Meet DIS Staff

DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia is a Danish non-profit educational foundation governed by an external Board of Directors working closely with the Executive Director.

Executive Director

Malene Torp

Executive Director

Cand. scient. pol. (Political Science, U. of Copenhagen, 2001). Fulbright Scholar, New York U. (1999-2000). Director of International Business & Economics, DIS (2001-04). Academic Director, DIS (2004-2008). Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce (Spring 2007), Associate Director, DIS (2008-13). Executive Director, DIS (2014-present).

DIS Executive Director, Malene Torp

Deputy Executive Director

Martin Hogan

Deputy Executive Director

Advanced Management Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2004); Master of Arts, St. John’s College (1991); Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Economics, State University of New York (1984). Vice President, External Relations and Program Development CIEE (1998-2008), Executive Vice President, Study Abroad, CIEE (2008-2012); Director of Program Development, DIS (2012-2014); Deputy Executive Director, DIS (2014-present). NAFSA Leadership Team, Public Policy and Practice (2007-2009); Board of Directors, Fund for Education Abroad (2010-2013); Chair, Forum Council, Forum on Education Abroad (2011-2014). With DIS since 2012.

DIS Deputy Executive Director, Martin Hogan


Helle Rytkønen

Academic Director

Ph.D. (Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, 2002). M.S. and B.S. (Political Science, University of Copenhagen). Exchange student at UC Berkeley 1993-1995. Taught Anthropology, Philosophy and Rhetoric at Stanford University 2002-12. Also taught classes at Hope House, a rehabilitation center in Redwood city, CA for female substance abusers and criminals, 2008-11. With DIS since 2012.

DIS Academic Director, Helle Rytkønen

Dorte Mari Aggergaard

Faculty Development Manager

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 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.

DIS Academics, Dorte Mari Aggergaard

Esben Lydiksen

Learning Technology Manager

M.A. in Linguistics from University of Copenhagen, 2006. Teacher of Danish as second language and course material developer at Studieskolen, Copenhagen. Senior consultant in online and blended learning at University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2016.

Esben Lydiksen, Learning Technology Manager at DIS

Lisbeth Lauritzen

Senior Academic Coordinator

Trilingual Commercial Correspondent in English and French, Copenhagen Business School, 1993. Work experience as Project Administrator from private Danish consultancy firm consulting on Danish Development Support. With DIS since 2006.

DIS HR and New Business Development, Lisbeth Lauritzen

Mackenzie Zimmer

Academic Coordinator

BA (Cinema and Media Studies, Carleton College 2012). DIS Communication and Mass Media Program, Fall 2010. With DIS since 2013.

DIS Academics, Kenzie Zimmer

Academics / Office of Academic Support

Karl Weis-Fogh


Cand scient. bibl. (Royal School of Information and Library Science, 2007). Bibliotekar DB (Royal School of Library and Information Science, 2005). Worked as a public librarian at Rudersdal Bibliokerne (2007-2013) With DIS since 2013.

DIS Academic Support, Karl Weis-Fogh

Elizabeth Adams

Assistant Librarian

M.A. in English from Copenhagen University, 2015 (minors in Sociology and History). Assistant Librarian at DIS since 2016.

Elizabeth Adams, Assistant Librarian at DIS

Academics / Architecture & Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design Programs

Henning Thomsen

Program Director

B.A., Political Science (Århus University, 1985). Architect MAA (School of Architecture, Aarhus, 1992). Visiting Researcher (Cambridge University, 1994-95). Master of Management Development (Copenhagen Business School, 2008). Leading positions with the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Realdania, the Architects Association, the Danish Architecture Center and Gehl Architects. With DIS 1997-2002 and since 2011.

Henning Thomsen, Program Director at DIS

Natalie Jeffers-Hansen

Program Coordinator

M.Sc., Interior Design (Pratt Institute, 2010), B.A. cum laude Art History, English (Wellesley College, 2004). External Lecturer, Furniture Design Workshop, DIS, 2013-2016. Business Development Coordinator, Henning Larsen Architects, 2013-2016. Business Development Coordinator, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, 2016. With DIS since 2012.

Natalie Jeffers-Hansen, Program Manager at DIS

Dani Hill

Program Coordinator

Rummets-Sprog (Design Architect, 2015). Architecture & Design Program Assistant (DIS, 2014). Master of Architecture (Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, 2013), B.Sc., Interior Design, Sustainable Design Concentration. With DIS since 2014.

DIS Academics, Dani Hill

Katherine Johnston

Program Assistant

B.F.A., Graphic Design (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016). DIS Architecture and Design Program, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2016.

Kate Johnston, Program Assistant at DIS

Robert Davis

Program Assistant

B.A., Architecture (North Carolina State University, 2016). B.A., Environmental Design in Architecture (North Carolina State University, 2015). DIS Architecture and Design Program, Summer 2013. With DIS since 2016.

Robert Davis, Program Assistant at DIS

Academics / Biomedicine, Medical Practice & Policy, Neuroscience, and Public Health Programs

Lisbeth Borbye

Program Director

Ph.D. (Genetics, University of Copenhagen, 1993). Post-Doctoral Fellow, the US Human Genome Project, Washington University, School of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (1993-1995). Sr. Research Associate, Purdue University (1995-1998). Staff Scientist, Paradigm Genetics (1998-2002). Roles as Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Dean for Professional Education, North Carolina State University (2003-2014). Twelve years of educational innovation and research alliance building between universities and companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. With DIS since 2015.

Lisbeth Borbye, Program Director

Susana Dietrich

Assistant Program Director

Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal, 2007), M.Sc. (Biotechnology, De Monfort University, UK, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 1998), Licenciatura (Microbiology, Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal, 1997). Post-Doctorate positions in immunology and neuroimmunology (University of Lund, Sweden and University of Copenhagen, Denmark). With DIS since 2011.

