aarhus School of Architecture, 2020). M.Sc. (Building Architecture, Polytechnic University of Milan, 2011). Visiting Ph.D. Candidate (Architectural Association, School of Architecture, U.K., 2018). Teaching Assistant, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, 2010-13, and at NMBU University in Ås, Norway, 2014-15. Under the field of architectural history of practices, research interests include labor, professionalism, and welfare state. Beyond academia, Co-Director of the research-based practice OFFICE U67 ApS that operates widely as exhibition designer. With DIS since 2016.

 

Anna Cavallin

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Department of Literature, Stockholm University, 2016). M.A. (Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, 1999). Instructor at the Department of Gender Studies at Stockholm University (2010-2013, 2015-current) as well as the 'Gender in Swedish Culture and Society' course at The Swedish Program from 2008-2016. Fields of research interest include gender perspectives in cultural studies, Swedish and international literature, and history. With DIS since 2016.

Anna Louise Strelis Söderquist

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2014. M.A. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York, 2009. B.S. in Philosophy and Sociology, Northeastern University, 2004. Fulbright Alumni, US-Denmark, 2013-2014. Areas of specialization: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Education; Philosophy of Dialogue; Ethics; Aesthetics; Modern Philosophy; Philosophy and Literature. With DIS since 2015.

Anna Louise Strelis Söderquist,, Assistant Program Director at DIS

Anna Simonsson

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Studied photojournalism at Nordens Fotoskola (2002). Since then she has worked full time with photojournalism and is specialized in portraits and stories. Anna works mostly for magazines and union newspapers and was the photo editor of the now closed magazine Ingenjören. In 2010 and 2012 she won the Best Photo Award at the Union Press Day. With DIS since 2018.

Anna Sircova

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Moscow State University, 2008). M.A. (Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University, 2004). Founder of the International Research Network on Time Perspective, 2006 - present. Contributor to Time Diagnostics, London, U.K., 2013-present. Supervisor of B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students at Tallinn University in Estonia and at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia. Works as an independent researcher in Copenhagen, Denmark. Research interests are within psychological time, cultures, design thinking, creativity, complex systems, and social simulations. With DIS since 2014.

Psychology, Anna Sircova

Anne Bachmann

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, 2014). M.St. in European Literature (Oxford University, 2004). Taught Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies and Media and Communication at Stockholm University 2006–2017 (part time), as well as at other Swedish universities. Fields of interest include media history, intermedial studies, visual culture, gender studies and postcolonial studies. With DIS since 2017.

Anne Okkels Birk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Diploma in Criminology (University of Copenhagen, 2007). Cand.scient.pol. (Political Science, University of Aarhus, 1997). Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, 1997-2000. Chief Advisor/Head of Section, Danish Prison and Probation Service, 2001-2006. Independent consultant since January 2007. With DIS since 2008.

Justice and Human Rights, Anne Okkels Birk

Anne Vibeke Gross

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Russian Language & Culture and Danish Language & Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2006). Lecturer at Sisimiut Gymnasium, 2014, Copenhagen Adult Educational Center (KVUC), 2014-2015, and teacher of Danish Language and Culture to Foreigners at Language Center Nordsjælland, 2015. Lecturer of Danish Film History at Workers' Educational Association (AOF), 2014-present, and at Nordisk Film, 2015 - present. With DIS since 2016.

Athanasios Zouzos

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Thrace, 2005). Ph.D. student at the Deparment of Oncology, Karolinska Institute. Consultant radiologist since 2012. Active employment as the Chief of the breast radiology department, Karolinska University Hospital. Cooperating with DIS since 2019.

Augusta Mariia Søndergaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, 2016). B.A. (Nursing, University College Absalon, 2013). Research Assistant, Odense University Hospital, 2017. Nurse, Neonatal ward, Rigshospitalet, 2016-2017. Research and project manager, WoMena, 2016-present. With DIS since 2018.

Benjamin Holk Henriksen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master of Law (University of Copenhagen). M.B.A. (California State University). Certificate in Directing (University of California, Los Angeles). Co-owner of Holk & Lassenius, and together with Fredrik Lassenius, authored and produced the international leadership and marketing research project, ”The Mind of a Leader,” published as books and film series, including Philip Kotler, Anita Roddick, Philippe Starck, Michael Dukakis, and many more. With DIS since 2013.

Benno Lüders

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (Game Technology, IT University of Copenhagen, 2016). Game enthusiast and game development all-rounder with focus on Game Programming. Assistant teacher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, 2015-2016. Tutor and teaching assistant at the IT University of Copenhagen, 2015, and Hochschule Fulda, 2011-2013. Backend Java developer at mobile game company, Flaregames, in Karlsruhe, 2013-2014. With DIS since 2016.

Bethany Chamberlain

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (Research Methods in Psychology, University of Strathclyde, 2018). B.A. (Psychology, Bemidji State University, 2016). Previously a research assistant, graduate teaching assistant, and ESL teacher, among other jobs. Presently a volunteer with Foodsharing Copenhagen and book club leader at Books and Company in Hellerup. I've lived in the USA (Florida, Alaska, Connecticut, Minnesota), China (Weifang), Sweden (Öjersjö, Gothenburg), Scotland (Glasgow), and Denmark (Gentofte). With DIS since 2021.

Bethany Chamberlain

Bettina Hornbøll Borch

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, 2017). M.Sc. (Neurobiology, University of Copenhagen, 2006). B.A. (Biology, University of Copenhagen, 2004). Founder of CogniCation; cognitive communication. Has been conducting neuroscience research for approx. 10 years, investigating emotion processing in the brain using imaging. With DIS since 2012.

Bettina Sejbjerg Sommer

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Mag.art. (History of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 2006), specializing in Nordic Religions and Scandinavian Folklore. She teaches Nordic Mythology at the University of Copenhagen in addition to courses about storytelling at DIS. With DIS since 2006.

Bettina Werner

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. (Applied Cultural Analysis, Copenhagen University, 2016). B.A. (Political Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden, with a minor in Indigenous Studies, UNSW, Australia). Co-founder of COurban design collective. Previously worked as a researcher and project manager at urban design firm, CITITEK. Projects include data collection, research, co-creation of playgrounds and public space, interior spatial analysis of office environments, and educational seminars with both state and private clients. With DIS since 2016.

Bianca Katarzyna Liberski

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.merc.int. (Intercultural Management, Copenhagen Business School, 2005). B.A. (European Business and French, Manchester Metropolitan University, Université Blaise Pascal, 2000). Project Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council, 2010. Ethics Officer, Borealis, Bruxelles, 2006-2007. With DIS since 2009.

Danish Language and Culture, Bianca Liberski

Birgitte Borup

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Interior Architect, M.D.D. (Denmark’s Design School, 1986). Own design office since 1988. Design work includes interior design, exhibition design, graphic design, and furniture design. Recipient of several international awards. Works exhibited nationally and internationally. With DIS since 1998.

Birgitte Duelund Pallesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen (2013). BA studies in European Literature, Film and Philosophy, UCL, London, UK. Birgitte has previously worked with cultural journalism and publishing and done editorial work for Gyldendal (2009-14) and Litteraturnu.dk (2009-2017). Areas of Interest: Comparative literature (19th-20th century British, Francophone and German literature); Critical and Cultural Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Literary Geography; Medical Humanities/Narrative Medicine. With DIS since 2015.

Blanca Aldana

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Sciences with a specialization in Neurochemistry, Biomedicine Research Institute, UNAM, 2013). Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Pharmacobiology, CINVESTAV, 2014, and at the NeuroMetabolism Research Group, Helle Waagepetersen Lab, University of Copenhagen, 2014-2018. Co-Head of the NeuroMet Group, 2018. Assistant Professor at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen,  2019-present. Scientific member of the Metabolism and Inflammation Research Cluster.

Bodil Engelmann

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2014). M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2007). Clinical Oncology Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Næstved Hospital. With DIS since 2014.

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Brendan Sweeney

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Political Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2005). Cand.mag. (Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 1999). NCTJ Certificate in Journalism (Rathmines College of Journalism, Dublin, 1982). Worked as journalist for many years in different European countries. Information Officer and Project Manager, Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2007-2010. Teacher, International People’s College, 2010-2013. Published historical novel, Once in Another World (New Island, 2013). With DIS since 2013.

Brian Söderquist

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Philosophy of Religion, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen, 2005). M.A.R. (Philosophy of Religion, Yale University, 1994). With DIS since 2000.

European Humanities, Brian Söderquist

Camilla Hoff-Jørgensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Camilla Hoff-Jørgensen holds a BA in Nutrition and Health (2006) and a BA and cand.scient in Anthropology (2012). She worked as a cultural consultant in Japan concerning Danish and Scandinavian food culture and developing comparative studies of the Danish (European) and Japanese food culture. Moreover, she has international working experience in Bangkok and Barcelona. Camilla has done various research within the fields of medical anthropology and anthropology of food. As medical anthropologist, she has worked with harm reduction strategies for homeless and other at-risk populations. As an anthropologist with a background in food culture she has been a food study consultant and tought various food culture courses. Camilla is currently working on an experience design study covering restaurant NOMAs reaction to COVID19.

Camilla Kirchhoff

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Danish as Second Language, University of Copenhagen, 2014). Cand.Mag. (Danish, University of Copenhagen, 2007). Cellist, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 1988. Research focus includes Danish literature, youth novels from 1930-1960, and music and language acquisition. Editor for Society for Danish Language and Literature. Teacher at Copenhagen Language Center and Hvidovre School of Music. With DIS since 2015.

Camilla Søeberg Hale

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Msc. Psychology (2013, University of Copenhagen). BA. Psychology (2010, University of Copenhagen). Works as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Experience with family therapy and counselling (2013-). With DIS since 2022.

Campbell Munro

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

LL.M. (International Human Rights Law, Lund University, 2012). Previously practiced as a barrister in London, specializing in refugee and immigration law. Currently completing a Ph.D. in international law at the University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2018.

Justice and Human Rights, Campbell Munro

Carl P. Zeithaml

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Doctor of Business Administration, Strategic Management (University of Maryland, 1980). F.S. Cornell Professor of Free Enterprise and Dean Emeritus, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Director, Dollar Tree, Inc., 2007-2021. Member, International Advisory Board, DIS, 2015 to present. Expertise in global strategy, competitive strategy, corporate political activity, and corporate governance and leadership. Visiting Faculty With DIS for Spring 2022.

DIS Visiting Faculty - Car Zeithaml

Carla Caetano

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. Fuller Graduate School of Psychology Pasadena, CA.(1992).Post Doctorate (Adult Neuropsychology), UCLA/Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA. (2000-2002). Licensed Psychologist (2002, California, USA), Specialist & Supervisor in Clinical Neuropsychology (Denmark). Currently in clinical practice. Previously Senior Consultant in Research Development (2019- 2020) Program Director of Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences Department. Ph.D. (2012-2019). With DIS 1999-2000 and since 2003.

Carlos García-Robles

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.techn.soc. (Technological & Socio-Economic Planning, Roskilde University, 2009). B.A. (International Relations; International Environmental Regimes and National Security, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2004). Represented Mexican NGOs during WSSD process, 2002. Member of the Energy and Climate Group, Project coordinator for Friends of the Earth Denmark for COP15 process. With DIS since 2011.

Sustainability, Carlos Garcia Robles

Catharina S. Rosendal

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Language and Communication, Copenhagen Business School). Studied in French at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France. Master’s program in Teaching Language for Adults, Aarhus University. Teacher of Danish language and culture since 2009. Background in international marketing with Carlsberg, the pharmaceutical industry, and international advertising agencies. With DIS since 2015.

Cecilie Marie Meyer

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.Mag. (Italian language and culture, Copenhagen University, 2006). Independent freelance journalist, lecturer and author 2016-present, Communications manager Era Ora and Il Fornaio 2008-2016, Freelance translator Egmont 2005-2016, Erasmus student, University of Salerno, Italy, 2002-2003. With DIS since 2022.

Chang Su

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in Energy Technology (KTH Royal Institute of Technology 2014 - 2019). Researcher at the KTH Research Initiative on Sustainable Industry and Society (IRIS) platform. Specializes in energy sector subjects, including renewable energy, heating systems and data science in energy systems analysis. Has taught courses in energy management, heat transfer and energy policy and market. With DIS since 2021.

Energy Cloud: Engineering Localized, Digitized, Sustainable Networks, Chang Su

Charlotte Algreen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect M.A.A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1998). DGNB Consultant and Passive house designer. Founded sustainable building company, Algreen Architects, 2001-2012. Responsible for implementing sustainability at JJW Architects, 2012-2014, and at Lejerbo Housing Association, 2014-2017. External Associate Professor at DTU – Technical University of Denmark since 2013. Member of the Sustainability Committee at The Danish Association of Construction Clients. Founded company, ALGREEN – Sustainability, Process Management, and Facilitation, since 2017. Working as a consultant with SDG’s (UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals), to help the building industry become more sustainable. With DIS since 2018.

DIS Academics Charlotte Algreen

Charlotte Bjerre Beuck

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.phil. (Czech and European Studies, University of Aarhus, 2003). Teacher of Czech, 1995-99. Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 2000. With DIS since 2005.

Danish Language and Culture, Charlotte Bjerre Beuck

Charlotte Diamant

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (Counselling Psychology, City University, London, 2000). Primary areas of expertise in theory and practice with youth suffering from anxiety, family therapy, and children as offspring of parents with mental illness. Public speaker in various topics relating to developmental disorders and mental health & illness with the Danish Mental Health Foundation (Psykiatrifonden). External Lecturer at DIS teaching Developmental Disorders. Presently runs private practice. With DIS since 2017.

