Our mentors

Below is an overview over our mentors.

Click their profiles to see more information about them.

Which track am I?

The tracks are used to segment mentors and mentees by field of interest. In general, your line of study dictates which tracks you should search for. Below, you can see an overview of BSc study lines – and which tracks fits each one of them. BEng and MSc-students: Use the below examples as a starting point in choosing the track.

If you are interested in work in another track (e.g. a biotech student who is interested in Software Development) you can still suggest a mentor from another track.

Students from Design & Innovation and General Engineering can fit profiles from all of our tracks.

TECHNOLOGY & DATA

All students from ITU Netværksteknologi og IT
Elektroteknologi Softwareteknologi
Geofysik og Rumteknologi Strategisk Analyse og Systemdesign
Kunstig Intelligens og Data Fysik og Nanoteknologi
Matematik og Teknologi

LIFE SCIENCE

Bioteknologi Medicin og Teknologi
Fødevarer og Ernærning Sundhed og Informatik
Kemi og Teknologi Teknisk Biomedicin
Kvantitativ Biologi og Sygdomsmodellering

CONSTRUCTION & MANUFACTURING

Bæredygtigt Energidesign Geofysik og Rumteknologi
Byggeteknologi Vand, Bioressourcer og Miljømanagement
Bygningsdesign Produktion og Konstruktion
Fysik og Nanoteknologi

Lars R. Lindvold

Position: Senior Researcher at DTU Sundhedsteknologi

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Chemistry, Optics and Applied Laser Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemistry

Lars Lindvold has been working in both academia and industry for the past 35 years mainly in the field of photonics, biophotonics and nanoimprint lithography (NIL). He has experience with entrepreneurship and transition from an idea in the lab to commercialization.

MOTIVATION

Having worked in both academia, industry and startups for nearly 35 years, Lars feels confident that he can be of value to a student. Based on the positive feedback of mentoring from his master students, Lars believes that this skill could be brought into use also with some of the students associated with the Conflux program.

Lars R. Lindvold

Senior Researcher at DTU Sundhedsteknologi

35+ years in mainly in the field of photonics, biophotonics & nanoimprint lithography, entrepreneurship & transition from lab to commercialization.

Lotte Trangbæk

Position: Head of Workforce Management at Mærsk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Engineer’s Degree, Chemical Engineering

Lotte has 20+ years of experience from large pharma and medical device companies both as specialist and leader. Her career has developed from the lab focused when acquiring her masters, through leadership of teams supporting operational execution of product development projects, to supporting portfolio decision making of which developments to invest in. This has given her a good foundation to understand the mechanics of decision making in companies, but also what it takes to bring new products to the market. She is currently leading a Workforce planning Unit in a large global logistics company.

MOTIVATION

As a people manager, Lotte likes working with people and coaching them to see their opportunities. She believes that she, with her story and challenges during her work life, is able to give something back to a mentee. Lotte would prefer to help a mentee looking to go into leadership or someone moving from specialist to generalist role.

Lotte Trangbæk

Head of Workforce Management at Mærsk

20+ years of experience from large pharma and medical device companies both as specialist and leader. Developed from lab to leadership of teams.

Alexandra Løvdal

Position: R&D Senior Scientist at Coloplast

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Biomedical/Medical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering

Alexandra has 5+ years of experience in a GMP environment within the development, device performance and material properties through bench, in vitro and in vivo testing in the medical industry. She has a passion for developing medical devices of high and consistent quality – from the processing right down to the raw materials used. With a solid experience in screening and testing new materials, she has created and validated test environments and methods to predict the behavior of treatment options in vivo. As an engineer, Alexandra takes great pride in the quality of data handled and as well as the documentation routines. Overall, her ambition is to use her skills to further improve the quality of life for those in need.

MOTIVATION

Alexandra would like to become a mentor to help young students on both finding their career path and what to prioritize during their studies. She was very fortunate in finding a job in the industry easily after both her master’s and Ph.D. and wants to help others with the same. She would also like to get to know the young talented engineers in her field for potential collaboration in projects, such as their master thesis.

Alexandra Løvdal

R&D Senior Scientist at Coloplast

5+ years experience in an GMP environment within development, device performance & material properties. Passion for developing medical devices.

Niels-Kristian Gleerup

Position: IT Chief Consultant at Danske Bank

Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc., Industrial Engineering

Niels-Kristian has many years of experience working in the IT sector. He has an engineering background, working with various aspects of IT in a large IT organization with intensive international collaboration. During his career, he has taken on both technical as well as more managerial roles, and during the last 8 years, he has worked primarily with talent development, thriving to help new graduates getting a successful start in their professional career. Niels-Kristian is responsible for building and operating the talent pipeline for his current IT organization end-to-end. His approach to a mentor role is to help you reflect and support you in deciding your journey.

MOTIVATION

Students today have extremely high expectations of themselves. At the same time, it can be hard to find out what to focus on and what to opt-out. By providing his own experiences and open questions, Niels-Kristan can help to obtain more clarity on one’s preferences and ambitions, whether that is becoming a specialist, manager or a good all-rounder.

Niels-Kristian Gleerup

IT Chief Consultant at Danske Bank

Many years of experience in IT. Engineering background, working with various aspects of IT in large organisations with international collaboration.

Kristina Udsen

Position: Senior Project Manager at All abello

University of Copenhagen – Ph.D., Immunology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Kristina has 10+ years of experience with project management and research in both Denmark and USA. She has a strong scientific background in immunology from her Ph.D, and an extensive toolbox within project management, immunology, production processes, and quality assurance. Her track record proves of successful project management of CMC project, comparability studies and global site production transfers (USA/France). She has been with her current company, ALK, for the past years, where she started out as a project chemist, working as a specialist, and has moved into project management positions later on.

MOTIVATION

Kristina wants to become a mentor to increase her motivational skills and help a student by sharing her stories. Prior to this mentor program, she has helped a young biotech graduate land the first job by focusing on skills and experience with regard to relevance for the employer. Kristina found this very rewarding and would like to help more young students navigate through the transition of studying to working. She is also to relate to the difficult choice of wanting to become a researcher (Ph.D. student/post doc.) versus going into the private industry and landing a job.

Kristina Udsen

Senior Project Manager at All abello

10+ years experience with project management & research, nationally & internationally. Background/toolbox in immunology, production process & QA.

Søren Sørensen

Position: Senior Consultant at Strongit Aps

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – MMPI Diploma

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Quality Control in Automated Manufacturing

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Management and Manufacturing

Søren has 30+ years of experience in international pharmaceutical companies such as Novo Nordisk and Leo Pharma, and in these years, 20+ years of them he has been working with quality and in roles as a consultant, engineer, manager, project manager, and Vice President. The main focus of his career has been on Medical Devices, mainly within QA/RA and R&D. Søren has dealt with many different types of tasks and it has given him insight into several alternative methods on different levels of a company. With his many years in management, he has lead high-performance teams worldwide and is used to handling cross-organizational collaborations with relevant stakeholders.

MOTIVATION

Søren wants to become a mentor to share his many years of experience within the industry.

Søren Sørensen

Senior Consultant at Strongit Aps

30+ years of experience in international pharmaceutical companies such as Novo Nordisk and Leo Pharma. Main focus has been on Medical Devices.

Rose Babirye Frederiksen

Position: Business Analyst at DXC Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – B.Sc., Economics and IT

Rose has experience with business analysis, planning, innovation, management, and strategy in IT. She has worked with these areas in both the public and the private sector, and for the last 4 years as a business analyst, leading customers into their digital transformation journey with Next Generation Infrastructure and Modern Application Solutions, combining her technical know-how with management and planning skills. Her work revolves around turning innovative processes into tangible and viable ideas.

MOTIVATION

There are many students who need someone else to put heads together to pave the way forward. There are many graduates who are left on their own without knowing which way to take and how to get to the destination. There are many professionals who get stuck in daily routines. Rose wants to help others who need help – sharing her own story – her inspiration as a single mother of 3 children, while at the same time a student on SU. How do you balance family, studies, networking? Rose wants to inspire those who come from other countries: A foreigner in Denmark, why it is necessary to get an education. And what to do after graduation. How to get a job. Getting involved in the mentoring program will also help her grow her own motivational and leadership skills.

Rose Babirye Frederiksen

Business Analyst at DXC Technology

Experience with business analysis, innovation, management & strategy in IT. Currently leading customers into their digital transformation journey.

Fan Yang

Position: Software Architect at FLINT Systems, Inc.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Computer Science and IT Security

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Computer Science and IT Security

Xi’an Jiaotong University – Computer Science and Technology

Fan has 10+ years of experience working in research and in the industry with IT security, machine learning and enterprise software solutions. His specialties include enterprise software development, programming language design and implementation, machine learning, NLP, IT security and many more. During his Ph.D. studies, he designed and implemented a programming language for developing distributed and mobile systems that require high-security standards. After doing his research, Fan moved into the industry, working at Deltek, where he technically drove and developed enterprise software. He has now moved into the world of startups, where he is working on applying AI into linguistic domains. Fan describes himself as a lifelong learner and enjoys learning new things every day, handling both theoretical and practical aspects of complex projects.

MOTIVATION

Fan wants to be a mentor to help grow a talented student, listen to their goals for their career, and give them some advice from his own academic and industry experience. Personally, he also wishes to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills.

Fan Yang

Software Architect at FLINT Systems, Inc.

10+ years of experience with research and industry with many aspects of IT. Currently working in a startup, applying AI into linguistic domains.

Ruchika Singh

Position: Electrical Machine Engineer & Flywheel Expert at WattsUp Power A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical Engineering

Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering – B.Eng., Electrical Engineering

Ruchika has 7+ years of experience with research and electrical engineering. She has a background in FEA (Finite Element Analysis), based electrical machine design and analysis as well as power electronics and motor drives. She is very passionate about electrical machines and motor drives, and apart from her technical background, she is an enthusiastic swimmer and loves to do volunteering work in her spare time. Ruchika started out her career, after finishing her bachelor’s degree, by doing research at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She later moved to Denmark to complete her master’s degree and is now working in the industry, applying her knowledge about electrical machine design.

MOTIVATION

Ruchika wants to become a mentor because she wants to give back to DTU. DTU has played a very important role in shaping her career and developing an overall personality. Ruchika wants to help DTU and its students in whichever way possible and she thinks this mentorship program gives her that opportunity. For her, a mentee should be a highly motivated and ambitious candidate, ready to accept challenges and work towards their goals. She sees her role as a mentor to help such candidates fulfill their aim. Ruchika also had a career mentor herself as a student at DTU, which helped her a lot and motivated her to apply for this mentorship program.

Ruchika Singh

Electrical Machine Engineer & Flywheel Expert at WattsUp Power A/S

7+ years of experience with electrical engineering. Passionate about electrical machines and motor drives, both in research and the industry.

Jens Markussen

Position: Retired CEO

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.A., Business Administration and Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Jens has 40+ years of experience working with IT and management. For the last 26 years, he has been a director in Capgemini Danmark, a large IT, consulting and digital transformation company working with cloud technologies, digital platforms, and business development. Jens, therefore, has extensive experience in the industry on an executive management level and can provide insight into how the industry has changed over the years until today.

MOTIVATION

Jens wants to become a mentor so that he can help a student qualify for a management level position in the future.

Jens Markussen

Retired CEO

40+ years experience with IT & executive management. For many years as director in Capgemini, a large IT company working with cloud & platforms.

Shum Stra

Position: CTO at CLA Reply ApS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Digital Media Engineering

Shum has 5+ years of experience with the startup environment in software engineering, with an extensive set of skills across design, arts, and management. As a CTO of a growing startup working with anti-money laundering compliance, CLA Reply, Shum is juggling technical software engineering skills with management challenges on a daily basis. With their NewClient.app product, they make it easier for clients to onboard in a complex regulatory environment by combining legal expertise, user-centered design, and a robust end-to-end-encrypted information management platform.

MOTIVATION

Shum would love to help a young one along, so they hopefully won’t make the same mistakes he did. As a bonus, teaching and talking about things make Shum understand them better. Shum would prefer to mentor a multi-talented mentee, and a student interested in entrepreneurship might be especially relevant to match up with.

Shum Stra

CTO at CLA Reply ApS

5+ years of experience with the startup environment in software engineering, with an extensive set of skills across design, arts and management.

Ben Caddell

Position: Fermentation Scientist at Biosyntia

University of California, San Diego – B.Sc., General Biology

Ben has 10+ years of experience in the renewable chemicals field, working in several startups specializing in fermentation, leading to several products that have been commercialized into the market. Ben also has experience in the fields of environmental affairs and pharmaceutical quality control. As a microbiologist, he has a diverse set of experiences. Having worked in the fields of environmental affairs, quality control, and renewable chemicals, it gives him an overview of many areas one could work with within life sciences. His own scientific strengths include fermentation, flow cytometry, and anaerobic microbiology.

MOTIVATION

Ben regrets not reaching out to potential mentors when he was a student himself. So he wishes to become a mentor to help current students who are taking the time to do that now.

Ben Caddell

Fermentation Scientist at Biosyntia

10+ years experience in renewable chemicals, working in several startups specializing in fermentation, leading to several products commercialized.

Sudhir Kumar Chaurasiya

Position: Software Engineer at Atkins

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Computer Software Engineering

Sudhir has almost 3 years of experience as a software developer and teaching assistant. Currently, Sudhir is working as a full-time software developer at Atkins, and he has been working with a number of different technologies such as RESTful APIs, their design and implementation, Microservices and Spring Boot. Before finishing his degree and starting at Atkins, Sudhir held a student position at a company called Easy A+, where he did full-stack development at an audiobook platform for university students in Denmark.

MOTIVATION

Sudhir wants to become a mentor to help a student out and, on a personal note, grow professionally.

Sudhir Kumar Chaurasiya

Software Engineer at Atkins

3 years of experience as a developer & TA. Has worked with many different technologies, with RESTful APIs, their design and implementation etc.

Lasse Dalkiær

Position: Senior Manager at Foss

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.

Lasse has 25+ years of experience with consulting, commercial development & execution in technical companies. Primary areas of expertise centers around growth strategies, go-to-market, commercial execution & business innovation. Lasse has hands-on experience from 100+ global and local commercial initiatives as responsible as well as an executive partner. He particularly has experience from the business segments like industry, pharma, and service. Lasse is currently using his commercial expertise in a senior management role at Foss, who creates end-to-end solutions that secure and improve food quality with their analysis instruments that enable businesses to run intelligent data-driven productions.

MOTIVATION

Lasse believes “real” learnings starts after studies – to strike the balance of utilizing the learnings from studies into “real life” can be an eyeopener for some. It takes equal amount of pragmatism, drive, humility, and confidence to get the full value for money. Everyone starts from the bottom and only hard work creates the path for success. Lasse is looking to help a mentee with a “commercially” oriented profile.

Lasse Dalkiær

Senior Manager at Foss

25+ years experience with consulting, commercial development & execution in tech. companies. Hands-on experience from 100+ commercial initiatives.

Morten Saabye

Position: Manager Consulting at Atea DK A/S

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Master, Economics

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Morten has 20+ years of experience from business development, project management, operations strategy and execution & product management. Morten is an experienced commercial and technical manager and has worked extensively with driving sales in Denmark, the US, the UK, and Germany, leading multi-cultural teams in cross-border projects. He has a background in high-tech engineering companies – Intel, GN Netcom, and various industries – telecommunications, medical devices, processes, and manufacturing, as well as startups.

MOTIVATION

Morten loves working with motivated people, who see opportunities rather than problems. The ability to share his 30+ years of professional experience is very exciting. In his daily work, Morten coaches, sets development goals and motivates his employees to achieve their personal and technical ambitions. He has good experience in going from a specialist into a leadership role.

Morten Saabye

Manager Consulting at Atea DK A/S

20+ of years experience in business development, project / product management & operations strategy. Experienced commercial & technical manager.

Lorenzo Gentile

Position: Ph.D. Student at ITU
Politecnico di Milano (Italy) – M.Sc., Computer Engineering
Lorenzo has 5+ years of experience within the software industry. He is currently working in academia as a Ph.D. student in computer science. His background includes both technical knowledge, acquired through a master in computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and by working in the field as a freelancer and within companies, and business knowledge, acquired through an entrepreneurship program at Draper University (California) and by being active in different startup communities.

MOTIVATION

Lorenzo would like to develop his mentoring skills and being part of a community of dynamic people. At the same time, he would like to help a student by sharing my experience. Lorenzo would prefer helping a mentee with ambitions of developing an entrepreneurial project.

Lorenzo Gentile

Ph.D. Student at ITU

5+ years experience in the software industry. Currently working in academia as Ph.D. student in computer science & active in startup communities.

Peter Grønborg

Position: Wind Energy Analyst at Ørsted

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Peter has 2+ years of experience working with data analysis in the field of Offshore Wind Energy. His work has been a large mix of data analysis, numerical optimization, tools development, and R&D work. One of his focuses is to find areas in the development of an offshore windfarm where it is possible to improve processes to run more automatically. Either by using numerical optimization or program a process which have been made by hand before. Peter is especially interested in using deep learning. Other than his career in offshore wind energy, Peter is very passionate about Image Analysis and its application in the real world (outside of academia).

MOTIVATION

Coming from University to the job market is challenging and can be difficult to shift mindset from a student to a “grown-up” engineer. By being a mentor it is possible to help build a bridge between these mindsets, which Peter found difficult throughout his studies until getting a student job. At the same time, he believes that he is able to develop his own skills in relation to communication, motivating, leadership and much more. From a mentee, Peter expects a person who is considering to be in the industry when graduating and is seeking to know more about what you can be. If a mentee is considering which path to go career-wise, educationally, how to balance work and life or just wants to expand their network, he is completely up for it. Since this is the first time Peter is a mentor, Peter would prefer a Danish speaking person, but it is not a requirement.

Peter Grønborg

Wind Energy Analyst at Ørsted

2+ years of experience with data analysis in Offshore Wind Energy. Large mix of data analysis, numerical optimisation, tools development and R&D.

Aida Keller

Position: Mechanical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management

Illinois Institute of Technology – B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Aida has 7+ years of experience as a mechanical engineer. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in the US, Aida went into the industry, starting out her career at Maersk Oil. With Maersk Oil, she worked in a number of different positions in Kazakhstan, Qatar and then Denmark. During her last period of time in the company, Aida was supporting daily operations in the maintenance department of an oil fields, managed 8 vendors (up to 6 million DKK budget contracts) to plan, execute and close out maintenance jobs on storage vessels, pipelines, pumps and pressure safety valves, coordinating engagement with office and field engineers. She continued her education with a master’s degree from DTU, bridging her technical knowledge with a more holistic management focusing, almost about to finish up her degree, while simultaneously working as a mechanical engineer at Maersk Drilling.

MOTIVATION

Aida would like to become a mentor to help students realize that the professional world is not so scary and can be tamed. In a mentee, she would prefer someone who is interested in working in operations, risks and management, and who is striving to go abroad for work and for adventure.

Aida Keller

Mechanical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

7+ years experience in the oil and drilling industry. Has held positions as a mechincal engineer in Kazakhstan, Qatar and currently in Denmark.

Peter Tong

Position: Director at Venzo

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – M.Sc., Business Administration and Business Computing

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.Sc., Business Administration and Computer Science

Peter has 9+ years of experience working with IT management advisory, project management, IT infrastructure transition and transformation projects. He has held many different consulting and managing roles at the large IT company, NNIT, and recently left his position as director and executive sponsor for a position as director at VENZO Consulting. At VENZO, their mission is to ensure that customers realize their business objectives through efficient use of IT, whether it be a line of business or IT. They provide IT advisory services across different industries; life sciences, enterprise and public, and translate IT into business and business into IT, as well as give an insight into the adoption of new interesting technologies including benefits and common pitfalls.

MOTIVATION

Peter would personally have loved to have a mentor that has tried and experienced the transition from being a full-time student to a full-time consultant. For him, personally, he would like to support a mentee realizing his/her professional ambition. He is, therefore, looking for a mentee that is ambitious and driven.

Peter Tong

Director at Venzo

9+ years experience working with management consulting, IT management advisory, project management, IT infrastructure & transformation projects.

Bo Henning Jørgensen

Position: Projekt Manager at PFA Pension

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electro Technology

Bo has almost 20 years of experience as a project leader in IT and supporting companies’ business processes. He has delivered results in many large companies in different industries, the latest in the financial sector. His primary competencies are the execution of projects so that results can be delivered in relation to the project scope and business case. Bo has experience in using many different project models, where projects are executed after both agile principles and classical waterfall methods. Bo started out his career working in BaneDanmark, but for the past many years, he has been with PFA Pension.

MOTIVATION

The description in the example above is pretty much aligned with Bo’s reasons of becoming a mentor.

Bo Henning Jørgensen

Projekt Manager at PFA Pension

20 years of experience as project leader in IT & supporting business processes. Has delivered results in large companes, in different industries.

Kim Träger

Position: Account Director at NNE A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Kim has 30+ years of experience in project and account management in the field of mechanical engineering. As Account Director at NNE, Kim’s focus is on building lasting relationships and generate long term repeat business with key customers within the pharma and biotech industries. He has more than 20 years of international experience in process, product, and business development, with a strong international background in process and mechanical engineering, process and plant analysis as well as project management. Kim has been responsible for several international projects, ranging from small equipment and process development to large-scale industrial mineral and upstream crude oil production facilities. As a consultant, he has assisted his customers in the evaluation of new business opportunities, potential value-added benefits and budget estimation of various scenarios.

MOTIVATION

Kim wants to become a mentor to help a student by sharing his experiences, successes, and failures. He would prefer to work with talented and passionate mentees interested in providing strong value propositions to their stakeholders.

Kim Träger

Account Director at NNE A/S

30+ years experience in project & account management, as well as many years international experience in process, product & business development.

Lau Borch

Position: Senior Consultant at CPC - Center for Product Customization

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design and Innovation

Lau has 6+ years of experience as an engineer, working as a management consultant and advising companies on product architecture in IT. In his current job, he advises large manufacturing companies on product architecture by analyzing the market, product, and production. During his time as a management consultant at the consulting company, PA Consulting Group, he was leading IT and app development projects in the financial sector. Besides this, Lau also has interests and competences within data analysis, logistic modeling, and C# programming.

MOTIVATION

Lau has been a mentee as part of the IDA mentor program, and he wants to explore the toolbox he has learned and pass on his experience. Lau is looking for an ambitious, dedicated and intelligent mentee; background and field of study are of less importance to him.

Lau Borch

Senior Consultant at CPC - Center for Product Customization

6+ years of experience as management consultant & advisor. Advices manufacturing companies on product architecture by analyzing market & product.

Lars Kragh

Position: CEO at KHR Architecture A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Bachelor’s Degree, Building Construction Engineering

Lars has 25+ years of experience working in the building, transportation, and energy sector, working with all aspects of general management, project execution in large-scale projects within the building and infrastructure sector, sales and marketing, negotiation, auditing, and accounting. He has direct experience with development in the real estate sector, having both public and private customers. Throughout his career, Lars started out his career in the industry and quickly moved into leadership positions, but has for many years now worked with entrepreneurship, specifically in the field of architecture in a broad sense, offering expertise in a number of associated special areas – from programming, function analysis, project, and building design, to the scheduling and economic management on construction projects.

MOTIVATION

Lars wants to become a mentor to help ‘young’ entrepreneurs with planning and full filling their ambitions. He would, in particular, prefer to help mentees with ambitions of going into leadership.

Lars Kragh

CEO at KHR Architecture A/S

25+ years experience in building sector, working with management, projects, sales and marketing. Entrepeneur and executive manager for many years.