DIS Academics, Susana Dietrich

Louise Bagger Iversen

Assistant Program Director

M.Sc. and B.Sc. Public Health (University of Copenhagen, 2011/2007). Academic officer in the Planning Department (Quality and Development, Region Sjælland, 2011-2014). With DIS since 2014.

DIS Academics, Louise Bagger Iversen

Stephanie Clemente

Project Manager

B.A. (Chemistry, Wesleyan University, 2011). Biomedicine & Biotechnology Program, DIS Fall 2009. With DIS since 2011.

Barbara Hansen

Senior Program Coordinator

B.A. in French with a minor in Communications, American University, Washington D.C. (1975). Junior year study abroad, Université de Grenoble, France. Work experience in the U.S.: Editorial Assistant, Agence France-Presse (1977-1990). Work experience in Denmark: Marketing Communications, Hewlett-Packard (1993-2005); Saxo Bank (2006-2008); Regulatory Affairs Associate, Novo Nordisk A/S (2009-2017). With DIS since March 2017.

Barbara Hansen, Senior Program Coordinator at DIS

Ryan Polito

Program Assistant

B.S. (Biology and History, Santa Clara University, 2016). DIS Medical Practice and Policy Program, Fall 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Ryan Polito, Program Assistant

Victoria Stepanova

Program Assistant

B.A. (Heath, Behavior, and Society, with minors in Medical Anthropology and Studio Art, University of Rochester, 2016). DIS Public Health Program, Fall 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Victoria Stepanova, Program Assistant

Academics / Child Development & Diversity Programs

Maja Sbahi Biehl

Program Director

Cand.comm. (Communication and Educational Studies, Roskilde University, 2004). B.A. (Speech and Communication, San Francisco State University, 1998). Interpreter and pedagogical supervisor for Turkish youth, Farum municipality, 1999-2000. With DIS since 2005.

DIS Academics, Maja Sbahi-Biehl

Jennifer Duncan-Bendix

Assistant Program Director

MA. Dagtilbuds- og Indskolings Didaktik (Aarhus University, 2014). BA (Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Connecticut, 2006). DIS Program Assistant (2007-2008). Child Development and Diversity Program Assistant (2011-present). Pædagog in the International and Danish communities in Copenhagen (2008-2010). With DIS since 2007.

DIS Academics, Jennifer Duncan Bendix

Margaret Sullivan

Program Assistant

B.A. (English Literature and Secondary Education, St. Lawrence University, 2015). DIS Child Diversity and Development: Children with Special Needs Program, Fall 2013. With DIS since 2016.

Margaret Sullivan, Program Assistant at DIS

Academics / Communication, Computer Science, Gender & Sexuality Studies, International Relations, Justice & Human Rights, Prostitution & the Sex Trade Programs

Iben de Neergaard

Program Director

M.A. (Social Sciences, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University 2001), B.A. (Journalism & EU politics, Danmarks Journalisthøjskole & Utrecht University 1996). Head of Communication, Cevea Think Tank, 2014 – 15. Communication Consultant, Crisis & PR, 2013 – 2014. Team Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council, 2002 – 2013. Production Assistant, CNN, New York, 2001. On-Air Reporter, Producer & Anchor, DR Nyheder, Danish Broadcast Corporation, 1996 – 2002. Producer & Reporter, TV2 Østjylland, 1994 – 95. With DIS since 2015.

DIS Academics, Iben de Neergaard

Nya Oxfeldt Jensen

Assistant Program Director

M.A. (Communication and International Development, University of Roskilde, 2001), B.A. (Business Administration, University of San Diego, 1995). Communications Advisor, Sampension, 2001-2002. Communication Advisor, Ballerup Kommune, 2002-2011. Communication Advisor, Danish Refugee Council, 2011-2016. With DIS since January 2017.

Nya Oxfeldt Jensen, Assistant Program Director at DIS

Sara Gjermandsen

Assistant Program Director

M.A. (English, University of Copenhagen, 2014), B.A. (English and Minority Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2010). Research Assistant at the Co-ordination for Gender Research at University of Copenhagen and Editorial Assistant at the research journal ’Women, Gender & Research’. With DIS since 2015.

Sara Gjermandsen, Assistant Program Director

Yi-Chen Han

Program Assistant

B.A. (double major in Sociology and Communications: Media Studies, Wheaton College IL, 2015). DIS Strategic Communications Program, Spring 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Yi-Chen Han, Program Assistant at DIS

Academics / Danish Language & Culture,
Swedish Language & Culture

Suzanna da Cunha Bang

Program Director

Cand.mag. et art. (Danish, English, History of Art, University of Copenhagen 1983 and 2002). Teacher of Danish to foreigners since 1979. With DIS 1983-1991 and since 2004.

DIS Academics, Suzanna da Cunha Bang

Kristina Lissau

Assistant Program Director

Cand.mag. (History, University of Copenhagen, 2014). B.A. (History and English, University of Copenhagen and University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2011). With DIS 2011-2012 and since 2013. Currently on maternity leave.

Kristina Lissau, Assistant Program Director at DIS

Anna Sommer

Assistant Program Director

Cand. Mag. (International Business Communication, Syddansk University, 2017). B.A. (European Ethnology, University of Copenhagen, 2013). B.A. (Arthistory, University of Copenhagen). With DIS since 2010. Maternity cover for Kristina Lissau.

Anna Sommer

Academics / Art & Visual Culture, History, Literature, Philosophy Programs

Jakob Lorentzen

Program Director

Cand.mag. (Philosophy, University of Copenhagen , 2004). MA (Philosophy, Stony Brook U., 2002). Editorial staff, P1 Debat, Danmarks Radio (2005). With DIS since 2006.