Psychology, Charlotte Diamant

Charlotte Margaret Moshøj

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Arctic ecology from Roskilde University 2014. M.Sc. in wildlife ecology and conservation from University of Copenhagen and SLU Sweden, in 2003, and recipient of Nordplus fellowship to pursue wildlife ecology studies in Sweden 1998-2000. Researcher and Ph.D. student at National Environmental Research Institute, (2004-2014) and Research assistant at Norwegian Institute for Nature Science (1996-1997)  and Greenland Institute of Natural resources (2001-2003) . Extensive field work experience around the world, ranging from the Arctic terrestrial and marine environments, to Scandinavian forest and alpine regions, North American plains, and mountain ranges, to tropical rainforests, working with carnivore ecology and behavior. Taught courses in polar biology, wildlife ecology and conservation and biological statistics.  Main research includes utilizing GPS as well as field tracking and behavioral studies to qualify ecological and behavioral questions, and ecological and time series modelling.  Conservation biologist working with Arctic and Marine Policy &Projects in WWF (2015-2016)  and Scientific Project leader in Birdlife Denmark, (2016-2020) author of the recently published Danish Breeding Bird Atlas. With DIS since 2022

Charlotte Mohøj

Christina Bilstrup

DIS Summer Faculty

For many years, Christina has worked for the Danish Police and the Attorney General. In addition, she is associated with institutions for juvenile detainees, where she performs screening of the young people in terms of determining and evaluating their cognitive level and potential psychiatric disorders. With DIS since 2019.

DIS Staff and Faculty

Christina Knudsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. (French and Spanish, University of Southern Denmark, 1999). Studied in French at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Teacher of Danish language, culture, and history to foreigners at the University of Southern Denmark. With DIS since 2006.

Christina Mavroudi

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (Psychoanalysis, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, France, 2014). M.Sc. (Clinical Psychology/Psychopathology, University Bordeaux Segalen 2, France, 2013). B.Sc. (Psychology, Panteion University, Athens, Greece, 2012). Worked as clinical psychologist in various mental health institutions and psychiatric hospitals in Greece and France. Started a collaboration as a volunteer psychologist in Center for Børn, Familie og Handicap in the Herlev Kommune. With DIS since 2017.

Christina Schnohr

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Health Sciences, 2009). M.Sc. (Public Health Science, 2004). Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, where she teaches B.A. students in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Experience in questionnaire based surveys and psychometric methods and interest in adolescent health and policy mechanisms in health promotion and disease prevention. With DIS since 2016.

Public Health, Christina Schnohr

Christoffer Kølgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Graduated from the University of Copenhagen and is a licensed psychologist with his own private practice in Copenhagen specializing in narrative therapy and consulting. Worked as a neuropsychologist with patients who had acquired brain damage and as a clinical psychologist in a psychiatric department. Published scientific articles and is still a part of the scientific community. With DIS since 2020.

Christopher Grigsby

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (2014) and B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA (2005). US Fulbright scholar to the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore (2013). Current StratNeuro research fellow in the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Karolinska Institutet. Active in teaching basic and translational biomedical science at undergraduate and graduate levels. Research aims are focused on regenerative medicine, through the design and application of novel biomaterials and nanoparticle systems for cell reprogramming and genome engineering. With DIS since 2021.

Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, 2013). M.Sc. (Psychology, University of Copenhagen, 2009). Research in the neural mechanisms that mediate and modulate human consciousness. With DIS since 2013.

Dan Klærke

DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. Professor, Pathobiological Sciences, University of Copenhagen Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

DIS Staff and Faculty

Dani Hill-Hansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering from Aalborg University Copenhagen (2019-2021), Masters of Architecture from Taliesin - The Frank LLoyd Wright School of Architecture (2011-2013), Bachelor of Science in Interior Design  (Sustainable Design Concentration) from Endicott College (2007-2011). Professional experience includes teaching, lecturing, research, material innovation, building design and sustainable consultancy. Experience spanning design scales from the creation of bio-based materials, to integration of passive passive architectural principles, to co-creation and collaboration tools for circular innovation settings - sustainability is the thread that drives Dani’s professional experience and academic pursuits. Most recent work has focused on systems level solutions for circular transformation of the Danish building sector. With DIS since 2014.

Daniel Karpantschof Reece

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Laws (International Taxation, St Thomas University Miami, 2005). Founder and Managing Director of Nordeq Management A/S. CEO of the Equinor Group, 2005-2014. Expertise in cross border corporate structuring, private equity, and leadership. With DIS since 2015.

International Business, Daniel Karpantschof Reece

Daniel Svendsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Valencia 2020. Research focused on the incorporation of physical knowledge in machine learning models. Data science consultant to various startups 2020 such as eeSea and Pensure. MSc in Mathematical modelling and computation from the Technical University of Denmark 2016. Teaching assistant in various courses 2015-2016. With DIS since 2021.

David Possen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Philosophy and Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2009). Formerly at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center and the University of Copenhagen's Søren Kierkegaard Research Center. External Lecturer of philosophy in the University of Copenhagen Department of Communication. With DIS since 2014.

Debra Marie Quackenbush

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, 1996). Licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Denmark. Certified group psychotherapist. Research interests include cyber-relations and human sexuality. Recently worked for the renowned Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, where she specialized in psychotherapeutic testing and intervention for high achieving professionals with severe mental illness. Currently working at private practice in Copenhagen. Find out more on her website: debbiequackenbush.com. With DIS since 2013.

Deivida Vandzinskaite

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Education, Siauliai University, Lithuania, 2011), focus on the cross-cultural use of service learning in higher education. M.A. (Social Anthropology and Sociology, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, 2006). Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Siauliai University, 2007-2013. Visiting scholar at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, 2008-2012. Research experience on the national and international level covering topics related to cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues, gender and family studies, global diffusion of educational models, and voluntary participation in Europe. With DIS since 2013.

Dennis Meyhoff Brink

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2005). Finishing a Ph.D. on the history of religious satire in Europe. Lecturer of comparative literature and cultural studies at University of Copenhagen since 2006. Published various academic articles on a variety of subjects, including satire. Critic at the Danish broadsheet, Weekendavisen. Columnist at the Danish satire magazine, Spot. Curated an exhibition on satirical drawings at the Storm P Museum in Copenhagen, 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Dina Leth Møller

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2019). Ph.D. student at the Department for Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, investigating the immune function in patients receiving solid organ transplantation. Former researcher at the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute of Inflammation Research, Rigshospitalet. DIS Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.

Ditte Marie Egebjerg-Rantzau

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.mag. (Scandinavian Philology and French, University of Copenhagen, 2001). Studied French Literature at the University of Montpellier 1994-1995. Teacher of Danish to foreigners, mainly in private organizations, since 2002. With DIS since 2006.

Djina Wilk

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature, Washington University of St. Louis, graduation year 2007. Also Swedish official teaching qualification (subject: languages) from Stockholm University and Stockholm Lärarhögskola, graduation year 2009. Current self-employed at Bee Swedish, a private language business,  since February 2016. Former Education Manager and also teacher in English at Komvux, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. Also member of the board at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm. Has been teaching Swedish as a foreign language since 2004, for example at Internationella Skolorna Düsseldorf, Germany and also Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.

Dominic Balmforth

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MA, Dip Arch, M.A.A RIBA (SCI-Arc & Bartlett School of Architecture 1999). Architect at Henning Larsen Architects. Head of Design at sustainability consultancy, Beyond Green Ltd. Associate Professor at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2009 – 2016). Owner of the consultancy, Susturb, since 2006, bringing design and sustainability strategy to private and public sector; global Home Improvement retailer, Kingfisher plc. (2009 –), NCC Danmark (2009-), The Royal Government of Bhutan (2011), MAVA Foundation (2012), Ramboll (2012-13), CONCITO (2021). With DIS since 2008.

Dorte Mari Aggergaard

DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. (Modern Culture & Communication, University of Copenhagen). B.A. (Art History and Pedagogy & Educational Studies, University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University). Visiting scholar at Leeds University and Brown University. Member of the Denmark Committee at Brown, and DIS representative at Harvard, MIT, RISD, and Brown. Worked for EC Safer Internet Programme, recipient of an EU Lifelong Learning Programme grant for a project on cross-cultural learning. With DIS since 2014.

Dorthe Bach Nyemann

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master in Politics and History from University of Copenhagen 2000. Graduated in courses on International Law at the Master of International Security and Law from the University of Southern Denmark 2015. Worked as a teacher and planner of education at the Danish Army Academy for Junior Officers from 2005 to 2015. Currently employed at the Royal Danish Defence College researching cyber security and hybrid threats. Areas of expertise as a teacher are International Relations, International Law, and the art of writing large assignments. Engaged in international working groups related to the topic of my research. With DIS since 2021.

Eleftherios Saftis

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (Health Psychology, City, University of London, U.K., 2000). BSc. Hons. (Psychology, City, University of London, U.K., 1997). Certified in psychotherapy and counseling and in the process of qualifying as a psychoanalyst from the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. Co-authored a number of journal articles on post-traumatic stress disorder. Previously, was the Clinical Director of Community Housing and Therapy, a leading UK charity running therapeutic community households for adults with mental health diagnoses. Managed two therapeutic community projects - a project working with homeless veterans suffering from mental health difficulties and a project for individuals with a diagnosis of psychosis and personality disorder. Worked as a psychologist in the Greek Army. With DIS since 2015.

Elisa Skovgaard Jensen

DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2012). PhD student at the Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Department at Nordsjællands Hospital, Hillerød. DIS Clinical Instructor for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.

Elisa Skovgaard Jensen

Elisabeth Herron

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Mag.Phil. in Literature, History, Psychology and Pedagogics (University of Vienna 1985). University of Uppsala (1985-1986): Scandinavian literature with focus on women in literature from the Vikings until modern times. Founder and Owner of the language company Deutsch Exzellent (1990-). Has recently also been working with immigrants and long term unemployed people. With DIS since 2017.

Swedish Language and Culture Elisabeth Scharf

Elise Schiøler

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand. phil. (Philosophy, University of Copenhagen 2003). Supplementary studies in rationality in economics and theory of organization, Copenhagen Business School, 2004-2005, and journalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism, 2005-2006. Lecturer in medical ethics, theory of science, and philosophy of health technologies at University of Copenhagen's Department of Public Health Science since 2007. Lecturer in theory of science, FARMA, University of Copenhagen, since 2012. With DIS since 2011.

Medical Practice and Policy, Elise Utke Schiøler

Elodie Cauvet

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris (France). Her research interest started with language acquisition in infants leading to the study of the cerebral processing of language and music in adults. She became interested in neurodevelopmental disorders starting with developmental dyslexia then expending into autism spectrum disorders as well as ADHD. She is using techniques from psychology as well as neuroimaging in her research, this includes MRI (anatomical and functional) as well as EEG and eye tracking. She has been conducting her latest research at Karolinska Institutet Center for Neuro-developmental Disorders (KIND). Her interests include social cognitive skills, empathy and emotion processing within the whole spectrum of functioning from typicality till disorders such as ASD. She has been with DIS since 2016.

Emma Raask

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. Cultural Studies, Goldsmith’s University of London studying bodies, plasticity, plastic and queerness. Previous Sexual Educator (RFSU and Goldsmith’s student union). CEO at a small charity working for young peoples rights to live in a society free from sexual violence (Föreningen Tillsammans). With DIS Since 2020.

Emmanuel Gentil

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2011). Independent environmental consultant. Senior Consultant at Copenhagen Resource Institute and for the European Environment Agency on waste management policy in EU. Ph.D. School Manager and Ph.D. researcher at DTU, Denmark 2006-2011. Master of business strategy and environmental management, Bradford. With DIS since 2013.

Erling Christoffersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cabinetmaker (1974), Architect, M.A.A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1982). Own office since 1979. Professor, School of Architecture (1986-89). Professor, Denmarks Designskole (1989-2005). Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Washington. With DIS since 1998.

Ethelene Whitmire

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001. Professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2001-present. With DIS since 2018. 

Ethelene Whitmire

Eva Grell Frederiksen

DIS Summer Faculty

Architect, M.A.A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1976). Architect, Henning Larsens Architects, 1980-96. Associate Professor, Denmark’s Design School, 1989-2008. Architect, own office since 1996. Assistant Program Director, Architecture and Design at DIS, 2008-2015. With DIS since 1995.

Fabio Gigone

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Degree in Architecture, IUAV Venice, Italy 2007. Ph.D. fellow at The Royal Danish Academy (2018-22) in Copenhagen, affiliated to the excellence Centre for Privacy Studies. Academic Guest (gta Institute at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2020-21). Associate Professor at NMBU University in Ås, Norway (2015-18); Unit Faculty at Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark (2015-18). Beyond academia, editor and creative director for specialized magazines and co-director of the research-based practice OFFICE U67 ApS. With DIS since 2021.

Fairouz Hussien

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD student in Business Administration, Dept. of Marketing & Strategy, Stockholm School of Economics, and 2021 recipient of Outstanding Pedagogical Achievement Award. Her research is on regulatory disruptions as market-shaping forces, often situated in the context of the airline industry. Co-founder of the Methods Lab at SSE.  M.Sc. in Management & Organization (track: Strategy & Sustainability), Hanken School of Economics, and recipient of a Best Master’s Thesis Award by the Foundation for Economic Education for my thesis “A multiple case study on employee engagement and retention at startup companies”. B.Sc. in International Business (track: Marketing & Corporate Communication) from Haaga-Helia UAS. With DIS since 2022.