Emil S. Jørgensen

Position: Data Science Lead at IKEA Group

University of Copenhagen – Ph.D., Probability Theory

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Emil has 5+ years of experience with academic research, software development in a business setting, and team leadership. He is currently responsible for hiring and developing a newly established Advanced Analytics team within IKEA, and leads a team of 10 Data Scientists working on multiple machine learning use cases related to app, in-store and web optimisation. Before joining IKEA, Emil was a Data Scientist at KAYAK (the owner of e.g. momondo, and part of Booking Holdings) and holds a Ph.D. in probability theory from University of Copenhagen.

MOTIVATION

Emil wants to become a mentor because he sees it as a great opportunity to give something back to the academic environment. Success and creation of new products and features in a digital (technology-driven) world come from an ability to deliver in cross-functional teams. He is looking for students with high ambitions, and a wish to follow a purpose-driven career path – whether as a leader, a specialist or a mix.

Emil S. Jørgensen

Data Science Lead at IKEA Group

5+ years experience with machine learning in the industry. Currently hiring, developing & co-leading new Advanced Analytics team (50+ people).

Line Elmshøj

Position: Project Manager / IT Project Manager at Nordea

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Network Technology and IT

Line has 2+ years of experience with IT project management and change management in large companies in management consulting and the financial industry. Through her work, she has been presented to a variety of different projects spanning from compliance and regulatory projects to optimization, simplification and improvement projects. The work has been very diverse with a focus on both business and IT – often combining and bridging the two. Projects involve larger regulatory programmes engaging the entire business area, optimization of specific trading systems and product migrations focused on the entire value chain. Line is specifically focused on larger projects, spanning across the business units and IT teams working with facilitating and enabling change.

MOTIVATION

Line wants to become a mentor to develop her leadership and communication skills. She was not a student that long ago, and she wishes she was presented to a program like this – getting insights of young professionals and taking career advice to a much more relatable level. Line hopes to help some students by sharing her experience and bring concrete examples of her career choices as well as give some tips and tricks on how to get the best start into the “working force”. Line would also like to expand her horizon and get some network with the current talented engineering students, from which she is sure she will also learn from. Line would prefer having a mentee with an ambition of going into a more generalist role (within IT) or focused on project management – but this is not a dealbreaker. Anyone who wants her help, she is happy to support.

Line Elmshøj

Project Manager / IT Project Manager at Nordea

2+ years experience with IT project management and change management in large companies with management consulting and the financial industry.

Erik Schou

Position: Senior Commercial Advisor at Maersk Drilling

Maersk International Shipping Academy – Education

Aalborg University (AAU) – Basic Science & Technology

Erik has 40+ years of experience within the Maersk Group, in many different areas in a number of different roles. Among some of them are international commercial management and business development within offshore & gas drilling, negotiating and administrating construction contracts for tankers, bulk carriers, offshore supply vessels and drilling rigs, commercial activities for different areas, investments and projects and many more. During his career, Erik has held many management and leadership positions and is used to a career working in an international environment in different parts of the world. Erik’s role has always been in the commercial and business side, but with a very close co-ordination with other specialists including technical experts of every discipline. Erik has thus been the lead in projects starting from idea conception, business case and finally delivery and start-up of large modern offshore drilling units. At the end of 2019 Erik has retired from Maersk and he is now engaging in various projects and a consultancy basis.

MOTIVATION

Erik would like to pass on some of his learnings and experiences through professional life. Help someone to steer around some of the pitfalls, and maintain focus on what is important. And on that note help to find out what IS important.

Erik Schou

Senior Commercial Advisor at Maersk Drilling

30+ years experience with management, advisory and leadership in the Maersk Group. Now engaging in guidance and support in commercials matters.

Panagiotis Vavatsikos

Position: Control Engineer at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Automation and Robot Technology

Panagiotis has 4+ years of experience working as a Control Engineer in Denmark. After his studies, he joined Danfoss Drives, working extensively with Matlab and Simulink creating algorithms for motor and drives applications. In his current position as Control Engineer in Siemens Gamesa, Panagiotis is developing control algorithms for wind turbines and therefore has a strong background on power energy systems and electrical machines. In his work and during his studies, he has gained experience with mathematical modelling and optimization, control of a wide range of dynamical systems and establishing effective data collection and measurement systems.

MOTIVATION

Panagiotis would like to become a mentor because he believes this could be useful both for him and a student. Personally, he thinks it is a good opportunity for him to further develop his communication skills and keep a connection to academia. He would be able to possibly help a mentee find a good and meaningful job in Denmark, making use of his insight into the Danish labor market. Moreover, Panagiotis can share his experiences from being a student and employee in Denmark, and if possible, use his network to open doors for the student.

Panagiotis Vavatsikos

Control Engineer at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A.

4+ years experience in Control Engineering, power energy systems & electrical machines. Currently developing control algorithms for wind turbines.

Nilma Abbas

Position: Assistant Professor at Erhvervsakademi Sjælland

Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc., Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Information Technology

Nilma has experience with both development and teaching as an assistant professor within IT. Before going into teaching at Erhervsakademi Sjælland, where she teaches on the bachelor program for Web Development, Nila previously worked at YouSee as an analyst, as well as a Frontend Developer for WriteReader, a Danish Edtech Company with reward winning apps and documented results of enhancing children’s learning. Here, she worked on developing the new responsible Multilanguage website for the company to include a new product, a Math app for mobile devices for children between 4 – 10 years old.

MOTIVATION

Nilma wants to become a mentor to help out a student, as well as develop herself and her communication skills through the program. She is also interested in gaining a larger network among students.

Nilma Abbas

Assistant Professor at Erhvervsakademi Sjælland

6 years of experience with both development and teaching as an assistant professor with IT, specifically within web and frontend development.

Lars Munk Jensen

Position: Project Manager at Per Aarsleff A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Civil Engineering

Lars has 10+ years of experience working as a project manager and site manager, with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He has worked on a number of different areas, including construction engineering, earthworks, contractors and bridge projects. In his current role as a project manager at Per Aarsleff, he is working with a number of large projects, one of them being the Ringsted – Femern New Bridge Masnedsund, which is one of Banedanmarks largest infrastructure projects to this day, with a budget of 9,5 billion kr. Besides this, he has also been part of the constructions on the Niels Bohr Science Building of new laboratory and lecture buildings, covering a total area of 52.000 m2. The new buildings will be part of the “Vidensby” on Nørre Campus in Copenhagen.

MOTIVATION

Lars wants to become a mentor because there is personal motivation. He has seen the issues that many “new” engineers are dealing with when coming directly from the university. Daily routines and responsibilities are very different from student life, and he hopes to be able to clear up some of the expectations and maybe misunderstandings when going from student to employee. Lars is also attending a mentor program in his company that ensures new employees with experience less than 5 years to have a good start. On a personal note, Lars is always trying to improve his leadership skills, and mentoring is a very good opportunity for this. In the end; he is happy to share.

Lars Munk Jensen

Project Manager at Per Aarsleff A/S

10+ years experience as project & site manager in construction, working with with construction engineering, earthworks, contractors and bridges.

Astrid Vestergård

Position: Data Scientist at Danske Spil

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Astrid has 4+ years of experience with analytics and AI, first two years as a consultant and the last two years developing and implementing AI in her current company. Her focus is on how to apply technology in the business and getting the users to use the solutions. Through her work, Astrid has been presented to a variety of different projects, from compliance and regulatory projects to optimization, simplification and improvement projects. The work has been very diverse with a focus on both business and IT – often bridging the two.

MOTIVATION

Astrid enjoys helping and developing other people. She feels like she has gotten some insights into how it can be to transition from being a student to starting the first job and to take the leap of changing jobs. She is looking for a mentee who might not be sure of where they want to go, and want someone else to talk to about their decisions.

Astrid Vestergård

Data Scientist at Danske Spil

4+ years of experience with analytics and AI. Focus is on how to apply technology in the business and getting the users to use the solutions.

Markos Romanos

Position: CCO at Pylon Network

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Sustainable Energy

University of Nottingham – B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering

Markos has almost 10 years of experience in energy. Most of his time is invested in the validation of new business models, based on the marriage of blockchain technology and the digitalization of the energy sector. As the CCO of Pylon Network, his role is focused on facilitating international cooperation, engaging with energy stakeholders and working on ways to accelerate innovation in the energy sector. He describes himself as a dreamer, often catching himself fantasizing on the positive externalities that arise from self-governed (energy) networks – that are able to record, store and exchange value – designed to empower local, socially-resilient communities. This is being mirrored in his engagement and experience with startups and entrepreneurship.

MOTIVATION

Markos wants to meet, inspire, guide and learn from talented engineering students, thinking to move into entrepreneurship. He would love to share his experience over the past 5 years from his international entrepreneurial journey in Green Tech and inspire young people to put their creativity and knowledge in practice; for improving society. Markos would prefer helping a mentee with entrepreneurial ambitions, switching from student to professional. He believes that he is able to offer particular value in relation to working abroad since he has been studying and working away from home over the last 15 years.

Markos Romanos

CCO at Pylon Network

10 years experience in energy. Interested in validation business models, based bridging blockchain technology & digitalization of energy sector.

Christian Caspersen

Position: CEO at 2C ApS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Christian has 40+ years of experience with product development, specifically in the instrumentation industry serving larger Danish companies. Besides his corporate experience, Christian has founded several companies, mainly within health tech. Over the last years, he has been a mentor at DTU for both students and startup companies.

MOTIVATION

Based on Christian’s prior experience as a mentor, he strongly believes in the value a mentor can add to the student’s experience and understanding of the engineering work life, and therefore wants to continue to do that in this program.

Christian Caspersen

CEO at 2C ApS

40+ of years experience with product development in instrumentation for larger Danish companies. Founded several companies mainly in health tech.

Carsten Bjørneboe

Position: Projektchef at FB Gruppen A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Structural Engineering

Carsten has 30+ years of experience as a project manager and project chief, with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. His work and skills include Project Estimation, Facility Management (FM), Construction, Project Coordination, and Contract Management. Carsten started out his career at Højgaard & Schultz, a former construction company, and has been with many different since, including Skanska, J&B Enterprise, AAB, KAB and now at FB Gruppen A/S. He, therefore, knows his way around different environments in the construction industry.

MOTIVATION

Carsten wants to become a mentor to give a student the opportunity to talk to an experienced engineer, offer insights into the carrier path he has taken, and generally try to “do some good” for an ambitious young student.

Carsten Bjørneboe

Projektchef at FB Gruppen A/S

30+ years experience with project management in real estate, doing Estimation, Facility Management (FM), Construction, Coordination & Contracts.

Peter Grønning

Position: CTO at TekPartner A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Peter has 20+ years of experience in running privately-owned companies, doing consultancy work and management. His work has revolved around electronic engineering, signal processing, and embedded design. He is especially focused on the development process, starting from an idea and getting it all the way to the market. During his career, Peter has combined his technical know-how with his ability to consult and drive through projects.

MOTIVATION

Peter’s professional job is to help companies – including startups and individuals. He would not be surprised if he could add a little value to younger candidates or students – either by just listening or putting his personal observations forward.

Peter Grønning

CTO at TekPartner A/S

20+ years experience in running privately owned companies. Work has revolved around electronic engineering, signal processing & embedded design.

Lars Eriksen

Position: Senior Director Investment Projects at Novo Nordisk A/S

Lars has 30+ years of experience within project management and has specialized in large-scale investment projects within pharmaceutical production sites, worldwide. Project leadership and organizing investment projects, every phase from the first ideas, through design and execution to finish and hand over. He has good knowledge and insight of many pharmaceutical processes, incl. qualification, validation, and regulatory requirements.

MOTIVATION

Lars wants to become a mentor to help and support everybody who is engaged and dedicated to building an interesting life and career. Personally, he uses every opportunity to learn and develop himself, and Lars enjoys collaborating with the many students from many countries through Novo Nordisk, which has created many friendships.

Lars Eriksen

Senior Director Investment Projects at Novo Nordisk A/S

30+ years experience with project management, specialized in large-scale investments projects within pharmaceutical production sites, worldwide.

Jesper Kihl

Position: Senior Advisor

INSEAD, IMD Business School 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Diploma, Business Administration

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Jesper has 35+ years of experience with leadership, regulatory affairs and executive coaching in the pharmaceutical industry. Having been with two of the largest international companies in Denmark within this industry, LEO Pharma and Novo Nordisk, in several customer-facing director roles, and later as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs in both companies, Jesper has been part of the top executive level for many years and has a valuable insight into regulatory affairs and the big global players in the market.

MOTIVATION

Jesper wants to become a mentor to help a student by sharing his insight into life science and leadership, as well as utilize his coaching skills.

Jesper Kihl

Senior Advisor

35+ years experience with leadership, regulatory affairs & executive coaching in pharmaceuticals. Prev. VP for RA in Novo Nordisk and LEO Pharma.

Helle Monrad-Gylling

Position: Senior Project Manager at Halder Topsoe

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Bachelor of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Helle has 25+ years of experience with project management and leadership in an international engineering and chemical company, Haldor Topsøe A/S, for complex strategic investment projects in the US, Brazil, China, and Denmark. As a chemical engineer and business graduate, she has combined her educational background in her work, her work revolving around marketing & sales, production and R&D. During her career, she has acquired competencies in collaboration with different cultures, across organization, change management, project execution as well as leadership, and she has been focused around the development of areas that are new for Haldor Topsøe A/S.

MOTIVATION

Helle wants to share her experience from a long and rewarding career and help a student getting access to her network. She would appreciate working together with colleagues and young students of different backgrounds – and she would love to help a mentee to find the career path that suits this particular person.

Helle Monrad-Gylling

Senior Project Manager at Halder Topsoe

25+ years experience with project management & leadership for strategic investment projects, working with marketing & sales, production and R&D.

Igoris Malik

Position: Head of Mechanical Department at Maersk Drilling

Klaipeda University – M.Sc., Transport Engineering

Igoris has 12+ years of experience working with various projects starting from vessel design, shipbuilding and now in the field of offshore, where he is head of the mechanical department, responsible for Integrity & Projects, at Maersk Drilling, a company he has been in for more than 5 years. In his work, Igoris has a strong focus on executing projects offshore from the idea to the installation phase. Before this, Igoris was an I-Rigs group program manager in the company’s technical organization, and he initially started out as a project manager when he first came to Denmark. He, therefore, has both international and national experience, both physical and in working in large multi-national companies as well.

MOTIVATION

Igoris wants to become a mentor to share what he has learned during his working life and learn something new from the mentee on their plans, desires, and ideas. By taking various engineering roles, he has always generalist, therefore the mentee should be interested in finding a good balance between specialist and generalist, improving project management skills and leading others.

Igoris Malik

Head of Mechanical Department at Maersk Drilling

12+ years experience in management & mechancal engineering, working with projects starting from vessel design, ship building & now in offshore.

Michael Friis Hansen

Position: Consultant, Pharma/Medical Device industry at Pharma4ever A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Medicine and Technology

Michael has 5+ years of experience as a consultant within biomechanics, with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices industry, first at Andreasen & Elmgaard, and currently in his role as a consultant at Pharma4ever. He is skilled in doing project work and qualification & commissioning, within packaging and assy. of pharmaceutical and medical devices.

MOTIVATION

Michael wants to test and develop his abilities as a personal leader and mentor. He enjoys being challenged by people who are not necessarily identical to or have the same personality as himself. Michael doesn’t have any real requirements for a mentee, other than commitment.

Michael Friis Hansen

Consultant, Pharma/Medical Device industry at Pharma4ever A/S

5+ years of experience as a consultant within biomechanics. Demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals and medical device industry.

Eva Ströberg

Position: Engineer at EKJ Rådgivende Ingeniører

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Environmental

Universitas Surabaya (UBAYA) – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Eva has 12+ years of experience working with environmental engineering, in the field of water and drainage engineering, with a specialization in drainage analysis, hydraulic calculations, and modeling. She has extensive experience in drainage design in bigger infrastructure projects with additional knowledge in civil engineering and a big interest in climate change adaptation and urban water management. Some of the past and current projects, that she has and is working on at EKJ, includes drainage systems for new high-speed railway (Ringsted – Femern), drainage system for the new Odense University Hospital and the drainage system for SUND research center in Odense.

MOTIVATION

Eva wants to pass on her knowledge when it comes to how to build your career when living abroad when your connection is zero, and at the same time, she hopes to gain knowledge and insight from other people and their perspectives and culture and thoughts.

Eva Ströberg

Engineer at EKJ Rådgivende Ingeniører

12+ years experience with environmental engineering, water and drainage. Specialized in drainage analysis, hydraulic calculations and modelling.

Ilsur Khusainov

Position: Consultant at Hempel A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ilsur has 5+ years of experience within the coating industry, from one of the largest companies in the field, Hempel A/S. He has had a chance to be a part of different teams in different countries including Denmark, Russia, and other European and Asian offices. Ilsur started his journey in R&D, where he and his teams developed a number of products, to help customers grow their businesses. Since April 2017, Ilsur has worked as a team leader, and develop skills crucial to maintaining solid cross-functional collaborations. Just recently, he joined the Business Support department to increase sales. Throughout his career, Ilsur has learned how to provide technical advice to various departments, to develop products needed in the market and deliver them on time, to lead teams and ensure collaborations between different departments.

MOTIVATION

Thanks to Ilsur’s mentors, he has become who he is today. Ilsiur hopes that he is able to share his experience and guide young professionals, so they are able to find the work they enjoy the most. In particular, his experience of working in different departments can be in use for students who are not sure of their future career path, so they can make more conscious decisions. Ilsur truly believes that people with meaningful jobs can help to grow a happier and fulfilled society around us.

Ilsur Khusainov

Consultant at Hempel A/S

5+ years of experience in the coating industry, from one of the largest companies in the field, as a chemical engineer, team leader & consultant.

Erik Bek-Pedersen

Position: Sr Business Development Manager at Haldor Topsøe A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Executive MBA, Management of Technology

Erik has 16+ years of experience in innovation, strategy and business development, anchored on process technology, in the energy sector. During his career, he has acted as a bridge-builder between technical and commercial functions, has led multiple technical development programs for new technology within the energy sector (primarily oil and gas), spanning across several continents. He also has experience from a large variety of E&P business aspects, ranging from operations and optimization, digitalization, process safety, strategic R&D, to development of international large-scale multi-billion dollar projects with an international perspective. Erik has been with a number of large companies, including Statoil, Maersk, DTU, and currently in Halder Topsøe.

MOTIVATION

Erik’s aspiration is to help students make the right choices early in their careers. Of particular interest is the importance of choosing the first job, develop balance between personal ambitions and private life, as well as understanding the importance of all the non-core aspects of working life, e.g. networking. His aim with this program is to help students and young professionals to understand and navigate the corporate world outside the university, and to support them in defining and achieving their work-life ambitions. Erik himself finds it inspiring and rewarding to work with young people, and that his experiences can serve as an inspiration to many others.

Erik Bek-Pedersen

Sr Business Development Manager at Haldor Topsøe A/S

16+ years experience with engineering & management in energy sector. Doing innovation, strategy & business development, anchored on process tech.

Adeel Khan

Position: Project Manager at Danske Bank

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Environmental Science

Adeel has 10+ years of working with project management and HR in the area of IT, advanced analytics and machine learning. Adeel started out working with the environmental area and quickly transitioned into the field of technology and IT. He is currently leading international teams and project portfolios of more than 15 large-scale projects, reporting to group executives and senior management. Adeel has worked in different industries and company sizes, including financial IT, startups and marine area. As an employee at Danske Bank, he has had the opportunity to work with top management and top executives and learned to know what they look for, appreciate and do not appreciate.

MOTIVATION

Adeel wants to become a mentor because he would like to help foreign students succeed in their careers in the corporate world. He would also love to find out if the corporate world is at all suitable for them, or if other ways would be more satisfactory.

Adeel Khan

Project Manager at Danske Bank

10+ years working with project management & HR in IT, advanced analytics & machine learning. leading interntional team and large-scale projects.

Michael Krumbak

Position: Senior Security Architect at Nets Group

Michael has 20+ years of experience as a professional in information and network security. The past 9 – 10 years, he has worked in information risk and security in a wide variety of roles; advisory, consultancy, project management, and in more recent years, as a subject matter expert in information security architecture and risk management, including business continuity planning, risk assessments, business impact assessments, policies, procedures, and compliance work. Michael has been with a number of different large corporations throughout the year, having worked as a security architect and coordinator at Saxo Bank, NNIT, Novo Nordisk and in the public sector, before joining Nets Group.

MOTIVATION

Michael is looking to share his experiences with a “soon-to-be-practitioner”, in the hope that he or she can learn from his mistakes – and successes – while getting an idea of how the professional/business life actually works.

Michael Krumbak

Senior Security Architect at Nets Group

20+ years of experience as a professional in IT & network security, doing advisory, consultancy, project managemen and subject matter expertise.

Bo Rosenkilde

Position: CTO at Cryptera A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Bo has 20+ years of experience working in the information technology and services industry. He is skilled in embedded software, medical devices, agile methodologies, people management, and planning. Bo has spent most of his career working with technical, people and executive management. He has been with a number of different companies – ranging from Nokia with Symbian Devices, having been responsible for SW development and maintenance of a number of products, planning activities, conducting business analysis to boost sales, delivering products and managing projects, to being software director for 50+ developers at Laerdal Medical and currently sitting with the overall technical management as a CTO at Cryptera.

MOTIVATION

Bo strongly believes in helping others and has a strong personal interest in seeing others succeeding. During his own career, he remembers the steep learning curve, in order to not just to become a leader, but a true leader who cares. The next generation requires a slightly different workplace and tasks, as their mindset is somehow different, having been born into the advanced IT landscape and a strong focus on social technologies. Bo believes that he has a lot to share and a lot to gain from getting an insight into the next generation mindset – and therefore sees the program as a win-win.

Bo Rosenkilde

CTO at Cryptera A/S

20+ years management experience in IT & services sector. Skilled in embedded software, medical devices, agile methodology, management & planning.

Michael Bossen Møller

Position: Chefkonsulent at Finanstilsynet

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management, Management and Analysis of Operations

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD. 1

Michael has 8+ years of experience with lean, operations management, process optimization, RPA e.g. within the financial section, both in a private bank – Danske Bank, as well as in the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority. He started out as a graduate and has since then gradually moved into leadership positions during his career. His work has revolved around both internal consulting as well as working as a manager. His management experience includes working close with both first line management and management for other managers, which managing managers all around the Nordic countries.

MOTIVATION

Michael wants to become a mentor to help a student get a good start in with work life. Michael likes to give advice and to develop the people around him and this mentoring program gives him the opportunity to do that.

Michael Bossen Møller

Chefkonsulent at Finanstilsynet

8+ years experience with lean, operations management, process optimization, RPA e.g. in the financial section, both in private bank & authorities.

Alberto Alvarez

Position: Head of Category Management - General Manager at A.P. Moller Maersk (Maersk Supply Service)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Business and Engineering Management

Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid – M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Transport Infrastructure & Planning

Alberto has 8+ years of experience with civil engineering and business management, mainly working within the maritime, transportation and logistics sector. The key features of his professional journey are his broad international mindset with strong on-ground international experience in almost all countries in Latin America, and different Southern and Northern European countries. His track record shows experience in the negotiation of complex agreements with public authorities, unions, corporate firms and other types of private companies and enterprises, as well as project management, sourcing and category strategies design, implementation of operations efficiency and more. He has also been involved in training other professionals in project management, procurement, and negotiation, across different countries and brands within the Maersk group, and he is engaged in the entrepreneurial environment by being involved in DTU HardTech Entrepreneurship as a mentor.

MOTIVATION

Being part of DTU HardTech Entrepreneurship as a mentor is a commitment Alberto enjoys. It gives him the opportunity to keep the world of academia and innovation close, as well as seeing the value he is giving to students based on his own experience from the corporate world. He likes coaching and teaching, being also one of the reasons to participate in this program, as it allows him to be closer to the university field. Alberto would be able to help especially foreign students and the challenges they might face in starting a career in Denmark, as well as advice on how to prioritize and where to focus during studies, keeping a good work-life balance.

