Meet Our 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 Office

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

Martin Hogan

Director and Special Advisor to the Executive Director

Advanced Management Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2004); Master of Arts, St. John’s College (1991); Bachelor of Science, State University of New York (1984). Executive Vice President, Study Abroad, CIEE (2008-2012); Director of Program Development, DIS (2012-2014); Deputy Executive Director, DIS (2014-2020); Director and Special Advisor to the Executive Director, DIS (2020 – 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

Academics

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 University of California, Berkeley, 1993-1995. Taught Anthropology, Philosophy, and Rhetoric at Stanford University, 2002-2012. Also taught classes at Hope House, a rehabilitation center in Redwood City, California for female substance abusers and criminals, 2008-2011. With DIS since 2012.

Esben Lydiksen

Learning Technology Manager

M.A. (Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, 2006). Teacher of Danish as a 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.

Academics / Architecture and Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Urban Studies Programs

Natalie Jeffers-Hansen

Program Director

M.S. (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

Henning Martin-Thomsen

Consultant

B.A. (Political Science, Aarhus University, 1985). Architect (School of Architecture, Aarhus, 1992). Visiting Researcher (Cambridge University, 1994-1995). 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

Academics / Art and Visual Culture, Communication, Danish Language and Culture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Swedish Language and Culture Programs

Andreas Brøgger

Program Director

M.A. (Moderne Kultur og Kulturformidling, University of Copenhagen, 1997). Art critic, Dagbladet Information, 1995-1997. Editor, Hvedekorn magazine for art and poetry, 1996-2005. Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, NY, 1999-2001. Lecturer, Dept. of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2003-2006. Curator, Sorø Kunstmuseum, 2006-2009, and Nikolaj Kunsthal, 2009-2014. Director, Nikolaj Kunsthal, 2015-2018. With DIS since 2018.

Andreas Brøgger, Program Director at DIS

Sanne Rasmussen

Program Coordinator

M.A. (History, University of Copenhagen, 2017). B.A. (History, minor in Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2014). With DIS since 2017.

Sanne Rasmussen, Program Coordinator at DIS

Anders Larsen

Faculty and Academic Consultant

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

DIS-Academics-Anders-Larsen

Marie Meier

Academic Coordinator

Ph.D. (History of Experience, University of Copenhagen, 2022). Visiting Scholar (Max Planck Institute Berlin, Center for the History of Emotions, 2020). Master in Second Language Acquisition (The Danish School of Education, 2013). M.A (Angewandte Literaturwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin, 2007), B.A. (Comparative Literature and Modern Culture Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2004). Language instructor (Copenhagen Language Center, 2009-2018). Podcast producer (CBS, Department of Leadership, Politics and Philosophy, 2009). Scientific Assistant (The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, 2022). Science editor at Eftertryk (2021-present). With DIS since 2022.

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

Susana Dietrich

Program Director

Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal, 2007). M.S. (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.

Louise Bagger Iversen

Assistant Program Director

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

Philippa Yolanda Carey

Program Coordinator

M.S. (Global Health and Development, University College London, 2017). B.A. (Healthcare and Society, University of Richmond, 2011). DIS Public Health Student, Fall 2013. DIS Science and Health Program Assistant, 2015-2016. With DIS 2015-2016 and since 2018.

Academics / Computer Science and Engineering Programs

Natalia Landázuri Sáenz

Program Director

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.

Academics / Custom Programs

Ian Samuel Terkildsen

Director

HD (Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School, 2015). A.P. (Economics, Copenhagen Business Academy, 2013). B.M. (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. With DIS since 2007.

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

Zoé Kilbourne

Manager of Custom Programs

B.S. (Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University, 2012). DIS Medical Practice and Policy Program, Spring 2011. DIS Science and Health Programs Assistant, 2012 – 2014. DIS Study Tours Coordinator, 2012-2016.