Finn Ferjá

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.merc.int. (MSc in Business, Language and Culture - Diversity and Change Management, Copenhagen Business School, 2018). Teaches Gender & Sexuality in Scandinavia - an introductory course on various diversity dimensions focusing on gender, sexuality, race, and equality. Finn also works as a Diversity Consultant at Queens Consulting with companies such as Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen Business School, and various Danish university colleges. He is part of various networks, both as a Committee Member and Board Member, focusing on Diversity & Inclusion and LGBT+ rights.    

Flemming Steen Jensen

DIS Summer Faculty

Architect, M.A.A. (Denmark’s Design School, 1979. Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1983). Associate Professor, Denmark’s Design School, since 1987. Partner, Design 134. With DIS since 1998.

Frederik Larsen

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Organizational Anthropology, Copenhagen Business School, 2015). Cand.mag. (Visual Culture, Københavns Universitet, 2009). B.A. (Art History, Københavns Universitet, 2005). Previously an External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School as well as a postdoctoral research fellow at Design School Kolding, focusing on sustainability in the fashion industry. Co-founder of In Futurum. With DIS since 2016.

Frederik Munk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master's (Political Science, Aarhus University, 2005). Worked at the Trade Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2003. Key Account Manager at Danish Agency for Governmental Management, 2006-2008. Senior Event Consultant at Sport Event Denmark since 2008. External lecturer at Copenhagen Business College and University College Nordjylland since 2013. With DIS in Fall 2016.

Frederikke Aagaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 2004), Bsc Architecture (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, 2000). Has worked as architect, designer, TV presenter, podcaster, author, lecturer and curator. Founding Partner and Creative Director of Together Architecture, a design consultancy focusing on creating psychologically and environmentally sustainable interior solutions. Has been contributing to DIS as a guest reviewer for a number of years. With DIS since 2022.

Gitte Vonsild

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master's in Positive Psychology, minor in Psychology. M.Sc. in Economics. Specialized in the field of Applied Positive Psychology. Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute, CTI. CFO at the Brewery Darguner Brauerei GmbH in Germany, 1997-2005. Self-employed coach and workshop leader since 2005. Lecturer on coaching & counseling, Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology coaching, change theory, and stress management at Metropolitan University College, 2008-2012. With DIS since 2011.

Greger Wahlstedt

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MBA (Finance, Manchester Business School) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) from Stockholm School of Economics. Greger has been working for more than 30 years in the financial markets. He has a solid experience as head of large asset management units; 14 years as head of Handelsbanken's fixed income fund management and asset allocation, as well as heading the investment division at the swedish central bank (Riksbanken) in charge of the management of the gold and foreign exchange reserves. Originally, an economist, but he has also worked as quant analyst as well as senior sales in structured derivatives and Private Banking at Handelsbanken. He is an appreciated teacher in economics, bond markets and interest rate products, among other things. Since 2010 he is a subconsultant to Finanskompetens and educates Investment advisors in finance, financial markets and portfolio theory for the SwedSec license. Examples of such employees who need that licence can be investment advisors, brokers, managers, analysts, compliance officers, risk managers and management. Greger has been a member of the Credit Market group in The Swedish Society of Financial Analysts (SFF) for 20 years. With DIS Stockholm since 2017.

Hans Brun

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. His research is focused upon various aspects of counter-terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, and intelligence based police. At the moment he is finishing his PhD thesis on the use of hard power policies in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Some of his latest publications are “A Neo-Nationalist Network: The English Defense League and Europe´s Counter-Jihad Network” (with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, 2013) and “Terrorism Learning and Innovation: Lessons from PIRA in Northern Ireland” (with Magnus Ranstorp, 2013). He gives lectures on a regular basis in Sweden, Europe, and the United States for academics as well as professionals. With DIS since 2016.

Heidi Grynderup Poulsen

DIS Summer Faculty

Graphic Designer. mDD, Visual Communication (Danmarks Designskole, 2007). Freelance Senior Art Director (Fredericia Furniture, 2015). Senior Art Director (Hello Group, 2014-2015). Graphic Designer (Designit, 2000-2002). With DIS since 2015.

Heinrich Hermann

DIS Summer Faculty

Visiting Faculty from RISD. PhD. History and Theory of Architecture (Harvard, 1995), MArch (Cornell, 1982). Professor of Architecture (Alfred State College, 2012 - 2015), Associate Professor of Interior Architecture (RISD, 2008 - 2012).  Adjunct Professor, Department of Interior Architecture (RISD, 2017-present). Owner of Herman Design Studio since 2002.

Heitor Garcia Lantarón

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Department of Architectural Design, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, 2016). Architect. Doctoral Thesis: Danish Examples of Housing for the Elderly. Academic and professional interests focused on housing challenges related to the ageing process and addressing challenges to enhance the domestic space quality for any age and (dis)ability. Previously employed at Nieto Sobejano Archietcts, 2008-2009, and Herzog & de Meuron, 2006-2008. With DIS since 2017.

Helle Vibeke Jensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Fashion Designer (Denmark’s Design School, 1988). Own practice since 1995, working with illustrations and photos for books, posters, carpets, dresses, etc. Illustrated books published under own name. Illustrations to the Bible, 2016 edition from The Danish Bible Association. Recipient of multiple grants from the Danish Arts Foundations and others. Working as external reviewer for Textile Design and Graphic Design at DIS for many years. With DIS since 2018.

Henrik Ahlenius

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MA and BA in Philosophy, Stockholm University. PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. Visiting student research collaborator, Princeton University 2008. Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet since 2008. With DIS since 2017.

Public Health, Henrik Ahlenius

Holger Sandte

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Economist, employed at EKK, Denmark export credit agency. Formerly working for the Danish Finance Ministry as well as for German and Danish banks, trying to make sense of the global economy and financial markets. Ph.D. (1998, University of Trier) with a thesis on whether moderate inflation harms growth. Main professional interests: macroeconomics , globalisation, data analysis, With DIS since 2019.    

Inger Kathrine Seierstad

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (Geology-Geophysics, University of Copenhagen). Educated within glaciology at the Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute. Research on ice cores, past climate change, volcanic deposits in ice, stable isotopes, and stratigraphic dating of ice cores. Participated in ice-core drillings in Greenland and Antarctica multiple times. With DIS since 2018.

Inger Kærgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Inger Kærgaard, MSc, biology (University of Copenhagen, 2004), focused on sustainability and conservation biology. Project manager at University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Worked for various NGOs on forest protection and sustainable development in Thailand and Indonesia (2007 and 2010). Taught biology in an upper secondary school in Denmark and was also involved in an education program for sustainability education (2010-2013). Organized two photo exhibitions on forest issues. The exhibitions, supported by Danida, were based on qualitative research, which Inger carried out in South East Asia (2009 and 2012). Inger's current work focuses on urban bat ecology - as a bat consultant for Copenhagen Municipality and, since spring 2021, with her own research project on bats in Copenhagen. With DIS since 2014.

Iwo Nord

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Iwo Nord is a trans researcher and educator interested in transgender and queer lives and culture, nuances of agency and power, intersections of the transnational and the local, and questions concerning mobility (travel and migration). The past years he has been committed to building and strengthening Transgender Studies in both the Nordic region and in the former Yugoslav space. Devoted to social change for trans people, he is involved in trans academic and activist alliances, resulting in the forthcoming collaborative volume In Transition: Trans Lives, Activisms, and Culture in the Post-Yugoslav Space, edited by Bojan Bilić, Iwo Nord and Aleksa Milanović. He was one of the founding members of Trans Fest Stockholm, an activist collective that strives to create inclusive and empowering cultural and community events in the Swedish capital. Iwo is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at Södertörn University, and is affiliated with the Center for Baltic and East European Studies. His doctoral project ethnographically explores Belgrade as a transnational destination for gender-affirming surgery. He holds an MA from the University of Oslo, Norway, and has formerly taught at the Institute of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies at the University of Gdansk, Poland. Iwo’s publications include “Routes to Gender-Affirming Surgery: Navigation and Negotiation in Times of Biomedicalization” in Body, Migration, Re/constructive Surgeries: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World, edited by Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal (Routledge 2018).  With DIS Since 2020.

Jack Xu

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2018). Department of Radiology, Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospital. Junior doctor union representative, Hvidovre & Amager Hospital. KBU læge - Department of Emergency Medicine, Holbæk Hospital. Student researcher at the Department of Clinical Genetics, Rigshospitalet. Board member, Synapse - Life Science Connect. Nurse Assistant, FADL, The Association of Danish Medical Students. Mentor for International students, University of Copenhagen. Previous Course Assistant and Summer Faculty for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.

Jacob Cold

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (English & Drama, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King´s College London, 2001). Lecturer at Academy of Modern Circus, 2006-2011. External lecturer at University of Copenhagen, Art Schools and High Schools, 2013-2017. Worked as Instructor and Dramaturg on various projects since 2004. With DIS since 2017.

Danish Language and Culture Jacob Cold

Jacob Lystbæk Vestergård

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Psych. (University of Aarhus, 2014). Consultant and organizational psychologist within employee satisfaction and mental health in the workplace, MUUSMANN, Psykiatrifonden, TDC Group, 2014-present. Crisis counselor for young adults, Gallo and Sind, 2012 - 2016. External lecturer in developmental psychology and clinical psychology, VIA University College, Odder Folk High School, 2012-2015. Student teacher in Personality Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology, University of Aarhus, 2011-2013. With DIS since 2019.

Jacob Nørløv

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect. Previously employed at Foster and Partners, where designed and tendered for Swiss-Re House, 1998-2001. Previously employed at Henning Larsen Architects, where designed and tendered for the Opera House in Copenhagen, 2001-2004. Own office since 2010 working with research and architecture. Teacher of Architectural Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark since 2011. Guest critique at DIS since 2011. With DIS since 2013.

DIS-Academics-Jacob-Nørløv

Jad Shedrawy

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

A reseacher working within the fields of Health Economics, Migrant health, Health Policies and Infectious Diseases Control. Jad obtained his PhD at the Global Public Health department at Karolinska institutet which focused on health economics and Tuberculosis control. Msc in Health Economy, Policy and Management. Bs in Pharmacy. With DIS since 2019.

Jad

Jan Aage Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.phil. (Scandinavian Philology). External lecturer, Literary Theory and Literary Analysis: Theory of Science and Mythology, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, 1993-present. Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 1987. With DIS since 2013.

Danish Language and Culture, Jan Aage Rasmussen

Jan Holmgaard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. PhD in Comparative Literature at Stockholm University. Visiting researcher at Oxford University and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. Most recent publication: Filosofen och vargen (The Philosopher and the Wolf) (2015), which deals with the intricate relationship between philosophy and literature, from Plato to Derrida. Current research project: Radical Mimesis: Writing the Other. With DIS since 2017.

Jan Mulder

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in molecular neurobiology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2005). Group leader at department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet and the brain profiling efforts within the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) project since 2010. Research focus on identifying the cellular location of proteins linked to brain function and disease. MSc in biology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2000). With DIS since 2017.

Janis Granger

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Scandinavian Studies, UC Berkeley, 1982). M.A. (Scandinavian Studies, UCLA, 1976). Lecturer in Danish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982-1984. With DIS Copenhagen since 1984.

Janne Knutzen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Janne Knutzen is a M.A. in Danish and B.A. in Linguistics from Copenhagen University, 2013.  Janne has extensive experience in teaching from her work as a language teacher at Copenhagen Language Center (2012-2019), and danish teacher at KBH Syd (2019-2021). With DIS since 2021

 

Danish Language and Culture Janne Knutzen

Jannik Hansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (Wader/shorebird breeding ecology and behavioural ecology), Dept. of Animal Behaviour, Copenhagen University, 2001. Scientific officer at Arctic Ecosystem Ecology, Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University (2004-2021), incl. monitoring field work at Zackenberg Research Station, Northeast Greenland (2005-2021). Project officer (2014- ) for and board member (2007- ) of the International Wader Study Group. Has worked with terrestrial animals, primarily shorebirds, in the field in, Denmark, Sweden, Northeast Greenland, central Norway, and Svalbard.  With DIS since 2021.

Jeanette Erbo Wern

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Postdoc (Inst. of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006-2009). Ph.D. (Immunology, Inst. Of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, 2005).  M.Sc. (Inst. Of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, 2001). Senior Scientist, Immune Targeting Group, Bioneer, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010-2013.  Senior Scientist, Dept. of Infectious Disease Immunology, Statens Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013-2016. With DIS since 2016.

Jeanette Frisk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect, M.A.A. (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, 2005). Currently, partner at arki_lab, designing cities with people and consulting on global urban design projects. Extensive national and international experience working with most disciplines in architecture, building design, small and large scale urban development, urban strategies, design, research, exhibitions, and much more. Worked at top architecture firms, including White Architects, on high profile projects and architectural competitions. With DIS since 2012.

Jeanette Hendeliowitz

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect, M.A.A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1986). B.A. (Town Planning, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1980). Own design office since 2008. Design work includes interior design, exhibition design, graphic design as well as furniture design. Employment among others at Peter Marino Architects, New York, 1991-93, Bysted Design, Copenhagen, 1993-1996, Site Architects, New York, 1996-97, Mancini Duffy Architects, New York, 1997-98, and Vilhelm Lauritzen’s Office, Copenhagen, 1998-2008. With DIS from 2012.