Jakob Lorentzen, Program Director at DIS

Karen Louise Søilen

Assistant Program Director

Cand. mag (Modern Culture, University of Copenhagen, 2011). BA (Aesthetics, specialization in Literature, University of Bergen, 2008). Literature Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (2009). Worked with online communication at e-conomic, (2012), PR and planning of literary events at LiteraturHaus (2011). With DIS since 2012.

Karen Louise Grova Søilen, staff at DIS

Matthew Kelley

Program Assistant

BA (Philosophy and Political Science, Allegheny College, 2014). DIS European Humanities Program, Spring 2013. Enrollment Services, Harvard University Continuing Education, 2014-2016. With DIS since 2016.

Matt Kelley, Program Assistant

Academics / Environmental Science of the Arctic, European Politics, Sociology, Sustainability, Urban Studies Programs

Neringa Bigailaite

Program Director, the Environment, Politics & Society

M.A. (Scandinavian Philology, 2005). B.A. (Lithuanian and Danish Philology, U. of Vilnius, 1996). International Student Advisor, Copenhagen University (2004-2005). Lithuanian language instructor, Baltisk Oplysnings Forbund (2002-2006). Employment at DFDS Transport A/S (1997-2004). With DIS since 2005.

DIS Academics, Neringa Bigailaite

Astrid M. Z. Bonde

Assistant Program Director

Ph.D. (Ancient DNA, Ice Cores and Climate Change), University of Copenhagen, 2011. M.Sc. (Conservation, evolution and population genetics), University of Copenhagen, 2007. Post.Doc. at Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, 2011-2013. Founder of Wilderness Inspire (2014). Consultant on citizen science and sustainable tourism with NORDECO (2014). Sales and product manager at Arctic Friend/Culture Adventure (2015). With DIS since 2015.

Assistant Program Director Astrid M. Z. Bonde

Janni Stubkjær Rasmussen

Program Coordinator

Cand. Mag. (Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2013). BA (Science of Religion and Minority Studies, University of Aarhus, 2009). With DIS since 2015.

DIS Academics, Janni Stubkjær Rasmussen

Alex Berlin

Program Assistant

B.A. (International Relations, American University, 2016); DIS European Politics Program, Fall 2014; With DIS since 2016.

Alexander Berlin, Program Assistant

Rachel Frei

Program Assistant

B.S. (Environmental Science and Management, The University of Rhode Island, 2016). DIS Sustainable Development in Northern Europe, Fall 2014; DIS Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case Study, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2016.

Rachel Frei, Program Assistant

Academics / Global Economics and International Business Programs

Susanne Goul Hovmand

Program Director

Cand.merc. (International Business, Copenhagen Business School, 1999). Marketing Research Consultant, Harrigan-Bodick, Inc. New York, 2000- 2001. TNS Gallup A/S Copenhagen, 2002-2006. External Lecturer, Copenhagen Business School, 2003-2005. With DIS since 2006.

Susanne Hovmand, Program Director at DIS

Anne Christine Nielsen

Assistant Program Director

M.S. (Economic Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, 2011). One study abroad semester (MBA course at Pacific Lutheran University WA, 2009). B.S. (Business Administration and Economics, Copenhagen Business School, 2008). Cambridge CAE Sydney, 2005. Worked as Account Manager at Smart & co. from 2011-2013. With DIS as Social Residential Advisor from 2010-2012 and returned as Assistant Program Director since 2013.

DIS Academics, Anne Christine Mølkjær Nielsen

Morten King-Grubert

DIS Career Resources Coordinator

Master (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 and Customer Service Executive at British Airways covering the entire European market. Co-founder of the Youth Goodwilll Ambassador Corps. Currently Head of Department, Talent Attraction at Copenhagen Capacity. With DIS since Fall 2014.

Owen Coffin

Program Assistant

B.A. (Government and Economics, Georgetown University, 2016). DIS Global Economics Program, Fall 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Owen Coffin, Program Assistant at DIS

Academics / Psychology Program

Carla Caetano

Program Director

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) & M.A. (Theology) Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA.(1992). Post Doctorate (Clinical Neuropsychology), UCLA/Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA. (2000-2002). Licensed Clinical Psychologist (California, USA), Specialist & Supervisor in Neuropsychology (Denmark). With DIS 1999-2000 and since 2003.

DIS Academics, Carla Caetano

Tilde Højer Mathiasen

Associate Program Director

Cand. scient. soc. (International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center, 2006). Has previously worked as PR & Marketing Officer and Program Director for European Politics & Migration and Identity at DIS. With DIS since 2007.

DIS Academics, Tilde Højer Mathiasen

Signe Lissauer

Program Coordinator

Cand.Mag. (Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2012). BA.ling.merc. (English and International Marketing, Copenhagen Business School & Oxford Brookes University, 2006). With DIS since 2016.

Signe Lissauer, Program Coordinator at DIS

Roza Youkhana

Practicum Coordinator

Cand. ling.merc. (Intercultural market studies, Copenhagen Business School, 2013). BA (International Business Communication - Spanish and European Studies, Aarhus School of Business, 2008). With DIS since 2011.

DIS Acadmics, Roza Youkhana

Collin Alexander Shampine

Program Assistant

B.A. (Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2016). DIS Psychopharmacology program, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2017.

Collin Shampine, Program Assistant at DIS

Jennifer Smith

Program Assistant

B.A. (Psychology, Wheaton College MA, 2015). DIS Positive Psychology Program, Spring 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Jennifer Smith, Program Assistant at DIS

Katherine Giddens

Program Assistant

B.S. (Biology and Classics, Trinity College CT, 2016). DIS Biomedicine Program, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2016.