DIS Study Tours, Zoe Kilbourne

Annie Hesse

International Program Assistant

B.A. (Political Science, Kenyon College, 2020). Admissions Fellow, Kenyon College Office of Admissions, 2018-2020. Advocacy Intern, Domestic Abuse Project, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Christian Green

Program Assistant

M.S. (Neuroscience, Wake Forest University, 2020). Audio Producer, DISCO, 2020. Lead Science Reporter and Audio Producer, Carolina Public Press, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Academics / Environment, Politics, Society, Justice and Human Rights, Prostitution and the Sex Trade, and Terrorism and Security Programs

Neringa Bigailaite

Program Director

M.A. (Scandinavian Philology, 2005). B.A. (Lithuanian and Danish Philology, University 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

Embla Thorsdottir

Academic Coordinator

B.A. (Psychology, Hawaii Pacific University, 2000). M.A. (Medieval Studies, University of Iceland, 2014, ABT). International Coordinator, University of Iceland, Faculty of Law, 2007-2014. International Studentcoordinator, University College Copenhagen, 2015- 2017. Program Coordinator, CGH department, DIS, 2017-2020. Student Administrative Coordinator, Københavns Professionshøjskole, Nursing Program, 2021. With DIS since 2017.

Program Coordinator at DIS, Embla Thorsdottir

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

Wei Feng Svendsen

Academic Coordinator

M.A. (Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Hunan University, 2000). Administrative Coordinator, Copenhagen Business School, 2014-2020. With DIS since 2021.

Katrine Trolle

Program Coordinator

M.A. (Educational Psychology, Aarhus University, 2019). B.A. (Education science, Aarhus University, 2017). With DIS since 2019.

Academics / Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development Programs

Suman Ambwani

Program Director

PhD (Psychology (Clinical), Texas A&M University, 2008). M.S. (Psychology (Clinical), Texas A&M University, 2005). B.A. (Psychology and Sociology, Macalester College, 2003). Visiting Researcher, Eating Disorders Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, 2012-2013. Visiting Scientist, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018-present. Associate Professor (formerly Assistant Professor and formerly Department Chair) of Psychology, Dickinson College, 2008-present. With DIS since 2021.  

Jennifer Smith

Program Coordinator

B.A. (Psychology, Classical Civilizations, Wheaton College - Massachusetts, 2015). DIS Psychology Program, Spring 2014. With DIS since 2016.

Nya Oxfeldt Jensen

Senior Academic Coordinator

Cand.comm and international development studies, Roskilde University, 2001. B.A. Business Administration, University of San Diego, 1995. Special Consultant, Administrations- og Servicestyrelsen, 2021-2022. Assistant Program Director, DIS, 2017-2020. Communications consultant, Danish Refugee Council, 2011-2017. Communications Consultant, Ballerup Kommune, 2002-2011. Communications Consultant, Sampension, 2001-2002. With DIS 2017-2020 and since 2022.

Academics / Study Tours

Charlotte Dalsgaard

Director

Cand.mag. (English, Odense University, 2000). Teaching position (English and Danish), Copenhagen, 2002-2005). Tour Leader, EF Educational Tours, UK, 1998-2000. UK Area Manager, EF Educational Tours, Netherlands, 2000-2001. With DIS since 2005.

DIS Study Tours, Charlotte Dalsgaard

Julie Uhrskov Nielsen

Manager of Study Tours

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

Allyson Mackender

Senior Study Tour Coordinator

B.A. (English, Trinity University, 2017); DIS Prostitution and the Sex Trade Program, Fall 2015. With DIS since 2017.

Anja Brink

Travel Coordinator

Business Travel Consultant, Niels Brock, 1995. Worked in various Business Travel agencies and their implants offices, such as American Embassy Copenhagen, Copenhagen Airport and DR. With DIS since 2022.  

Ursula Beck

Study Tours Coordinator

MFA (Critical & Pedagogical Studies, Lund University, 2019). B.A. (Studio Art, University of Puget Sound, 2013). CELTA, Teaching ESL (University of Cambridge, 2021). Exchange, European Humanities (DIS, Fall 2011). Exchange, Sustainability & Environmental Action (School for International Training, Spring 2012). Housing & Student Affairs Assistant, DIS, 2015-2016. Program Director & Youth Counselor, YMCA, 2009-2013. Director of Student Recruitment & Internship Program, Wayfinding College, 2016-2017. Various Teaching and Program Management positions (USA, Denmark, and Sweden, 2014-2021). With DIS since 2021.