Graphic Design, Jeanette Hendeliowitz

Jennifer Duncan-Bendix

DIS Summer Faculty

M.Ed. (Daycare and Primary School, Aarhus University, 2014). B.A. (Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Connecticut, 2006). Assistant Program Director of Child Development and Diversity, DIS, 2014-present. Pedagogue in the International and Danish communities in Copenhagen, 2008-2010. Interests include cross-cultural practices, discourses, and research related to how we create active and caring environments for young children. With DIS since 2007.

Jeppe Juel Rishøj

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A, Cand.Des, (Fashion Design, The Royal Danish Academy). With DIS since 2021. 

Jesper Lohmann

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.mag. (M.A., History of Ideas and American Studies, University of Aarhus, 2002). Former editor of Lettre Internationale. Employment within the public education system. With DIS since 2009.

Jesper Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD candidate at Lund University in History of Religions and Religious Behavioral Studies with a project on “The institutionalization of Islamic feminism”. Furthermore, specialized in practiced sharia in a European context. Author of "From Harem to Islamic Feminism " about the battle of the sexes in Egypt and "The Women of Medina" about women at the time of Mohammed. Traveled extensively in countries from Morocco to Indonesia and lived for two years in the Middle East. With DIS since 2014.

Jesper T. Andreasen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Psychopharmacology, University of Copenhagen, 2009). M.Sc. (Psychopharmacology, University of Copenhagen, 2004). Post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2012.

Neuroscience, Jesper Tobias Andreasen

Jessica Pingel

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD at the department of Sports Medicine at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen -  Chronic inflammation in connective tissue (2010-2012). Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the August Krogh Institute in Copenhagen (2012-2015) Hyper- and Hyporeflexia in humans and rats. Assistant Professor (2015-2019) at the Department of Neuroscience – Motor Control research group, University of Copenhagen - Pathophysiological mechanisms of spasticity and contracture development.

Jimmy Martínez-Correa

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D., (Risk Management and Insurance, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, 2012), M.A., (Economics, Universidad de los Andes, 2005), B.A., (Economics, Universidad de los Andes, 2005). Junior Economist, Department of Financial Stability at the Central Bank of Colombia, 2003-2005. Chief Economist, Trade Association of Insurers of Colombia, 2005-2007. Fellow, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, 2012-present. Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School, 2012-present. With DIS since 2013.

Jodi Schwarz

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Associate Professor in Biology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA (2013-present). Assistant Professor in Biology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA (2006-2013) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics at the Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA, USA (2004-2006). Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (2002-2004). PhD in Zoology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA (1997-2002). MS in Marine Science at University of California Santa Cruz, USA (1994-1996). DIS visiting faculty 2022.

John Gustavson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in Economics from Maynooth University, 2020. Conducted research on nudging and other topics within behavioral economics. Previously worked as a policy adviser in the European Parliament. Experience working with the FEMM committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament. With DIS since 2022.

John Madas

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MD (University of Crete 2016). Research Assistant at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Solna University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2017.

Jon Kaldan

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. in Journalism, Danmarks Journalist Højskole, Aarhus (1985). B.A, Russian philology, University of Copenhagen (1981), Brandeis University, Boston Mass. “Creative Writing” by John Irving (1977). Acclaimed radio journalist with more than 30 years of experience as editor, anchor and reporter at Danish Broadcast Corporation, DR. Award-winning correspondent with postings in Moscow and Washington D.C. with special recognition of communication- and storytelling skills. With DIS since 2017.

Jon Kyst

DIS Summer Faculty

Jon Kyst holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Russian and English, for which he studied at the University of Copenhagen, St. Petersburg State University in Russia and Columbia University in New York. In his current position he is seconded as a Russian media expert by the Danish Foreign Ministry to the East Strategic Communications Task Force at the EU's diplomatic service (EEAS) Headquarters in Brussels. The Task Force has been tasked by the EU Member States to analyze and create awareness about Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns. Dr. Kyst has been affiliated with DIS since 2003.

Jonatan Kolding Karnøe

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. Project Management and Change Management (MPF, Roskilde University, 2018).  Cand. psych. (Psychologist, University of Copenhagen, 2014). Associate professor at University College Absalon with teaching, research, and training responsibilities within the fields: children with special needs and organizational psychology. Author of several publications about psychology. Experience as a pedagogue from psychiatry, schools for children with special needs, and family-support institutions. With DIS in 2015, and again since 2021.

Child Development, Jonatan Kolding Karnøe

Jonatan Leer

DIS Summer Faculty

Postdoc at Århus University. Has worked on food culture for over a decade and widely published on issues like New Nordic Cuisine, food politics and the gendering of food. Co-author of Food and Media (Routledge 2016) and external lecturer at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy.

Jonathan Geib

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, 2020) on complexities of engagement with urban participatory processes involving public sector institutions and art and design practitioners. MSc (KU Leuven, 2013) in Urbanism and Strategic Planning. MSc (KU Leuven, 2010) in Human Settlements. BSc (University of Texas at Austin, 2002) in Architecture. Research Fellow at the International Youth Think Tank (Gothenburg, 2020–⁠present). Motivated by pluralistic approaches to research and design practice, criticality, and creativity. With DIS since 2021.

Joseph Monroe

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Master of Business Administration (HEC Montreal, University of Montreal, 2018), B.A. in Cognitive Psychology (University of Toronto, 2011). Ph.D. student at the House of Innovation, Stockholm School of Economics. Army Captain, Canadian Armed Forces (2009-2016). Specializes in energy sector subjects, including renewable energy, heating systems and data science in energy systems analysis. Specializes in innovation, including technological change, invention psychology, and sustainable energy technology. Has taught courses in global business strategy, innovation strategy, and sustainability. With DIS since 2022.

Josephine Nolte

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

9th semester medical student at University of Copenhagen Medical School. B.Sc. Medicine, University of Copenhagen, 2016. FADL(The Association of Danish Medical Students) nurse assistant since 2014. B.Sc Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University. With DIS since 2017.

Joshua Juvrud

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Psychology (Uppsala University). As a research psychologist, his work has focused on the ways that novel techniques in research (eye-tracking, pupil dilation, virtual reality) can be used to assess how children and adults perceive and interpret people, emotions, and actions. Josh focuses this research in two fields. In developmental psychology at the Child and Babylab in Uppsala, he seeks to understand how children learn about their world and the social cognitive development of face perception and socialization processes such as gender, race, and ethnicity. In games research at the Games & Society Lab at the Department of Game Design in Visby, Gotland, his work examines the psychology of people, their actions, and emotions in game development, player engagement, learning, and immersion to understand better how different game players (with different personalities, traits, and experiences) interact with various game mechanisms and are, in turn, affected by game experiences. With DIS since 2020.

Joshua Morrison

DIS Summer Faculty

MCP City Design and Development (Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, ongoing). B.A., Environmental Design (Brown University, 2009). He has worked at Gehl Architects, the Taubman College of Urban Planning, and is currently managing director and urban designer at Fundament Design. He has designed public spaces and advised on urban quality in South Africa, Scandinavia, China, and Australia. His work has been published by the World Bank, the Energy Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. With DIS since 2016.

Judyta Wojciechowska

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. Industrial Design (Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, 2014 ), B.A. Product Design (Central Saint Martins in London, 2011). Product Designer, Furniture, Exhibition, Interior Design, Empire Furniture, 2011-2016. Product Designer, Architecture and Design Studio 1:1 - Retail, Product & Furniture Design, 2016-2017. Furniture CAD Technician, Luxury Superyacht Furniture & Accessories, Glyn Peter Machin, 2017-2018. Product Designer, Manufacturing Processes & Production of Wooden & Carbon Bicycles, Coh&Co, 2018-2019. Product Developer, Furniture & Lighting, GUBI, 2020-2021. With DIS since 2021.

Julian Macoveanu

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Medical Sciences (Neuroscience), Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2006). Ph.D. Licentiate of Engineering (Computational Biology), University of Linköping, Sweden, 2005) MSc. (Biochemistry, Stockholm University, 2002). Postdoctoral Research Associate, Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. With DIS since 2014.

Neuroscience, Julian Macoveanu

Julie Bondo Gravesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Julie Bondo Gravesen. BA from The Danish School of Journalism 1995. Formerly editor at leading Danish magazine Ud & Se and newspaper Politiken. Self-employed development consultant, editor and teacher at Sekundant. With DIS since 2020.

Jørn Ravnholt Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.S. (Psychology of Exercise and Physical Education. Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. (1983). B.P.H.E. (Physical and Health Education. Laurentian University, Canada (1980). Consultant in Performance and Sports Psychology to international athletes and performing artists from all over Europe, Columbia, China, and North America. Works with The Danish National School of Performing Arts, The Royal Danish Ballet, and Danish Music Conservatories. In addition, he works with business executives and managers, doctors and physiotherapists. Five times appointed Sport Psychologist for the Danish Olympic Team at the Summer and Winter Olympics (1992-2002). Has given presentations across Europe and South Africa and taught more than 200 registered courses in Sport Psychology (DIF) and worked with more than 30 different Danish National Teams (Team Danmark, Danish Elite Sport Institution). External lecturer in Sport Psychology at University of Southern Denmark (2002– 2008). With DIS since 2016.

Kamilla Lange

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Psychology (2006, University of Copenhagen). BA. Psychology (2003, University of Copenhagen). Authorized clinical psychologist, Psykolognævnet (2009). Clinical psychologist (2006-present). Mindfulness instructor (2008-present). Lecturer, Lægernes Uddannelses Forening (2008-2011). Lecturer, Mindwork and Fobiskolen (2008-present), Psychological supervisor, Psykiatrisk Center Bispebjerg, Region Hovedstaden (2011-2013). Psychological supervisor, Mindwork and Fobiskolen, (2009-present). Author (2012). With DIS since 2015.

Karen Grangaard Olesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. University of Copenhagen Medical School, 2021. Current work place: department of neurology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. With DIS since 2016.

Karim Jabbar

DIS Summer Faculty

Industrial PhD Fellow on emerging technological innovations, University of Copenhagen and DIS (since 2015) . Member of Danish Standard Working Group on Blochchain, (since 2017). Cand.merc. (International Business Administration and Development Studies, Copenhagen Business School, 2001). Program Manager at the Delegation of the European Commission in Cotonou, Benin, 2002-2003. Managing Director for a travel company with subsidiaries in 5 African countries, 2004-2007. With DIS since 2009.

Karin Lykke Groth

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Artist, fine arts/Graphic Designer MDD (cand.arch. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 1994). Own design office since 1995. Working primarily with ilustrations, visualizations and corporate design. Watercolor has been the preferred way of expression as an artist for more than 25 years. Has been teaching watercolor painting since 2011. With DIS since 2017.

Katarina Hejrskov

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

LLB & Professional Legal Studies (Equivalent of the Danish cand.jur./Masters) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing) from the University of Auckland. Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and accredited Mediator & Restorative Justice Facilitator (previously at the NZ Ministry of Justice). Founder and Mediator at Heron Mediation. Co-chair of International Summits at the Elder Mediation International Network and Course Aid & Legal Advisor for the Peace Foundation NZ. Expertise in conflict resolution, restorative justice and leadership. External lecturer of law at AUT Auckland. With DIS since 2021.

Kathrine Damgaard

DIS Summer Faculty

Cabinet maker (Next Copenhagen 2017), BA in Performance Design and Cultural Encounters (Roskilde University 2014) Work as self-employed furniture maker in the cooperative Byggeselskabet Maj. With DIS since 2017.

Katja Vinding Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Distribution, habitat use, behavior, and sound communication), Zoology Dept., Whale Unit, University of Pretoria, 2016. M.S. (Biology and Didactics), University of Copenhagen, 2007. Research associate at Statens Serum Institute, Denmark (2012-2016). TV presenter at “Physics at sea”, Galathea 3 Expedition (2008). Has worked with marine mammals in the field in, Iceland, Northern Norway, Greenland, and South Africa. Local stranding responsible In the Overstrand Region, South Africa (2010-2012). Founder of the Danish Maine Mammal Society (2003). With DIS since 2019.

Environmental Science of the Arctic, Katja Vinding Petersen

Kenneth Cortsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph. D. at Aarhus School of Business/Aarhus University. Focus is on various commercial topics within the intersection of sport management, sport marketing and sport economy; Master of Science in Business Economics with an emphasis on organization and strategy (Cand. Merc.) from Aalborg University, Denmark; Master of Business Administration in General Management from Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, USA; Bachelor of Business Administration at Dowling College. With DIS since 2018.

Kerry Greaves

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (2015) and M.Phil (2012) in Art History, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York. M.A. in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2001. B.A. in Art History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1998. Fulbright Alumni, US-Denmark, 2013-2014. American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, 2013-2014. Novo Nordisk Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Art History, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2015-2020. Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2020-present. With DIS since 2018.

Khaldoon A. Mourad

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Water Engineering, Lund University, Sweden 2012), M.Sc. (IWRM, Cologne University of Applied Science, 2009), M.Sc. (Water Resources and Environment, Jordan University of Science & Technology, 2004). Senior researcher at Lund University (2015-2019). External lecturer & supervisor at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), Algeria. Has developed courses in Policy Influencing and Conflict Management, Water Economics, Law & Policy of Water Quality & Sanitation, Law and Policy of Water for Agriculture. Consultant at the Centre for Sustainable Visions, Sweden. Has worked in multiple countries, including Sweden, Germany, Jordan, Algeria, Somalia and Syria. With DIS since 2021.