Katherine Giddens, Program Assistant

Kelly Jochems

Program Assistant

B.A. (Psychology, Wheaton College MA, 2015). DIS Positive Psychology Program, Spring 2014. With DIS since 2015.

DIS Academics, Kelly Jochems

Study Tours & Faculty-Led Programs

Charlotte Dalsgaard


Cand. mag. (English, Odense U., 2000). Teaching position (English and Danish), Copenhagen (2002-05). Tour Leader, EF Educational Tours, UK (1998-2000). UK Area Manager, EF Educational Tours, Netherlands (2000-01). With DIS since 2005.

DIS Study Tours, Charlotte Dalsgaard

Ian Samuel Terkildsen

Associate Director of Study Tours and Faculty Led Programs

HD, (Graduate Diploma of Business Administration), CBS, 2015. AP, Economics, Copenhagen Business Academy, 2013. BM, Music Theory, New England Conservatory,1999. Graduate studies in musicology, University of Copenhagen, 2000-2002. Teaching positions (USA & Denmark), since 1997. Manager of Operations, Kuoni Destination Management, 2003-2007. DIS Study Tours Assistant Director, 2007-2016.

Ian Samuel Terkildsen, Associate Director of Study Tours and Faculty Led Programs at DIS

Zoé Kilbourne

Manager of Faculty Led Programs

B.S. (Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University, 2012). DIS Medical Practice and Policy Program, Spring 2011. DIS Study Tours Coordinator, 2012-2016.

DIS Study Tours, Zoe Kilbourne

Sofie Saleem

Study Tours Operations Coordinator

Degree in Tourism and Travel Management, Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College. 5 years experience in the travel industry as a travel consultant. With DIS since 2013.

DIS Study Tours, Sofie Saleem

Julie Uhrskov Nielsen

Study Tours Coordinator

BA.ling.merc. (American Studies & English), Copenhagen Business School, 2013). With DIS since 2010.

Stephanie Stadager

Assistant Study Tours Coordinator

M.A. (Theater Science, Performance Studies and Communication, University of Copenhagen, 2014). Four years of experience in the travel industry as a tour leader and travel coordinator. With DIS since 2017.

Stephanie Stadager, Assistant Study Tours Coordinator at DIS

Natalia Pfeifer

Study Tours Assistant

B.A. (Public Relations and Strategic Communications, minor in Marketing, American University, 2016). DIS New Media and Changing Communities Program, Fall 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Natalia Pfeifer, Study Tours Assistant at DIS

Emily Fayram

Study Tours Assistant

B.S. (Psychology and Liberal Studies, Santa Clara University, 2016). DIS Positive Psychology Program, Fall 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Emily Fayram, Study Tours Assistant

Housing & Student Affairs

Anette Frederiksen


Cand. scient. soc. (International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center, 2005). B.A. (French and English with specialization in Int. Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, 2001). Studied abroad: Université de Montpellier, France (2001); U.S. (91/92). With DIS since 2004.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Anette Frederiksen

Housing: Host Team

Mia Priskorn

Manager, Host Team

Cand. scient. anth. (Social Anthropology, U. of Copenhagen, 2005). Field work and Master thesis on the relationship between foreign exchange students and Danish host families in a kinship perspective. Fulbright exchangee, USA (1991/92) and Youth For Understanding exchangee, Argentina (1995/96). Has taken extended courses on conflict management and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Conflict Mediation at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. With DIS since 2005.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Mia Priskorn

Jesper E. Hansen

Host Retainment Officer

Cand. Mag. (Political Science, Aarhus University, 2010). BA (English Language and Culture, Aarhus University, 2007). Specialization in American Politics and Culture. Previous experience in public and private fundraising as well as project management within sustainability. With DIS since 2014.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Jesper Hansen

Lea Weber

Host Team Coordinator

Cand.mag. (Cultural Encounters and Communication, Roskilde University 2016). Specialization in multiculturalism and intercultural communication. Previous work experience includes teaching assistant (2014-2016) and external lecturer (2016), Child Development and Diversity Program, DIS. With DIS since 2014.

Lea Weber, Host Team Coordinator at DIS

Housing: Shared Housing Team

Emily Childers Brocks

Manager, Housing Team

Cand.soc. (Social Work, University of Aalborg, 2010). B.A. (Gender Studies, Indiana University, 2001). Working to develop the interdisciplinary fields of academics and student affairs in study abroad. Currently the Living & Learning Community Coordinator, and a faculty member in the Gender & Sexuality program at DIS. With DIS since 2010.

Emily Childers Broks, DIS Housing and Students Affairs

Joan Ann Jackson

Housing Administrator

Bachelor in International Hospitality Management, Copenhagen Business Academy 2011. Restaurant Supervisor, Crowne Plaza Hotel Kingston Jamaica, 1996-98. Service Coordinator, Nordea Bank A/S, 2007-08. Service Coordinator, Bluegarden A/S 2008. Café Owner, 2011 – 2013. Conference Coordinator, Novo Nordisk A/S 2014–2016. With DIS since 2016.

Joan Ann Jackson, Housing Administrator at DIS

Sanne Ørnebjerg

Student Housing Supervisor

Manager, London (1997). Århus Business School (2000). Industrial Designer, TEKO Herning (2004). Various positions: Key account manager, advertisement/sales (2006-2009). With DIS since 2009.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Sanne Ørnebjerg

Karina Kuhre

Housing Logistical Coordinator

Cand.mag., Culture, Communication and Globalization, Aalborg University, 2009. BA., International Business Communication, Copenhagen Business School, 2005. Studied abroad: ITAM, Mexico, 2008; USAC, Chile, 2004; AFS Interkultur, Venezuela, 1996-1997. With DIS since 2011. Currently on maternity leave.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Karina Kuhre Kværnø

Student Affairs

Adrianne Sullivan

Assistant Director, Student Affairs

Cand. scient. soc. (International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center, 2005). BA (French and English business languages with specialization in Int'l Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, 2001). Studied abroad: L'IESEG, France (2000); U. of East London, UK (2003). With DIS since 2002.