Marie Jo Moltrup

Study Tours Coordinator

B.A. (Leisure Management, University College Absalon 2019). ERASMUS Exchange University of Greenwich, England, 2018. Homestay intern, EF Brighton, 2018. With DIS since 2021.

DIS-Study-Tours-Marie-Jo-Moltrup (1)

Sara Jensen

Study Tours Coordinator

BSc (Business Administration and Service Management (Tourism & Hospitality), Copenhagen Business School, 2021). Studied abroad at Hawaii Pacific University, USA, Fall 2021. Student Helper, DIS Student Hub, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Student Affairs

Anette Frederiksen

Director of Organizational Development and Student Affairs

Cand.scient.soc. (International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, 2005). B.A. (French and English with specialization in Int. Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, 2001). Studied abroad: Université de Montpellier, France, 2001; U.S., 1991-1992). With DIS since 2004.

Housing and Student Life

Adrianne Sullivan

Director of Housing and Student Life

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

DIS Housing and Student Services, Adrianne Sullivan

Housing: Host Team

Jesper Hansen

Housing Manager

Cand. Mag. (English and Political Science, Aarhus University, 2010) Project Coordinator, Global Citizen, 2010-2014. With DIS since 2014.

Susanne Gammeltoft Rasmussen

Host Team Coordinator

Diploma in Psychiatry, Proffessionshøjskolen Metropol Copenhagen, 2018. (Child Counseling Education, Proffessionshøjskolen Metropol Copenhagen, 2017. Advanced Cambridge Certificate, LSI Auckland, New Zealand, 2000. School Socialworker, Borgercenter Børn og Unge Valby/Vesterbro Kgs. Enghave, 2011. Caseworker, Borgercenter Børn og Unge Valby/Vesterbro Kgs. Enghave, 2008-2011. With DIS since 2021.

Elizabeth Adams

Housing Coordinator

Cand. mag. (English, Copenhagen University, 2015). Assistant Librarian, DIS, 2016-2020. Sub-editor, Strillo, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Housing: Shared Housing Team

Tine Hegaard

Shared Housing Administrative Coordinator

Cand.mag, English (American Studies and Post-Colonial Studies), University of Copenhagen, 2005. Administrative Assistant, Vallensbæk Kommune, 2006-2018. With DIS since 2019.  

Amanda Wright

Senior Community Advisor

Cand.soc. (International Relations and Development, Aalborg University, 2017). B.A. (Philosophy, The Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013). Teacher, Montessori International Preschool, 2015-17. Sustainability Engagement Officer, The Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013-15. Green Living and Learning Community Coordinator at DIS, 2022. With DIS since 2019.  

Erika Del Cid

Senior Community Advisor

Cand.Mag. (Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2018). B.A. (International Relations, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011). Immigrant Community Outreach Coordinator, Prince William County Public Schools (2012-2014). With DIS since 2019. 

Devin Hedegaard

Community Advisor

Cand.Mag (Learning and Innovative Change, Aalborg University, 2020). Coordinator, LGBT+ Denmark, 2021. Student Counselor, Institute for Culture & Learning at Aalborg University, 2019-2020. Event organizer and substitute teacher, Efterskolen Epos, 2016-2018. With DIS since 2021.

Trine Pernille Petersen

Kollegium Administrator

Education in Clerical Trade, specializing in public administration, Niels Brock/The Danish Competition, and Consumer Authority, 2018. Office Secretary Trainee at The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, divided between the offices of Merger Control, Cartels, European Consumer Centre and The Danish Consumer Ombudsman, 2018. Secretary Substitute at The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority Merger Control, 2018. Study and Department Secretary, Aalborg University, 2018-2021. With DIS since 2021.

Brandon Schell

Community Advisor

M.A. Art Business, Sotheby's Institute London, 2018. Gallery Assistant, Gallerie Kreo, 2018-2019. Radio Producer, Absalon Folkehuset, 2020-2021. With DIS since 2021.  

Velina Angelova Andersen

Community Advisor

Cand. mag (Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2017). Partner, Bike & Bloom, 2017-2020. With DIS since 2021.