Kim Bergqvist

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD Candidate in History, Department of History, Stockholm University. MA (2010) and BA (2008) Stockholm University. Teaches medieval history at Stockholm University since 2012. Visiting Scholar to Columbia University (2016), Cornell University (2014), and the University of Navarra, Pamplona (2012–13). Publications have appeared in The Medieval Chronicle and Collegium Medievale. Areas of specialization: medieval Scandinavia; medieval Iberia; comparative history; medieval literature, genre and fiction; political culture; gender history; the history of emotions. With DIS since 2018.

Kirstine Callø

DIS Summer Faculty

Associate professor, Ph.D. Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

DIS Staff and Faculty

Kristian Bernt Knudsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters (Finance/Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark). Financial Advisor at Maersk Broker Financial Services, where he is engaged in the start-up of a maritime private investment fund targeted for institutional and professional investors. Prior to this, he has progressed his career through 15+ years into accomplished executive leadership positions combined with financial and strategic advisor roles while working internationally in highly esteemed public and private equity companies in various industries. With DIS since 2016. 

Kristian Sørensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. polit. (Economic and Social Science, University of Copenhagen). Former Director at United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in NY. Head of Dialogue Development, carrying out consultancy services for mostly EU in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. External Lecturer in International Business at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). With DIS since 2011.

Kristine Freude

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and Free University, Berlin, Germany in Human Genetics (2005). Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UC Irvine, CA, USA (2005-2011) Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2014) University Copenhagen. MSc at Robert Koch Institute and Free University, Berlin, Germany, in 2001 working with Mycobacteria.  Assistant Professor (2014-2015) University Copenhagen. Associate Professor (2015-present) University Copenhagen. With DIS since 2016.  

Lars Jørn Jensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Physiology at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen (UCPH). Experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Lundbeck; development of anti-depressants). University researcher and teacher of cardiovascular physiology at UCPH from 2002 to present (currently associate professor). International research experience from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1997-98) and Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (2004-2006).

Lars Rossen

DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.Psychology (2007, University of Copenhagen). BA. Psychology (2005, University of Copenhagen). Psychologist and consultant at Copenhagen Municipality in various positions (2007-2010). Consultant for Bornholm and Odense Municipalities, as well as for Den Socialpædagogiske Døgninstitution Sønderbro in Copenhagen Municipality (2011 – Present). Psychological supervisor, Den sikrede instituion Stevnsfortet, Region Sjælland (2012-Present). With DIS since 2011.

Lars-Erik Boström

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Specialist and educator in behavioral finance and senior advisor at Council Advisory Services Europe AB. He is author of a Swedish book about behavioral finance; "Börsens Psykologi - så vinner du över dina hjärnspöken och gör bättre aktieaffärer" (Sterners förlag, 2015). Long work experience (+20) in asset allocation, portfolio management and financial advisory from Handelsbanken Asset Management (www.handelsbanken.com) in Stockholm. Educator in behavioral finance and portfolio theory at Handelsbanken.  M.Sc of Economics and Business, Economic Analysis, Örebro University, Sweden. Certified Financial Analyst (CEFA), Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

Leif H. Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.merc. (Copenhagen Business School, 1982). Head of Marketing, Faxe Brewery A/S, 1985-1989. Marketing Director, The Danish Brewery Group A/S, 1990-1996. Sales and Marketing Director, Royal Unibrew, 1997-2007. CEO and Owner, Imexpo. With DIS since 2007.

International Business, Leif Rasmussen

Lena E. Norrman

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D., Older Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 2006. Senior Lecturer in Swedish in the department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota since 2005. The role of women in medieval Scandinavia is the focus of Dr. Norrman’s research, with special emphasis on the use of weaving as a means of communication. She is the author of Viking Women: Narrative Roles in Woven Tapestries (2008). She has also published articles on women, storytelling and weaving in Viking Age Scandinavia and Classical Greece. With DIS from 2018.

Lene Svendsen Borra

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Health professional background, MPH, Hebrew University, Israel. - 3 decades of work experience with WHO at global and country level on PHC and HRH; with UNAIDS in Myanmar on HIV and Home Based Care; with UNICEF/Myanmar on evaluation of teaching programs; and with Danish Red Cross/Myanmar on HIV prevention. In Sri Lanka with IFRC, as Health Coordinator on Tsunami response operation and lately in Denmark on reception and welfare of asylum seekers. All of the above has provided me with a solid professional, academic and socio-political knowledge in health and human development. With DIS since 2020.

Lene Svendsen Borra

Line Kamstrup

DIS Summer Faculty

Psy.D. in Counselling Psychology (University of Regent’s College, London 2011). Ph.D. Counselling Psychology (University of Regent’s College London 2011). Chartered Counselling Psychologist (2012). Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Clinic within the National Health Services (Denmark, 2011). Specialized in Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Existential Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. With DIS since 2012.

Lisa Abend

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in European history, Harvard University, 1998. After several years as academic, Lisa Abend became a journalist and is currently a correspondent for TIME magazine. She contributes to several other magazines and newspapers and is author of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli. With DIS since 2014.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

DIS Summer Faculty

I am a Stockholm-based travel writer and photographer who contributes to publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC,  Adventure Magazine, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure,  Forbes, and many more. In addition to contributing to several travel books, I am the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH , & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well . My photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and you can check out my portfolio here. With DIS since 2020. 

Louise Bagger Iversen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. and B.Sc. Public Health (University of Copenhagen, 2011/2007). Consultant in the Planning Department (Quality and Development, Region Sjælland, 2011-2014). Board member of the Danish Association for Public Health Science (2015-present). With DIS since 2014.

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Lucian Leahu

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University 2012. Assistant professor at ITU Copenhagen since 2015. ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (2012-2013) and Project Leader in the Media Technology and Interaction Design Department at the Royal Institute of Technology (2014). With DIS since 2019.

Luigi Butera

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Assistant Professor of Economics at CBS. Prior to joining CBS, Butera was the Dan Searle Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. Co-founder and director of the Institute for Behavioral Economics at CBS and UChicago: a research and outreach institution that brings together economists and companies interested in using rigorous field experiment methods and behavioral economics to revolutionize the way they do business.  A member of The Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago. Butera's research focuses on the intersection between public economics, behavioral economics and experimental economics. PhD in Economics from the University of Lyon. Visit Butera's website for more information. With DIS since 2021.

Lærke Posselt

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Freelance photojournalist working for Danish and International media. Represented by VU Agency. BA in Photojournalism from Danish School of Media and Journalism (2008-2013). Recipient of numerous awards, including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year international, PDN Photo Annual and the Danish Crown Prince Couple's Rising Star Award. With DIS since 2015.

Mads Simon Martinussen

DIS Summer Faculty

Coach and chief consultant, initiator and co-owner of Public Funk. Part of the Rethink process team, Roskilde Festival 2012-present. First volunteered at the Roskilde Festival in the 90s. With DIS since 2013.

Magnus Ebbesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2021). B.Sc. pre-medical studies, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA. USA (class of 2014). Research associate, Cardiology depart., Gentofte hospital. First-aider with Red Cross. Project leader, Danish Heart Association. Counselor at suicide prevention lifeline. Former Human Health and Disease Course Assistant with DIS since 2018.

Maja Popovic

DIS Summer Faculty

Architect M.Arch. (Master of Architecture, Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, 2011). Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture, Academy of Applied Arts Utrecht, Holland 2005). Co-Curator at Copenhagen Architecture Festival (2015 - 2018). Team member at Failed Architecture research platform Amsterdam (2012 - 2017). Urban Incubator Association Belgrade (Project leader, Architect, Researcher 2013 - 14). With DIS since 2017.

Malene Kristiansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Textile Designer (Denmark’s Design School, 1992). Has worked for H&M, Victoria's Secret, Hugo Boss, Romeo Gigli, and Hanne Bloch. Teaching positions with Designskolen Kolding and KADK, Denmark; Central St. Martins, England; Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; University of Borås – The Swedish School of Textiles; and TextilLab, Holland. Currently Head of Bachelor Textile Design at KADK. With DIS since 2004.

Maria Carlsson

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. in Music, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 2017. Professional Swedish singer, performing regularly in solo, band, and vocal group concerts. Vocal teacher and teacher in music and ensemble with 10+ years experience. With DIS since 2017.

Maria Kouvaraki

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MD (1995, Greece: Univeristy of Patras), PhD (2003, Greece: University of Athens). Consultant Surgeon since 2003. Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery 2006 (Department of Surgical Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) Active employment as a Consultant Breast Surgeon, Karolinska University Hospital. Research affiliated, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Oncology-Pathology. Cooperating with DIS since 2019.

Marie-Louise Holst

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA (Aarhus School of Architecture, 2003). Employment as design tutor and lecturer University of Sydney, Australia (2005-2007) and University of Technology, Sydney (2008-2012). Employment at Johnson Pilton Walker, Sydney (2003-2004), Richard Goodwin Studio, Sydney (2004-2006), 3xN, Copenhagen (2006-2007), Neeson Murcutt Architects, Sydney (2007-2010), Force4, Copenhagen (2010-2011) and EFFEKT, Copenhagen (2013-present). With DIS Since 2014.

Mark Gry Christiansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Graphic Designer. Ordinary National Diploma (Portsmouth College of Art & Design, 1987). Degree in Visual Communication (Denmarks Design School, 1992). Worked at Bysted Design from 1989-1995. Self employed from 1995 with projects covering a wide variety of fields within graphic design. With DIS since 2017.

Martin Cleemann Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MA (Russian and History, University of Copenhagen 2004, graduated on Civil-Military relations in Russia, 1993-99). Associate professor at the Royal Danish Officer Academy (2011- ), Senior Advisor NordGEN at the Nordic Council of Ministers 2005-2009 on Russia and the CIS, Associate Professor Nordic Council of Ministers Petrazavodsk State University 1998, Exchange Student, Odessa (Ukraine), and St. Petersburg (1996-1997). Various positions as translator and leads many visits to Russia as well as several battlefield tours. Analyst on Russian matters in Danish news media. With DIS since 2015.

European Politics, Martin Cleemann Rasmussen

Martin Prassé

DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. Exercise & Fitness (University of Southern Denmark 2009), B.sc. Physiotherapy (2005), Strength and conditioning coach and physiotherapist for DAFF (Danish American Football Federation), DBU (Danish Soccer Association) and DCF (Danish Cricket Federation). With DIS since 2015.

Mary Kathleen Fitzpatrick Burke

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BA in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) and a MA in Latin American Studies with honors in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service (Washington, DC). Worked at Eurasia Group on a project analyzing future geopolitical and economic risks facing companies and nations. Currently a PhD student at the House of Innovation within the Stockholm School of Economics. She is interested in the promise of entrepreneurial ecosystems as a way to organize solutions to water-related and environmental challenges. Her research focuses on the role of different agents encouraging social innovation for sustainable regional development. With DIS since 2022.

María de la Paz Celorio

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph. D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis, with more than 15 years of research experience and counting. During her years as postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany) and at Stockholm University, she contributed to the understanding of gene-expression plasticity in butterflies and genetic differentiation of populations of wild fish using genome-wide data. Has taught courses and led practical laboratories on biotechnology, statistics and population genetics for American and Swedish students. With DIS since 2021.

Matilda Larsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in Technology and Health (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011). Associate Professor at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems. Research focus on medical ultrasound imaging and elasticity imaging of the cardiovascular system including shear wave elastography. Has taught courses in Biomedical Engineering at KTH since 2005. With DIS since 2021.

Matthias Bjørnlund

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master of Arts (History, University of Copenhagen, 2005). Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen 2003-2005. Editor and translator on www.armenocide.de. Author and co-author of books, articles, and book chapters on historical and conceptual aspects of genocide. With DIS since 2011.

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Meiling Liu

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology (China University of Political Science and Law, 2010). Post Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (Gothenburg University, 2012). Worked as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership and cross-cultural competence training in Sweden. Also has worked as a teacher and researcher at universities in China, and was promoted to the position of associate professor in China. With DIS since 2016.

Mette Bohn Jespersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Neuropsychologist, C. Psych. Master of Psychology with a double major in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Copenhagen, 2015. B.A of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, 2011. Previously I studied Economies and Organizational Psychology at Copenhagen Business School, and I have a background within the field of management and recruitment. I have worked as a clinical psychologist since 2012 providing counselling and therapy to individuals and couples from various backgrounds, and since 2016 I have worked within the field of neuroscience and rehabilitation after acquired brain injury. I have lived several years abroad both in Europe and North America, and I completed my internship as a graduate psychologist in Toronto, CA. I love teaching, and I have taught courses and workshops on several occasions trying to explore all matters within the field of neuroscience and psychology. With DIS since 2022.

Mette Frandsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

BA in Photojournalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism. Fatamorgana, Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. Teaches at workshops, lectures on projects, and works around the world. With DIS since 2015.

Communication, Mette Frandsen

Mette Jungersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

MA (Russian Language and Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2012). Teacher of Danish Language and Literature, Saint Petersburg University of Telecommunication, 2006. Assistant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of European Neighborhood and Russia, 2006-2009. With DIS since 2008.

Mette Sejer Sørensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

B.Sc. (Midwifery, Metropolitan University College, 2009). B.Sc. (Anthropology, University of Aarhus, 2001). Currently pursuing Master’s degree in Anthropology (University of Copenhagen). Research assistant at Roskilde Hospital (Copenhagen University Hospital) 2009-present. Midwife and project coordinator at Holbæk Hospital (Copenhagen University Hospital), 2011-present. With DIS since 2011.