DIS Housing and Student Services, Adrianne Sullivan

Anders Larsen

Cultural Learning Facilitator

Cand.mag. (History and English, University of Copenhagen, 2009) with specialization in national identity. With DIS since 2007.

DIS Housing and Student Services, Anders Georg Hagerup Larsen

Pia Nysteen

Student Activities Coordinator

MSc. International Public Relations and Communications (Manchester Metropolitan University, England, and UNC Charlotte, USA). BA Sport Management (University of Bedfordshire, England). Previously worked in the football industry. With DIS since 2014.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Pia Nysteen

Helle Gjerlufsen

Student Care Officer

B.A Intercultural/international social work, Copenhagen School of Social Work, 2007. Case manager at Køge and Hvidovre kommune 2007-2015. With DIS 1991-2000 and again since 2015.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Helle Gjerlufsen

Emma Anderson

Housing & Student Affairs Assistant

Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies, Macalester College, 2015). DIS Sustainability in Europe Program, Fall 2013. With DIS since 2016.

Emma Anderson, Housing & Student Affairs Assistant at DIS

Health & Safety

Stacey Tsantir

Director of Health & Safety

Juris Doctor, William Mitchell School of Law (2014); Master of Arts in Education Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota (2007); Bachelor of Science in Communications and Journalism, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (2002). Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota (2004-2008); International Health, Safety and Compliance, University of Minnesota (Coordinator 2008-2011; Director 2011-2015); Director of Health and Safety, DIS (2015-present). NAFSA Health and Safety Subcommittee leadership (2011-2014); Interassociational Health and Safety Committee (2008-2015); Standard 8 Work Group (2009-2010) and Title IX Work Group (2015), Forum on Education Abroad. With DIS since 2015.

Stacey Tsantir

DIS in Stockholm

Mark Peters

Academic Coordinator, DIS Stockholm

BA Hons (Joint Honours English Lit/Philosophy, University College Cork, 1995). Film Researcher/Creative Facilitator at Alexander Dunlop 1998 – 2010. English teacher at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm 2008 – 2016. Head Teacher Folkuniversitetet 2013 – 2015. With DIS Stockholm since 2016.

Mark Peters, Academic Coordinator at DIS Stockholm

Marcel Grüninger

Manager of Housing & Student Affairs, DIS Stockholm

B.A. in European Business – Dublin City University, Ireland 2007 & German Diploma in European Business – ESB Business School Reutlingen, Germany 2007. Studied abroad as exchange student from Germany to Sweden in 97/98 with AFS Intercultural Programs and at Universidad de Buenos Aires (Intersectionality), Argentina 2013. Has previously worked as Program Director for AFS Intercultural Programs in Sweden 2009-2016. With DIS Stockholm since 2016.

Marcel Grüninger, manager at Housing & Student Affairs in Stockholm

Lil Håkanson

Housing & Student Affairs Assistant, DIS Stockholm

B.A. in International Economics and Business Administration at University of Lund, M.B.A. at Drexel University and studies at University of Pennsylvania, Psychology Program at University of Stockholm 1993-95. Management consultant with Indevo Consulting 1985-93, Leadership Development and HR with Handelsbanken 1995-2001, Director of Personnel at AMF Pension 2001-09. Statens Muséer för Världskultur, Kungliga Konsthögskolan and AFS-Interkulturell Utbildning 2010-2016. With DIS Stockholm from 2017.

Lil Håkanson, DIS Stockholm

Mattias Tholén

Facilities Coordinator, DIS Stockholm

M.A. (Marketing and Organizational management, Uppsala University, 2011). Business developer, RootMusic, 2010. Founder, MCT Design, 2010-2011. Economy and Hotel Supervisor, Apollo, 2011-2015. Assistance Coordinator, SOS International, 2015-2016. With DIS Stockholm since 2016.

Mattias Tholén, DIS Stockholm facilities coordinator

North American Operations

Brad Stepan

Director of North American Operations

M.Ed. (Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration) University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). B.S. (Environmental Studies, University of Minnesota). International Work Exchange Program Manager, New York. Human Resources Manager, Minneapolis. Worked Abroad in London and Sydney. Studied Abroad in Copenhagen (with DIS) and Mexico. With DIS North American Office in various roles: Director of North American Office (2000 - Present); Assistant Director (1998 - 2000); Program Coordinator (1997-1998). With DIS since 1996.

DIS North American Operations, Brad Stepan

Julia Wheeler Ludden

Associate Director

B.A. (Biology, Carleton College, 2001). Study abroad: Sea Education Association (1999), Carleton Marine Biology Seminar in Australia/New Zealand (2000). Teaching Assistant (summer 2001). With DIS in Copenhagen 2001-02 and in Minneapolis since 2002.

DIS North American Operations, Julia Wheeler Ludden

Tara Cantwell

Outreach & Institutional Relations Associate

B.A. (Criminology, Stonehill College, 2013). DIS Justice and Human Rights and Sociology programs (2011-2012). Study abroad intern: University of South Carolina (2013-2014). With DIS since 2014.

DIS Institutional Relations, Tara Cantwell

Alison Ryncarz

Communication Specialist

B.A. (Strategic Communication, minor in Professional Sales, Elon University, 2015). DIS Cross-Cultural Communication Program, Spring 2014. DIS Marketing Assistant, 2015-2016. DIS Stockholm Marketing Correspondent & Video Producer, 2016. With NAO since 2017.