Akvilė Buitvydaitė

Community Advisor

M.A. (Cultural Encounters & English, 2020). B.A. (International Humanities, 2014). Roskilde University Basic Course in Adlerian Psychology, 2018- 2020. Institute of Individual Psychology, Vilnius Teacher Training Course, DNS Denmark, 2006- 2010. Workshops on natural dyeing, freelancing, 2020. Copenhagen Teacher at Bilingual Kindergarten Sunny Grove, 2011- 2014. Vilnius, Lithuania Education project Creative Partnerships, 2012- 2013. Lithuania Organizer of African Days festival, 2012, Lithuania. Team Teacher, Teacher Training College DNS Denmark, 2010- 2011. Internships in India (2009) and Mozambique (2008). With DIS since 2021.

Meagan Gonzalez

Community Advisor

M.A. (Cultural Encounters and International Development Studies, Roskilde University, expected 2022). B.A. (Psychology, Smith College, 2015). DIS Copenhagen Psychology Program, Spring 2014. Operations Coordinator and Events Facilitator, Talent Garden Rainmaking, 2019-2020. With DIS since 2022.

Student Life

Helle Gjerlufsen

Manager, Care Team

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 since 2015.

Sacha Kneupner

Student Life Coordinator

B.A. (Social Work, Oxford Brookes University, 2008). Project worker, Oxfordshire Total Communication, NHS Oxford (2009). Aimhigher Coordinator & Admin, St. Gregory the Great (2010). Support-worker, nightshelter Lærkehøj, (2012-2015). Social educator, unaccompanied minions (UMI) at Danish Refugee Council ( 2015-2018. Case manager at Copenhagen & Frederiksberg Kommune. (2019-2021). With DIS since 2021.

Ashley Jensen

Student Life Coordinator

MSc Development and International Relations, Aalborg University, 2015. Bachelor of Social Work, Western University, 2009. B.A. Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo, 2007. Case Manager, Roskilde Kommune, 2017 - 2020. Family Counsellor, Stevns Kommune, 2017. Support Person and Representative, Red Cross Asylum, 2015 - 2016. With DIS since 2021.

Luiza Mury Scalco

Community and Outreach Coordinator

M.Sc. (Development and International Relations, Aalborg University, 2014). Absalon Crew at Absalon Folkethus, 2015-2016. Substitute at Grace homeless shelter (Blå Kors), 2015-2019. Fundraising Coordinator and Project Manager at GivRum, 2017-2018. With DIS since 2019.

Samantha Robbins

Student Hub Coordinator

Cand.mag. (International and Global History, Aarhus University, 2015). B.A. (History and Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012). General Manager, Mikkeller Brewing ApS, 2017-2019. With DIS since 2020.

Tom Mulinda

Student Hub Assistant

Cand. Soc. M.A. (International Relations and Development, Aalborg University 2017). Facilities Assistant Roche Pharmaceuticals 2018-2019. With DIS since 2019.

Ben Davids

Housing & Student Life Assistant

B.A. (Philosophy, Furman University, 2020).  Admissions Assistant, Furman University (2016-2020). Student Coordinator for New Student Orientation, Furman University (2018-2019). Operations Specialist, InvestiNet (2020). Director of Beverage and Training, Methodical Coffee (2020-2022).

Health & Safety

Stacey Tsantir

Director of Health & Safety

J.D. (William Mitchell School of Law, 2014). M.A. (Education Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2007). B.S. (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. With DIS since 2015.

Stacey Tsantir

Stephanie Bowman

Health & Safety Coordinator

M.S.W. (Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, 2013). M.A. (Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University, 2013). B.A. (Spanish with a minor in Art History, St. Catherine University, 2008). With DIS since 2019.

Selena Erstad

Senior Health, Safety, and Student Support Associate

B.S. (Recreation Administration with a minor in Outdoor Recreation Education, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2017). Education Abroad Advisor at the University of South Carolina, 2021. Education Program Coordinator at Red Frog Beach Island Resort, 2017-2021. With DIS since 2021.

Shade’ Osifuye

Academic Counselor and Accommodations Specialist

M.A. (Multicultural Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, 2014). B.S. (Biological Sciences and African/African American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2009). Assistant Director of the Student Disability Center at Colorado State University, 2021. Education Abroad Coordinator at Colorado State University, 2019-2021. Accessibility Specialist at Minneapolis College, 2017-2019. With DIS since 2021.