Public Health Mette Sejer Sørensen

Mette Sinding Francke

DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. (Arctic Botany, primary colonization and climate change), University of Southern Denmark/ University of Copenhagen, 2017. Has worked with education and public engagement in the Natural History Museum of Denmark since 2009. Her interests are botany, climate change and science education in general. Has done field work in Denmark, Disco, West Greenland and Cambodia. With DIS since 2019.

Mia Behrens

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters in Architecture and Landscape (Special focus; UN sustainable development goals) from The Royal Danish Academy of Art - School of Architecture (2017-2020), Bachelors degree in Architecture (Complexity Handling in Practice) From The Royal Danish Academy of Art - School of Architecture (2013-2016). Own architectural practice since 2020 — Working with the tension between landscape and building. Project lead and Architects at IKEAs Innovation lab SPACE10 (2017-2018). Professional experience also includes research, lecturing and consultancy. With DIS since 2021

Mia Sulsbrück

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MA in Political Science from University of Copenhagen (2015); former instructor at the Department for Political Science, Copenhagen University (2011, 2012 and 2014). Has worked in the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (2015-2016) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs including a posting to the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union in Brussels (2017-2021). Now back with the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities as a Special Advisor focused on climate diplomacy and international cooperation on green transition. With DIS since 2021. 

Michael Hedegaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M. Sc. (Economics (Cand. Oecon), University of Aarhus, 1993). Trainee at the European Commission while studying, and since worked at Eksport Kredit Fonden (Export Credit Agency of Denmark), the Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries and West Africa Growth Fund. Founder of international business consulting company and bio-tech company in Kenya. External lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen. Co-author of university text book “Strategic Investment and Finance”. With DIS since 2012.

Global Economics, Michael Hedegaard

Michael Perlt

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Holds B.A. and M.A. in Theology from the University of Copenhagen and Pre-doctoral fellowship in cultural sociology from Yale University. His research focuses on religion & secularism, religious violence, and collective memory. His current research concerns death, cultural trauma and religious meaning making in the context of an armed conflict.

Michael Townsend

DIS Summer Faculty

MBA, University of Birmingham Business School, U.K, 1997. B.S., Civil Engineering Management, University of Wolverhampton, U.K, 1994,. Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, U.K. Founder & CEO, Earthshine Solutions Ltd, 2006 - Present. Lecturer, Lund University and Copenhagen Business School. Advisory Board Member, University of Oslo, 2015 - Present. With DIS since 2015.

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Michal Salamonik

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Department of History, Södertörn University, 2017). M.A. (History, specialization Scandinavian History, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, 2010). Assistant professor at the Department of History at Södertörn University (2017-current). Fields of research interest include Early Modern media and international merchant networks; sustainable development in higher education as well as history and future of the Arctic. With DIS since 2021.

Michela Nota

DIS Summer Faculty

M.S.c Landscape Architect, Genova University (2013). Consultant, Landscape Architecture studios in Italy. Created an organization based on redevelopment of abandoned landscape and environmental education (META). Intern at Jac Studios, consultant at the urban design firm CITITEK. Now she is co-founder of COurban design collective. With an interest in co-creation, data collection and data analysis Michela is committed to applying human scale approaches to the physical design of urban spaces. With DIS since 2016.

Mie Oehlenschlager

DIS Summer Faculty

M.A., Modern Culture and Cultural Communication (University of Copenhagen, 2008), B.A. Comparative Literature (University of Copenhagen, 2003). Today she is a freelance communications advisor and owner of Reboot Agent focusing on public and political agenda setting on topics related to children's digital rights and cyber culture. Before that she has had 14 years of professional experience with various elements of strategic communications from Campaigning and Fundraising at the Danish Refugee Council to CSR Advising and Public Affairs at WWF . She has also worked with political communication and been working with lobbying for one of Denmarks strongest private lobby firms as well as working inside the political arena at the Communications Department for the mayor under the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Mie Oehlenschlæger

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Tech policy expert advising private and public actors both nationally and internationally. Mie has been nominated under the auspices of The Future of Tech Commission in the US and is a writing member of the Danish DJØF's TechDK Commission. Founder of Tech & childhood and author of a number of analyses and reports including "Online games gamble with children's data" (April 2021) and "Green Paper on initiatives to protect children online" (December 2021) and various of journalistic articles. Mie has years of professional experience with Strategic Communications, Campaigning, CSR and Public Affairs. M.A., Modern Culture and Cultural Communication (University of Copenhagen, 2008), B.A. Comparative Literature (University of Copenhagen, 2003). With DIS since 2018.

Mika Hakosalo

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MSc degree in Environmental Protection from the Helsinki University and is conducting his Doctoral thesis in value driven innovations in Smart Sustainable Cities for the University of Wasa, Department of Marketing and Communication. Mika is an Energy and Climate Expert at the City of Vaasa. He is responsible for making the City of Vaasa Climate Neutral 202X. He is also the Site Manager of Vaasa in the EU-financed Smart City IRIS-project. He has more than 25 years of experience in leading development projects and was initiating, developing and managing all Stockholm activities in the 5-year EU-funded smart cities and communities (SCC) project GrowSmarter. Mika has also worked with the development and execution of Stockholm’s strategy for a smart connected city and was working with the implementation of this strategy. With DIS since 2020.

Mika Sun Black

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Mika Sun Black holds a Master of Arts in Danish with elective studies in Education from Copenhagen University. In addition, she has completed a Master’s Programme in Teaching Danish as a Second and Foreign Language to Adults and Adolescents. Furthermore, she has published two educational books about Danish grammar.

 

Danish Language and Culture Mika Sun Black

Mikael Fuhr

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect and Industrial Designer (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1987). +20 years of experience in design management, innovation, communication and leadership. Design manager and project manager in DSB - Danish State Railways, 1998-1999, Head of Design Vision Lab in DSB, Director of Design in DSB, Founding Partner in FUHR, 2011. With DIS since 2013.

Architecture and Design, Mikael Fuhr

Mikkel Godt Gregersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. Economics (University of Copenhagen), MBA (Melbourne Business School). Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in the field of control, growth, and creativity. Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Lecturer at University of Copenhagen. Previous employment: A.P. Moller - Maersk (controller / manager), Entrepreneur, ReD Associates (Consultant / Finance Manager). With DIS since 2013.

Milosz Jeromin Cordes

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD in Cultural Studies from University of Humanities & Social Sciences, Warsaw. He is a post-doc researcher at Lund University, Sweden, and a Research Fellow at the Danish Foreign Policy Society. He studied in Warsaw and St. Petersburg. He was a diplomat for 9 years, having worked in Poland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union and Poland’s Consulate General in Kaliningrad. His research interests cover identity formation processes and politics of memory in the northern part of Central Europe, as well as Baltic Sea Region cooperation. With DIS since 2021.

Morten Damkjær Nielsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc. from University of Copenhagen. 20 years+ of experience working on international food policy. He has worked for the United Nations and held positions in the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. He has been posted to the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN and WTO in Geneva. Further, he has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Danish farmers and food industry and for the Biotech industry – both in Brussels. Currently he holds a position as Senior Food Policy Advisor at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. With DIS since 2019.

Morten Egholm

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2009). Cand.mag. (Scandinavian Studies, Film and Media Theory, University of Copenhagen, 1997). Lecturer in Media History and Non-fiction Theory at the University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2008.

European Humanities, Morten Egholm

Morten Hedegaard Larsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD in Food Studies/Sociology (2016 Planning and Development, Aalborg University) and has published papers on food myths, agricultural experiences and social factors to explain obesity, for instance. Originally he holds a MA in Communication Studies from Roskilde University (2010). He wrote master thesis on the development of the Western Food Market. For the last five years Morten has held positions as assistant professor and post.doc at Aalborg University and Copenhagen University. There he acted as lecturer, coordinator and developer at the masters program Integrated Food Studies and taught courses on communication, staging and consumption of food, innovation and entrepreneurship, food concept design and sustainable food systems. In recent years he has also been involved in food innovation and food start-up research projects. Morten was, also, the first communications officer for the largest Danish food hall "TorvehallerneKBH". With DIS since 2021.

Morten King-Grubert

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.a. (International Business, Aarhus University, 2006), credits from Vienna University of Economics and University of California, Los Angeles. Danish born globalist, who has studied, lived and worked abroad for more than 7 years. Previous: Senior Export Advisor to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teamleader and Head of Innovation & Business Development at Copenhagen Capacity, Managing Director Creamfinance Denmark. Currently: Senior Strategic Advisor at Stockholm based start-up Future Place Leadership. With DIS since Fall 2014.

International Business, Morten King-Grubert

Morten Lykkegaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. (History of Literature, Modern Culture and Philosophy, University of Aarhus, 2003). Former editor of Lettre Internationale. With DIS since 2013. 

Morten Noer Andersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Graphic designer (Denmark's Design School, 1986). Master of professional development and professional education (University of Copenhagen, 2004). Management studies (DR). Launched the MA Programme, Visual Culture & Identity at KADK Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2013-2016). Head of Institute of Communication Design, Denmark's Design School (2001-2007). Head of design at Bysted (2007-2009) and at DR TV (1997-2001). Currently working on a Ph.D. about public visual identity. With DIS since 2018.

Morten Warmind

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 1998). Mag.art. (Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 1984). Associate Professor and Director of Studies, Department of History of Religion, University of Copenhagen. With DIS 1990-1997 and since 2000.

European Humanities, Morten Warmind

Moussa Mchangama

DIS Summer Faculty

Cand. Mag (Modern Culture & Communication, University of Copenhagen, 2014). CMO in FoodScene & Owner of communications agency Mediagama. Previous positions include Creative Content Specialist at hummel (2017), Digital Director at Cover Magazine (2015-2016), Features Director at DANSK Magazine (March 2012- Dec 2015). With DIS since 2015.

My von Euler-Chelpin

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Public Health, University of Copenhagen, 2007). Research Consultant at UNESCO, Paris and Nairobi, and International Committee of the Red Cross, 1986-2002. Assistant Professor, Center for Epidemiology and Screening, University of Copenhagen, 2002–present. With DIS since 2011.

Public Health, My Catarina von Euler Chelpin

Nan Gerdes

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2017). Postdoc (w. diploma in educational theory and practice) and lecturer, University of Copenhagen, 2010-2018. Research stay at UC Berkeley, 2011-2012. Emphasis in research on relations – past and present – between literature, philosophy, politics, gender, and the making of identity and community. With DIS since 2018.

Nanna Duchene

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Arts (Cand.) in Philosophy of Education 2012 from Aarhus University Denmark.   Associate Professor at University College South within disciplines: Philosophy of Education, Teaching Theory and Children with special needs. Several years of experience as Editor of Journals on Education. With DIS since 2021. 

Child Development and Diversity, Nanna Duchene

Nanna Krog Christensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

B.A. Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design + Danish school of Media and Journalism, 2014. Freelance graphic designer working within various fields across platforms. Former employed at The city of Copenhagen, Rune Fjord Studio and 2+1. With DIS since 2015. 

Natalia Landázuri Sáenz

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2005).  Post-doctoral fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. Associate Professor Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Fulbright scholar (1999-2001).  Research in genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Has created, designed, implemented and evaluated courses at university level. Acted as Pedagogical Advisor, Development and Regeneration Doctoral Program, Karolinska Institutet. Has participated in national and international committees to evaluate and promote scientific and academic advancements. With DIS since 2017.

Natassia Robinson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BSc Biomedical Science, 2010-2013 (Lancaster University); MMedSci Human Nutrition, 2014-2015 (University of Sheffield); PhD Molecular Epidemiology, 2015-2019 (Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University); Postdoc, 2019-2020 (Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University); Postdoc, 2020-present (Molecular Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2022.

Nathalie Rasmussen

DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. in Law (University of Amsterdam, 2005). Socially Responsible Investment Adviser, Nykredit Bank (2009-2010), Senior Engagement Manager, GES Investment Services (2010-2016). Current: Head of Business Conduct Engagement, GES International. External lecturer at DIS since 2013. Faculty member at DIS since 2016.

Neil Smith

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

LLB (Honours), University of Glasgow, 1999; Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law, 2000. Has co-owned business for the last decade advising small and medium sized companies on structuring, international expansion and M & A. With DIS since Spring 2016.

Nicholas Mitsios

DIS Summer Faculty

BSc in Molecular Biology (Liverpool, 1998) and PhD in Molecular Biology of Ischemic Stroke (Manchester, 2005). Currently a researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute and the Brain Profiling sub-unit of the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) project since 2011. Research focuses on the central nervous systems of mammals, with an emphasis on the identification of proteins involved in brain normal development and pathophysiology. With DIS since 2020.

Nicklas Järvelä Johansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2015) and clinical researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. With DIS since 2018.

Nicola Menale

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Studied Business Economics in Vanvitelli University (Italy) in 2011 (with Thesys focused in Game Theory & Microeconomics). MSc in Economics and Social Sciences in Bocconi University (Italy) in 2013 with Thesys focused in Game theory & Decision Making. Master in Data Science at Nicoló Cusano University (Italy) in 2020 with Thesys focused in Deep Neural Network. Since 2013 he is working in Copenhagen in the data analysis field. He worked for International companies as Oticon A/S, Hollister inc., Radiometer A/S and he is currently working in Danske Bank as Senior Business Intelligence Analyst. Nicola's motto is "In God we trust, all the rest must bring data"." With DIS since 2019.