DIS Marketing and Communications, Alison Ryncarz

North American Operations / Enrollment Services

Kari Thiel

Director of Enrollment Services

M.Ed. (Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). B.S. (Family Social Science, U. of Minnesota, 2001). DIS student (spring 1999). With DIS in Minneapolis since 2000.

Kari Thiel, Director of Enrollment Services

Angela Best

Enrollment Services Manager

B.A. (Human Development, Sonoma State University, 2010). DIS Psychology & Child Development Program (2008-2009). DIS Housing and Student Affairs Assistant in Copenhagen (2010-2012). With DIS in North America since 2013.

DIS Enrollment Services, Angela Best

Mary Malone

Enrollment Services Manager

B.A. (Journalism, University of St. Thomas, 1989). Work at Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota (2002-04). With DIS in Minneapolis since 2004.

Meghan McMillan

Enrollment Specialist

B.A. (Communication Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2012). Study abroad: Gustavus Italian Sports & Culture (2011); Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia (2011); Taught English in Thailand (2012-13). With DIS since 2013.

DIS Enrollment Services, Meghan McMillan

Steven Olson

Enrollment Specialist

B.A. (Scandinavian Studies and History, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2012). DIS Public Health in Northern Europe, Summer 2011. With DIS since 2013.

DIS Enrollment Services, Steven Olson

Peter Shapiro

Enrollment Associate

B.A. (American Studies, Dickinson College, 2014). DIS Sociology Program, Spring 2013. DIS Housing and Student Affairs Assistant in Copenhagen (2014-2015). DIS Housing and Student Affairs Coordinator in Copenhagen (2015-2016). With DIS in North America since 2016.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Peter Shapiro

North American Operations / Institutional Relations

Julie Scott

Director of Institutional Relations

M.S. (Marketing, Johns Hopkins U., 1996). B.A. (Political Science and Psychology, Dickinson College, 1983). Director, Child Development and Diversity Program, DIS (2002-05). Research analyst, U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, (1995-98). Conference management, marketing, and education projects, (1988-94). With DIS in Copenhagen 1999-2005, in U.S. since 2006.

DIS Institutional Relations, Julie Scott

Jamie Cathell

Assistant Director

BA (Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and International Studies, Wake Forest University). With DIS since 2008.

DIS Institutional Relations, Jamie Cathell

Jon Mayfield

Assistant Director

Bachelor of Architecture (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo). DIS Architecture and Design Program, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007. Winner of Design Village's Most Sustainable and Most Transportable awards in 2008. Freelance Sandwich Artist. With DIS since 2009.

DIS Institutional Relations, Jon Marshall Mayfield

Christie Jardine

Institutional Relations Coordinator

Current M.S. Candidate (Global Student Mobility, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies). B.S. (Biology, Hobart and William Smith, 2011). DIS Public Health student Fall 2009. DIS, Science and Health Program Assistant, 2012-2013. Compliance Manager, EF High School Exchange Year, 2013-2016. Full-time with DIS since 2016.

Christie Jardine, Institutional Relations Coordinator at DIS

Marketing & Communications Department

Lauren Chaney Sorensen


B.A. English and Communications, Villanova University (2002). Interned Abroad: Central Holdings, Luxemburg (1999). Studied Abroad: Wollongong University, Australia (2001). Assistant Director with IFSA-Butler, New Zealand (2005-07). Strategic Marketing Manager with CIEE, U.S. (2007-11). With DIS since 2011.

DIS Marketing and Communications, Lauren Chaney

Lise Broskov Nielsen

Web Manager

M.Sc. in E-Business, IT University of Copenhagen (2004). B.Sc. in Business Languages (English, French), Copenhagen Business School (2001). Studied abroad at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France (2000). Working experience: Web master with Phase One (2011-2014). Web master with Radiometer (2005-2010). With DIS since 2015.

Lise Broskov Nielsen, Web Manager at DIS

Katie McLean

Content Manager

B.A. in Psychology, Writing Colleagues, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2012. Studied abroad at DIS Copenhagen, Spring and Summer 2011. With DIS since 2013.

DIS Marketing and Communications, Kathryn Rose McLean

Rosa Christensen

Marketing & Communications Specialist

M.A. in Corporate Communication (Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, 2014). B.A. in Marketing and Management Communication (Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, 2011). Studied abroad at University of South Florida, 2010. With DIS since 2015.

Rosa Christensen, Marketing & Communications Coordinator: Scandinavian Audience

Emily Wuetcher

Graphic Design and Digital Media Assistant

B.A. (Integrated Strategic Communication, University of Kentucky, 2016). DIS Strategic Communication Program, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2016.

Emily Wuetcher, Graphic Design and Digital Media Assistant

Strategic Planning & Projects

Swenyu Hu

Director, MSc. in Leadership and Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School (2010). BSc. in Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (2004). DIS student, International Business and Economics Program (Spring 2003). Program Assistant, International Business & Economics, DIS (2004-2005). Information Systems & Projects Assistant, DIS (2005-2010). Executive Analyst, DIS (2010-2014). Director, HR & New Business Development, DIS (2014-2016). Director, Strategic Planning & Projects, DIS (2016 – present).

DIS HR and New Business Operations, Swenyu Hu

Christina Lambertsen

Project Manager

Master of Arts in English and Political Science from University of Copenhagen (2007). Studied abroad at Leeds University in England (2002), and San Francisco State University in the U.S. (2005). Has worked at DIS in various positions as Homestay Coordinator, Student Affairs Coordinator, Recruitment Coordinator and Cultural Immersion Coordinator (2003-2012). Project Manager, New Business Development, DIS (2014-2016). Project Manager, Strategic Planning & Projects, DIS (2016 – present).