DIS in Stockholm

Tina Mangieri

Associate Academic Director

Ph.D. (Geography, University of North Carolina, 2007). M.A. (Anthropology, University of Kentucky). B.A. (Geography/Anthropology, Penn State). Fulbright Scholar, Kenya. Principal Investigator, International Archaeological Research Institute, Honolulu. Archaeology instructor, Stockholm University. Cartographer, Yemen Project, Royal Ontario Museum. Academic Director (2000-03) and Academic Dean for Africa (2009-2015), SIT Study Abroad. Assistant Professor, Geography, Texas A&M University (2007-2009). Assistant Professor, Champlain College (2009-2010). Director of Experiential Education, NYU Abu Dhabi (2015-2016). Associate Dean for Global Education, Bates College (2016-2018). With DIS since 2018.

Marcel Grüninger

Associate Director of Housing & Student Affairs

B.A. (European Business, Dublin City University, 2007). German Diploma in European Business (ESB Business School, Reutlingen University, 2007). Studied abroad as an exchange student from Germany to Sweden in 1997-1998 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 since 2016.

Marcel Grüninger, manager at Housing & Student Affairs in Stockholm

Susanne Evang

Academic Coordinator

B.A. (Recreation studies Western Washington University, 1999) Flight Attendant Alaska Airlines and Norwegian, 2000-2011. Education Administrator at Karolinska Institutet, 2011-2016. Student Counsellor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017-2018. With DIS Stockholm since 2018.

Serena Nicole Robertson

Academic Coordinator

M.A. (Higher Education Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University, 2021). B.A. (Music, North Park University). Study Abroad: Spanish Language & Literature, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, 2016. Community Outreach Specialist, Illinois Student Assistance Commission (2016-2018). College Success Associate, Evanston Scholars (2020-2022). With DIS since 2022.

McKenna Keyes

Community Advisor

B.A. (History, Yale University, 2014). MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University, 2021. U.S. Program Associate, U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission, 2016-2018. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Madrid, Spain, 2014-2015. Study Abroad Peer Adviser, Yale University, 2012-2014. With DIS since 2019.

Nyamusi Nyambok

Community Advisor

Bachelor of Philosophy, Political Science Major, Youth and Children's Culture Minor, Stockholm University, 2015. Master of Human Rights, Uppsala University, 2018. Integration Assistant, Nynäshamns Kommun, 2017-2019. Study Organizer, ASR Sweden, 2018. International Coordinator, ASR Sweden, 2018-2020. Substitute Teacher, Precator Pedagorgana, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Laura Rasmussen

Community Advisor

Bachelor of Science, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 2014. Master of Arts, Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota, 2017. Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, 2017-2021. BA 1990: Design your Carlson Course Instructor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Fall Semester 2020. Study Abroad Site Coordinator - IBUS3080 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in Costa Rica, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Spring 2017. Senior Front Office Manager & Transfer Admissions Support Specialist, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, 2014-2017. With DIS since 2021.

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

Hannah McFarland

Office Administrator

B.F.A (Interior Design, Park University 2017), A.A.S. (Interior Design, Johnson County Community College 2015). Danish Greenspace and Urban Design Studio, DIS Summer 2016. Commercial Interior Designer, BNB Design 2015-2019. Zero Waste Associate, Johnson County Community College 2019-2021. With DIS since 2022.

North American Operations / Outreach

Julia Wheeler Ludden

Associate Director of North American Operations and Director of Outreach

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 2001-2002 and in Minneapolis since 2002.

Alison Ryncarz

Outreach Manager

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 North American Operations - Alison Ryncarz

Peter Shapiro

Outreach Manager

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 at the North American Office since 2016.

DIS Housing and Student Affairs, Peter Shapiro

Shannon Schooley

Outreach Advisor

B.S. (Political Science and Organizational Communication, Bradley University, 2018). DIS Urban Studies Program, Fall 2017. With DIS since 2018.