Alberto Alvarez

Head of Category Management - General Manager at A.P. Moller Maersk (Maersk Supply Service)

8+ years of international experience within civil engineering, business management, negotation etc. in the maritime, transportation & logistics.

Maria Peris

Position: Technical Sales Engineer at Texas Instruments

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Maria has 6+ years of work experience in the semiconductor business, combining her technical knowledge with sales. Her career has the main focus of selling technological components to Industrial and Personal Electronics companies in Denmark. Maria has extensive knowledge of electrical engineering, the knowledge that she uses to understand how electronic components work and which ones are a good fit for customers. In parallel, she has expertise in building professional relationships and developing an engagement strategy, through her engagement in the Board of European Students of Technology, and having a thorough understanding of the semiconductor industry.

MOTIVATION

For Maria’s personal development, being a mentor would be able to improve her soft skills. In particular, her management and motivational skills for future work progress. Moreover, during her studies, Maria sometimes found it difficult and confusing on how to progress in life after university. After more than 6 years of work experience, she is now able to see multiple ways to find a satisfactory career path. That is why she wants to help those who are a bit “lost”, to find their own professional “voice” and achieve success. Maria would prefer mentees who are in search of their professional path and want to know how to build professional relationships.

Maria Peris

Technical Sales Engineer at Texas Instruments

6+ years of experience in the semiconductor business. Currently selling technological components to Industrial and Personal Electronics companies.

Anders Nielsen

Position: Brewhouse Manager at Royal Unibrew

Scandinavian School of Brewing – Diploma Master Brewer

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Anders has 5+ years of experience with brewery and process engineering. Anders combines his degrees as a Diploma Master Brewer and his Master’s Degree in Biotechnology Engineering on a broad range of tasks and projects within the brewing industry. He has worked and done projects in several countries around the world as brewery and process engineer, and the focus here was mainly on greenfield projects, optimization, technologies, processing and KPI benchmarking. However, for the last 3 years, he has been working at Royal Unibrew as a Brew House Manager in Faxe Brewery, being responsible for the daily operation, quality, H&S, and projects in the brewing area.

MOTIVATION

Anders was given a mentor when he first started at his current job, which he highly appreciated and gained a lot from – and if he is able to help just a little bit in the same way for someone else, he wants to do it.

Anders Nielsen

Brewhouse Manager at Royal Unibrew

5+ years of experience with brewery & process engineering. Focus on field projects, operations, optimization, technologies, processing and KPIs.

Anders L. Jansen

Position: Head of Development at SustainSolutions

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Civil Engineering

Anders has 10+ years of experience as a project manager and leader within the construction industry from different customers – contractors, universities, and startups in Denmark. His career has revolved around development projects, and more specifically on BREATHE55, which is a high-tech decentral ventilation unit, running on moist- and temperature regulated sensors, ensuring a good indoor climate at its installation. His work covers all phases and aspects of a project, starting from the initial idea, to designing, prototyping, testing, readying for production and going to-market with an available and finished product. Anders role focuses on the total cost of ownership, energy savings and indoor climate of construction projects.

MOTIVATION

Anders wants to give back to academia and help a student with his experience and hopefully some good advice as well. Something he today wished he had received during his own studies. Furthermore, he wants to get an insight into what the students have of skills and are looking for in their future careers. Anders would prefer helping a mentee with the desire to work in start-up environments or switching from being a specialist to a generalist.

Anders L. Jansen

Head of Development at SustainSolutions

10+ years experience with project management on development projects in construction industry, covering all project phases from idea to market.

Frederik Bundesen

Position: Management Consulting - Analyst at Accenture

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design and Innovation

Frederik has 2+ years of experience with business development and consulting, within the building and construction industry, in both international and national settings, from working in Australia and Denmark as a Business Developer and Product Manager. Since August 2019, Frederik has been working with Management Consulting for the technical consultancy, Accenture. In his current role, he is supporting large international clients with Change Management and Design Thinking methodologies.

MOTIVATION

Frederik wants to develop his leadership and mentoring skills. In his own career, he has been fortunate to have formal and informal mentors around him, and it has been extremely valuable to be able to share hopes and fears with someone who has far more experience than myself. He wants to become a mentor to do the same. Frederik would prefer helping a mentee with career decisions, how to network and make strategic smart choices.

Frederik Bundesen

Management Consulting - Analyst at Accenture

2+ years of experience with business development and management consulting, both internationally and nationally, in building and construction.

Nine Kragholm

Position: Project Director - Lean programme at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Industrial Production

Nine has 13+ years of experience working with project management, with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical and industrial engineering industry. She has a strong profile within operations and as a professional, her expertise covers areas such as Process Optimization, Validation, GMP, Quality Management and Supply Chain Management. She started her career as a LEAN Coordinator at DSB and shortly after transitioned into a long career at Novo Nordisk, working in a number of different roles, mainly working with manufacturing and later as a project portfolio manager. She is currently using her project management skills as a project director in Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a large global industry concern.

MOTIVATION

Nine all in all wants to become a mentor to help and meet great students.

Nine Kragholm

Project Director - Lean programme at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

13+ years of experience with project management in the mechanical & industrial, doing Process Optimization, GMP, Quality & Supply Chain Management.

Holger Lodahl

Position: Specialist at COWI

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Holger has 25+ years of experience working in the power sector. Specifically with projects revolving on power plants, working as a specialist and a project manager. He has international experience with having worked one year abroad in Thailand for SK Power and has experience from a number of different power companies such as Energi E2, SK Energi, and now for over 6 years, at COWI as a specialist. Holger describes power engineering as a multi-disciplinary matter, that requires multiple engineering competencies. His specialist role specifically covers instrumentation and control systems.

MOTIVATION

As a student, you can benefit from knowing about how to go from a student with zero experience in the job market and learning by doing. How do you get success, how does a working day look like, how to handle delays and so on. Holger wants to become a mentor to listen and ask a mentee’s own expectations and ideas – something that is important for him before giving any advice.

Holger Lodahl

Specialist at COWI

25+ years of experience working in the power sector. Working on power plant projects, and current role covers instrumentation and control systems.

Palle Christensen

Position: Software Staff Engineer at Microchip

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.

Palle has 25+ years of experience with software development and embedded design within the telecommunications industry. He started out his career as a computer science researcher at DTU and later transitioned into the private sector as a system designer. Since then, he has been with a number of different companies, in varying roles from technical positions to lead technical positions and team leader, doing monitoring and control in C and C++ of a distributed system.. As a team leader, he has been leading teams of 4 – 8 people, where he has been overall responsible for the software architecture. Since then, he has moved over to senior and later principal positions within software development.

MOTIVATION

Palle has not tried being a mentor before, but if his experiences in some way can help a student to find his or her way in life, then he thinks it could be an interesting experience. Palle doesn’t have any specific expectations in a mentee, so he is open to get the best out of any match.

Palle Christensen

Software Staff Engineer at Microchip

25+ years experience with software dev. & embedded design in telecommunications. Prev. team leader, currently principal in software development.

Kim Grøn Knudsen

Position: Executive Vice President at Haldor Topsøe A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Chemical Engineering

Kim has 30+years of experience as a chemical engineer, working with oils, petrochemicals, green chemicals, gases, sustainability, and electrochemistry. After his Ph.D., he stayed at DTU for some years to make an academic career, and almost 25 years ago, he was offered a position in the private sector at Halder Topsøe A/S to join. Many years later, he is still there. Kim started out in the role of a specialist, but relatively fast became a manager, and for many years, he worked both as a manager and specialist at the company. Kim is now part of the top executive management at Halder Topsøe, having moved away from his specialist role.

MOTIVATION

Kim wants to become a mentor to basically offer his help to someone who is interested. He is able to advise on a number of different areas, with his many years of experience in the industry and in academia.

Kim Grøn Knudsen

Executive Vice President at Haldor Topsøe A/S

30+ years experience with oils, petrochemicals, green chemicals, gases, sustainability and electrochemistry. Currently in executive management.

Tanja Thorskov Bladt

Position: Team Leder at Novo Nordisk A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Analytical Natural Product Chemistry

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Tanja has 10+ years of experience working both in research and as a specialist, as well as in management, in pharmaceuticals. Her Ph.D. research revolved around working with the discovery of bioactive natural products targeting chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The bioactivity was pursued through a combined approach of LC-UV-MS-based dereplication, explorative-solid phase extraction (E-SPE), and a co-culture platform of CLL and stromal cells. Tanja has currently transitioned into a more generalist role at her position as Team Leader at Novo Nordisk, where she is motivated by creating success with her team, who are working with biopharma Quality Assurance for Quality Control.

MOTIVATION

Tanja had a mentor who helped her in the transition between education and work life. It was a great help to her, and she would like to help a young person with some of the experiences she has had herself.

Tanja Thorskov Bladt

Team Leder at Novo Nordisk A/S

10+ years experience working both in research (Ph.D.) & as specialist. Currently moved to more generalist role in management in pharma industry.

Vinca Andersen

Position: Strategic Project Management Officer at Air Liquide

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Advanced and Applied Chemistry

Nanyang Technical University – M.Sc., Advanced and Applied Chemistry

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Chemistry

Vinca has 5+ years of experience in research, both at a Danish University and in the global industry. Her career has taken her on a rollercoaster ride, starting out as being a specialist in quantum chemistry, to transfer into a commercial role as a gas consultant, to be a strategic project management officer within a global gas company. In her role as head of project managers, she has traveled around the world to gain the newest know-how, working with key stakeholders in the group. Vinca is always focused on the task ahead of her, the important KPIs, and, most important, safety.

MOTIVATION

Vinca wants to share her know-how in the challenging transfer from being a student to starting a career. How to reach your goal and how to network both within a company but also outside one’s comfort zone. At the same time, Vinca also wants to further develop her leadership and mentoring skills. She wants to be a mentor for a student with curiosity and a great sense of asking “why?”.

Vinca Andersen

Strategic Project Management Officer at Air Liquide

5+ years of experience in research & specialist in quantum chemistry. Currently doing project management and consulting in global gas industry.

Eva Stensgaard

Position: Commercial Manager at Glycom

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Advanced and Applied Chemistry

Eva has 4+ years of work experience within management consulting, in one of the biggest management consulting companies, Bain & Company, and the health care industry (Glycom), working across the Nordic countries and UK. During her somewhat short career, Eva has learned about business development, strategy, and the process of selling companies both from a consultant and company owner view. At Glycom, who are the leading manufacturers of human milk oligosaccharides, a key ingredient for infant formula, she worked on commercially maturing the business, including product pipeline, various marketing, and sales projects. Eva’s passion lies in translating technology to societal benefits.

MOTIVATION

Eva wants to help motivate students to make bold and interesting career choices, and to help them deal with the challenges we all face in making decisions and overcoming difficult times. She hopes to learn from this process and that she is able to expand her network with both students and other mentors. Eva would ideally mentor someone who’s looking to make the jump from a specialized engineer to the business side of a pharma/biotech company.

Eva Stensgaard

Commercial Manager at Glycom

4+ years of experience within management consulting and the health care industry. Passion lies in translating technology to societal benefits.

Jawid Rezaie

Position: Medico Engineer at Center for It, Medico og Telefoni, Region Hovedstaden

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Medicine and Technology

Jawid has 9+ years of experience as a biomedical engineer, with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. His work has included the use of Matlab, doing clinical research, working with medical devices and life sciences. He has been working both in the private sector, as well as in the role of a research professional at Rigshospitalet, where he studies the clinical potentials and dosimetric accuracy of a new rotational stereotactic radiotherapy method. With his cross-disciplinary educational and professional background, Jawid has a great insight into the overlap between the biomedical world and the technical world.

MOTIVATION

When Jawid was first studying at DTU, he always wanted to have a mentor to talk to about how the future work life would look like. Jawid wants to become a mentor because he thinks it is good for young students to hear what they can expect from the moment they graduate until they find a job and how working life will be.

Jawid Rezaie

Medico Engineer at Center for It, Medico og Telefoni, Region Hovedstaden

9+ years experience as a biomedical engineer, working in the IT and services industry - and clinical reserach, medical devices & life sciences.

Steen Thurah-Berg Andersen

Position: Senior IT Specialist / Freelancer at XSIV IQ

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Steen has 13+ years of experience as a consultant, having worked with IT since 1999. His experiences are mainly in the analysis, design and implementation stack, working with systems configuration and integration. He has worked on a number of different areas, primarily with software architecture, business intelligence, security, and testing. Steen has been doing this work in many different industries. He has worked with companies and customers within logistics, finance, transportation, health care and the public sector – both very large companies (such as Nets, PFA and others) and medium-sized companies. Steen’s wide range of technical expertise within different industries, therefore, gives him a great overview of the possibilities within the IT industry.

MOTIVATION

Steen would like to guide young engineers to find a path and objective in their studies as well as in their careers. He wants to share his experiences and insights regarding problems, successes, and failures for the benefit of his mentee(s). Being able to help young people progress and succeed matters quite a bit to him, which is why he wants to become a mentor in the first place.

Steen Thurah-Berg Andersen

Senior IT Specialist / Freelancer at XSIV IQ

13+ years experience with IT consulting. Mainly analysis, design & implementation, with systems configuration & integration, in many industries.

Christian van Zanten

Position: Manager at Immeo

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Digital Media Engineering

Christian has 8+ years of experience within IT consulting, development and project management, with the purpose of helping move IT from “obstacle to opportunity”, as he describes it. He is currently doing this as a manager at Immeo, where he is combining his technical knowledge with management as a project leader for e-commerce IT and business development. Christian started out his career during his studies in a technical role, working as a voluntary developer for Roskilde Festival, one of the largest festivals in the Nordics, supporting and developing on existing work scheduling systems, as well as doing embedded development at Brüel & Kjær. Afterward, he moved into a more customer-facing role, starting out as a consultant at Netcompany. He, therefore, has experience with gradually moving from a role as a developer to a more customer-facing, managing role in the IT sector.

MOTIVATION

Christian wants to become a mentor to inspire and be inspired, by new generations of IT students. He is able to do this for people who might be interested in consulting or project management but still keep their technical know-how.

Christian van Zanten

Manager at Immeo

8+ yeras experience with project management, consulting and developing in IT. With the purpose of helping move IT from "obstacle to opportunity".

Christian Alexander Andersen

Position: CEO & Founder at Cleanr

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – M.Sc., Business Administration and Informations Systems

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.Sc., International Business

Christian has +5 years of experience from working with startups in Denmark and abroad. He has especially been working with digital companies and digital media on the commercial side of the business. Previously, he has been part of the startup world within advertising, but also has a fair amount of corporate experience and in large companies, having worked for Google’s department in Denmark, as part of their brand and reputation team. Since then, Christian has held roles both within marketing and financial technologies, and currently, he is working on his own company, which goal, purpose and work revolve around helping companies reduce their carbon footprint.

MOTIVATION

Christian wants to be a mentor because he enjoys giving back and believes he has something to offer. It hasn’t been that long since he studied himself, and Christian remembers how difficult it can be to navigate in a professional world. In addition to this, he is able to bring a large network and real-life experience to the table.

Christian Alexander Andersen

CEO & Founder at Cleanr

5+ years experience from digital companies (ex. Google) & startups. Currently CEO of own company, helping companies reduce their CO2 footprint.

Mette Glavind

Position: Director at Teknologisk Institut

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Civil Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Civil Engineering

Mette has 25+ years of experience in connecting the research industry with the private sector. In her current position as Director at Teknologisk Instititut and with responsibility for Byggeri og Anlægsdivisionen, she is doing business with knowledge-intensive technical service and innovation for the building and construction sector. Before this, Mette spent 10 years as a manager at Betoncentret at Teknologisk Institut, the biggest knowledge center for concrete in Denmark. As an Executive Board Member, she has great expertise with board work and driving polytechnical work. Mette has great expertise in both the Danish and European research and innovation system, both in consulting positions and hands-on experience from driving projects and partnerships. Lastly, Mette received an award for her special ability to bridge the gap between research and business community, creating results for all parties, in 2011.

MOTIVATION

Mette wants to become a mentor because she is curious to learn how young students work and think. She wants to get inspired, and of course also to share her experience with them to help them during their studies. On a personal note, Mette describes herself as engaged, result-oriented, analytical – she has a large formal and informal network and is very conscious of the ability to develop and keep the network alive.

Mette Glavind

Director at Teknologisk Institut

25+ years experience bridging gap between research & business. Award-winning executive board member & manager in construction, building, concrete.

Lars Graversen

Position: Head of Physical IC Design at Demant

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Microelectronics

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD, Trade, Business

Lars has 30+ years of experience with consulting, engineering and management in microelectronics. He is an experienced Digital ASIC designer and manager. During his career, Lars has transitioned from starting out as a design engineer into applications consulting, working with sales and technical management to plan and execute technical campaigns targeting large multinational customers, to district manager in the company Synopsys, reporting to executive management and managing teams of application consultants. For the past couple of years, Lars has been working as Head of Physical IC Design at Demant, where he is managing the Physical IC Design Team, as well as managing IP and EDA vendor relations.

MOTIVATION

Having spent quite a few years in the industry as an engineer and a manager in R&D as well as commercial organizations, Lars feels that he has a wide variety of experiences which can hopefully help talented engineering students just getting started on a career. Personally, he also sees this as a good opportunity for expanding his network among engineering students.

Lars Graversen

Head of Physical IC Design at Demant

30+ years experience with application consulting, engineering and management, in the field of physical hardware design, implementation and sales.

Henrik Brill Jensen

Position: Chief Operating Officer at Napatech

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Specialized Business Studies, Economics, Marketing

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Henrik has 20+ years of experience with international Executive Management and project management within product development and manufacturing in the network and telecommunication industry. He has been responsible for both general business management, project/technology management within a variety of functional disciplines, e.g. Software, Hardware, Mechanics, Testing, Documentation, Service, Production, Supply Chain and Customer Management. Henrik has a strong business understanding of growing companies, attracting funding and closing contracts with suppliers and customers. Henrik, therefore, has an idea of how it is to move from being a specialist to a generalist, combining his technical knowledge with project management and leadership.

MOTIVATION

Henrik likes to go the extra mile to help others and exert a positive influence on their lives, and at the same time enhance his own leadership skills. He highly values the option to help shape the leaders of tomorrow while at that same time be challenged by the ones creating the workplace of tomorrow as they understand trends and technology that may have escaped himself. Personally, he would also like to gain the intrinsic rewards of helping others that are passionate about transforming their ideas into results.

Henrik Brill Jensen

Chief Operating Officer at Napatech

20+ years of experience with international executive & project management in product development & manufacturing in network & telecommunications.

Mie Bach-Pedersen

Position: Numerical Specialist at Ørsted

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Mathematics and Technology

Mie has 5+ years of experience with data analysis, machine learning and mathematical modeling. She spent two years at Red Bull Racing in the UK, where she primarily worked on developing new tire models, data analysis for aerodynamics and various models for race strategy. The common denominator for all of these areas; machine learning. At Ørsted, where she has been for the past 2,5 years, Mie has continued working with machine learning, however, she has also had the opportunity to work with more classical statistical tools and optimization. The focus at Ørsted has been on tool and model development, as well as knowledge sharing, meaning she is also spending a lot of time talking about best practices and explaining complex models to people without the technical expertise.

MOTIVATION

Mie wants to help students structure their last years at university and help them achieve their dreams. She wants to share her own ups and downs in the hope that someone else might avoid her pitfalls and learn from the mistakes she has made. Mie wants to inspire talented students to aim high and help them get the best possible start in their working life.

Mie Bach-Pedersen

Numerical Specialist at Ørsted

5+ years experience with data analysis, machine learning & mathematical modeling. Current focus on tool & model development & knowledge sharing.

Anela Bajric

Position: Load Engineer at Ørsted

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Structural Engineering

Anela has 7+ years of experience first in researching, and now working in the private sector, in structural and mechanical engineering. Specifically developing algorithms of importance in engineering design. These algorithms are applied to extract physical quantities from data or for verification of novel engineering design models from data. The methods originate from statistical time series analysis, stochastics, system identification, and machine learning technology, as well as the mathematics involved in inverse problems. Anela is particularly passionate about making these algorithms perform when applied to industrial data, coming from measurements in the field of mechanical systems, for instance in offshore wind turbines. Anela enjoys engaging with students, industrial partners and researchers from a broad range of disciplines, and international institutions.

MOTIVATION

Anela has always enjoyed mentoring students during her employment as a researcher and teacher. She gets satisfaction from seeing a person get motivated and land new ambitious jobs, and she finds it fulfilling to hear how her tips and advice have helped.

Anela Bajric

Load Engineer at Ørsted

7+ years experience researching and working in structural and mechanical engineering. Specifically developing algorithms in engineering design.

Peter Bornerup

Position: Head of Business Unit - Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Diploma in Leadership, Business Administration and Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Export & Business Engineer

Peter has 15+ years of experience working with sales, marketing, management, customer relationship management, within the field of automation and drives at Siemens. His career has to a high degree revolved around making the worlds of technology and business meet, which has been reflected in his professional work as well as in his educational background. His tasks the latest years in executive management have specifically been in the areas of leading core wind equipment sales team, as well as driving the wind community in the company, hiring, motivating and developing employees, making go-to-market strategies, as well as driving growth initiatives in the cooperation and general planning.

MOTIVATION

Peter still remembers his transition from a theoretical environment to the workplace, and that it can leave many students with a lot of different questions. In this regard, Peter believes that he is able to offer some advice. For him, just being able to help someone is rewarding in itself, and he is sure that the program will also help him develop his leadership skills. Being a generalist himself, Peter would probably be able to help a mentee the best if they also have the wish of becoming one.

Peter Bornerup

Head of Business Unit - Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries

15+ years of experience working with sales, marketing, management, customer relationship management, within the field of automation and drives.

Anders Frandsen

Position: Company Owner at Stec ApS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Electronics

Anders has 20+ years of experience with management, product development, entrepreneurship and investing, primarily within the field of high-tech products, ranging from microfluids, test equipment for medical devices, spectrometry, conversion of diesel car to an electrical, fluorescent microscope for cell imaging, infusion pumps and more. He has been involved in all stages of the process, from concept development to producing the first series of a new product. In the later years, he has used more and more time and effort in startups, both in the role of investor and co-founder. His absolute specialty is turning problems into solutions – converting ideas into products, having done this with various tools and methods such as pretotyping, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, Arduino among some.

MOTIVATION

Early in his career, Anders had great help from an “older” engineer. He “showed him the way”, asking the right questions but never telling him what to do. It gave great insight, which he has used a lot later on in life. The last few years. Anders has gained experience with mentoring as a mentor in DTU Skylab for students, and he feels like he still has a lot more to give.

Anders Frandsen

Company Owner at Stec ApS

20+ years of experience with product dev., investing & co-founding in high-tech, in all stages from concept development to producing 1st series.

Nanna Hagstrøm

Position: Technical Quality Assistant at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Nanna has 3+ years of experience from the pharmaceuticals and food industry. During her studies and time at Radiometer and Chr. Hansen, she has gained strong problem-solving skills, a quality mindset, experience working in GMP environments and great interpersonal skills. Furthermore, she has achieved an international mindset from her time as an exchange student at the University of Aberdeen (UK). As an individual, Nanna describes herself as having a high level of positive energy, a creative mindset and a structured way of working. Moreover, she thrives working in dynamic environments with room for professional and personal development.

MOTIVATION

Nanna wants to become a mentor to develop her motivational skills and help a student by sharing her story – successes and failures. Also, she would love to expand her network among young engineering students. Nanna would also like to help a mentee that wants to excel in their field and who has also had a couple of hard times during their studies.