DIS HR and New Business Development, Christina Lambertsen

Johanne Riegels Østergård

Project Manager

Arkitekt, M. A. A. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 1997). Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (Columbia University, New York, 1998). Employment at architectural offices in Prague, Copenhagen and Bernard Tschumi Architects New York. DIS Program Director, Architecture, Design & Urban Studies (2008-13). Project Manager, New Business Development, DIS (2015-2016). Project Manager, Strategic Planning & Projects, DIS (2016 – present).

DIS Academics, Johanne Riegels Østergård

Rikke Kolbech

Project manager

MSc in International Business and Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Has been part of a think tank advising the Ministry of Employment, and worked for various interest groups in Denmark and the EU. Part of the strategy group of a major Danish shipping company and now works as an independent consultant, specialised in corporate responsibility and sustainability. Previously taught courses on global business strategy, business ethics and intercultural communication at DIS. Project Manager, New Business Development, DIS (2014-2016). Project Manager, Strategic Planning & Projects, DIS (2016 – present).

Sean Green

Project Manager

B.A. in History & Political Science from the University of Minnesota, 2009. Grades & Reg. Asst. at the Learning Abroad Center, 2007-2009. Admin. Asst. for Off-Campus Studies at Carleton College, 2010-2012. DIS Academic Administrator, 2012-2016.

DIS Academic Support, Sean Green

Human Resources

Charlotte Bertelsen

HR Manager

Cand Jur./MSc in Law (Copenhagen University, 1994), BSc(H) in Social Science with psychological studies (Open University, UK, 2014). Lawyer at the National Danish labor Market Authority (1994-1997). HR Business Partner, Novo Nordisk (1997-2001). Self-employed consultant (2001-2006). Head of personnel department, Danish Church Aid (2006). Intercultural competences achieved from living 10 years overseas (Middle East and Central Asia). HR-supervisor and student counselor, DIS (2015-2016). HR Manager, DIS  (2016 – present).

Charlotte Bertelsen, HR Manager

Maria Agervig Tarp

HR Consultant

Cand.Jur/MSc in Law (Copenhagen University, 2002). Head of Section, Danish refugee Council, 2002 – 2004. Head of Section, National Board of Industrial Injuries in Denmark, 2004 -2005. Head of Section in various HR positions, Danish Court Administration, 2005 – 2015. Special HR Advisor, Ministry of Employment, 2015 -2016. With DIS since 2017.

Maria Agervig Tarp, HR consultant at DIS

Anne Skjødt Møller

HR Coordinator

Cand.soc. (International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, 2013) B.A. (English with specialization in Int. Business Communication, Copenhagen Business School, 2010) Studied abroad: University of Newcastle, Australia (2009), Trainee position Shanghai, China (2011). DIS Housing Logistical Coordinator, 2015-2016.

Anne Skjødt Møller, DIS Housing and Student Affairs


Rasmus Gregersen


Cand. polit (Economics, U. of Copenhagen, 1996). Diploma in Finance HD (R), 2004. Controller, YouSee (1996-1998). Head of Finance Nordic & Baltics, Thompson Reuters (1999-2006). Director, Business Planning & Analysis, Saxo Bank (2007-2009). CFO, Danish Design Centre (2009-2014). With DIS since 2014.

DIS Finance, Rasmus Gregersen

Mikael Olsen

Chief of Accounts

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Copenhagen Business School, 2002). Accounting consultant, Visma (1997-1999). Accountant, Benjamin Media (1999-2001). Co-founder, AccountHouse (2001-2004). Financial controller, Benjamin Media (2004-2006). Self-employed Financial consultant (2006-2009). Accountant/Financial controller, Danish Design Centre (2009-2014). Head of Finance and Human Resources, Danish Design Centre/Design Society (2014-2016). With DIS since October 2016.

Mikael Olsen, Chief of Accounts at DIS

Lars New York Andreassen

Financial Controller

Diploma in Finance HD(R) 1986. Assistant Auditor Geer & Lyngvig A/S (1981-1986). Head of Finance, Cretex A/S (1986-2001). Head of Finance, Scanigros A/S (2001-2004). Chief Financial Controller, Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark A/S (2004-2015). With DIS since October 2015.

Henriette Korthalz

Financial Controller Assistant

Accountant, Scandinavian School of Brussels (1998-2005). Administrator, European Youth Forum 1997-98, Brussels. Worked as accountant in Danish private enterprises (1990-96). With DIS since 2005.

DIS Finance, Henriette Korthalz

Ellen Holborg


Various salary accounting positions in different Unions in Denmark (1989-2003). Self employed (2003-2006). Salary accounting in a temporary employment agency as daily duty holder (2006-2008). Stood for payout of pensions in Uni-pension (2009-2010). With DIS since 2010.

DIS Finance, Ellen Margrethe Holborg

Ambreen Kanwal


Panum Institute University of Copenhagen (1997-2000), Business College (2006-08). Speciale in Public Administration, Prime Minister's Office (2007-09), Accountant in the Prime Minister's office (2009-11), Accountant in the prison service (2011-12), Accounts Assistant in Jönsson build Branched (2012-13). With DIS since 2014.

DIS Finance, Ambreen Kanwal

Bo Torp Sørensen


Accountant, Jönsson A/S (2012-2013). Controller, Novasol A/S (2010-2012). Accountant, McKinsey & Co. (1997-2010). With DIS since 2014.

DIS Finance, Bo Torp Sørensen

IT Development

Deborah Kaplan


M.Sc. (Sustainable Development, University of Exeter, 2010). B.A. (Environmental Studies, University of Exeter, 2009), B.A. (History, Sonoma State University, 1978). Leadership positions in Agenda 21, Nature Conservation and Human Rights Organizations. Member of Copenhagen District Council Committee on Environment and Transportation and Urban Garden Network. With DIS 1985-98 and since 2002.