 

Niels Hald

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.polit. (Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1979). Secretary General and CEO, The Danish Brewers Association and The Danish Softdrink Association. Counsellor of Embassy, Deputy to the Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU, 1992-1996. With DIS 1988-1992 and since 2002.

International Business, Niels Hald

Nina Honoré Lahav

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Danish as a second language, (Danish University of Education, 2002). With DIS since 2002.

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Nis Mathiesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. (Rhetoric, University of Copenhagen, 2006). M.A. (Intelligence and International Security, King's College London, 2005). Chief Analyst with the private intelligence company Risk Intelligence, specializing in maritime security. With DIS since 2007.

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Oscar Verho

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Stockholm University, 2014). Group Leader, Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University. With DIS since 2019.

Patrick Terrence Brooks

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. University of Copenhagen, 2016). BSc in Biology (University of Copenhagen, 2010). Currently doing his 3-year PhD research fellowship at the Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet. Previous positions: 4th year of residency/specialization in Clinical Immunology at the Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet (2021). Clinical Basic Training (KBU) at the Department of Urology, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde (2017). Emergency Department, Zealand University Hospital, Køge (2016). Research interests: immunology, stem cells and regenerative medicine. With DIS since 2018.

Paulina Mendoza

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.D. (La Salle University, Mexico City, 2019). M. Sc. Nutrition Science (Karolinska Universitet, 2021). Previous employment at the Military Central Hospital in Mexico City (2019-2020). With DIS since 2021.

Pavitra Kannan

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Karolinska Institutet, 2012). Post-doctoral fellow in cancer imaging (University of Oxford). Currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at Karolinska Institutet. Research focuses on identifying mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapies using imaging, cell biology, and mathematics.

Pavitra Kannan

Pernille Ipsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

I am a historian of gender, women, feminism, race and colonialism in Scandinavia and the larger Atlantic world. My first book, Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) follows five generations of marriages between African (Gã and Akan) women and European (Scandinavian) men in an Atlantic slave trading port on the Gold Coast—Christiansborg, in present-day Accra—and shows how racial difference was produced in intimate encounters in the midst of the slave trade. In a second research stream, I explore the history of the Modern Danish Women’s Movement (in Danish, “Rødstrømpebevægelsen”). In August 2020 I published a Danish-language collective biography about the feminist commune I lived in as a young child in Copenhagen in the 1970’s—Et åbent øjeblik (Links to an external site.). I am currently working on an English version of the same story with the prospective title: “An Open Moment: My Seven Mothers and the World They Envisioned”. I am broadly interested in the history of the women’s movement and feminism in general, not only in Denmark, but also in the rest of the world. I was educated at Copenhagen University, where I received an M.A. in history with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2002, and a Ph.D. in history in 2008. Today I am a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at University of Wisconsin—Madison. I am a visiting professor at DIS in the academic year 2022-23.

Peter Christensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Dr.phil. & Mag.art. (History, University of Copenhagen, 1993 & 1979). Lecturer at the Institute of History, University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 1992.

Peter Friis-Mikkelsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master in Law (Copenhagen University, 1991). Past Work experience includes: Partner Group Manager (2002-2005) & Business Manager (2005-2008) both at Microsoft DK; VP Sales at ScanJour A/S (2008-2011), VP Sales Europe at Medical Insight A/S (2011-2012). Current Founder/Partner at COO Consulting (2012-). With DIS since 2016.

Peter Helles Eriksen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

BA in Photojournalism form the Danish School of Media and Journalism (2007-2011), Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2010), Fatamorgana, Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography (2006). Photojournalist at Berlingske Tidende (2008-2010). Has worked as a freelance photographer since 2011 and since 2015 been part of the artist collective "Sara, Peter & Tobias". With DIS since 2018.

Peter Johansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Peter Johansen graduated from The Danish Design School (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design), the line of Furniture and Spatial Design, in 2004. He has received several grants from the Danish Arts Foundation. Peter Johansen’s working process often involves modelling and experimenting in a scale of 1:1. He finds inspiration for his work in everyday life and materials and his immediate surroundings. In his own words, ’I guess I just have a habit of noticing my surroundings!’ He characterizes his own work as logical and as a flirt with banality. And as the son of a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother, Peter Johansen is a real mixture of a true Scandinavian. Scandinavian in his spirit, modern in his expression. With DIS since 2019.

Peter Rantzau

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master (Strategy, Organisation and Leadership;Copenhagen Business School, 2001), BA (Communication, Colorado State University, 1993). Previously employed as General Manager at From Function, Rosendahl A/S (2004-2006), International Brand Director at Pandora A/S (2006-2008), Joint CEO at Munio/Rainforest Protection Initiative (2008-2012), Head of Department at Profilrejser (2013-2014). Present Managing Director of Kinraden since 2014 as well as External Lecture at Copenhagen Business School. With DIS since 2015.

International Business, Peter Rantzau

Petra Sundell

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Petra is a serial entrepreneur and venture builder focusing on the areas of future of work, future of education, and mental wellbeing. She has a background as a business and market strategist, and a deep passion for the business development, growth and expansion phases of startups. Already at the age of 19, Petra started her first company. She’s since split her time between career-coaching and consulting startups and smaller companies on their growth journeys. In recent years Petra worked as a Community Manager at one of the first and internationally most recognized startup hubs of the Nordics, SUP46, where she supported over 100 startups. She also helped launch TheNordicHub in Sweden, and developed a sweat equity investment strategy for a venture builder concept. Currently, Petra is dedicated to build her latest company, Upbeater, with the mission to help students and startups reach success by offering ways for them to support each other's growth. During 2020, the company will be releasing a new service, the Upbeater Society, supporting even more collaboration opportunities between students and startups through connections, interactions and gigs.

Future-Studies-Petra-Sundell

Polina Smiragina-Ingelström

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD (2021, The University of Sydney), focusing on the gendered perspective on victimhood in the trafficking of men. MSc (2012, Gothenburg University), BA (2009, Moscow State University). Postdoctoral fellow in Criminology (Stockholm University). Polina’s research interests are within the disciplines of criminology and medical anthropology with a special focus on victimhood, gender, post-trafficking needs and help-seeking behavior. Before commencing her academic career Polina was a migrant counsellor and reintegration assistant at the UN Migration (IOM) mission in Russia. She was engaged in providing direct assistance to migrants in distress including victims of human trafficking and exploitation; and assistance in voluntary return and reintegration.  With DIS since 2016.

Sociology Polina Smiragina Ingelstöm

Rachel Irwin

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD. Social Anthropology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2014). MSc. International Health Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2008). Postdoctoral research fellow in medical humanities at Lund University (2016-present). Researcher in global health at Karolinska Institutet (2014-2016). Researcher in health, development and security at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (2011-2016). Research assistant in health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007-2011). With DIS since 2016.

Rasmus Dilling-Hansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc in Social Entrepreneurship and Management, Roskilde University. Project Manager in Den Sociale Kapitalfond, a Danish pioneer and market leader in social impact investments. Part of the team which is developing the first commercial fund for social impact investments in Denmark.

Rasmus Ekman

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc in Geography and Geoinformatics (University of Copenhagen). GIS analyst and drone pilot in the Department of Sustainable Development, City of Copenhagen. His primary work is in climate adaptation projects, ensuring public participation and creation of high detailed drone generated geodata. Former member of  the student association for Physical Geography with University of Copenhagen. Former position with the Copenhagen Municipality in the Climate Adaptation Unit under the Technical and Environmental Administration Works with GIS at the climate adaptation unit in the municipality of Copenhagen and at Energy and Water – Greater Copenhagen Science Centre. With DIS since 2016.

 

Rasmus Frisk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA/Urban Design Master (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 2003). Extensive national/international experience with large-scale masterplans, building design and public space projects. Worked in leading positions at many firms including White Architects and Gehl Architects. Today, Partner at arki_lab, consulting on global urban design projects. With DIS since 2011.

Architecture and Design, Rasmus Frisk

Rebecca (Reba) Howard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Dr. Rebecca (Reba) Howard completed bachelors and doctoral degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Pomona College and the University of California, San Francisco in addition to a NIH-NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Skidmore College. She has managed a team conducting biochemistry and electrophysiology experiments as well as molecular simulations to investigate the structure and function of ion channels at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm since 2016. Howard’s recent work includes first-author publications in PNAS, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, etc., and invited talks at the Biophysical Society, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, TEDx, and other institutions. With DIS Stockholm since 2018.

Regitze Hess

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect MAA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1993). B.Eng. – Civil, McGill University, Montreal (1985). Currently Special Advisor with International Federation for Housing and Planning [IFHP], working with IFHP in various capacities since 2005. A long range of experience advocating for better cities and built environments through the world of philanthropy, non-profits, academia & private practice; as conference organizer; curator; publisher, editor & writer; teacher and critic. Positions of trust include Gehl Institute Board Member. With DIS since 2002.

Remzi Ates Gürsimsek

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Sense-making Strategies and User-driven Innovations in Virtual Worlds, Roskilde University, 2012), M.Sc. (Digital Media and Industrial Design, Istanbul Technical University, 2007), B.ID. (Industrial Design, Middle East Technical University, 2004). Visiting researcher at the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, Stanford University (2011) and Eindhoven University of Technology (2006). With DIS since 2014.

Communications, Remzi Ates Gursimsek

René Rosfort

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD & MA (University of Copenhagen, 2008 & 2003). Associate Professor (Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen). With DIS since 2013.

European Humanities, Rene Rosfort

Rhea Leman

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.F.A., creative writing, Lesley College, Cambridge USA (2009), Teaching Diploma from EU’s screenwriting program North by Northwest, Copenhagen (2004), B.F.A. major in dance and performance, Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston U.S.A (1981). Chairwoman of The Danish Theater Council and member of The Danish Arts Council (2003-2007). Since moving to Denmark in 1981, Leman has been working as playwright, screenwriter as well as theater, radio and TV director. With DIS since 2018.

Ridwanul Amin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ridwan investigates the associations between migration status, social marginalisation and suicidal behaviour. He obtained his PhD and MSc in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2021 and 2016, respectively. Ridwan graduated as an MD from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2010. As a physician, he worked on projects aimed at improving child and adolescent health in Bangladesh during 2011-2014. With DIS since December 2021.  

Robert Stasinski

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BA in Art History and Political Science, Stockholm University, 2006. Project Manager Iaspis international Residency Program 2006-2010, Editor in Chief of NU-E The Nordic Art Review Magazine 2004-2006, Art Critic in Flash Art, KunstkritikkPaletten 2005-, Communications Manager and Editor SSE Art Initiative, Stockholm School of Economics 2016-, Course Manager Art Management/Curatorial Studies at Stockholm University 2018-. With DIS since 2019.

S. Salman Ahmad

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Psychology (2005) from Osmania University, India. Worked as faculty and consultant in the areas of psychology, leadership and organizational development across South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In Denmark since 2010. Chief Consultant at the Living Institute and External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. Faculty member with the Department of Psychology at DIS since 2013.

Salim Aykut Ozturk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Anthropology (University College London, 2020). MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies, London 2010). MA in Political Science and International Relations (Bogazici University, 2009). BA in Political Science and International Relations (Bogazici University, 2007). Quantitative and qualitative researcher with work and field experience in Istanbul, London and Jerusalem. First book, “Mobility and Armenian Belonging in Contemporary Turkey: Migratory Routes and the Meaning of the Local” (London: IB Tauris) forthcoming in 2022. Currently working on a second book, “An Island that is No More: Politics and Placemaking in Istanbul.” With DIS since 2021.

Sociology, Salim Aykut Ozturk

Sameera Khan

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Artist and curator. MA (Fine Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2004), BA (Fine Arts and Printmaking, National College Of Arts, Pakistan, 2000). Swansea Print Workshop Studio Manager and Art Teacher, 2004-2007. Print Making/ Fine Arts Teacher, Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Islamabad , 2001-2002, lecturer at Swansea University, UK, 2005-2006, and Gorseinon College, UK, 2005-2007. Exhibited in UK, U.S, Denmark, Dubai and Pakistan. With DIS since 2014.

Sanjib Saha

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Sanjib received his master's degree from Karolinska Institute, Sweden in Public Health. Sanjib received his Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden in Public Health with a specialization in Health Economics in 2015. He is working as a researcher since then at the Health Economics Unit of Lund University, Sweden. He is also a senior Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His main interest is health economic evaluation including consequences of chronic diseases, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. With DIS since 2022.

Sanne Vils Axelsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MFA in Photography at University of Hartford (2016). B.A. in Photojournalism from The Danish School of Media and Journalism (2010). Photojournalist at Jyllands-Posten (2007-2008). Recipient of a Cultural exchange Scholarship for photography studies at FAMU in Prague (2009). Has worked as a freelance photographer since 2010. With DIS since 2015.

Communication, Sanne Vils Axelsen

Sarah Ruck Alfast

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Dip.Arch (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University, UK, 2008). BA Hons including exchange year to (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2007). Assistant Architect at Groves Raines Architects 2006-2007. Assistant Architect at Frank Harmon Architect pa, NC, USA 2009. Collaboration with arki_lab, Copenhagen 2012. Urban Design Journal and Visual Journal Lecturer at DIS, 2010-2014. Architect at Schulze + Grassov, Copenhagen 2014. Founder of sradrawings 2016. With DIS since 2010.