Nanna Hagstrøm

Technical Quality Assistant at Thermo Fisher Scientific

3+ years of experience from the pharmaceuticals and food industry. Experience working in GMP environments and facilitating quality improvement.

Simon Wessel

Position: Data Scientist at Danske Bank

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Industrial Mathematics

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Mathematics and Technology

Simon has 5+ years of experience with consulting and data science. With a background in advanced statistics and modeling, he has a thorough insight of how machine learning algorithms operate. Through years of working with big data, he enjoys optimizing by transforming, manipulating and visualizing data. Working in IT consultancy for years – in PwC, CGI and now Danske Bank – has taught Simon a wide range of programming languages and given him hands-on experience with developing advanced analytics solutions and deploying them into production. Working in this ever-changing environment of data science has taught Simon to embrace learning-by-doing and satisfy his urge to learn new technologies. He loves to enrich the traditional business intelligence landscape with AI, extracting the next level of business insights into your data.

MOTIVATION

Simon would love to help a student from a familiar background, preparing for what happens after graduation. Hopefully, his experiences, both good and bad ones, are able to help a mentee one step closer to finding out what they are passionate about. Personally, Simon also sees the mentorship as a chance for him to enhance his own motivational and leadership skills, as well as a great opportunity to stay in touch with the student environment and hear their thoughts on what the future will bring. Simon would prefer to mentor a student related to his own field, within ambitions of becoming a generalist.

Simon Wessel

Data Scientist at Danske Bank

5+ years of experience with consulting and data science. Thorough insight of ML algorithms and loves to enrich traditional BI landscape with AI.

Nanna Lillelund

Position: User Researcher at Airtame

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design and Innovation

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – Digital design and Communication, Graphic Design

Nanna has 6+ years of experience with system design, usability, and innovation. She describes herself as a professional, responsible, outgoing and inventive innovation engineer with a background in user involved product system design, as well as extensive experience with the facilitation of coaching and user-involving workshops. She is motivated by design of new functions and ideas to help and influence patients or users in getting a better everyday life – especially with medical devices, which she has been working on in her previous job as a project manager LEO Innovation Lab, established as a separate entity by LEO Pharma. Currently, she has moved away from medical devices and instead works with the usability of wireless screen mirroring and digital signage at Airtame.

MOTIVATION

Nanna had a mentor herself at her previous job, and it was a very helpful experience that she learned a lot from. She wants to become a mentor to advise and guide a student if she is able to do the same.

Nanna Lillelund

User Researcher at Airtame

6+ years experience with usability, design & innovation. Experience with medical devices. Works with wireless screen mirroring & digital signage.

Jesper Culmsee

Position: Product Development Director at Haldor Topsøe

Copenhagen Business Academy – Diploma, Management, Communication and Coaching

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Jesper has 24 years of experience with technical service, B2b sales, and management in Halder Topsøe, one of the global leaders within catalysis and process technology. In the last 8 years of his career, his work has been focused on business development and functional leadership, and fast and efficient evaluation of business opportunities is a key part of his job. Jesper, therefore, knows how it is to be at different levels of a company for many years, starting out in a technical role and moving into more generalist leadership roles in an international, large company.

MOTIVATION

What Jesper particularly enjoys in leadership is to help others find the right path. He hopes to engage in this program and improve his own skills along the way. Jesper wants to become a mentor because he hopes to help a student to see the big picture of his/her career and especially students with interest in the commercial/business part of working.

Jesper Culmsee

Product Development Director at Haldor Topsøe

24 years experience with technical service, B2B sales & management. Executive focused on development and evaluation of business opportunities.

Kim Harder

Position: Program Manager at Cobham

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Optical Time Domain Reflectometer

Kim has 25+ years of extensive experiment with project and product management, business development and sales, with a demonstrated history of working in many different industries and areas: Test and Measurement, Telecommunications, Satellite industry, Broadcast and Aviation developing, Manufacturing and Market and supporting equipment to B2B markets. He is currently working in a company within the aerospace industry, and before that, he was a program manager at Napa Tech for four years, responsible for network cards and software applications.

MOTIVATION

Kim wants to become a mentor to share some of his experiences with upcoming engineers; for those who want to move from the pure technical sphere into the more commercial “minefield” between all the different functions to, in the end, make a commercially successful product.

Kim Harder

Program Manager at Cobham

25+ years of extensive experiment with project and product management, business development and sales. Currently manager at an aerospace company.

Lars Slot

Position: Senior Accountant at Siemens A/S

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD., Accounting

Lars has 10+ years of experience in accounting, controlling and financial reporting within a large international company. He has been at Siemens for many years, worked his way up from a trainee to now have the accounting and financial reporting responsibility for both Denmark and Norway departments of Siemens, and his focus is on clean books and high efficiency in the closing and reporting processes via automation and digitalization.

MOTIVATION

Lars wants to become a mentor to help develop future professionals and share his experiences. In the process, he hopes to develop his own skills in leadership and motivation.

Lars Slot

Senior Accountant at Siemens A/S

10+ years experience in accounting, controlling & financial reporting within a large international company, from trainee position to management.

Frederik Brandt

Position: Engineer, Composite Mechanics at LM Wind Power (GE Renewables)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Frederik has 5+ years of experience from the energy sector, specifically with windmills. At first, he was part of LM Wind Power as a student and now, he is part of the Materials & Processes department, where he develops and optimizes the design of different components and production processes to continuously drive down the cost of energy. In his current position, he is busy doing just that, on the Haliade-X (107m blade). Furthermore, he also coordinates and assists in student projects, which keeps him close to the current generation of students and their thoughts and needs. For Frederik, it is important to have made a lasting impression on the world. Helping to supply clean energy in an innovative and inspiring work environment seems like a good place to start. 

MOTIVATION

Frederik has previously been a mentor for new graduates at DTU, and being able to help and give back to potential future colleagues was fun and rewarding to him. He believes in the mutual opportunity to learn from each other. By sharing his story and experiences, Frederik hopes to help students be well prepared for their professional life. Personally, he wouldn’t mind making a friend and expanding his own network – or theirs.

Frederik Brandt

Engineer, Composite Mechanics at LM Wind Power (GE Renewables)

5+ years experience with wind mills. Currently developing and optimizing design of different wind mill components and their production processes.

Allwin Jebahar

Position: Data Scientist at Fujifilm

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management and Sustainable Development

Alwin has 3+ years of experience in pharmaceutical production and a few months of data engineering experience from Denmark, where he is currently doing data analytics modeling for the company FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies. Before switching to this new responsibility area, he was working in the same company, but in a different position performing daily production routines, responsible for manufacturing equipment function, revision of cGMP documents and completion of batch documentation, initiated production improvement, resulting in water reduction and man-hour optimization and improvements to procedures used in the purification department. Alwin has also worked abroad before coming to Denmark, where he was part of operations and manufacturing in the wind industry.

MOTIVATION

Alwin wants to become a mentor to help internationals getting used to Danish study and work environment quickly so that they can accelerate in their career path. He would also like to follow trends in university relating to Data Analytics.

Allwin Jebahar

Data Scientist at Fujifilm

3+ years experience in pharmaceutical production. Switched to data engineering a few months ago from having had performed daily production tasks.

Benedicte Crapez

Position: HSE Advisor at Arbejdstilsynet

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

IFP School – M.Sc., Petroleum Engineering and Project Development

Loughborough University – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Benedicte has 20+ years of industry experience with oil and gas technology, obtained through various technical and leadership positions in a number of large companies in the field; Statoil, DONG Energy, and Maersk Drilling. She has held positions ranging from production technologist, team lead, offshore production supervisor, deputy production operations manager and technology & theme lead. The exposure to operations and involvement in complex technical subjects has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of how the business operates, all phases of the field life cycle from discovery to abandonment, strong foundation for disciplinary engagement integration, ability to balance short and long term needs. She is currently using her knowledge and skills as an advisor for the Danish Working Environment Authority.

MOTIVATION

Benedicte wants to become a mentor because she sees mentoring as a gift for the mentee and for the mentor. She looks forward to helping and supporting the mentee in his/her choices and finding his/her path to the first job, by sharing and exchanging her own experiences throughout her career.

Benedicte Crapez

HSE Advisor at Arbejdstilsynet

20+ years of experience with oil & gas. In-depth knowledge of value chain through various technical and leadership positions at large companies.

Allan Larsen

Position: Associate Professor at Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management

Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc., Engineering, Management & Organisation

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Export Engineering

Allan has 13+ years of experience with the leadership and management of people and processes. His specialties include innovation management, entrepreneurship and idea development, project management, product development, education development activities and technical sales management. He has a very diverse professional background, having worked both as a sales manager in the private sector for FLSmidth, and later transitioned into lecturing, teaching, and counseling at Maskinmesterskolen and Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management. During these roles, he has gained both international and cross-cultural management.

MOTIVATION

Allan wants to become a mentor because he himself has found mentor roles rewarding and interesting, personally as well as professionally.
Allan would prefer working with mentees who are interested in the self-development elements as a means to obtain personal strengths. He is, of course, aware that personal development is often intertwined with the professional development, and thus he would not decline opportunities to mentor conscious and reflexive mentees, even if their motivation for joining the program is not solely for self-development reasons.

Allan Larsen

Associate Professor at Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management

13+ years experience with management of people & processes. Diverse background in private & academia, previous sales manager & currently lecturer.

Anders Lemke

Position: Platform Architect & Lead Engineer at Zetland

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Information Technology

Anders has 10+ years of experience building software for startups in Denmark. He describes himself as working hard on making technology respect people and reflect the business that owns it, and that only then can we hope to build trust with the people using the technology while keeping the business agile and open for new opportunities. Anders tries to follow these principles in his current position at the new, innovative media company, Zetland, where he is building a platform using guiding principles from; domain-driven design, CQRSA, event sourcing and technologies such as Ruby On Rails and RabbitMQ. Previously, he has been doing software development but has also founded a company of his own.

MOTIVATION

Anders has a focus on learning how to move people – meaning helping mentees figuring out which way to go while shedding a light on what they should consider and be aware of. Personally, he finds it just as important to hear about student ideas and mindset to keep himself sharp. Anders is able to help aspiring entrepreneurs focus their ideas and ensure a market fit, or how students wanting to work in a startup could go in that direction by making themselves invaluable.

Anders Lemke

Platform Architect & Lead Engineer at Zetland

10+ years experience doing software for startups. Currently building media platform with principles; domain-driven design, CQRSA & event sourcing.

Jarl Lundin Overbeck

Position: Production Coordinator at Acarix A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Production Management

Jarl has 6+ years of experience with production environments, in particular producing medical devices. He has previously worked at Widex in a number of different roles – as an analyst, working with production and HR data, assistant to a factory manager, and lastly as a project manager, working with offshoring micromechanical assembly production from Denmark to Estonia. Currently, Jarl is with Acarix, a very small company, where he has a lot of different tasks; everything from the administration of their suppliers, warehouse management, continuous improvement to assembly manuals, supporting regulatory affairs and building new business processes drawing flowcharts, making forms and automating tasks with Excel VBA.

MOTIVATION

Jarl wants to become a mentor because he is motivated to share his knowledge and perspective of being an engineer. In general, he considers it a sparring relationship, which he also hopes he can gain from. As he describes it: Stupid people never learn, normal people learn from their own mistakes, smart people learn from other people’s mistakes. Jarl hopes to get a mentee from the latter category so that hopefully a mentee can learn something from his mistakes, and possibly be more aware of certain pitfalls. Jarl describes the good mentee as one who will ask many intelligent questions, which will force him to rethink why he does things the way he does it.

Jarl Lundin Overbeck

Production Coordinator at Acarix A/S

6+ years experience producing medical devices. Does supply adm., warehouse management, continuous improvement to manuals, RA & business processes.

Alexander Tureczek

Position: Senior Data Scientist at Schultz A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Data Science

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Machine Learning

Alexander has 10+ years of experience with data science in academia and the private sector. After finishing his studies, before starting his Ph.D. studies, he worked as a data scientist in both larger corporations; Nets Group, where he was investigating penetration of analytics in the small and medium business segment, and SKAT, where he was working with statistical inputs from a macro perspective with regards to tax havens, tax gap analysis, and ad hoc analysis. Starting his Ph.D., he has gained a strong profile in clustering and classification of consumer behavior, statistical modeling, and python programming, and in total has experience from a number of different industries such as Finance, Public, Marketing, Utilities, and in-house consultancy. Today he is using his specialist knowledge at Schultz, and next to this, he is a member of the center management team for the CITIES research project.

MOTIVATION

Alexander wants to become a mentor to help a student by sharing my experiences on transitioning from student to work life. This includes both successes and failures, and Alexander thinks that his stories might show that a career can be quite unpredictable. In contemporary society, some students are stressed, and he hopes he can help balance their views by showing a career can be made without straight A’s. Personally, Alexander would prefer a mentee with the ambition of working as a specialist.

Alexander Tureczek

Senior Data Scientist at Schultz A/S

10+ years experience with data science in academia & private. Strong in clustering & classification of consumer behavior & statistical modeling.

Anders Eriksen

Position: Head of Department - PMO at Flügger Groups A/S

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – M.Sc., E-Business

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Diploma, Personal Leadership

Queensland University of Technology – B.Sc., Informations Technology

Anders has 10+ years of experience in the IT area in different industries, working with consulting and project management. Anders has a passion for achieving the best possible outcome of the projects he runs, and he is experienced in ensuring the success of projects in several industries such as mechanical & industrial, engineering, production and chemical. With the commitment to ensure sustainable business cases, Anders has driven cost-out and carve out initiatives to improve overall key performance and strategic alignment.  With a strong business mindset, he has been able to mediate between the business and technical areas, functioning as an unparalleled strategic advisor between both.

MOTIVATION

As Anders remembers it, he found it quite difficult to find the right job for the ambitions he had and also for the competences he had at that time. Anders believes he can guide on the whole transition and explain how to get the best possible job right away and not later. Since he also enjoys sparring with people about the best possible use of technology and its adaption, Anders also sees this as an opportunity to learn about new innovations by mentoring bright young people. For him, it doesn’t matter if the mentee is a specialist or a generalist, but that there is a true passion for technology.

Anders Eriksen

Head of Department - PMO at Flügger Groups A/S

10+ years experience in IT consulting & project management in different industries - mechanical & industrial, engineering, production & chemical.

Christel Søgaard Kirkeby

Position: Projekt Manager at Forbrugerrådet Tænk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Environmental Engineering

Christel has 20+ years of experience working in governmental and political institutions within the environmental area. As a civil engineer within the environmental area, which has later been supplemented with education in communications, this combination of engineering competencies and communications skills makes Christel great in explaining complicated contexts in a simple way, and throughout her career, she has a lot of experience with information campaigns on the area of chemicals, consulting about the area to consumers and different institutions, developing guidance and many other tasks in this area.

MOTIVATION

Christel wants to become a mentor to help a student to find his/her path. She is able to help by sharing her experiences of making jobs and work-life fit personal preferences. Christel would be a good match for a mentee interested in political work – government or NGO.

Christel Søgaard Kirkeby

Projekt Manager at Forbrugerrådet Tænk

20+ years of experience in governmental & political institutions in the environmental area. Combination of engineering & communication skills.

Michael Lee-Pedersen

Position: Production Engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Applied Chemistry and Technology

Michael has 5+ years of experience within academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He started out his career as an (industrial) Ph.D. student and researcher, and then later transitioned into a process chemist and production engineer in some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Denmark, including Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk, and currently Xellia Pharmaceuticals. Michael has a broad background in GMP manufacturing, and specialization within equipments, reactor design, process design, and maintenance. He has also worked with project management for API process validation and lead equipment SME who has coordinated over 20 projects. Michael describes himself as passionate about cross-functional collaboration in an interdisciplinary project, with a proven ability to lead, communicate and work with various teams and people from different backgrounds.

MOTIVATION

Michael finds it highly rewarding to support and help others in achieving their goals and unlocking the unknown potential to succeed. He has been a mentor for a couple of years both a DTU and IDA, and he sees it as a good practice for his own aspiration as well within people management and network building. Michael is looking for a mentee who is ambitious and willing to learn more about themselves in order to develop and grow.

Michael Lee-Pedersen

Production Engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

5+ years experience in academia & pharma industry. Background in GMP manufacturing, specialization in equipment, reactor design & process design.

Mikkel Mohr Poulsen

Position: Vice President at YouSee

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Master of Business Administration (eMBA)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – Managerial Economics, HD. 2

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Managerial Economics, HD. 1

Niels Brock – Merkonom

Mikkel has 15+ years of experience within leadership & executive management, business development and transformation with a starting point in customer’s needs and wishes in both tech and textile companies. In these roles, he has particularly worked with the responsibility for customer relation management, department management and now leading the sales at YouSee, one of the largest providers of television, internet, and phone subscription plans. Throughout his career, Mikkel is able to document solid results within develop and operations of production, distribution, service, and sales. All with full budget responsibility. Mikkel describes himself as a leader close to his employees, which is why his workdays include being near production, customer service or sales people, something that is always an integrated part of his leadership form. He believes this is one of the most important reasons for his success.

MOTIVATION

Mikkel wants to become a mentor because he feels that he is in the stage in his life where he has the experience and energy surplus to help out a student. Specifically, students making their way into their professional careers, as well as teams in the student environment looking for sparring when it comes to commercializing products and solutions.

Mikkel Mohr Poulsen

Vice President at YouSee

15+ years experience within leadership & executive management, business development and transformation with a starting point in customer's needs.

André Agerholm

Position: Direktør, ejer at EWG Electronics ApS

Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) – MBA, General Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

André has 20+ years of experience in business development of products and services, operations and supply chain management, and how these areas create and deliver business value. In some of the areas, André has worked to optimize have been business processes, IT solutions, product development, project management and all aspects of the supply chain in companies. André has been a manager for many years and describes himself as a solution-oriented and analytical leader within these areas. As a leader, André spends time listening to peers and employees, and he makes the decisions needed to ensure progress, not afraid of confrontations and complex conflicts. He thrives when the people he works with succeed.

MOTIVATION

André’s main interest as a mentor is to see people succeed. He wants to make himself available to those who would like to share experiences and learn from each other. And he has a special passion for those considering starting their own business.

André Agerholm

Direktør, ejer at EWG Electronics ApS

20+ years experience in business development of products & services, operations & supply chain management to create and deliver business value.

Allan Lyckegaard

Position: Senior Data Scientist at Droids Agency

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Applied Mathematics and Materials Science

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Allan has 10+ years of experience within data science and mathematical modeling, ranging from academic work, through his previous work as a Ph.D. and researcher, to smaller tech-startups as a senior specialist. Most of his work has been focused on applying mathematical models to solve real-world problems from various domains. At the moment, Allan’s work revolves around intelligent automation, in particular for the public sector, but has previously worked with the development of scientific software for reconstruction, analysis, and visualization of 3D/4D data. Allan describes himself as an independent person but enjoys discussing solutions with colleagues and peers. He tries to be innovative, think outside the box and is willing to learn new things with the purpose of transforming knowledge into results.

MOTIVATION

I order to grow, one needs both to be a mentor and a mentee. Allan enjoys sharing his experiences, both professional and personal, with younger and less experienced people. As Allan describes it, it will not only be the mentee who can benefit from this relationship – as a mentor, he will most likely also learn a lot. The switch from specialist to generalist and working in a startup will be the two fields where he is able to contribute the most. On top of this, Allan has previously participated in groups focused on personal development – he enjoyed this and experienced how others can affect how things can be turned in one direction or the other.

Allan Lyckegaard

Senior Data Scientist at Droids Agency

10+ years experience with data science in academia & smaller tech-startups. Currently working with intelligent automation for the public sector.

Anders Systad

Position: Entrepriseleder at MT Højgaard

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Building Construction Technology

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.Sc., Business Administration and Commercial Law

Anders has 5+ years of experience with project management, and how methods, techniques and personal leadership plays into projects within the construction industry. Since he finished his education, Anders has been working with large-scale projects with a budget of 100 – 300 million kr. and has delivered great economic results in an industry that is usually under pressure. He has achieved this through his use of project management tools, negotiations as well as leadership on a personal level – creating motivation and cooperation within a project team. During his career, and next to his work as a project manager, Anders has also taught project management at DTU.

MOTIVATION

Anders wants to become a mentor because he himself gains from both helping others, but also seeing talent grow and help someone on the path to a good career. Anders also sees this as an opportunity for his own personal development, and he expects to learn from being part of this program as well. Anders would prefer at mentee who is ambitious. The person doesn’t necessarily have to know where he or she is going, but it is a must that you have the ambition and hope in that you one day become a leader.

Anders Systad

Entrepriseleder at MT Højgaard

5+ years experience with project management in the construction industry. Worked with large-scale projects with budget of 100 - 300 million kr.

Thomas Houmølle-Præstholm

Position: DevOps Engineer at Brickshare

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.

Thomas has 7+ years of experience with full-stack development, particularly interested in working with cutting-edge technologies such as backend development of cloud distribution, big data, scalability and machine learning. His roles have often been very technical, working in both a larger corporation such as COWI, as well as smaller, more start-up oriented companies. During his career, Thomas has managed to combine the technical responsibility with managing other developers in the process, giving him experience with technical leadership.

MOTIVATION

There are many pitfalls for people entering the job market, and Thomas would love to help anyone avoid those. Thomas has worked in both startups and corporate companies and have insights about both, so he would be able to bring a balanced view to the table. Other than that, Thomas wants to become a mentor because he is interested in seeing others succeed and would be very glad to have help out a student.

Thomas Houmølle-Præstholm

DevOps Engineer at Brickshare

7+ years experience in full-stack development. Interest in cutting-edge technology - cloud distribution, big data, scalability & machine learning.

Bjørn Petersen

Position: Systems Engineer at 3Shape

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design and Innovation

Bjørn has 5+ years of experience working cross-disciplinary with mechanical engineering and system development. He describes his ideal position in a company as one where he can play a key role in the development process. Bjørn’s main interest lies in user involvement and how the interface (being analog or digital) can create value for the customer/user. Bjørn has worked with important value creators within the fields of co-creation processes, rapid prototyping and analytical assessment of data from field studies. Ideally, his responsibilities should consider the use and physical interaction with a product as very important.

MOTIVATION

Bjørn wants to become a mentor because he believes that if any of his experiences can somehow help a student making them feel more confident, independent or calm, then he knows that he has done well for someone who needed it. He himself remembers the stressful times as a student, not knowing what would lie ahead once he finished his studies, and he wants to make this easier for someone else.

Bjørn Petersen

Systems Engineer at 3Shape

5+ years cross-disciplinary experience in mechanical & system engineering. Interest in user involvement & how (physical) interface creates value.

Emil Bay

Position: Partner at Hyperdivision

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Mathematics and Technology

Emil has 10+ years of experience as a developer, consultant, and now co-partner of a small company called Hyperdivision. Hyperdivison develops novel cryptographic solutions and distributed systems based on peer-to-peer technology, mainly for the financial sector and cryptocurrency exchanges. Next to his work, Emil has held 10 talks and workshops at major development conferences. Most of the work in his current company is released as open-source, and another major cultural aspect the company has developed is being successful and growing, while still working a normal and reasonable number of hours (9 – 5) and never being on call outside of the office.

MOTIVATION

Emil wants to become a mentor to give back. His career in open-source and business has largely been based on being good at making connections, and “turning” those connections into informal mentorships. Emil gets just as inspired by people at the start of their career as people with decades of experience, and he wants to be a mentor on the mentee’s terms. Personally, he would also like to connect to the next generation of professionals – other people’s passion is what inspires him.

Emil Bay

Partner at Hyperdivision

10+ years of experience as developer, consultant & now co-partner of a company developing crypto solutions and peer-to-peer distributed systems.