DIS IT Development, Deborah Kaplan

André Just Vedgren

Assistant Director

M.Sc. (software development, IT University of Copenhagen, 2005), B.Sc. (computer science and information psychology, University of Copenhagen, 2003). FileMaker certified developer. Vice chairman of the Local Council for Amager (Amager Vest Lokaludvalg). Previously independent consultant/developer at ZorDesign and CTO at CODEO. With DIS since 2015.

DIS IT Development, André Just Vedgren

Annika Finnäs

Filemaker Developer

M.Sc. (Systems development, Åbo Akademi University, 1989). Certificate in Applied Sciences (Multi-media, Harvard Extension School, 1995). Certified IT project manager and FileMaker developer. Independent consultant and systems developer at CODEO. With DIS since 2015.

DIS IT Development, Annika Finnäs

Kris Szybecki

Software Developer

B.Sc. (Hons) (Applied Computer Science, University of Winnipeg, 2008). System Developer at Manitoba Hydro (2008 - 2016). With DIS since 2016.

Kris Szybecki, Software Developer at DIS

Paulo A. G. Ferreira

Software Developer

M.Sc. (Software Development and Technology, IT University of Copenhagen, 2010). B.Sc. (Hons) (Business and Information Technology, London South Bank University, 2005). Associate at Saxo Bank (2006 – 2008). Software Developer at Conwx (2010-2011). IT Engineer at MAN Diesel & Turbo (2011-2016). With DIS since 2016.

Paulo A. G. Ferreira, Software Developer at DIS

IT Operations

Bimmer Jensen

IT Operations Administrator

Working within IT Systems since 1994, Techcom & Co as IT Operations Administrator (2000, 2003), Siemens Business Services as Manager for Onsite support PFA (2004-2008), PFA as IT Service Coordinator (2008-09), NNIT as Operations Specialist (2009-13). Microsoft certified IT Professional, ITIL certified. At DIS since 2014.

DIS IT Operations, Bimmer Jensen

Kim Østerby Knudsen

IT Operations Helpdesk Coordinator

Working within IT since 1997 both as System administrator, Supporter and Coordinator. IT supporter working with Faculty, Administration and Students, Roskilde University, 2011-2015. Before IT I worked in the Army for 10 years and in the Navy for 5 years. With DIS since 2015.

DIS IT Operations, Kim Østerby Knudsen

Emil Ossian Jensen

IT Supporter

Working within IT since 2013, in Falck IT Helpdesk. I took the IT-Support education at TEC Ballerup. With DIS since 2015.

DIS IT Operations, Emil Ossian Jensen

Jonas Jimmi Hæsum Jensen

IT Supporter

Working within IT since 2013. I have worked at Roskilde University from 2013-2015. I finished my IT supporter education from TEC Ballerup in august 2015. With DIS since January 2016.

Jonas Jimmi Hæsum Jensen, IT Supporter at DIS

Christiane Patton

IT Assistant

B.A. (International Studies with minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, Arcadia University, 2016). DIS Justice and Human Rights Program, Fall 2014 and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2015. With DIS since 2016.

Christiane Patton, IT Assistant at DIS


Alice Kongstad


BSc Economy (Odense University 1976) and BCom (Odense University 1978). Financial manager and director, Politikens Forlag A/S (1986 – 2001). Financial director, DIEU A/S (2001 – 2007). With DIS since 2007.

DIS Facilities, Alice Kongstad

Betina Harrison

Property Administrator

Have worked in construction and facility management for 10 years. Operational Coordinator at Ejendomsvirke (2010-2015). Assistant Manager at Sjælsø Gruppen (2006-2010). Has also been self employed as a manager within the music industry and as a shop owner. Has been a visiting family host for DIS students since 2011. With DIS since 2015.

David Allen

Manager, Facilities & Security

Facilities Supervisor, Tellabs Denmark (2001-05), Distribution Center Manager, Avery Dennison Scandinavia (1999-2001), Self-employed (1996-99), Plant Manager, c.b. Island Fisheries, Canada (1988-96). With DIS since 2006.

DIS Facilities, David Allen

Søren Vorup Rasmussen

Facilities Technician

Søren has a career and education in both plumbing, carpenter tasks, painting and electricity work. He had his own firm “Biga Køkken og Bad” from (1980-2008) and worked as a technician in “Dansk Supermarked” 2008-2010. With DIS since 2010.

DIS Facilities, Søren Rasmussen

Christopher Harmes

Facilities Assistant

Water Technician and Team leader, The Water business, U.k (2012) Water Technician and Team Leader, Sulis Strata, U.K (2011-2012) Water Technician and Team Leader, Pipeway Ltd, U.K (2001-2010) Ground Worker, Living heritage Restorations, U.K (1999-2001) Ground Worker, A.D.Bly Ltd, U.K (1998-1999) With DIS since 2012.

DIS Facilities, Christopher James Harmes

Front Desk

Louise Nielsen

Head of Front Desk

VET (specializing in Public Administration at Niels Brock 2008). Trainee with the Danish Board of Health (2008-2010). Working as a Head Receptionist and Technical Translator Assistant (Salini Italy 2012-2014). With DIS since 2015.

DIS Front Desk, Louise Nielsen

Jesse Anne Ocampo Petersen


Cand.soc (M.Sc in Social Science in International Economics & Business Administration, Roskilde University, 2016). HA (B.Sc in International Business Administration, Roskilde University, 2014). AP Degree in International Marketing Management (Copenhagen Business, 2011). With DIS since 2015.

Jesse Anne Ocampo Petersen, Front desk assistant at DIS