Shelley Edmunds

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc Bioentrepreneurship and Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School, 2019; PhD Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, 2011.Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College Cork (2011-2013), University of Goettingen (2013-2015) and Lund University (2015-2017). Innovation Consultant at Nordic Innovators (2019-2021). Project and Outreach Manager at University of Copenhagen (2021-present). With DIS since 2021

Shelley Edmunds

Signe Østergaard Lund

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cabinet maker (NEXT Copenhagen, 2017). Participant in the exhibition "Skud på stammen 2016", collaborations between designers and cabinetmakers. Founder of OE Lund. Co-founder of  Ahm & Lund. With DIS since 2016.

Silvia Dragomir

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect and advocate of Cities for People, with an MSc in Sustainable Urban Planning from Aalborg University and MSc in Architecture from Bucharest and Bordeaux. Her professional profile includes a collaboration with KANT architects, owner of an architecture studio with focus on sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her passion is sharing knowledge and creating better living environments. With DIS since 2015.  

Simone Schwank

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Postdoctoral fellow at Karolinska Institute Stockholm and UiT - The Arctic University of Norway in Perinatal Mental Health and Fellow at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Visiting Researcher at Fudan University, Medical School, Shanghai, China. PhD from Karolinska Institute, M.S. Psychotherapy (New York City University, 2015), M.A. Linguistics, M.S. in Psychology (University of Gothenburg, 2009), B.A. (University of Zurich 2007). Works as clinical psychotherapist in Shanghai, New York, Zurich, and Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.

Sine Krogh

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Art historian (mag.art., University of Copenhagen, 2008). Currently working as a PhD fellow at Aarhus University (2018-2021). My research topics are art and ideology, various types of nationalism (national and cultural), artist identities and nomadic behavior in the nineteenth century. Has published several articles and one book on the German-Polish-Danish painter Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann (1818-1881). Has previously worked at Bakkemuseet, a nineteenth century museum in Frederiksberg (2017-2018), at The Museum of National History (2010-2012), and as research assistant at the University of Leeds (2008-2010). With DIS since 2016.

Sine Lindholm

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect MAA (Aarhus School of Architecture, 2014). Own practice since 2014 working with a phenomenological focus and experimental approach in architectural assignments, competitions, and artistic work from stay at artist residencies. Former employed at SLETH, AVPD, BriqGroup. With DIS since 2016.

Staffan Bengtsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Aesthetics, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, 2004. Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University. Researcher at Swedish Academy and Department of Literature, Uppsala university, since 2011. Research focus: Swedish, German and French literature, Critical Thinking, Enlightenment and Romanticism. With DIS since 2020.

Steen Kjærgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Master of Arts in International Security from the University of Leicester (UK). Graduated Joint Command and Staff College (MA) 2010. Commissioned as an Army officer in 1996, after having served as NCO since 1989. Multiple international deployments to conflict zones. Currently works at the Royal Danish Defense College, as a military analyst focusing on security issues such as military security, Counter-Terrorism and International Law. Served in the Danish Defense Intelligence service. With DIS Spring 2018 and again in Spring and Summer 2019.

Steffen Gunnar Løvkjær Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. (History and History of Art, University of Copenhagen, 2001). Attached to The Danish Royal Collection at Rosenborg and Chr.VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg as Assistant Curator since 1998. With DIS since 2011.

European Humanities, Steffen Gunnar Løvkjær Petersen

Steffen Werther

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University, with a PhD in Modern History from Stockholm University (2012) and an MA in political science from Oldenburg University (2004). Research interests include WWII, German-Scandinavian relations, scientific racism, far right memory politics, veteran studies, and the history of humanitarianism. Publications include Humanitarianism in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Waffen-SS veterans and their sites of memory today (in: The Waffen-SS - A European History, Oxford University Press 2017). With DIS since 2021.  

Steve Turner

DIS Stockholm Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. in Political Sociology, Harvard University.  Extensive teaching experience in comparative politics, multiculturalism, globalization, welfare state policy and positive psychology. Works as a Leadership Consultant, bringing the lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience to the world of business. Also an avid squash player and kayaker. With DIS since 2016.

Stine Laursen

DIS Summer Faculty

Cand. Scient. Soc. (University of Copenhagen, 2010). BSc and MSc Political Sociology (London School of Economics, 2006). Lecturer at Copenhagen University and specializing in irregular migration in Scandinavia. Research experience in the area of migration and immigration, including projects in East and Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. With DIS since 2013.

Stine Zink Kaasgaard

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, 2014.  M.A. in Philosophy, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2009. B.S. in Philosophy, Aarhus University,  minor in Anthropology and History from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2006. Visiting scholar, University of Oxford, UK, winter 2011-2012. Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, fall-winter 2016-2017. Co-founder of Eksistensfilosofisk Akademi, Copenhagen, 2016-present. With DIS since 2020.

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Stylianos Papaioannou

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D  in International Entrepreneurship, Uppsala University, 2020.  M.S. in  International Business Strategy, Linnaeus University, 2012, with double-awarded Thesis on Social Corporate Responsibility of Small and Medium Size Exporting firms. B.S. in Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University, 2010.  Associated Researcher of Uppsala University, granted with Johan & Jakob Stiftelse Research Grant, published research in peer-reviewed international scientific journals: Journal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, International Marketing Review, and others. Co-author of Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research.

Suman Ambwani

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD (Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2008, Clinical Psychology Internship, Medical University of South Carolina, 2007-2008). MS (Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2005). BA (Psychology, Sociology, Macalester College, 2003). Previously an associate professor of psychology at Dickinson College, visiting researcher at King’s College London, and visiting scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research broadly examines factors associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorders, particularly cultural features (such as fat-shaming environments and pseudoscientific diet fads) and difficulties with interpersonal relationships. She is also a co-investigator on two UK multisite randomized clinical trials investigating guided self-help for anorexia nervosa. With DIS since 2022.

Susanna Z. Papp

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Susanna is a psychologist, lecturer, and trainer. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (ELTE Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest). She has a decade of experience as a lecturer and over a thousand hour experience in holding skill development training in communication, conflict-management, and cultural competences. She is trained in mediation and restorative methods. With DIS since 2017.

Psychology, Susanna Papp

Susanne Lilja Buchardt

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in Glaciology (University of Copenhagen). Educated at Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute and works with ice core analysis and ice flow models. Participated in ice core drillings in Greenland and Antarctica since she was a grad student. With DIS since 2013.

Suzanne da Cunha Bang

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. et art. (Danish, English, History of Art, University of Copenhagen, 1983 and 2002). Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 1979. Program director of Danish Language and Culture at DIS 2004-2017. With DIS since 1983.

Danish Language and Culture, Suzanne da Cunha Bang

Søren Amsnæs

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect M.A.A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1983). Employment with PLH Architects, Homann Architects. Since 1988, own office specialising in visualization and project presentation for clients in Denmark and abroad. With DIS since 2012.

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Søren Hove

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D in Middle East Studies (2009). Chief Consultant at the Danish Defense and formerly research fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies (University of Southern Denmark) and postdoctoral researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS, Copenhagen). Expertise in terrorism and Islamist militancy in the Middle East. With DIS since 2011.

European Politics, Søren Hove

Teresa Imaya Bengtsson

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. in Advanced Migration Studies (Copenhagen University). B.A., in Global Humanities (Communications and Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center). Research interests include migration and transnationalism, identity and belonging, and Islamic feminism. Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education. With DIS since 2013.

Thomas Bolander

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. M.s.c. in Mathematics, Logic, Computer science and Artificial Intelligence. Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In 2006, he received the "teacher of the year" award at DTU. Director of studies at the Copenhagen University Extension 2009-2013.  Educational developer at LearningLab DTU2011-2014 , developing and teaching the Education in University Teaching at DTU. Book review editor of the Springer journal Studia Logica, and scientific advisor for the Science & Cocktails initiative.

Thomas Dickson

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect, industrial designer (Royal Academy, 1990). Denmarks School of Journalism 1988. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, 1989. Own office from 1991 to 2002 and again since 2009. Director of design futures Lego Company 2002-04, associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture 2004-09. Visiting professor at Umeå Institute of Design 2010-11. Author of numerous books on design and innovation. With DIS 1993-97 and from 2017.

Thor Linnet

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MD (University of Copenhagen, 2021). Pre-graduate and post-graduate experience with clinical neurology as well as neuroscience. Currently employed at Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet Glostrup and in Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2019.

Thyge C. Bro

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Thyge C. Bro; mag.art. classical archaeology University of Copenhagen, 1984. Taught art history at the University of Copenhagen in 1985-1998 and classical archaeology at the University of Southern Denmark in 1998-2000. Teaches classical archaeology and architectural history at the Extension Service at the University in Copenhagen. With DIS since 2006.

Tina Bacher

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag (French and Culture Journalism, Copenhagen University). Modules in Danish as a second language. Tina has worked as a Danish instructor many years in her own company in. Translator for the State Department and interpreter for the Danish Police. Tina has a background as a business consultant in local businesses and tourism. With DIS since 2018.

Tina Christensen

DIS Summer Faculty

Architect MAA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 1990. Designer at IKEA of Sweden, 1991-1995. Owner of Form Design, 1995-2001. Teacher at the Danish Design School 1998-2000. Co-founder of LEGAARD&CHRISTENSEN 2001. Visiting professor, University of Washington, 2016. With DIS since 2005.

Tina Mangieri

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD in Geography (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007). Instructor, Stockholm University. Cartographer - Yemen Project, Royal Ontario Museum. Academic Director, Associate Academic Dean, and Academic Dean for Africa, SIT Study Abroad. Fulbright scholar, Kenya (cultural, economic, and urban geography). Assistant Professor, Geography, Texas A&M University. Assistant Professor, Champlain College. Director of Experiential Education, NYU Abu Dhabi. Associate Dean for Global Education, Bates College. With DIS since 2018.

Tina Midtgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Architect, M.A.A./M.D.D. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1992). Worked in various offices in Germany, South Africa, Namibia and Denmark. Own office since 1992. With DIS since 2005.

Tina Nielsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.ling.merc in German (Århus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, 1998). Degree in English (University of Southern Denmark, 1994). Master’s programme in Teaching Danish as Second Language for Adults (University of Copenhagen, 2009). Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 2002. Own link2danish offering courses in Danish language and culture to private organizations since 2011. With DIS since 2012.

Tine Poulsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

PhD, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (University of Copenhagen, 2013); M.Sc. and B.Sc Public Health (University of Copenhagen 2004/2002). Project manager (Roskilde Hospital, Region Sjælland 2013-15), Consultant (Municipality of Gladsaxe, 2002-2007). With DIS since 2016.

Public Health, Tine Poulsen

Toke Fosgaard

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. at University of Copenhagen (2010); Visiting Scholar at University of Amsterdam (2008); Assistant Professor at University of Copenhagen (2010 – Present)

Tommy Heisz

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

BA from The Danish School of Journalism, 2003. Author and freelance writer, primarily working with documentary, reportage and long-form journalism. With DIS since 2017.

Torben Jørgensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.mag. (M.A. in History, University of Copenhagen, 2003). With the Danish Jewish Museum, 2007-2008. Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2003-2005. Researcher, Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research, 2000-2003. With DIS since 2008.

Trine Perlt

DIS Summer Faculty

M.Sc. in Biology, University of Copenhagen. Employed at Dept. of Biology, University of Copenhagen since 2003. Secretary at Polar Science Centre UCPH (2010-2013). Research and teaching interests include Arctic ecosystems (in particular freshwater ecosystems), phytoplankton, and ice algae. Has over the years worked on several large international research projects and monitoring programs concerning climate change in the Arctic (most recently CBMP-freshwater, ARCTIC-BIODIVER, and Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring). With DIS since 2021.

Troels Wesenberg Kjær

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 1992). Ph.D. (University of Copenhagen, 1996). Chief Physician, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurophysiology Center, Dept of Neurology, Roskilde University Hospital. With DIS since 2003.

Medical Practice & Policy, Troels Wesenberg Kjær

Ulrik Dixen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MD, PhD, MSc, Ass. Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Ulrik Graff Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.jur. (Law, University of Copenhagen, 2006). European Legal Diploma, University of Kent, 2003. Head of Section, Danish Defense Command-Afghanistan, 2009. Head of Section, Danish Defense Command - Maritime operations, 2008. Deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. With DIS since 2010.

Ulrik Kristoffer Stoltze

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2017). Currently: Residency in Gastrointestinal surgery at Herlev Hospital, researcher at Pediatrics Oncology Lab (Bonkolab) at Rigshospitalet and chairman of The Stethoscope, a radio program for medical professionals. Previously:  Researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Clinical Genetics Department at Rigshospitalet, doctor in the psychiatric emergency room at Bispebjerg Hospital, and former DIS Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.

Veronika Leonova

DIS Copenhagen Semester & DIS Summer Faculty

M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2011). Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy education (Moscow Association for Analytical Psychology, 2012). Worked as a clinical psychologist in various institutions and taught as an external lecturer at “The Higher School of Psychology” in Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology. In Denmark since 2015. I work with children, adolescents and adults, conducting individual and group therapy in private practice and as a volunteer in NEFOS. You can find out more on my website: psyhelp.dk. With DIS since 2017.

Veronika,Leonova, Psychology, European Clinical Psychology

Åsa Johansson

DIS Summer Faculty

Furniture Designer. Cabinetmaker in 1998. Denmark's Design School 2003. Freelance designer. Furniture and interior designer with Leif Jørgensen Architects. Lighting Designer with FLOS. With DIS since 2017.