Lena Friedman

Outreach Associate

B.A. (Psychology, Whitman College, 2021). Writer, Capitol Hill Seattle, 2020. Fellow, United Way of the Blue Mountains, 2020-2021. DIS Cyberpsychology Program, Spring 2020. With DIS since 2021.

Issraa El-khatib

Outreach Associate

B.S. (Biology, University of Minnesota, 2019). B.A. (Spanish Studies, University of Minnesota, 2019). Study Abroad: Study and Intern in Toledo, Spain, 2018; Ihsan Academy in Istanbul, 2019. Pharmacy technician at Cub Pharmacy, 2020-2022. With DIS since 2022.  

North American Operations / Enrollment Management

Kari Thiel

Director of Enrollment Management

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

Kari Thiel, DIS North American Operations

Julie Trimpe

Senior Admissions Counselor

M.I.I.M (International and Intercultural Management, School for International Training, 1998).  B.A. (German, Central College, IA, 1992).  Studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and worked in Niigata, Japan, JET Program (1992-1994).  Quality Systems Coordinator, 2014-2017; Director of Study Abroad, Augsburg College, 2004-2006; Regional College Relations Manager, IES, 1998-2004; Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Virginia Tech, 1996-1998. With DIS since 2019.

Marcus Newton

Admissions Manager

B.A. (Theatre Studies, minors in Middle-Eastern Studies and Educational Studies, St. Olaf College 2016). Off -campus study: Urban and Multicultural Education in Hawaii, St. Olaf’s Semester in the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco).  College Access Coach, College Possible, Minneapolis 2016-2017. Admission Counselor, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2017-2018.  Admission Counselor, The University of Minnesota, 2018-2019. With DIS since 2019.

Tatyana Louis

Assistant Registrar and Senior Admissions Counselor

B.A. (Public Health Studies with a minor in Human Service Studies, Elon University, 2018). DIS Public Health Program, Spring 2017. Science and Health Program Assistant, 2018-2019. With DIS since 2018.

Meaghan McBride

Admissions Associate

B.A. (Sociology, Dickinson College, 2019). Study abroad: DIS Prostitution and the Sex Trade Program, Fall 2017; Dickinson in Cameroon Program, Spring 2018. Senior Analyst, Enterprise Knowledge LLC., 2019-2021. With DIS since 2021.

North American Operations / Institutional Relations

Julie Scott

Director of Institutional Relations

M.S. (Marketing, Johns Hopkins University, 1996). B.A. (Political Science and Psychology, Dickinson College, 1983). Director, Child Development and Diversity Program at DIS, 2002-2005. Research analyst, U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1995-1998. Conference management, marketing, and education projects, 1988-1994. With DIS in Copenhagen 1999-2005 and in the U.S. since 2006.

Jamie Cathell

Assistant Director

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

DIS Institutional Relations, Jamie Cathell

Nash Meeker

Institutional Relations Coordinator

B.A. (Strategic Communication with a minor in Urban Studies, University of Minnesota, 2018). Intern with Metropolitan Council (2015) and GSR Architecture (2017). DIS Strategic Communication Program, Fall 2017. Admissions Advisor at DIS, 2018-2021. With DIS since 2018.

Emma Schwartz

Institutional Relations and Student Finance Coordinator

B.A. (Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 2018). International Program Assistant, Wake Forest & DIS, 2018-2019. Admissions Advisor, DIS, 2019-2021. Strategy & Design Coordinator, Jun Group, 2021.

Marketing and Communications Department

Katie Jacobsen

Director

B.A. (Psychology, Writing Colleague Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2012). Studied abroad at DIS Copenhagen, Spring and Summer 2011. With DIS since 2013.

Misako Ono

Creative Design Manager

B.A. (Sociology and Communications & Media Studies, Tufts University, 2015). Studied abroad at DIS, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Graphic Design & Media Assistant, DIS, 2015-2016. Communications & Design Assistant, National Academy of Design, 2016-2017. Graphic Designer, DIS 2017-2019. Creative Design Manager, DIS, 2019-present.

Misako Ono, Graphic Designer at DIS

Korbin Dimmick

Digital Platforms Manager

M.A. (Technical and Professional Communication, Auburn University, 2019). B.A. (International Studies and Spanish, Colorado State University, 2011). Studied abroad at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, 2009. Study Abroad Coordinator, Auburn University, 2011-2019. With DIS since 2019.

