I received an MA in corporate communications from Aarhus University in Denmark. Professionally, I have worked as a trader and purchaser in start-up and corporate settings, such as at Maersk Line and Nordic Tankers, all of which involved dealing with customers and suppliers across countries like Russia, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Benelux countries. I have carried out key account management and been responsible for new sales, marketing, and overall representation towards varying interest groups in 20+ countries. I have performed at my best in situations where traditional thinking was not enough.
Over the last 10 years, I have taken the lead on a wide range of initiatives in Denmark, Finland and other EU countries with a focus on gender equality with the European Women Lobby, such as inclusion and access to job markets, and Danish SMEs. I have debated these issues in the Danish parliament, given interviews to Berlingske and Børsen (Denmark’s largest newspapers), and appeared on Danish news channel TV2. Today, I belong to networks that gather the brightest minds from across Europe and America. The various conferences and forums have led to meetings with presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and other politicians, include President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal, Marti Ahtisaari and Tarja Halonen (Presidents of Finland), former Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, and Prime Minister Juri Ratas of Estonia. I feel honoured and humbled to have experienced all of this in my life—it’s more than I could have dreamed of. It has also been a precious gift to know the people I have met and worked with, people who inspired me and nudged me to become better.