Kim Moustgaard

Position: RA/QA Manager at Getinge IWS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Electronics

Kim has 10+ years of experience within the field of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for Medical Device compliance, both nationally and internationally. During his career, Kim has worked with people leadership, management, and strategy, as well as internal & external stakeholders, specifically in QA project management and task execution in regards to compliance in QA operation and improvement activities. Kim describes himself as an outgoing character with an eagerness to learn from experiences and cultures. In his current role, he is managing people in four different sites across countries and cultures.

MOTIVATION

Kim wants to become a mentor because he believes that his many years in business, and the confusion on which path to choose, can benefit others. Personally, it would give him great satisfaction to help others. That simple.

Kim Moustgaard

RA/QA Manager at Getinge IWS

10+ years experience with QA & RA for Medical Device compliance. Currently managing people in four different sites across countries and cultures.

Christina Lindskov

Position: Department Manager, Environmental at EKJ

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Christina has 27+ years of experience with cross-disciplinary project management within environmental issues. Her work has primarily involved soil and groundwater contamination, but also regarding environmental spillages, authority management, handling of chemical substances and OHS. In her current position, she is combining her technical knowledge within the environmental field with overall management responsibility for the areas mentioned above. One of the projects she has worked with has been authority and control management for groundwater contamination for the Copenhagen Metro Team, building the new metro in the Copenhagen area.

MOTIVATION

Christina didn’t want to be a mentor initially, but when she was asked during her participation in an Alumni workshop, where especially females within environmental jobs were needed, she ended her up having her first mentee. She found herself helpful and enjoyed the dialogue and discussions they had regarding working in Denmark and how to look for a job, and she now wants to use this experience with a new mentee in this program.

Christina Lindskov

Department Manager, Environmental at EKJ

27+ years experience with cross-disciplinary project management & authority management within environmental issues & groundwater contamination.

Ledian Selimaj

Position: Business Analyst at Maersk Drilling

Heriot-Watt University – Petroleum Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., IT Engineering

Ledian has 8+ years of experience within Business Intelligence, with an engineering background in IT, petroleum engineering and significant training and experience in finance and economics in multinational big corporations. He has experience from both the oil and gas industry and in the banking sector within the financial crime area. Ledian’s exposure has mainly been in data analytics, databases (relational & Hadoop), visualization and data modeling (mainly in QlikView and PowerBI/PowerQuery, but also SQL & Oracle), including machine learning and big data (using Hadoop and R). Next to his corporate experience in different industries, Ledian also has experience with a start-up abroad and has studied in different countries, giving him professional foothold both nationally and internationally.

MOTIVATION

Ledian wants to become a mentor to share his own personal experiences with students and help them find a relevant career path, as well as study topics of their interest that would ultimately help with their career.

Ledian Selimaj

Business Analyst at Maersk Drilling

8+ years of experience in BI. Engineering background in IT, analytics, petroleum engineering & finance in large corporations in banking & energy.

Denisa Cupi

Position: Toxicologist at Novozymes A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Engineered Nanoparticle, Toxicity, Towards Standardised Procedures for Hazard Identification

University of Copenhagen – M.Sc., Environmental Chemistry and Health

Oakland University – B.Sc., Biochemistry

Denisa has 5+ years of international experience, working in the chemical, pharmaceuticals and biotech industry, as well as one year spent at a federal agency. In her current position, she deals with coordinating toxicological and ecotoxicological investigations to ensure safety for human health and the environment. She has had experience with the academic world through her Ph.D. research and a number of different conferences attended, as well as in larger pharmaceutical companies such as Novozymes and LeoPharma. This gives her valuable knowledge in the transition from academia to the private sector, as well switching from conducting research to applying knowledge in a business setting.

MOTIVATION

It can sometimes be difficult to transition from academia to industry. Denisa has also experienced that, despite having a couple of years of industry experience in-between her educations. She would like to give advice to make it easier for others to find the job they want, and extend her network in the process.

Denisa Cupi

Toxicologist at Novozymes A/S

5+ years of experience in pharma, in academia & private. Toxicological & ecotoxicological investigations to ensure safety in health & environment.

Janus Kirkeby

Position: Senior Environmental Specialist at Coloplast a/s

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Solid Waste Management and Life Cycle Assessment

Janus has 19+ years of experience working with environmental issues, especially with waste management and reduction of greenhouse gasses. He has experience from academia through his Ph.D. studies within waste management and life cycle assessment and has afterward worked in a national information center, operated by Rambøll. During his career, he also has 10 years of experience as a consultant within environmental issues with projects in Denmark, the Middle East, and Africa, and for the last 3½ years, Janus has been working in Coloplast, where his main tasks involve eco-design in product development and support to energy, material and waste initiatives at our production sites. Janus is married and has two young adult children, so he knows how it is to balance life with both small and large children.

MOTIVATION

Janus wants to become a mentor because it would be a pleasure if he could help a student in developing his/her career, as well as gain something himself.

Janus Kirkeby

Senior Environmental Specialist at Coloplast a/s

19+ years of experience working with environmental issues, management and green house gas reductions in academia, private sector and consulting.

Christian Steen Wittrup

Position: Head of Sales, Lendager UP at Lendager Group

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD., Organisation and Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Construction, Environment

Christian has 15+ years of experience within construction and management. He is motivated by working with inspiring and friendly colleagues, customers and partners which involve constructive two-way feedback and learning. With all parties involved, he strives for the highest quality in construction projects, with the smallest usage of virgin material resources from planet earth, and at the same time ensuring that all participants grow along the way. His work has included a combination of management, training, education, and communication in an organization with a technical product and service line. Christian strength is therefore that he, with his educational and professional experience, has an all-around understanding of the construction business industry, commercial insights, and value-chain understanding.

MOTIVATION

Christian has been mentoring at 5 different occasions, and he finds that the process is as valuable to him as to the mentee. Young and ambitious mentees have bright ideas and see things from a different perspective, which ensures that he doesn’t fall behind himself. In addition, Christian would have loved to have had a mentor himself when he was younger and he is happy to provide this for someone today.

Christian Steen Wittrup

Head of Sales, Lendager UP at Lendager Group

15+ years experience with construction and management. All around understanding of construction, commercial insights & value-chain understanding.

Erik Kaae

Position: CCO at ISS, previously Microsoft

Henley Business School – M.Sc. HD

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.

Erik has 15+ years of experience in the IT industry, working for large companies such as AT&T, HP, Microsoft, and EG A/S. In these companies, he has held many different roles. From sales to product manager, and the last 10 years as Executive Vice President in Microsoft (Denmark) and EG A/S (global) as COO and CCO. Erik is the chairman of the board in Young Enterprise and has been Vice Chairman of the board in IT-Branchen, the Danish association for the IT industry. EG A/S was owned by AXCEL, private equity, and Erik was part of the selling process where they split the company into two and sold them separately, he himself one of the shareholders of EG A/S. After the sales of EG A/S, Erik changed industries and is now CCO for a C25 company, ISS Facility Services.

MOTIVATION

Erik wants to become a mentor because he enjoys growing and developing people. He already has many years of experience as a mentor at Microsoft.

Erik Kaae

CCO at ISS, previously Microsoft

15+ years of experience in the IT industry, working for large companies, in roles as sales and product manager & Executive Management positions.

David Bould

Position: Lead R&D Specialist at Ørsted

The University of Edinburgh – M.Sc., Sustainable Energy Systems

The University of Edinburgh – B.Sc., Computer Science and Management Science

David has 12+ years of experience in the energy sector. He began his career working with offshore in oil and gas exploration, where he led a team of data processing geophysicists in seismic survey campaigns. After 7 years working offshore, David returned to the University of Edinburgh and gained an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the School of Engineering. Since then, he has worked in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sector with a focus on engineering management, policy, economics, and stakeholder engagement. Currently, David is a Lead R&D Specialist for Ørsted, where he is responsible for integrating university engagements into their offshore R&D strategy.

MOTIVATION

A large part of David’s current role is working with universities to ensure that Ørsted has access to a pipeline of exceptional young talent as the company continues to grow at a massive rate. David has led a varied career with significant changes of direction and periods spent abroad, and he hopes this will allow him to provide valuable advice regarding the great variety of career paths that are available. David would particularly like to be a mentor to an ambitious student who isn’t afraid to consider big decisions and changes at an early stage.

David Bould

Lead R&D Specialist at Ørsted

12+ years experience in energy. Currently with offshore wind, wave & tidal, focusing on engineering management, policy, economics & stakeholders.

Christian Breinbjerg

Position: Structural Engineer at Ørsted

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Civil / Structural Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Civil / Structural Engineering

Christian has 3.5 years of experience working with offshore energy and a detailed design of foundations for offshore wind farms. Christian believes that it is possible to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Through his work, he is proud to be able to contribute to the technological advances and development of offshore wind farms in Ørsted. For two years before that, he was employed at ISC Consulting Engineers in Copenhagen, doing the detailed design of substructures for offshore substations (jackets and monopiles). Christian has gained a theoretical background in applied mechanics, structural dynamics, offshore structures and the implementation of FE-models as well as steel- and concrete structures. Next to this, he has a big passion for programming and optimization of structures, and he has been working extensively with ROSAP (Rambøll Offshore Structural Analysis Programs) since 2016.

MOTIVATION

Christian wants to become a mentor because he loves to pass on knowledge and help others develop and succeed. Since 2011, he has given several lectures on his old high school to help and guide young students in choosing their career paths. Giving inspiration passing on first-hand knowledge to the next generation is essential.
A mentee should be active, dedicated and curious. Grades etc. are not important to him, only the dedication and will to learn something and succeed.

Christian Breinbjerg

Structural Engineer at Ørsted

3.5 years of experience in offshore energy & design of foundations for offshore wind farms. Believes in creating a world running on green energy.

Emil Ferent

Position: Technical Sales IoT - Nordics at PTC

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Robotics and Automation

University Politechnica of Bucharest – B.Sc., Computers and Automatic Control

Emil has 7+ years of end-to-end work experience in technology and software, currently in a role as a technical account manager, where he is empowering clients with enterprise solutions in IoT, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. On top of his sales and management work, he also has great technical experience and has worked in delivery teams, rolling out SaaS and cloud-first enterprise solutions, as well as in a software developer role, coding both back-end business logic and front-end user-friendly solutions in many languages and frameworks. Emil has lived 9 years abroad and has a global mindset and vision, and he describes himself as an extroverted person who truly enjoys working in a team.

MOTIVATION

Emil came to Denmark 9 years ago and had a great experience working in the Danish environment; this allowed him to go through a change and learn a lot, and now he would like to share that with the younger generation. Emil wants to become a mentor to give back, and he is already doing so with some of his friends in small narrow sub-subjects; this would only formalize this activity.

Emil Ferent

Technical Sales IoT - Nordics at PTC

7+ years end-to-end experience in technology & software. Currently empowering clients with enterprise solutions in IoT, Augmented Reality and AI.

Joanna Lazewska

Position: Overhead Contact Lines Engineer at Siemens

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Transport and Logistics

Warsaw University of Technology – B.Sc., Transport

Joanna has 3+ years of experience working within the transport and logistics industry. During her studies, she specialized in railway technology, and she is currently working with overhead contact lines at Siemens putting her knowledge from her studies into practice. Besides her technical expertise as an engineer in a large corporation, Joanna also has some experience with Project Management, Conflict Solving, Public Speaking, Change Management and organizing events, having been with the Board of European Students of Technology. Having studied in different countries and working in a large multi-national company, Joanna also knows how to navigate in an international environment.

MOTIVATION

Joanna wants to become a mentor to help young people who need some guidance on how to enter the business world. She herself was in the same position when she finished her studies and it helped her a lot to understand how everything works out there. Also, Joanna wants to develop her leadership and motivational skills by working with young students, as she is leaning more into this career direction at the moment.

Joanna Lazewska

Overhead Contact Lines Engineer at Siemens

3+ years of experience in the transport and logistics industry. Specialized in railway technology, currently working with overhead contact lines.

Helle Theill Jensen

Position: Strategic IT Partner at Danske Bank

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.

Helle has 25+ years within technological and IT companies, where the last 20 years of them have been as a project manager and people manager, having worked at TDC, Software Innovation and now in one of the largest banks in the country. In her current role, she is working in a team manager and programme manager role, focusing on process optimization and automation when supporting the customers. Helle has a strong preference for teamwork and has a large network within her current company. Besides her technical knowledge, she is strong in change management and communication.

MOTIVATION

Helle wants to become a mentor because she finds great motivation in sharing her work experience and in giving inputs to others. She finds that when a trustful relation is built, both parties have a lot to give and learn.

Helle Theill Jensen

Strategic IT Partner at Danske Bank

25+ years in tech & IT as project manager and people manager. Currently in an executive role in banking, focused on Core Banking Infrastructure.

Emil Kærgaard

Position: Data Engineer at Experian

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computer Science

Emil has 7+ years of experience in data science, analysis, and engineering. He describes himself as having an analytical mindset that allows him to solve complex problems competently and with creativity. He loves to develop, learn and apply his learnings to deliver even better solutions. Some of the skills he has acquired through his studies and professional career are within mathematical modeling, advanced numerical methods, business intelligence, statistics, data analysis, programming, and agile work methods, which he has explored both in a larger banking corporation and now in his current role as a Data Engineer at Experian.

MOTIVATION

Emil wants to make a difference and have a positive impact on the world. Based on previous experiences with volunteering as e.g. a mentor, teacher, and tutor, he has found that it is something that he enjoys, and he would like to interact with other people and to share his knowledge and experiences. As he describes it, every meaningful interaction with other people makes you grow as a person, and a mentor-mentee relation is a great opportunity for all involved to develop and get some new perspectives on their place in life.

Emil Kærgaard

Data Engineer at Experian

7+ years of experience with data science. Working with mathematical modelling, advanced numerical methods, BI, statistics & agile work methods.

Anna Volmar Larsen

Position: It-konsulent at Center for It, Medico og Telefoni - Region Hovedstaden

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Health Technology

Anna has 2+ years of experience within the Healthcare & IT sector in the Capital Region of Denmark. She currently works with IT consulting, where she is managing different healthcare systems. In this role, Anne is collaborating with many different professionals, including clinicians, suppliers and IT architects, combing her cross-disciplinary knowledge from her studies. She is, therefore, able to function well in a project coordinating role and making ends meet. Her current work is particularly focused around Patient Empowerment, where some of the projects she has worked on have involved systems such as Sundhed.dk, Audiologisystemet in Region H. and a system in the anticoagulation treatment.

MOTIVATION

Anne wants to become a mentor to develop her personal leadership and motivational skills. As she describes it, she loves helping other people, and becoming a mentor is a great opportunity of doing so. She would love to help a student transitioning from being a student to getting a full-time work – and she herself missed having someone to guide her and spare with when she finished university and had to transition into work life. Anne would also like to help with how to clarify the wide range of knowledge you gain from your studies when looking for a job.

Anna Volmar Larsen

It-konsulent at Center for It, Medico og Telefoni - Region Hovedstaden

I have 2 years of experience within the healthcare-IT sector in the Capital Region of Denmark. I studied at DTU where I have a degree within Healthcare-Technology. I work as...

Bertrand Bourgeat

Position: Sr. IT Project Manager at AlfaNordic A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Civilian Engineer, Technology Assessment

Bertrand has 20+ years of experience working with IT and project management in the pharmaceutical industry. He has experience from larger companies such as LEO Pharma and NNIT, and during his career, he has held a number of different positions, ie. Director of IT / Automation Consultants, IT Project Manager, IT Administrator, System Developer and IT Compliance Specialist. Currently, he is working in the role of Senior Project Manager at AlfaNordic A/S and holds a number of different certifications within project management and IT architecture and administration. In his spare time, he trains karate and enjoys kite surfing.

MOTIVATION

Bertrand wants to become a mentor because he finds it rewarding to help other people – and there is always an inspiration and new things to be learned from other people, regardless of age and profession.

Bertrand Bourgeat

Sr. IT Project Manager at AlfaNordic A/S

20+ years experience working with IT consulting, development, admin. and project management in larger companies in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Anne Mette Wortmann

Position: Director at AJVaccines

Norwhich University – M.Sc., Leadership

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Anne Mette has 20+ years of work-life learnings in the life sciences & pharmaceutical industry. Her work has revolved around leadership, developing and implementing a strategic business vision and improving organizational performance and lead change processes effectively in international organizations. Anne Mette enjoys building effective teams by engaging individuals with a shared vision. Throughout her career, Anne Mette started out in a technical role and then quickly transitioned into a number of management positions, having lead both production teams and business units in larger corporations. Anne Mette has experience with project management of large projects at Novo Nordisk, senior management roles at Chr. Hansen, and now holds a position as an executive at AJ Vaccines, giving her experience on all levels of organizations and insight into many different areas.

MOTIVATION

Inspired by living and studying in the US, Anne Mette wants to engage herself as alumni at DTU, now as a mentor for young students. She would love to mentor young students and be a sounding board on their path to be a young professional.

Anne Mette Wortmann

Director at AJVaccines

20+ years experience in life science & pharma, with leadership, strategic business vision, improving organization performance internationally.

Kenneth Bock

Position: Global Head of Technical; Indirect Procurement at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Export Engineer (IT, Operations Management, Materials Science)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (HD), Supply Chain Management

Kenneth has 15+ years of experience from the life science industry, specifically within pharmaceuticals & biopharmaceuticals. During his career, Kenneth has varied between project management roles, consulting, technical positions and commercial positions in a number of different large companies such as Novo Nordisk and NNIT, and he is currently heading the Global Procurement of Technical and Indirect spend at Xellia Pharmaceuticals. The position involves the management of deliverables and direct reports on sites in Europe and the US, and he, therefore, has experience with working in both national and international environments.
Due to his background and experience within both technical and commercial areas, Kenneth particularly enjoys and excels in the field between the two areas and in areas where direction, structure, and strategy are yet to be defined.

MOTIVATION

Kenneth wants to become a mentor to help and support a student as he would have wished someone helped him. Personally, he would also expect to benefit from interacting with a young engineer.  As Kenneth describes it, if he understands them better, he will also be better to hire, onboard and manage them in the future.

Kenneth Bock

Global Head of Technical; Indirect Procurement at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

15+ years of experience in life science and pharma. Has varied between project management roles, consulting, technical & commercial positions.

Emilie Dittmer Hartwich

Position: Engineer at Vejdirektoratet

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Building Technology

Emilie has 8+ years of experience with project management and construction management in the construction and maintenance of larger bridges, specifically within the public sector. To mention some of the construction projects she has been a part of, she has worked with the construction of Farøbroerne and Langelandsbroen. Emilie is currently part of the team who is building the new Storstrømsbro in her role as an engineer at Vejdirektoratet, combing the technical competencies gained from her engineering studies with management skills in terms of making a project run in general.

MOTIVATION

Emilie wants to become a mentor to spread the message that it is not bad at all to be employed as an engineer in the public sector, and she would like to show the possibilities in a job – not only professionally but also personally. Emilie would prefer a mentee with interest in new techniques and methods – because the bridges industry is a bit conservative.

Emilie Dittmer Hartwich

Engineer at Vejdirektoratet

8+ years of experience with project management & construction management in construction & maintenance of larger bridges in the public sector.

Dorota Sauer

Position: Senior Project Manager at Danske Bank

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Knowledge Management

Dorota has 6+ years of experience as a team and project leader in the IT industry within a banking context. In her work, she has particularly worked on projects with tasks of structuring work, stakeholder management, and building team spirit, especially in her current position as a senior project manager at one of Denmark’s largest international banks, where she has been since 2013, where she started in a graduate position. Dorota has studied and worked in both Denmark and abroad, giving her both national and international experience, and she is comfortable working with cross-border projects.

MOTIVATION

Dorota wants to become a mentor because she sees it as a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and to help out someone who is considering different work environments, team settings, and organizational cultures. She is happy to help to define personal skills, areas of professional interest, figure out first or next career step, how to find yourself in a new team, or new work setting.

Dorota Sauer

Senior Project Manager at Danske Bank

6+ years experience as team & project leader in IT within banking. Working with structuring work, stakeholder management & building team spirit.

Ashokaditya Mohanty

Position: Software Engineer at Issuu Inc.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Computer Science and Engineering

American International University of Management and Technology – B.Sc., Electronics and Computer Engineering

Ashokaditya has 10+ years of experience in software development, graphic design, and AI development. He describes himself as adept at designing and analyzing algorithms for combinatorially hard problems (particularly, algorithms to prove whether a problem is combinatorially hard) analyzing and implementing advanced AI techniques for automated planning in multi-agent systems and using formal methods to mathematically specify, develop and verify software systems using theorem provers. Some of his minor practical skills are in design and analysis of systems of interconnected computing devices, design and analysis of cryptographic solutions and designing arithmetic processors based on given specifications. Since graduating from DTU, Ashokaditya has been working on different projects – currently contributing to Issuu’s SaaS products as a full-stack engineer.

MOTIVATION

Ashokaditya didn’t have a mentor himself when he needed it the most, especially during his final years of the bachelor’s education and during the transition to finding a job and a career path. Now with rich and interesting life experiences and having worked at various firms both as a consultant and a full-time employee, he wishes to help students in similar shoes in making better decisions about their future and career path using his current knowledge. Ashokaditya also sees this as an opportunity to network among new engineers and learn new things from them. He would like to know what their biggest challenges are, their motivation for studying and what new technologies they are excited about.

Ashokaditya Mohanty

Software Engineer at Issuu Inc.

10+ years experience in software development, graphic design & AI development. Designing & analyzing algorithms for combinatorially hard problems.

Mohammad Mohadjer

Position: Project Manager at Cryptera A/S

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – M.Sc., IT, Software Construction

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Mohammad has 15+ years of experience as a project manager with broad experience in product development and customer projects. Currently, he is hired as a project manager at Cryptera, managing interdisciplinary (software, electronics, and mechanics) and cross-organizational projects. Mohammad has worked with the introduction and execution of agile software development, startup and execution of customer projects, customer interaction & support, and optimizing the quality control of project models. His goal is to grow even more within project management – and Mohammad describes himself as a dedicated and hardworking team player/leader, used to working on multiple tasks in parallel with tight deadlines and in stressful environments.

MOTIVATION

Mohammad has previously been a DTU Alumni mentor for foreign students finalizing their Master’s Degree at DTU, and who needed help to integrate into the Danish work culture and society. It was just as motivating and educational for him as for the mentee, and that adds value for both parties.
That is the reason Mohammad wants to become a mentor, in addition, to be able to help others in any way and grow his professional network.

Mohammad Mohadjer

Project Manager at Cryptera A/S

15+ years experience as project manager. Currently managing interdisciplinary (software, electronics, mechanics) & cross-organizational projects.

Lasse Nørregaard

Position: Business Accelerator; Investment Manager at Accelerace

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – M.Sc., Business Administration and Bio Entrepreneurship

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Lasse has 4+ years of experience. His experience is two-fold: Lasse has worked with project management of large scale projects within the biotech industry (both food and pharma) as well as worked with business development, entrepreneurship and innovation for life-science startups. He is currently working with the latter as a Business Developer and Investment Manager at Accelerace, helping to create startup winners within different tech areas. On the technical side, he has mostly worked with molecular & cell biotechnology; primarily within drug development, as well as mechanical engineering for bio- and chemical processes.

MOTIVATION

Lasse considers myself to have gotten a quite good start on my career, and he would love to share that experience with current students. He also sees this as an opportunity to keep extending his network, and that includes talented engineering students. Lasse would prefer a mentee who has a broad interest within their scientific field; and who also has an interest in pursuing an entrepreneurial path or wants to work within project management (not necessarily both) within the life science industry.

Lasse Nørregaard

Business Accelerator; Investment Manager at Accelerace

4+ years experience with project management of large biotech projects, and business development & entrepreneurship for life-science startups.