Elin Bäckström Stage

Content Writer

M.A. (English and Communications, Stockholm University, 2008). Studied abroad at Roskilde University, Denmark, 2007-2008. Copy Writer (QVARTZ, 2010-2019). With DIS since 2019.

Asta Emilie Schantz-Conlon

Marketing and Campaign Manager

M.A. (Transmedia Communication, Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2016). Studied abroad at University of Liverpool, England, UK, 2014. Marketing & Promotion Coordinator, Scanbox Entertainment, 2012-2016. Team Lead & Marketing Manager, Visual Meta GmbH, 2016-2018. With DIS since 2018.

Asta Emilie Schantz Koch, Marketing & Campaign Coordinator at DIS

Ashley Miller

Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator

B.A. (International Relations and Anthropology, Tufts University, 2018). DIS Cultural Diversity and Integration Program, Spring 2017. Video Production and Social Media Assistant at DIS, 2018-2019. With DIS since 2018.

Hana Kristensen

Social Media and Content Assistant

B.A. (International Relations and Hispanic Studies, Connecticut College, 2020). Studied abroad at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina, Fall 2018. Business Development Manager, AdAdapt, 2020. Customer Advisor, HolmrisB8, 2021. With DIS since 2021.  

Meg Matsuzaki

Photo and Video Production Assistant

B.A. (Advertising and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, 2020). DIS Sustainability Program, Fall 2018. Post Production Intern, Blue Chalk Media, 2021. With DIS since 2021.  

DIS-Marketing-and-Communications-Meg-Matsuzaki

Project Department

Swenyu Hu

Project Portfolio Manager & Assistant to the Executive Team

Cand.merc.int., M.S. (Leadership and Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School, 2010). B.S. (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, 2016-2020.

DIS HR and New Business Operations, Swenyu Hu

Dorte Mari Aggergaard

Senior Organizational 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 the University of Leeds and Brown University. Member of the Denmark Committee at Brown, and DIS representative at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rhode Island School of Design (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.

Christina Lambertsen

Project Manager

M.A. (English and Political Science, 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, Project Department, DIS, 2016-present.

DIS HR and New Business Development, Christina Lambertsen

Rikke Kolbech Gudiksen

Project Manager

M.S. (International Business and Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School). 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, Project Department, DIS, 2016-present.

Rikke Kolbech, Project Manager at DIS

Sean Green

Project Manager & Data Protection Officer

M.Ed. (Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, University of Illinois - Chicago, 2018). B.A. (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. Project Manager, Project Department, DIS, 2016-present. Data Protection Officer, 2018-present.

Anne Skjødt Møller

Project Manager

Cand.Soc. (International Development Studies, Roskilde University, 2013). Project Manager, Birketoften, 2013-2014. Project Employee, Danish Refugee Council, 2015. Housing Logistical Coordinator, DIS Study Abroad, 2015-2016. HR Partner, DIS, 2017-2020. Consultant, Københavns Kommune, 2021. With DIS since 2015.

Human Resources

Benjamin Vindum

HR Legal Partner

Cand.jur, University of Copenhagen, 2010. Senior Consultant, Djøf, 2012-2021. With DIS since 2021.

Anna Sommer

Manager, HR Services

Cand.Mag. (International Business Communication, Syddansk University, 2017). B.A. (European Ethnology, University of Copenhagen, 2013). B.A. (Art History, University of Copenhagen). With DIS since 2010.

Anna Sommer

Finance

Rasmus Gregersen

Director

Cand. polit (Economics, University 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

Britt R. Karlsson

Financial Controller

Diploma in Finance HD(R) (2015). Head of Finance JAKA Metal A/S, 1999-2004. Accountant COMX Networks A/S, 2004-2007. Financial Controller sbs rådgivning, 2007-2014. Controller KFI Erhvervsdrivende Fond, 2015-2017. With DIS since 2017.

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 2015.

Lene Bak

Payroll

PA, Accountant, Sirius Company, 2009-2016. Accountant, Selecta A/S, 2016-2018. With DIS since 2018.  

Jeanne Kryger Jakobsen

Accountant

Accountant, 2001-2008 FLSmidth, 2008-2016 Billetkontoret, 2017-2019 Parknet FMBA. With DIS since 2019.  

Henriette Korthalz

Accountant

Controlling Assistant, DIS, 2005-2017. With DIS since 2021.

IT

Nikolaj Opstrup

Director of Business Technology

Master in Management of Technology (Executive MBA, Technical University of Denmark, 2013), LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator (Trivium, Amsterdam, 2013), Leaders Diploma (SIMI, Copenhagen, 2007), BSc Courses in Computer Science (University of Copenhagen, 1991-94). Founder of various tech and media companies, 1993-2013. Consultant & Client Service Director, Peytz & Co, 2008-2013. Managing Director, Creuna Copenhagen, 2014-2017. EVP & CDO, Bonnier Publications, 2017-2022. With DIS since 2022.

IT Development and Infrastructure

André Just Vedgren

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

Gissur Jónsson

FileMaker Developer

M.Sc (Cand.IT from a liaison between IT University Copenhagen and Roskilde University in Interdisciplinary IT Development, 2006). B.Sc. (Philosophy and Computer Science from Roskilde University 2001). Have worked in Academia 2000-2008 (as PC IT supporter, and as Consultant for e-learning and for IT collaboration), as well as 10 years of web development. With DIS since 2018.

Paulo A. G. Ferreira

Software Architect

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.

Per Strande Jensen

Infrastructure Administrator

Data Technician, Technical Education Copenhagen, 2011. Data Technician at E. Pihl & Son, 2007-2011. System administrator at Edora A/S, 2011-2015. IT Administrator at Dyrenes Beskyttese, 2016-2020. IT Security Consultant at Solvo IT, working for Danmarks National Bank, 2020-2021. With DIS since 2021.

Tommy Rosengreen

Infrastructure Administrator

EDB-assistent, Niels Brock, 1991. IT-infrastructure administrator, Next, 2006-2018.  IT-infrastructure administrator, DSR, 2019-2022. With DIS since 2022.

IT Services

Morten Ehlers Albertsen

IT Supporter

2 years of Interaction design, Aarhus University. IT technician with 14 years experience. With DIS since 2022.

Marie Lavin

IT Supporter

Bachelor of Science (Information Systems Technologies, Marymount University, 2000). IT Support Manager, Falu kommun, 2016-2021. With DIS since 2022.

Jackie Minh Lun Duong

IT Supporter

Data Technician, TEC, 2011. IT-Administrator KVUC, 2012-2022. With DIS since 2022.

Emil Petersen

IT Supporter

IT Network and Electronics Technology, KEA, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Facilities

John Søren Jensen

Facility Manager

Educated Pipe Smith 1986. Worked with Facilities Management since. Head of Facilities in biotech company, 1999-2019. Educated Project Manager, 2009. Certified Facility Management (Danish Technological Institute), 2015. With DIS since 2019.

Maria Louise Olesen

Administrative Facilities Coordinator

B.A. American Studies, Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2006. Daily Manager, Byggegruppen Entreprise 2013-2016, Project Manager Sandgrav Solutions 2016-18, Administrative Coordinator, Loop UX 2018-2020. Educated Project Manager, 2021. With DIS since 2021.

Sebastian Max Guldborg Bregenborg

Facilities Technician

Educated Bike Mechanic, 15 years of experience in operation and maintenance of various buildings. With DIS Since 2020.  

Mikkel Vestergaard Thomsen

Facilities Technician

Educated Jointer in 2011, and Cabinet Maker in 2013. Worked with kitchen manufacturing with Nicolaj Bo between 2014-2021. With DIS since 2021.  

Alexander Andersen

Facilities Technician

Facilities Technician degree from 2020. Worked for Ulykkes Patient Foreningen from 2016-2021. With DIS since 2021.  

Jan Gøttrup Oldenborg

Facilities Technician

Electrician, completed education in 1990. Electrician, 1990-1997. Self-employed bike shop owner, 1997-2020. With DIS since 2021.

Mie Sofie Jensen

Office Support Assistant

B.A. (Education Studies & Cultural Studies, Roskilde University, 2021). With DIS since 2021.