Mette Lindegaard

Position: Project Manager at Novo Nordisk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Medicine and Technology

Mette has 6+ years of experience in Novo Nordisk. She is currently holding a position as a project manager, working with projects within optimization, strategy, and manufacturing in their global device supply chain. Before starting this position, Mette held a manager position of a team of 15 engineers and technicians, which she acquired after finishing a 2-year graduate program in the company. Besides that, Mette has been active in a number of talent networks for high-performing students and young professionals.

MOTIVATION

Mette gets motivated by helping others. Starting her first job was quite a change from being a student. She went through a 2-year graduate program and straight into a leadership position, and she ended up not being motivated and happy. She then switched to become a project manager, a position that motivates her a lot as she is able to implement changes and work with motivated project teams. Mette wants to become a mentor so that she can share her experience from starting her career with an aspiring engineer. Preferably someone who is interested in project management or just gets motivated by making a difference.

Mette Lindegaard

Project Manager at Novo Nordisk

6+ years experience in pharma industry. Currently project mnager on optimization, strategy & manufacturing projects in global device supply chain.

Louise Kjer Nemming

Position: Production Engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Environmental Technology

University of Copenhagen – B.Sc., Forest and Landscape

Louise has 3+ years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry with production. Louise’s work revolves around how to make the greatest impact on the world, and that passion leads her in her role as an environmental engineer. As a generalist at heart, it was an active choice for her to become an engineer. She is currently pursuing this ambition as a production engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals, and previously in the role as process supporter at AJ Vaccines.

MOTIVATION

Louise wants to become a mentor to help out a student and develop herself and improve her communication skills at the same time.

Louise Kjer Nemming

Production Engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals

3+ years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry with production. Environmental engineer who wants to have an impact on the world.

Karen A. Krogfelt

Position: Professor at RUC & Chief Consultant at Statens Serum Institut

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Microbiology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Karen has 25+ years of experience in academia and research. Her research is mainly focused on bacterial pathogenesis and host response to infections. In her work, she uses state-of-the-art molecular and conventional microbiological methods are used including animal models for studying bacterial infections; as well as testing drugs and assessing the pathogenicity. Whole-genome sequences and genomics are used to assess the bacterial pathogenicity & bacterial community interactions, microbiota analyses and co-infections. Karen has been leading a diagnostic serological laboratory and head of the research unit. She has a great interest in teaching and supervision of student projects, and so far, she has supervised over 100 masters students and 40 Ph.Ds.

MOTIVATION

Karen wants to become a mentor to help students in getting on with their professional carriers. She is interested in helping out with problem-solving and would like to see students take the right path for them selfs. Specifically, she would like to help them by using her own network and at the same time expanding her own network of students and young professionals. She also has previous experience with mentoring Ph.D. students and is able to use some of her experience from that.

Karen A. Krogfelt

Professor at RUC & Chief Consultant at Statens Serum Institut

25+ years experience in academia & research. Research focus; bacterial pathogenesis & host response to infection. Currently head of research unit.

Jakob Kulas-Østergaard

Position: Principal Project Manager at Milestone Systems A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Manufacturing Engineering

Jakob has 25+ years of experience within project management in R&D organizations for both consumer electronics and professional products, in both Danish and international companies. He has broad experience with managing development within cross-functional matrix organizations, in which highly specialized groups create unique products where several technologies are merged. Having had both project and budget responsibility from business case to full production, Jakob has a good understanding of challenges from defining a product, which can be completed within a development phase.

MOTIVATION

Jakob wants to become a mentor to help bridge the transition from student to working professional. He wishes to share his experiences from the business side of working as an engineer, and on a personal note, he wishes to establish a connection to the student environment to learn about the newest trends in education today.

Jakob Kulas-Østergaard

Principal Project Manager at Milestone Systems A/S

25+ years experience within project and budget management in different R&D organizations for both consumer electronics & professional products.

Leticia Torres

Position: Diagnostics Data Scientist at Ørsted

Imperial College London – M.Sc., Applied Mathematics

University of San Francisco – B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Science

Leticia has 3+ years of experience in data science. She has a background in applied mathematics and computer science and currently works as a data scientist at Ørsted. In her work, she builds condition-based algorithms to predict when their offshore wind turbines are going to fail in order to optimize daily operations. Leticia has an international upbringing and has lived in 9 different countries, and she is driven by a great work environment with diversity in the workplace.

MOTIVATION

Leticia wants to become a mentor to help students in their transition to professional life and share their own experiences of studying and working abroad and succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated field. Leticia would prefer a mentee that has ambition and drive, such that she has a better understanding of where he or she wants to go and how she can help in the best way.

Leticia Torres

Diagnostics Data Scientist at Ørsted

3+ years international experience with data science. Works to build algorithms to predict when wind turbines will fail to optimize operations.

Lene C. Kjærsgaard

Position: Global Sales Operations Manager Strategic Accounts at Nilfisk A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Export Engineering

Lene has 19+ years of professional experience with management, working with proposal management, sales, marketing, and contract/project management for international companies within professional cleaning services, oil, and gas, and heavy industries. During her career, Lene has worked and communicated with different environments, including executive management, staff, specialist and tradesmen. Next to her position as Global Sales Operations Manager at Nilfisk, where she is responsible for developing and securing a continuously high-quality proposal management process, she also uses her knowledge from the industry as an external examiner at DTU Diplom.

MOTIVATION

Lene has for several years been a mentor via Kvindfo, and she has also worked as a Thesis Supervisor for “DTU Efteruddannelse – Diplomuddannelsen”. Lene believes it is important to create an environment for students/young engineers to have a space to ask questions and to reflect. Lene is able to assist on the soft parts of the studies, manage stressful times – guiding the transition from student to professional and assist in networking.

Lene C. Kjærsgaard

Global Sales Operations Manager Strategic Accounts at Nilfisk A/S

19+ years professional management experience. Working with proposal management, sales, marketing & project management for international companies.

Lars Poulsen

Position: Senior Scientist at Novo Nordisk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Biotechnology, Regulatory processes in Aspergillus niger

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Lars has 10+ years of experience with academia and the pharmaceutical industry, currently in Novo Nordisk and previously at ExpreS2ion Biotechnologies. Lars has specialized in heterologous protein production in mammalian expression systems. Specifically, he works with upstream process development for research, pre-clinical and clinical development. During his academic career, Lars has been rewarded with Poster prizes, and a nomination as Researcher of the Year, meanwhile in his professional carrier, he has successfully transferred processes to GMP manufacturing, co-authored book chapters, articles, a patent application and been invited to present at conferences. Next to this, Lars also has experience with project management.

MOTIVATION

Lars wants to become a mentor to help students find their way through the DTU system, whether or not to do a Ph.D. fellowship, and land the first job. His primary motivation for this is that, during his own studies, such information was lacking. It has now been more than 6 years ago since Lars finished his Ph.D., and as he describes it, he feels like he has a lot to give back.

Lars Poulsen

Senior Scientist at Novo Nordisk

10+ years experience with research & the pharmaceutical industry. Specialized in heterologous protein production in mammalian expression systems.

Longzhen Hu

Position: Innovation Lead at Maersk Drilling

IE Business School – Master in Business Administration (MBA)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical Engineering

Longzhen has 7+ years of experience working with engineering, operations, technical safety and maintenance and innovation in larger companies such as Ørsted, Maersk Oil and now Maersk Drilling, where she is working as an innovation lead, where she is driving innovation efforts in the oil & gas industry, turning novel ideas into real business value in the company. Her career has had an international focus, having both studied in different countries, as well as traveled a lot for business and work.

MOTIVATION

Longzhen would love to share her personal and professional experience with student(s) who are about to start their careers and advise them on how to navigate in their professional life. At the same time, she views the program as a great opportunity for her to establish new relationships and expand her network, as well as enhance her communication and leadership skills. Longzhen expects her mentee to be proactive and have clear expectations/objectives for the mentorship so that she can understand what and how to contribute in the best way.

Longzhen Hu

Innovation Lead at Maersk Drilling

7+ years of experience with engineering, operations, tech. safety, innovation in large companies. Currently turning new ideas into business value.

Kristian Engelbrecht Hansen

Position: Senior Lead Structural Engineer at Maersk Drilling

Aalborg University (AAU) – Offshore Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Production Technology

Kristian has 15+ years of experience with design and manufacturing, specifically within offshore technology. He is currently working as Senior Lead Structural Engineer at Maersk Drilling, with the area of Location Evaluation of floating drilling rigs, including riser system response for deep and shallow water operations and review of station keeping systems. He is also acting as company Technical Authority on drilling risers. Further Kristian has experience as a project engineer from Grundfos and NKT Flexibles, where he has been working with design and manufacturing processes.

MOTIVATION

Kristian wants to become a mentor to help a younger coming engineering professional in her/his career development, and at the same time developing his own skills within leadership and communication. He would also like to grow his network in the university world.

Kristian Engelbrecht Hansen

Senior Lead Structural Engineer at Maersk Drilling

10+ years experience with design and manufacturing, specifically within offshore technology. Currently working with locations of drilling rigs.

Mia Bacher Olsen

Position: Senior Product Marketing Manager at Maersk Drilling

Henley Management College – Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemistry, Materials

Mia has 20+ years of experience working with customers (B2C & B2B), products, value chain, branding, strategy and leadership in large organizations. Her career has centered around why and how to create customer value in everything a company does, both internally and externally. With a background as a chemical engineer with an MBA, she has combined her technical understanding with strategic thinking and used these two capabilities in conjunction by developing not only the organization’s products, but also the mindset resulting in improved strategies, increased customer value, and better cooperation across the value chain.

MOTIVATION

Mia wants to become a mentor because she believes in helping others and paying it forward. She herself wished that she had a mentor helping her with some of the things that one is dealing with as a student. Mia is especially able to help students who want to move into leadership, strategy, a more commercial role or a holistic approach rather than being a technical specialist. Mia has also worked with equality for many years, as well as having worked in male-dominant organizations all her life. So helping female students navigating in this is something she is also able to help with.

Mia Bacher Olsen

Senior Product Marketing Manager at Maersk Drilling

20+ years of experience working with customers (B2C and B2B), products, value chain, branding, strategy and leadership in large organisations.

Henriette Halvorsen

Position: Chief Human Resources Officer at FORCE Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering, Leadership and Organisation

Henriette has 30+ years of experience in consulting, management and HR, and more than 15 years of experience in senior leadership positions. She has worked in many large corporations, such as PwC, IBM, KPMG, PA Consulting Group, KMD, Hein Degn & Partnere, and ATP. Currently, she sits in an executive leadership position at FORCE Technology, where she is responsible for people strategy, organizational health, leadership & talent development as well as business partnering and transformation.

MOTIVATION

Through her work as an external examiner at DTU and board positions at DTU and Bagsværd Kostskole, Henriette has come across many wonderful and talented students, and as she describes it, she is eager to help where she can. Henriette can contribute and help a mentee with setting priorities, career management and experience from her working career, as well as sharing her own network. As a certified executive coach, Henriette has a good toolbox for facilitating development, but first, she would like to make a difference for the next generation.

Henriette Halvorsen

Chief Human Resources Officer at FORCE Technology

30+ years experience within consultancy, management & HR in large organisations. More than 15 years of experience in senior leadership position.

Mark Holcchakier

Position: PTA/QA manager at SHADE APS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Production Management

Mark has 10+ years of experience in the improvement of and quality in production processes. During his career, he has worked in many different areas. From making equipment for passenger information systems to running a power coating panter, mass production of metal parts, production of elevators to developing and producing high-end designer lamps for consumer markers.

MOTIVATION

Mark wants to become a mentor to help students understand what to expect from the industry when they graduate, and perhaps guide them in the right direction towards a successful path.

Mark Holcchakier

PTA/QA manager at SHADE APS

10+ years of experience with improvement of & quality in production processes. Currently improving the production of high-end designer lamps. 

Josefine Kroos Boisen

Position: User Experience Specialist at Digitaliseringsstyrelsen

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – M.Sc., IT, Service Design

Josefine has 9+ years of experience from the IT industry, working both in the private and public sectors. In her current role as a User Experience specialist, her main purpose is to create better digital services and solutions. Josefine describes herself as a creative and positive thinking human being that is motivated by working together with other people, creating better and improved user experiences. She is currently working as the UX lead for a large infrastructure solution (NemLog-in). Josefine has also previously worked in a consultancy role at IBM, specifically with user-oriented design and business development.

MOTIVATION

Josefine wants to become a mentor to motivate and develop a student by sharing her own experiences as well as reflecting on their current opportunities and challenges about their studies, student job, and career path.

Josefine Kroos Boisen

User Experience Specialist at Digitaliseringsstyrelsen

9+ years experience from IT industry, working to create better digital services. Currently UX lead for large infrastructure solution (NemLog-in).

Joanna Wisniewska

Position: Senior Engineer at Rambøll

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Transport and Logistics

Joanna has 5+ years of experience within engineering consultancy. Almost since she graduated, she has been working as a senior engineer and consultant at Rambøll, where she holds a specialist role in her area and at the same time working as a lead in projects. Some of the projects include signaling systems, safety aspects across railway disciplines, as well as advising clients on executive management level, leading the delivery of strategic projects and generally acting as a subject matter expert for selected areas.

MOTIVATION

Joanna believes that the idea of a mentor is truly wonderful. She herself was missing such a program when she was a student at DTU. It can be difficult to suddenly switch from being a student to industry, even with a student job. As she describes it, she knew that decisions she made would shape her professional life, but what she did not know was that she took it too seriously, and there should be space to breathe as well. Joanna would love to help a mentee who is interested in a career managing projects and teams, and at the same time being a specialist in a technical area, which is what she is currently doing herself.

Joanna Wisniewska

Senior Engineer at Rambøll

5+ years experience as specialist & project manager. Working on signalling systems, safety aspects in railways & advising clients in management.

Jan Krogh

Position: Senior Data Engineer at Ørsted

Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc. Software Engineering

Jan has 20+ years of experience in software development in larger companies such as Rambøll, NNIT, KMD, working with different industries such as energy, pharma, and the public sector. He has spent recent years specializing in data engineering/analysis at Ørsted, working on wind farm data in a hybrid on-prem/cloud scenario. In the last half part of his career, he has been working solely in an agile process (agilemanifesto.org). As a supporting role to his current work, he is also scrum master/agile coach. Through his work, Jan has been presented to a variety of different projects, spanning from compliance and regulatory projects to optimization, simplification and improvement projects. The work has been very diverse with a focus on both business and IT – often combining and bridging the two.

MOTIVATION

Jan wants to become a mentor to share his experience and get feedback on coaching in the process. In general, Jan has held technical roles, but he has very much picked up on (servant) leadership and has worked together with a LOT of people, providing him with a great foundation for career sparring. He wants to use this to help a student in this program.

Jan Krogh

Senior Data Engineer at Ørsted

20+ of years experience in software development in large companies in energy, pharma and public. Working with data engineering on windfarm data.

Mads Klarskov

Position: Project Director at Niras

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Rheology, Physical Chemistry

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemistry

Mads has 30+ years of experience within academia, management and consulting, currently in the role as a Project Director and Business Development Manager at Niras, where he supports developing and implement compliance and business continuity strategies, the carbon footprint of operations and products and strategic development. The most recent 16 years, he has generally been working with client consulting within the private sector process industry. His areas of expertise include risk management, business continuity planning and compliance management. Mads also has experience from international projects, the US, Far East, Middle East, and Europe.

MOTIVATION

Mads wants to become a mentor to support students with his own obtained insight from process industries. As he describes it himself, he has noticed many newer engineers don’t act as polytechnicians, but often tend to act as “monotechnicians” without the ability to either include or derive a wider perspective. He wants to support a student gain a more holistic reflection when starting a career. Mads would prefer a mentee who is curious, holistic and an interest in sustainability in a wide perspective including a societal perspective.

Mads Klarskov

Project Director at Niras

30+ years experience in academia, management & consulting. Currently developing and implementing climate response and carbon footprint strategy.

Georgios Zefkilis

Position: Sustainability Consultant at SustainabALL

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Environmental Engineering

Technological Educational Institute of Crete – B.Sc., Civil Engineering

Brno University of Technology – B.Sc., Civil Engineering

Georgios has 4+ years of experience working with sustainability, the environment, and climate change. First, as an environmental engineer in the construction industry, working to ensure a greener adaptation within construction projects. He is driven by helping businesses’ towards more sustainable production. Currently, he has moved on to start and grow his own startup, SustainabALL, who offers technical consulting, engineering and project management services within life cycle assessment of products, circular economy, waste & resource management planning, SDGs and environmental management.

MOTIVATION

Georgios wants to become a mentor to help students avoid mistakes that he himself did during his student years, as well as professional life, so they can find their path in the job market easier.

Georgios Zefkilis

Sustainability Consultant at SustainabALL

4+ years experience with sustainability, environment & climate. First within construction, now as founder of own sustainability consultancy.

Steeven Hegelund Spangsdorf

Position: Founder at All That Matters Academy

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Danish Army’s Lieutenant School (HLS) – Reserve Officer, Military Leadership

Steeven has 3+ years of experience as an energy materials engineer. Previously Technology Specialist at Hempel A/S, platoon leader in the Danish Army, co-founder and web developer at Eos Web I/S, and co-author of an educational text-book in web development; currently full-time self-employed in his own startup, All That Matters Academy, and part-time class teacher at DTU. In the role of his start-up, he creates and sells technical educational programs with certification to provide laypeople with a firm technical foundation, launched January 2020. Steeven’s areas of expertise include: Educational planning/teaching, engineering/technical science (energy technologies & materials, product development & design, general physics), start-up creation (mainly online businesses), and management/leadership (department, team & peoples management).

MOTIVATION

Steeven wants to become a mentor to contribute and help motivated students with high potential. He wishes to keep a foot in the door of the educational institutions. The ideal mentee is interested in the theoretical scientific/engineering world with a passion for understanding how the world works, and maybe an interest in technical teaching. Possibly, the ideal mentee has dreams of creating a future startup.

Steeven Hegelund Spangsdorf

Founder at All That Matters Academy

3+ years of experience as an energy materials engineer, previous technology specialist at Hempel, military officer & currently has own startup.

Jesper Holck

Position: Lead Mechanical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

Cranfield University – Gas Turbine Technology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Mechanical Engineering

Jesper has 25+ years of experience as a mechanical engineer, having held both management roles and specialist roles in large cooperations. Specifically, Jesper has been working with projects related to drilling systems and technology, deepwater projects among others. After having worked both nationally and abroad, Jesper has at a later point transitioned from being a manager and a generalist into being a leading specialist at Maersk Drilling, diving deeper into the engineering discipline. He, therefore, has knowledge of both aspects.

MOTIVATION

Jesper believes that a mentoring relationship will be mutually beneficial if he is being matched with a student working in overlapping areas of interest. Also, Jesper would like to encourage students with a sound/solid understanding of science and engineering to stay their course and NOT to get easily distracted/mislead into the dreaded path of management careers.

Jesper Holck

Lead Mechanical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

25+ years experience as mechanical engineer, both as manager & specialist in large cooperations. Worked with drilling tech. & deepwater projects.

Jens Lundgaard

Position: Towmaster Trainee, Master mariner at Maersk Drilling A/S

Marstal Navigationsskole – Master mariner

Jens has 20+ years of experience as a captain of a variety of vessels. During his 8 years in Maersk Drilling, Jens has been the leader of an abundance of various nationalities and walks of life, which has given him a good understanding of the cooperation needed to make large groups work towards a common goal.
His experience from the offshore side of the business has given him a good understanding of the safety and leadership aspects of how to run a business such as Maersk Drilling.

MOTIVATION

Jens wants to become a mentor because he believes in paying back what was given to him. He wants to be able to help a younger colleague with some of the good advice that was given to him by his mentors during his work life. Jens is positive that he will benefit from this relationship as well, by getting to know more about himself and getting a better idea of what happens in the mind of a younger person that is newer to the work-life.

Jens Lundgaard

Towmaster Trainee, Master mariner at Maersk Drilling A/S

20+ years experience as a captain of a variety of vessels. Has been offshore and gained understanding of the safety and leadership it requires.

Inna Zelikman Kauders

Position: IT QA Consultant at Quality Gate ApS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Computer Science

Inna has 15+ years of experience within the IT industry, IT and QA consulting. She currently owns her own consultancy together with her husband, where they consult large companies, such as Danske Bank, Mercedes, Statoil, Digitaliseringsstyrelsen, Nationalbanken among many others, about QA processes, as well as perform test-, quality- and release-related assignments for their customers to ensure an effective software delivery with the right quality.

MOTIVATION

Inna would like to help a student transition from studies to professional life, preferably in the IT industry.

Inna Zelikman Kauders

IT QA Consultant at Quality Gate ApS

15+ years experience with the IT industry, IT & QA consulting. Owns own consultancy with large companies as customers, consulting on QA processes.

Hamed Sattari

Position: CTO at eSmiley

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Informatics / Software

Hamed has 14+ years of experience with software development. He has been working in many different levels of software industries and different types of organizations – start-ups as well as large companies. During his career, Hamed has gained experience with many sides of development teams; individual developer, operations or leader – and all the challenges each of them have. Hamed’s focus in his work is on keeping steady progress and improvement in all aspects. Hamed has a strong technical background and some of the areas that he has worked a lot with have specifically been with payments, as well as blockchain.

MOTIVATION

Hamed wants to get in touch with younger generations. He gets personal satisfaction when helping others, especially in their early start. If any mentee can benefit from his story and experience, he will be happy to share it, and personally, he highly values networking and learning more about current students’ mindsets. Hamed would prefer a positive and motivated mentee with ambitions and drive to move forward with their life.

Hamed Sattari

CTO at eSmiley

14+ years experience with software development, payments & blockchain. Worked in many different levels, industries, organizations and startups.

Hengameh Chloe Lauridsen

Position: Senior Researcher, CEO at Statens serum Institute-Gut in balance

University of Copenhagen – Ph.D., Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology, Chronic Inflammatory Disease

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Hengameh has 10+ years of experience as a project leader and researcher (Ph.D.). She describes herself as an accomplished, goal-oriented engineer, with a passion for delivering quality results. During her career, she has worked with clinical and manufacturing practice, project protocol writing and planning, optimization of analytical assays, microbiology, establishing and producing clinical results for successful research and publication. Hengameh is also a presenter at international conferences, a scientific reviewer and author in the international journals (Publication list at the end of CV) and has international experience through the creation of collaboration with partners from the USA, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, and Denmark.

MOTIVATION

Hengameh wants to become a mentor to help a student by sharing her story – with both successes and failures. She would also like to get a bigger network among young, talented engineering students.

Hengameh Chloe Lauridsen

Senior Researcher, CEO at Statens serum Institute-Gut in balance

10+ years experience as project leader & researcher (Ph.D., Chronic Inflammatory Disease). Producing clinical results for research & publication.

Helene Lunde Robertsen

Position: Associate - Patent at AWA Denmark A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Biotechnology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Human Life Science Engineering

Louise 5+ years of experience within academia and now the industry. She has a background within biotechnology and microbiology and has spent most of her master studies and Ph.D. studying the potential of natural and engineered microorganisms for their production of therapeutically- and industrially-relevant molecules. Following her Ph.D., Louise went for a short period to Germany to work as a postdoc at the University of Tuebingen. She recently came back to Denmark and is now enrolled in a trainee program at AWA Denmark A/S, in which she is training to become a patent attorney.

MOTIVATION

Helene wants to become a mentor because she believes that we grow the most, both professionally and personally, through our interactions with people we meet. In that sense, inspiring teachers or mentors can help set the stage for a student to dream and to aim for the most. As a mentor, Helene would like to help guide students on their quest to choose their best professional path for them. And to listen to their thoughts and concerns when big decisions have to be made.
The ideal mentee for Louise would, as she describes it, be one that is ambitious and has already made some thoughts on where to go professionally, but perhaps need a bit of guidance in choosing what career is best for them.

Helene Lunde Robertsen

Associate - Patent at AWA Denmark A/S

5+ years experience with academia & currently patent industry. Has studied potential of natural & engineered microorganisms for their production.

Alexander Forsberg

Position: Civil Engineer at Sweco

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Structural/Civil Engineering

Alexander has 5+ years of experience working in a consulting engineering company. He has worked with several aspects of ports and geotechnics, both at the office and in the field and has experience with project management of minor projects. During his career, Alexander has had contact with his own team colleagues, to other internal departments and to clients and external collaboration partners. Alexander, therefore, has experience with different work communities.

MOTIVATION

Alexander wants to become a mentor to share his own experiences for helping students get a good start on their careers. He also considers mentorship a good opportunity to reflect on his own experiences and decisions he has made along the way. Alexander’s experience of transitioning from student to employee is that you have to learn many new competences, as well as the high importance of being a team player. Alexander would prefer helping a mentee with interest in working with civil works, especially ports and geotechnics, in a consulting company. He would highly recommend the mentee to be curious and have thoughts about their future career.

Alexander Forsberg

Civil Engineer at Sweco

5+ years of experience of working in a consulting engineering company. Worked with ports and geotechnics, both at the office and in the field.

Louise Bjerremann Jensen

Position: Analytical Support Chemist at ALK

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Louise has 9+ years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry and thereby thorough experience with GMP regulations as an employee in both public institutes and private companies. Louise started as a chemist within the Quality Control sections. Here, she worked with various analytical platforms – approval of analyses, deviation handling, document handling etc. within the routine work in QC laboratories. Louise has later taken on a role as a specialist in a support section within QC, where she works with validations of analytical procedures, technology transfer, input to writing of regulatory documentation, entry into new markets and much more.

MOTIVATION

Louise wants to become a mentor to help a student with the transition from student to employee. She herself wishes she had this opportunity when she was a student. Louise also views this as an opportunity to expand her professional network.

Louise Bjerremann Jensen

Analytical Support Chemist at ALK

9+ years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Currently a specialist with expertise in GMP regulations in both public & private.

Jesper Hyldig

Position: Director at FFH-IT ApS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Planning, Innovation and Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Jesper has 5+ years of experience within startups in the field of IT, data, economics and strategy. Jesper has worked with everything from development, data analysis, ERP systems, to business development and process optimization within a number of different industries and company sizes. Currently as an CEO of a company that he was part of founding, where he is combining his passion for IT with his ability to lead.

MOTIVATION

Jesper wants to become a mentor to help a student with “their next step”, help a student to create something and avoid the mistakes he has made himself along the way. He is especially interested in helping students who battle with dyslexia.

Jesper Hyldig

Director at FFH-IT ApS

5+ years experience within startups in the field of IT, data, economics and strategy. Currently CEO of own company, combining IT and management.

Henrik Lieberkind Hansen

Position: Management Consultant at IBM

EDB Skolen – Bachelor, Computer Science

Henrik has 30+ years of experience in combining IT, human resources and processes. Henrik has an extensive background encompassing hands-on system programming, management of large and small development and infrastructure teams, to participation in management teams in several partner-driven companies. Today, Henrik is primarily working with strategic AI/Machine Learning & Cloud initiatives for various clients in the Nordics. Henrik’s experience ranges from starting companies, to leading development and infrastructure teams to (now) being a Management Consultant at IBM.

MOTIVATION

Henrik would like to share his experiences from starting as a programmer to being an entrepreneur, running his own companies, and now being a Management Consultant at a large IT Vendor. If you’re a mentee dreaming about becoming an entrepreneur and looking for someone with that kind of experience, Henrik can help you find your path ahead – personally, professionally and with the right timing. Henrik knows what it takes and how to make things happen in real life, and he wants to work with someone dedicated and professional, that at the same time realizes it’s mostly about hard work – there are not free rides, as he describes it.

 

Henrik Lieberkind Hansen

Management Consultant at IBM

30+ years of experience in combining IT, human resources and processes. Consulting within strategic AI/Machine Learning & Cloud initiatives.

Lise Lotte Christensen

Position: Project Director at COWI

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.A., Organisation and Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Structural and Construction Engineering

Lise Lotte has 20+ years of experience within the fields of planning, project management and process management of major construction projects. She possesses theoretical and practical knowledge of strategic management and corporate development and is capable of handling strategic corporate processes.
Through activities as a client consultant, client/project developer and contractor, Lise Lotte has obtained extensive experience in project management (involving clients, consultants, contractors and users) and project responsibility, including strategic and tactical analyses as well as responsibility for cost, contract and time-related aspects.

MOTIVATION

Lise Lotte would like to become a mentor to contribute to the understanding of the above areas.
She would like to be the mentees link to the “real world”, the options she missed herself when finishing from DTU. Lise Lotte is looking for a mentee in her own construction industry/business area, so that she can guide the mentee within the construction industry and her business knowledge.

Lise Lotte Christensen

Project Director at COWI

20+ years of experience within the fields of planning, project management, process management and client advisory on major construction projects.

Mihaela Hozmache

Position: Agile People Consultant at Danske Bank

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Engineering Management

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Management of Multinational Enterprises

Mihaela has 3 years of experience with Project Management, agile ways of working, training and facilitation. She describes herself as a generalist by heart, and has previously worked as a Project Controls Consultant, supporting large capex projects in the pharma industry with cost control and project management training. Mihaela is currently part of an agile transformation unit in a large bank, supporting agile teams in becoming high performing through facilitating workshops and driving the communication strategy around the transformation.

MOTIVATION

Being a student, Mihaela had many great mentors that has helped her develop her career. She now wants to become a mentor to pay it forward. Mihaela wants to help students finding the right career path and transitioning from being a student to working full time.

Mihaela Hozmache

Agile People Consultant at Danske Bank

3 years of experience with Project Management and agile methods. Currently part of an agile transformation in a large bank. Generalist by heart.

Asbjørn Dregart Larsen

Position: Project Manager at JLI vision

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Biomedical Engineering

Asbjørn has 5+ years of experience with the development of vision systems, touching a broad range of industries including medical, steel, plastic, glass and much more. He has been through the development of computer systems many times and has thorough experience in all aspects of project phases. During his career, Asbjørn has traveled abroad and installed systems in various places around the world in both Europe, China and USA.

MOTIVATION

Asbjørn wants to help and guide a new upcoming graduate, share his experiences and thereby, hopefully, aid the mentee towards a bright future. As a mentor, Asbjørn hopes to develop his motivational skills and broaden his own network.

Asbjørn Dregart Larsen

Project Manager at JLI vision

5+ years experience with development of vision systems, touching all aspects of projects. International experience in many different industries.

Sune Grønskov

Position: Manager at Ørsted

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical Engineering

Sune has 14+ years of experience as an engineer within the energy sector, specifically working with leadership, project management and a variety of specialist roles. He has proven knowledge in all parts of the value chain within power grids, including asset planning, projects, and operation. Sune believes in a culture of trust, feedback, and humor at his workplace, which is currently at Ørsted, where he has transitioned into a manager role after having worked as a specialist.

MOTIVATION

Sune finds it interesting to help young engineers and to be in a position where his experiences can be of benefit to others. Sune wants to become a mentor because he sees it as an opportunity to further develop his own leadership skills and broaden his understanding of the next generation of engineers and what they are driven by. Sune would prefer a mentee with the will to succeed and broaden their horizons in understanding themselves and others, both professionally and personally.

Sune Grønskov

Manager at Ørsted

14+ years experience in the energy sector, with extensive knowledge and power grids. Worked in leadership, project management & specialist roles.

Nina Caspersen

Position: Project Manager at Lyngby Taarbæk Forsyning A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Chemical Engineering

Nina has 30 years of working and managing experience with waste management, climate, and energy within both the public and private sector. During her career, Nina has held several managing roles during her career. Previously as a team coordinator role in a commune, later as a project manager at a company working for different regions in Denmark. Nina is now currently holding a position as project manager in water and waste supply plant, where she is leading projects within wastewater, climate adaption, and restructuring in the local area of the plant.

MOTIVATION

Knowing from herself how difficult it can be to decide which field to work with or how to prioritize between work and other things in life, Nina would like to help a student with some of these decisions.

Nina Caspersen

Project Manager at Lyngby Taarbæk Forsyning A/S

30 years experience with waste management, climate and energy in public and private sector. Currently project manager at a water & waste plant.

Sven Solgaard Andersen

Position: Business Development Manager - Sales Excelence at Lenze Sales Europe GmbH

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – AP Degree Program, Management and Leadership

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Machine Automation and Servo Controls

Sven has 25+ years of experience in sales, data analysis, and strategy in the industrial automation industry. In the later years, he has worked with and gained experience in strategy and organizational development with proven results. Latest focusing on creating the platform for management to make the correct strategic decisions for the firm by providing data, insights and processes. Sven has many years of experience in working with different nationalities in a global sales organization.

MOTIVATION

Sven wants to become a mentor to use his own experiences to help out students, as well as to remember how it is to be a student once again.

Sven Solgaard Andersen

Business Development Manager - Sales Excelence at Lenze Sales Europe GmbH

25+ years of experience as engineer working within sales, data analysis and strategy in the industrial automation industry in a global setting.

Peter Anker Larsen

Position: Chemist in manufacturing development at Novo Nordisk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Biotechnology

Peter has 12+ years of experience working in the bio pharmaceutical industry, currently in a role as Support Chemist for Cultivation & Recovery at Novo Nordisk. He has worked in quality assurance for 4 years and 9 years in manufacturing development, and his career has mainly been focused on the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Including among other things cell cultivation and purification. Peter derives personal satisfaction from solving problems and creating systems and is interested in going into project management at a later point.

MOTIVATION

Peter wants to support and guide students and help them find a professional niche which they find satisfying to work with. In addition to this, he views this as an opportunity to broaden his professional network within the younger generation and other professionals.

Peter Anker Larsen

Chemist in manufacturing development at Novo Nordisk

12+ years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently in a role as Support Chemist for Cultivation & Recovery at Novo Nordisk.

Sanne Kaasen

Position: Director of IT and Digital Transformation at Climate-KIC

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng. IT Engineer

Sanne has 14+ years of experience in IT strategy, business development and execution. The focus in her career is on creating value in the intersection of technology and business, where people, processes and innovation are in the center. She is currently driving this in her role as an IT manager at Climate-KIC, and has previously held other project management and business development positions in companies such as Rambøll, KMD and MT Højgaard, where she has been responsible for IT delivery projects, strategy and organizational tasks and restructuring.

MOTIVATION

Sanne wants to give others a helping hand. Especially as a female engineer and leader, she would like to provide a role model template for other women and perhaps help a few more realize that IT specifically is an extremely creative and rewarding field, and that management is interesting and attainable as an engineer.

Sanne Kaasen

Director of IT and Digital Transformation at Climate-KIC

14+ years experience in the intersection of IT strategy, business development and execution. Currently combining these in her role as IT manager.

Jan Bonde

Position: Associate Director at Saxo Bank A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Telecommunication, Signal Processing

Jan has 25 years of experience working with IT, currently in the role as an Associate Director at Saxo Bank. Throughout his career, he has worked for at variety of companies within different industries, some of them being Investment Banking, Shipping and Telecommunications. The roles that he has covered are Principal Tester, Senior IT Specialist, Test Analyst, Service Designer, System Supporter. Jan has also had the role as Test Manager / Test Co-ordinator in several projects both national and international. His track record also holds a position as Line Manager for a Test Team.

MOTIVATION

Jan is driven by curiosity and wants to continuously expand his knowledge.  What do students think about these days? Jan loves to see people grow and develop. In his professionel career, he has enjoyed taken part of onboarding new team members, and he has guided and groomed them, which has endied with some of them turning into high performers / Specialists. Jan therefore wants a mentee who is curious and dedicated – then everything is possible.

Jan Bonde

Associate Director at Saxo Bank A/S

25 years experience in IT, currently in a leadership position. Has worked in many industries; Investment Banking, Shipping and Telecommunications.

Peter Juel Jensen

Position: Senior Specialist at COWI

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Traffic and Transport, Railway Technology

Peter has 10+ years of experience within railway technology, currently in a specialist role at COWI as a consultant. Through being project manager for 20+ R&D projects, he is an expert in track technology, domestic and international standards, and implementation of smart solutions for operation and maintenance. Peter’s primary work is to help customers to implement, optimize and realize maintenance, which he has worked extensively with at Banedanmark and Bane NOR and international working groups. Peter also has a broad network in the European railway sector to suppliers, infrastructure managers, and universities. Peter has also been an external lecturer.

MOTIVATION

Peter wants to become a mentor to help someone out with the knowledge he has. Peter would prefer a mentee with ambitions of becoming a specialist. Peter returned to being a specialist with subject matter expertise within railway asset management because he enjoys the professional role more than the leadership role. In his current role as a consultant, he is learning a lot about not being a customer, but instead pleasing customers, and he wants to develop this skill even further through interacting with people through mentorship.

Peter Juel Jensen

Senior Specialist at COWI

10+ years of experience within traffic and transport. Specialist & project manager for 20+ R&D projects and is an expert within railway technology.

Konstantinos Pitsavas

Position: Senior Nordic Supply Planner at Nestle Denmark

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management

Konstantinos has 3+ years of experience within supply chain management, driving process improvement projects aiming at simplification and cost savings, where he has experience with supply planning, project coordination, inventory control & management and stakeholder management. He is currently working with these areas as a planner at Nestlé. Konstantinos believes that being proactive and service-minded is key for delivering success and operational excellence in fast-paced, complex and dynamic global business environments, and his ability to leverage challenging situations with a positive team spirit and engagement drives him in his work.

MOTIVATION

Konstantinos wants to become a mentor to help and inspire others. His experiences are there to be shared and if they can be helpful to someone else, even better. He also views it as a good opportunity to coach, guide and challenge young people, also to see how they are thinking and if they can bring something new to the work environment. In short, Konstantinos is looking for new and fresh ideas and a bright mind and an energetic mind in a mentee.

Konstantinos Pitsavas

Senior Nordic Supply Planner at Nestle Denmark

3+ years of experience within supply chain & project management, driving process improvement projects aiming at simplification and cost savings.

Martin Lindberg

Position: Senior Specialist at Maersk Drilling

Aalborg University – M.Sc., Applied Signal Processing and Implementation

Martin has 12+ years of experience as a specialist and electrical engineer and is now currently working at the Maersk Drilling digitalization group, where he is helping develop autonomous drilling operations and digital services. His roles have varied from project management to consulting on a number of different contracting projects, both onshore and offshore, as well as projects that have focused more on leading remote operations on big data.

MOTIVATION

Martin has in his professional career gained a lot of experience over the years by working in various locations around the world. He wants to become a mentor because he feels like it is time to share some of his experiences, both from working overseas and from the transition from student to professional.

Martin Lindberg

Senior Specialist at Maersk Drilling

12+ years of experience as specialist and electrical engineer. Currently working to develop autonomous drilling operation and digital services.

Niels Murmann

Position: Vice President, manufacturing at Xellia pharmaceuticals

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Niels has 25+ years of experience within the biotech industry. “International production management” is a headline for the last many years. With management experience from Denmark, China and United States, plus several years in an international production management team as background, he is now head of an international pharmaceutical production organization with production in China, Hungary, and Denmark. Niels graduated from DTU in 1992 and has worked in big corporate companies since then. He has been stationed abroad twice and presently works with many nationalities. As a chemical engineer, he is specialized in manufacturing and plant management.

MOTIVATION

Niels wants to become a mentor to work with and help young people, and at the same time expand his network among students and professionals. He also wants to gain a deeper understanding of the priorities of the next generation.

Niels Murmann

Vice President, manufacturing at Xellia pharmaceuticals

25+ years experience in biotech industry. Head of international pharma production organization. Specialized in manufacturing & plant management.

Pascal Nordgren Timshel

Position: Bioinformatics Consultant at Intomics

University of Copenhagen – Ph.D. Fellow

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Honors M.Sc., Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Pascal has 4+ years of experience in academia through research fellows & Ph.D., and now transitioning into a role as a consultant in the industry. He describes himself as a bioinformatics data scientist with an entrepreneurial spirit. His interests center around biological data science, data integration and developing computational algorithms to harness the power of genomics or ‘biological big data’. His long-term goals involve applying these tools to large-scale genomic and heterogeneous biomedical data to improve disease treatment and healthcare.

MOTIVATION

Pascal wants to become a mentor to help students find their way. His premise is that success is being the most you can possibly be. Help students learn from failures and adversity. Pascal wants to show them that the path is right under their feet. He himself is looking to connect to any student: from self-doubters to high achievers and type-A personalities.

Pascal Nordgren Timshel

Bioinformatics Consultant at Intomics

4+ years experience in academia (research & Ph.D.) and now consulting in the industry. Bioinformatics data scientist with entrepreneural spirit.

Ole Magnussen

Position: Engineer at Fors A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Energy Management and Systems Technology

Ole has 25+ years of experience with project management, energy planning and as a specialist of a number of different IT simulation models in hydraulic analysis. He has been working in a number of different roles – as a system developer and programmer, working with energy data and settlements, quality assurance, statistical analysis, and leadership. Currently, he is working in a specialist role and project manager at Fors A/S.

MOTIVATION

Ole believes that knowledge is something we share. Ole wants to become a mentor so that he can share his knowledge and experiences as an engineer with a student, to help them along their way.

Ole Magnussen

Engineer at Fors A/S

25+ years of experience with project management, energy planning and as a specialist of different IT simulation models in hydraulic analysis.

Michael Thulstrup

Position: Projektchef at Per Aarsleff A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Construction Engineering

Michael is a civil engineer with 30+ years of work experience, both on national and international projects. His work has primarily been with Civil Contractors on large-scale international sites, with emphasis on heavy civil structures, including tunnels and bridges. He has been part of the estimation phase, the design, and the planning phase and the execution of the job. Currently, he is managing larger projects at Per Aarsleff A/S, where is direct contact with clients, negotiations and contract management with different stakeholders of building projects.

MOTIVATION

Michael wants to become a mentor because he finds it interesting to be able to help young students with direction – maybe/possible by sharing his own professional way. Michael has for many years had students at work for their 6 months intern period and has many times been impressed by their technical level and high level of enthusiasm.

Michael Thulstrup

Projektchef at Per Aarsleff A/S

30+ years work experience, as engineer & project manager. Primarily with contractors on large international sites, including tunnels & bridges.

Irfan Goandal

Position: Partner at Promentum Equity Partners

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Telecommunications

Irfan Goandal is a senior executive with 25 years of extensive international digital/mobile experience in exploring, developing and marketing products, services, and partnerships in advisory, strategic and operational leadership roles. Irfan has experience from both startups and mature corporate organizations such as Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, 3-Mobil, STC, Ooredoo Group and GSMA in Europe and MENA. Hands-on experience with strategizing, incubating and growing mobile/digital businesses, and currently founding partner of Promentum Equity Partners.

MOTIVATION

Irfan has a strong tech, business, and leadership background and wants to become a mentor to work with young and emerging tech leaders of tomorrow. As a mentor, he is able to provide insights to ambitious students to shape their future careers.

Irfan Goandal

Partner at Promentum Equity Partners

25 years of international digital experience. Senior executive with experience from both startups & mature companies. Currently founding partner.

Martin Davidsen Kirkegaard

Position: Hardware Engineer at Siemens A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Electrical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Electrical Engineering

During the past years, Martin has been able to drive multiple embedded design projects, ranging from high-speed infrared camera systems to industrial sensors and IoT solutions – each based on the latest market trends and customer feedback. The main tasks have been a combination of overseeing and managing development houses in Europe and doing in-house development and prototyping. Currently in the role as a hardware engineer at Siemens and previously through consulting work for different firms.

MOTIVATION

Martin has always found personal joy in helping and instructing other people. This is seen, amongst other things, from his time as a gymnastics instructor, buddy coordinator, and teaching assistant at DTU. In his professional life, Martin has always had interactions with many different kinds of people, from many different nationalities. Martin wants to become a mentor because it gives him the possibility to share his insights and hopefully help another person navigate the professional life more easily. Martin is looking for a bright and motivated mentee, eager to learn more about what it means to work in a professional environment. With previous experience from both the startup scene (including acquisition from Facebook) and the industry, Martin is able to provide guidance in choosing the right career path.

Martin Davidsen Kirkegaard

Hardware Engineer at Siemens A/S

Experience in driving embedded design projects. Main tasks have been combination of managing, dev. and prototyping, both in startup & industry.

Bastian Barker Rasmussen

Position: Production specialist at Chr. Hansen

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Microbiology

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology

Bastian has 4+ years of experience from academia and the biotech industry. First through his Ph.D. research and now as a production specialist at Chr. Hansen Holding, where his main focus is Bulk implementation and GMP documentation. Bastian, therefore, has experience from both sides, as he has made the transition from academia to the industry and knows what is “expected” from both sides.

MOTIVATION

Bastian wants to become a mentor to strengthen his human and motivational skills, while at the same time helping out a student. He wants to help a student find their path in academia or the industry. Bastian would prefer a mentee who needs help deciding which way to go, which courses to take or how to transition from academia to the industry either now or at a later point.

Bastian Barker Rasmussen

Production specialist at Chr. Hansen

4+ years of experience from both academia and the biotech industry. Now transitioned into the industry as a production specialist after a Ph.D.

Holti Kellezi

Position: Head of Business Development, Regulatory Affairs at Trifork eHealth

University of Copenhagen – M.Sc., Molecular Biomedicine

Holti has 4+ years of experience within molecular biomedicine, technology & regulatory affairs, both abroad and in Denmark. Previously at Novo Nordisk, and now in a managing role within Digital health technology at Trifork eHealth. He is thriving in the new health care revolution that empowers users to make better-informed decisions about their health. Holti works to ensure that safe, effective and high-quality digital health & medical device solutions become available to patients worldwide in collaboration with global health authorities, R&D, clinical, commercial, production, safety, and market access stakeholders.

MOTIVATION

Holti wishes to help shape the leaders of tomorrow to the growing field of HealthTech & Digital Health. On a personal note, he wants to use this experience to become a better leader myself, gain new perspectives and fresh ideas, and share his stories – both successes and failures – which may help motivate students on their career path.

Holti Kellezi

Head of Business Development, Regulatory Affairs at Trifork eHealth

4+ years of experience within molecular biomedicine, technology & regulatory affairs. Now in a managing role within Digital Health Technology.

Lasse Hylleberg Mølleskov

Position: Project Development Engineer at ProInvent

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design & Innovation – Product Development

Lasse has 4+ years of experience in the industry. He is 31 years old and currently works as a Mechanical Engineer in the medical device industry. He lives in on Nørrebro in Copenhagen and spends his spare time playing video games, board games, music, doing various sorts of exercise and enjoys socializing with friends. Lasse describes himself as curious by nature and always aspiring to learn new competencies and develop his set of skills within engineering and product development. His main focus in an engineering setting is to conduct structured and systematic product development, with tools from a robust design, six sigma and prototyping for X. Lasse has been a supervisor for several master thesis students during the past years.

MOTIVATION

Lasse wants to be a mentor because he thinks this it’s a great opportunity to learn from some bright young students and hopefully help them, the same way as he has been helped himself during his studies. He is able to help with trying to figure out what to focus on during your studies and how to navigate when entering the industry.

Lasse Hylleberg Mølleskov

Project Development Engineer at ProInvent

4+ years experience, currently as Mechanical Engineer in medical device industry. Main focus is structured and systematic product development.

Kenneth C. Kleissl

Position: Specialist at COWI

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Graduate Diploma (HD), Business Adm. and Innovation Management

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D. Aerodynamic Control of Bridge Cables

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Structural Engineering

Kenneth has 10+ years of experience in both academia and the construction industry. First as a structural engineer and now, he is currently working as Data Scientist and Python Developer within the same industry at COWI. During his time at COWI, Kenneth has worked with a high technical level on some of the most prestigious bridge projects in the world, in roles such as technical lead/specialist, go-to expert, guideline author and technical network leader, responsible for internal knowledge sharing and tool development. Kenneth has contributed to COWI’s digital transformation by leading the internal Python training and a coding environment, developing a larger holistic open-source GUI design tool and developer of a series of scripts and tools for data management, data extraction, QA process automation, design optimization, and BI Analytics. Some of his work has resulted in a Young Fellowship Award and two European Patents now in production.

MOTIVATION

Kenneth wants to become a mentor because he loves giving back, and he is open to sharing both his successes and failures throughout his career. Kenneth himself spend quite some time figuring out his own true calling, so he will be able to advise on how to figure out the right career path. He has also felt the physical effects of stress, having a family and a full-time job, and is therefore also able to shed some light on maintaining the right work-life-balance during your career. As a Ph.D., Kenneth has worked as a specialist and leading a technical network, on the path towards a technical director position, before he realized he cares more for pushing on the digital agenda and is now working as a generalist in a completely different field than where he started.

Kenneth C. Kleissl

Specialist at COWI

10+ years of experience in both academia and the construction industry. Structural engineer turned data scientists, working on bridge projects.

Line Kynde Lynnerup

Position: Management Consultant at Accenture

Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc., Operations and Innovation Management Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Global Business Engineering

Line has 5+ years of experience in consulting and is specialized in project management, strategic analysis and facilitating design thinking and storytelling workshops, currently in the role of a consultant at Accenture. Line believes in innovation as a way to deliver new products and increase individual and team engagement. To successfully manage teams and advise clients, the right communication is crucial – and Line thrives to make the complex simple by illustrating ideas and information using story-based communication. As a certified Design Thinking Facilitator, Line has traveled around Europe to facilitate workshops for large teams and leadership groups.

MOTIVATION

Line wants to become a mentor to develop her leadership and coaching skills, as well as an insight into the younger generations, take on work life. She is able to advise on anything from the transition from student to professional, to work-life-balance, finding your career path or networking and connections within the consulting industry.

Line Kynde Lynnerup

Management Consultant at Accenture

5+ years experience in consulting. Specialized in project management, strategic analysis, facilitating design thinking & storytelling workshops.

Morten Deleuran Bech

Position: IT Project Manager at IT Minds

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – Digital Design & Communication

Morten has 8+ years of experience as a project manager, specializing in user-oriented design and usability. In the last 5 years, he has worked in the fields of IT project management and product development of digital solutions, currently in the role of a project manager at IT Minds. Morten furthermore has a solid technical understanding on different levels that enables him to drive and lead different types of projects with a team as effectively as possible, as well as create value for his workplace and customers.

MOTIVATION

Morten would like to help young talented people finding their way in life, and he wants to give something back. Morten finds that it gives him great boost and satisfaction being able to share his experiences, knowledge and to support others. Morten is looking for a mentee that has an interest in his field (project management, software development, agile methodology), has a great drive and wants to achieve something in life. Also, a mentee that is open to listen and get feedback and use it going forward.

Morten Deleuran Bech

IT Project Manager at IT Minds

8+ years of experience as an IT project manager. Working in the intersection of technology, usability and business development and understanding.

Mariona Bertran

Position: Process Systems Engineer at Novo Nordisk

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Mariona Bertran has 5+ years of experience within academia as a Ph.D., consulting in companies, pharmaceuticals, and R&D. She has a background in Process Systems Engineering, and her main interests lie in the interface between engineering and management. In her current position at Novo Nordisk, she uses engineering knowledge to support management decisions during drug development. Furthermore, Mariona grew up in Spain and has studied/worked in Denmark since 2012.

MOTIVATION

Mariona wants to become a mentor because she herself has experienced how mentors have greatly pushed her career development. She feels prepared and motivated to “give back” by taking that role on herself and being part of a student’s development, sharing her own experiences and learnings. Mariona is best able to help a mentee that is unsure about their next career step, considering academia vs. management consulting vs engineering consulting vs industry, and/or someone whose interests lie between engineering and business. She is also able to help out a foreign student that is entering the Danish job market.

Mariona Bertran

Process Systems Engineer at Novo Nordisk

5+ years experience in academia, consulting, pharma & R&D. Uses engineering knowledge to support management decisions during drug development.

Paul O’Neill

Position: Electrical Project Engineer at Maersk Drilling

University of Strathclyde – M.Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Paul has 3+ years of experience working for Oil & Gas industry. He has held various positions at Maersk Drilling, both within the Technical Organization as a discipline engineer, in an Operations team supporting daily rig operations, and most recently as a project engineer working on large projects across the world. Paul has worked in many multicultural, cross-disciplinary teams on projects in locations such as the U.S., Egypt, Malaysia, Ghana, Singapore, Australia, and Azerbaijan. At this stage of his career, Paul is starting to move away from his own engineering discipline to take ownership of cross-discipline projects.

MOTIVATION

Paul believes that his relatively short experience with the workforce makes him able to give a lot of insights into transitioning from a student to a professional, in terms of students struggling to define their career path, applying for jobs, unsure what to expect from job roles or how to approach job interviews. He will also be able to share his experiences with working abroad and switching between different engineering disciplines. On a personal note, Paul would also like to develop his own leadership skills and expand his network in Denmark, since he is an international here.

Paul O’Neill

Electrical Project Engineer at Maersk Drilling

3+ years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Worked in different multi-cultural, cross-disciplinary teams on larger, international projects.

Sune Askjær

Position: Owner / Data Scientist at Adamatics ApS

University of Copenhagen (KU) – Ph.D., Computer Aided Drug Design

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Chemistry and Computer Science

Sune has 10+ experience in the intersection of research, IT, machine learning and natural sciences in a number of danish pharma companies, such as Lundbeck and Leo Pharma. He has a background in Computer Aided Drug Design, and about 3 years ago, he transitioned to working as a data science consultant in this same field. Sune is now co-running a small startup that is focused on helping pharma and biotech companies get the most out of their data with an eye on the present and future AI agendas.

MOTIVATION

Sune wants to become a mentor to give something back. He wants to help young people navigate their careers and at the same time get connected to young talent at the universities.

Sune Askjær

Owner / Data Scientist at Adamatics ApS

10+ of experience in the intersection of research, IT, machine learning and natural sciences. Working with data science in the pharma industry.

Matej Simurda

Position: Numerical Specialist at Ørsted

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – Master’s Degree, Mathematical Modelling

Matej has 7+ years of experience as an engineer / scientific programmer within acoustics, numerical methods, computational modeling and tool development. He has worked within these fields both through his Ph.D. research (done in collaboration with Siemens), as well as directly in the industry. He is today using his specialist knowledge gained from his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematical Modelling as a Numerical Specialist at Ørsted, where he has become the leader of the noise modeling team.

MOTIVATION

While aimed to always stay in a specialist role, Matej’s daily tasks encompass more and more interaction with important stakeholders, external consultants, and government regulatory representatives. He is continuously developing his leadership/management skills, however, would be honored to share his lessons learned with bright, young mentee who might end up in similar situation: Maintaining his/her specialist role & competences while from time to time get out of the comfort zone, put a ‘generalist hat’ on, take responsibility and start making more risk-based rather than certainty based decisions.

Matej Simurda

Numerical Specialist at Ørsted

7+ years of experience within acoustics, numerical methods, computational modelling and tool development. Specialist with the ability to lead.

Morten Risom

Position: Consultant at Lendager Group

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Design and Innovation

Morten has 2+ years of experience as a project manager at Lendager’s Ressource Innovation unit, where he has been the technical lead in developing new building parts and products from waste. His core competencies lie within materials and processes, supply chain management and broad knowledge within Circular Economy and concepts of waste to value. Next to his work at Lendager Group, Morten also has three years of experience in working as a Co-Founder in two different startups during his studies.

MOTIVATION

Morten’s motivation for being a mentor comes from motivating others. He likes sharing experiences and knowledge that can help others, and he would especially like to do so with a student that is passionate about the topics of Climate Change and Circular Thinking.

Morten Risom

Consultant at Lendager Group

2+ years of experience as a project manager, within concepts of turning waste to value and Circular Economy. Previous experience with startups.

Stefani Erika Papadaki

Position: Sustainability Engineer at Erichsen og Horgen AS

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Sustainable Energy

Stefani has 5+ years of experience within sustainability in the building sector, working as a consultant in Rambøll and now in Erichsen Horgen as well as in a startup called Varig. She is passionate about supporting positive change in the industry. As a sustainability expert, Stefani pursues to balance the environmental, social and economic aspects through inter-disciplinarian synergies. She is specialized in green building certifications and works with BREEAM, daylight, materials, building waste, hazardous materials, CO2 emissions, and circular economy.

MOTIVATION

Stefani wants to become a mentor because she remembers how it’s like to be a student. Sometimes it can be hard to see the big picture while studying, and it can be difficult to know which path to choose. Stefani loves helping people and would like to be part of motivating someone towards their dream career path.

Stefani Erika Papadaki

Sustainability Engineer at Erichsen og Horgen AS

5+ years of experience within sustainability & consulting in the building sector. Pursues to balance environmental, social and economical aspects.

Stinus Jeppesen

Position: CEO at HIMPP

University of Copenhagen (KU) – Ph.D., Physics

Institut national polythechnique de Grenoble – M.Sc., Physics

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Physics

Stinus has 10+ years of experience as an advisor and manager within intellectual property rights, working to patent and protect great technical ideas of companies in different industries. Stinus has now transitioned into the industry for healthcare electronic products, where he is an executive / CEO at Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Patent Partnerships (HIMPP). The members of HIMPP are among the world’s most advanced hearing manufacturers, and HIMPP enables their progress by monitoring new technological developments and may decide to acquire patent rights in order to make them available to the hearing instrument industry on equal and reasonable terms.

MOTIVATION

Stinus wants to become a mentor to help students to find their path to successful work life. At the same time, he wishes to stay updated on the interests and motivation behind young candidates out there today.

Stinus Jeppesen

CEO at HIMPP

10+ years of experience within intellectual property right. Executive / CEO working to patent & protect ideas in healthcare electronic products.

Peter Dalgaard

Position: Director, NPD Mass Market at Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD, Economy and Marketing

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng. Chemistry

Peter has more than 10 years of experience in tobacco, where he has been working mainly with product development. Peter is a results-driven engineer with marketing experience and good sales understanding, and he thrives in the cross-functional area bridging engineering and sales & marketing where the focus is placed both on the technical aspect and the commercial side. Peter embraces challenging tasks like translating technical aspects into consumer relevant information and has been facilitating the collaboration between product development and marketing, being in contact with key external and internal stakeholders such as production and suppliers.

MOTIVATION

Peter wants to become a mentor because he would like to pass on some of his experience to the younger generation. He is looking for an open-minded mentee who doesn’t restrict themselves to one path after graduation and who is ambitious.

Peter Dalgaard

Director, NPD Mass Market at Scandinavian Tobacco Group

10+ years experience in the tobacco industry with product development. Thrives in area bridging engineering, sales & marketing and management.

Rasmus Sørensen

Position: Projektleder at Picca Automation

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Management Education for Engineers

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng. Electronics, Automation

Technical Academy – El-installatør

Rasmus has 8 years of experience as a project manager, programmer, and generalist with extensive experience in industrial automation. He is passionate about leadership, business development, and sales, and combining this with his technical skillset from his studies, which is also currently his primary areas of work as a project manager at Picca Automation. Throughout his career, Rasmus has been living all over the world, working with local contractors, some being Malaysia and China where he managed big construction teams. Now he leads highly skilled programs to cheap, high-end automation solutions for customers in Denmark.

MOTIVATION

Rasmus himself wished that he had the opportunity to get a mentor while he was studying.  His primary goal as a mentor is therefore to help a student through whatever challenges they may have during their studies, and ultimately help and guide them in making the right decisions towards their future career.

Rasmus Sørensen

Projektleder at Picca Automation

8 years of experience in industrial automation, nationally and internationally. Project manager passionate about business development and sales.

Tomas Ussing

Position: CEO at FluimediX

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Electrical Engineering

Tomas has 20 years of experience in high-tech based Venture Cup-funded startups as both an engineer and currently as a founder. He initially graduated as an electronics engineer with a focus on both hardware and software in different apparatus, but he has since then focused on diving deeper into working specifically with microfluidics and diagnostics. His key expertise is therefore to provide the “glue” between biotechnology, hi-tech sensory systems and end-user experience in innovative startup companies.

MOTIVATION

Thomas chose to become a mentor because he, himself, lacked mentors during his professional life. He sees the incredible value that it could bring to mirror oneself in another person and test out your thoughts and ideas with a person that has a different starting point, especially during university. He views the program as a great way to provide motivational value for both parties.

Tomas Ussing

CEO at FluimediX

20 years of experience as engineer and founder in high-tech startups. Provides the "glue" between biotech, sensory systems and user experience.

Mayes Ali

Position: Collaboration Platform Coordinator at ZÜBLIN A/S

IT University of Denmark (ITU) – M.Sc. Software Design

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng. Civil Engineering

Mayes has 3 years of experience in the construction industry, with a twist of digitalization. She started out as a site engineer in the Maldives with MT Højgaard during an internship and was afterwards hired for full-time employment, working with digitalization and Quality Assurance. Following this a short period at Rambøll as a consultant, she decided to pursue a career at Züblin A/S, where it was possible to combine her passion for the construction industry with digitalization to improve efficiency in building construction. Mayes is passionate about the combination of digitalization and construction, as well as bringing new innovation and technology to the construction industry to break free from the inefficient habits it has acquired over the years.

MOTIVATION

Mayes remembers how hard it was to navigate in different opportunities when studying and was a firm believer that there were only two options – either you become a hardcore site engineer or an engineering consultant. But when she got a full-time job after her diploma, she learned that there were other options as well – which turned out to be digitalization, which she is now exploring in her current position. Through her own experience, she wants to help a student by sharing how there are many opportunities and paths after university, and that learning and development doesn’t stop after university.

Mayes Ali

Collaboration Platform Coordinator at ZÜBLIN A/S

3 years of experience in different roles in construction. Passionate about disrupting and bringing new innovation and technology to the field.

Lisbet Qvist

Position: Group Manager at ZÜBLIN A/S

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Bachelor, Management

Københavns Erhvervsakademi (KEA) – Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Project Management

Lisbet has 5+ years of experience with ZÜBLIN and 8+ years in the construction industry. During this time, Lisbet has gathered a wide perspective on the construction business as a whole. As a technical manager for an employee group, Lisbet thrives on motivating her employees and help them reach ambitious goals that are agreed upon together and accomplished as a team. Lisbeth is currently sitting in the ZÜBLIN head office in Søborg, but still visits sites on a regular basis to have a up-to-date feeling with them. She is therefore knowledgeable on different levels in the construction industry.

BACKGROUND

Lisbeth chose to become a mentor because she believes that she can contribute in making students more aware of the life that is waiting for them after their studies. She wants to help inspire and broaden their horizon on the different job opportunities in the construction industry, with her own knowledge of different work areas.

Lisbet Qvist

Group Manager at ZÜBLIN A/S

8+ years of experience in the construction industry. Group Manager who thrives on motivating her team. Experience both on / off building sites.

Pascal Dufour

Position: Embedded Software Developer at Apperino

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc. Electrical Engineering

Pascal has 10+ years of experience as a software developer and is currently working freelance as an embedded software developer, specialized in Linux and
barebone systems. Pascal has a broad profile in the sense that he is used to covering all technical product aspects, ranging from low-level bootloaders and drivers to higher-level backend interfacing and user interfaces. He is experienced in security-critical and concurrent systems, lately within the avionics domain, but also automotive, medico and payment terminals. Pascal describes his role as implementing and finishing projects until first prototypes, including integration testing.

MOTIVATION

Pascal would love to help students migrating from studies to the wild. As a consultant developer for over 10 years and also working on his own projects on the side, Pascal knows what matters in real-world applications. He feels it a duty to pass this knowledge on and would be proud to help a student on his or her way. Pascal describes himself as young in spirit and would love to mingle with upcoming talents. His hopes for a mentee is to be outgoing, engaged and motivated in the relationship.

Pascal Dufour

Embedded Software Developer at Apperino

10+ years of experience as a (embedded) software developer. Covers all product aspects, from low level programming to UI and integration testing.

Troels Ravn

Position: Process Management Consultant / Partner

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling (Building Physics)

Troels is a freelance consultant working in the process management space, and also holds a partner position in a start-up recruitment agency. Troels has 18 years of experience in process improvement, IT and management, and has delivered convincing results across all these domains. He has worked in a broad range of industries and sectors. both in small and in enterprise-scale organizations. Troels is structured, analytical and candid. He appreciates change, diversity, new challenges, honesty – and a good laugh. Troels has chosen a career path driven by interest, opportunity, and joy of work.

MOTIVATION

Troels has chosen to become a mentor because he would like to see his diverse experiences help students navigate options for their post-graduation work-life and initial choice of career path. Troels sees it as an opportunity to strengthen his leadership, coaching and mentoring skills and toolsets, and as an opportunity for him to get a better feel of how university today equips students for post-graduation life. Troels would prefer working with an ambitious mentee who is considering several options for shaping a career path after finishing university, and who is looking for insights that can guide towards the best decision.

Troels Ravn

Process Management Consultant / Partner

20+ years of experience within large corporations, startups and consultancies. Held roles as both specialist and manager. Currently self-employed.

Søren Eriksen

Position: Process Engineer at Krüger

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Søren is a chemical engineer (Ph.D) with 20+ years of experience in many different fields; including R&D, project management, consulting and entrepreneurship. He has specifically worked in areas such as applied research, product and process development, and operations within the surface coating industry and environmental remediation. Søren has worked in both startup companies and with larger companies and therefore knows his way around navigating in both the startup scene and in larger corporations.

MOTIVATION

Søren enjoys networking and contact across age and experience. He is looking for a mentee that is interested in an open and free discussion about career path and interests, giving a mutual mentoring relationship that both parties can learn and be inspired from.

Søren Eriksen

Process Engineer at Krüger

20+ experience as chemical engineer (Ph.D.) in R&D, project management & consulting. Worked with both applied research and product development.

Mwansa Mumba

Position: Bridge Engineer at COWI

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Structural Engineering

Mwansa has 2+ years of experience within the field of Structural Engineering. He started his career in the startup scene, in a company with only 4 employees, consulting on private renovation projects. Mwansa has since then moved to one of Denmark’s largest engineering consulting companies, working on international consulting projects in the construction of major bridges around the world.

MOTIVATION

Mwansa wants to share the knowledge he has gained in regards to transitioning from student to professional. He has had experience being a mentor for younger students while studying at DTU and at the Engineering School in Aarhus.

Mwansa Mumba

Bridge Engineer at COWI

2+ years of experience within Structural Engineering. Worked in startup on renovation projects. Now consulting on bridge projects around the world.

Signe Amdi Holm

Position: Co-Founder/CEO at Datasolvr

University of Copenhagen

Signe has 10+ years of experience as an actuary (specialist) in Danica Pension and DIP (The Danish Pension Fund for Engineers). She has made a transition from a specialist to a leadership position in a software company, and later on, Signe has founded and started a software company (Datasolvr) together with two other partners. She will, therefore, be able to provide insight into both the corporate world and founding something of your own.

MOTIVATION

Signe wants to help a talented female student interested in entrepreneurship and starting their own company, through her own experience from starting a company in the field of STEM. She would also love to expand her network among young, talented engineering students.

Signe Amdi Holm

Co-Founder/CEO at Datasolvr

10+ years of experience as specialist in pension company. Transitioned into leadership position in a software company and later co-founded her own.

Rima Assaf

Position: Chemical Engineer at Hempel

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Advanced and Applied Chemistry

Rima has 4+ years of experience and is currently working within R&D, specifically with chemical processes and materials. She is responsible for the testing and approval of new alternative raw materials, and in addition to the practical work in the laboratory, she is constantly developing her knowledge of organic chemistry, including the polymer area and within inorganic chemistry. Rima’s job gives her an overview of the HSE issues related to the use and transport of different chemicals.

MOTIVATION

Rima wants to help a student in kick-starting their career, both in terms of student positions during studies and as a full-time employee after graduation.

Rima Assaf

Chemical Engineer at Hempel

4 years of experience within QA and R&D as a chemical engineer. Currently responsible for testing and approval of new alternative raw materials.

Rasmus Windfeldt

Position: Product Owner at Topdanmark

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Computer Engineering

Rasmus has 15+ years experience within software development. Initially as programmer, but he has been working as a Product Owner since 2012. In 2002, he co-founded a company providing print management solutions to customers worldwide. 5 years ago he then made the jump from printers to insurance systems in a larger Danish Insurance company. As a Product Owner, he now operates in the field between IT development, business and customers.

MOTIVATION

Rasmus would like to inspire a mentee to follow their passion, by sharing his own journey and work experience, and hopes for a mutual relationship where both parties can benefit from each other’s reflections and goals.

Rasmus Windfeldt

Product Owner at Topdanmark

15+ years experience as software developer and product owner. Founded own company. Now works in field between IT development, business & customers.

Ronnie Frederiksen

Position: Projektchef at Züblin

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) – MBA

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Building

Ronnie has 10+ years of experience as an engineer and project manager, and has, for the better part of his career, been working with a number of different structural projects and assignments in sport arenas, swimming baths, bridges and now highrise buildings. Ronnie has been working as both an asset to projects and with managing projects in these areas. His main focus points in his work has been everything from time, quality and economic management of projects, as well as working with institu concrete. Ronnie also has experience as a site manager on building sites.

MOTIVATION

Ronnie’s main focus is to give advise for students to make balanced professional and personal choices as they enter a work place, both in the transition from student to professional, but also as a working professional in the industry that has to manage and balance between performing at work and maintaining a rewarding personal life.

Ronnie Frederiksen

Projektchef at Züblin

10+ years of experience as engineer and project manager. Worked with many different structural project, on time, quality and economic management.

Robin Drinkall

Position: Consultant at Independent

Robin has more than 40+ years of work experience and many years of experience as a leader, with strong focus on innovation, planning, branding and growth in IT, Healthcare and Waste Management. He has specialist insight on niche and unique market entry points, specifically with establishing quality control procedures and methods of measurement. Furthermore, Robin has worked to raise funds for projects linked to creative innovation on more than 8 occasions during the past 30 years, in Britain and Europe.

MOTIVATION

Robin is interested in becoming a mentor to help individuals navigate a path by sharing his many years of experience, and he is looking for an ambitious mentee who is passionate about where they want to go. Robin is looking for a mentee with a high academic interest, and in particular, a mentee who wants to turn their own project ideas into value propositioned start-up business.

Robin Drinkall

Consultant at Independent

Leader with 40+ years experience in IT, Health & Waste Management. Insights in quality control, measurement methods, innovation and market entry.

Zinovia Tsimali

Position: Test and Validation Consultant at NNIT

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering

Zinovia is a Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Design Engineer. She has lived in Denmark for a little over 6 years and has been working as an Advanced Compliance, Validation and Test Consultant in the IT company, NNIT, for 3,5 years. Zinovia’s career revolves around consulting pharmaceutical companies how to select the optimal IT solutions, making sure there is clear documentation for operations and inspections from the health authorities. She therefore has experience with transitioning from a background within Life Sciences to the IT Consulting industry.

MOTIVATION

The transition period from studies to professional can be stressful. Zinovia would like to help a student to successfully navigate during this period by sharing her own story and journey. Also, she would like to broaden the horizon on alternative career paths; e.g. how a student can transition from laboratories to IT consulting like herself with a background in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or life sciences in general. She would prefer helping a mentee that is interested in a career within consulting or an international mentee who is trying to get into the Danish work place and make a career in Denmark.

Zinovia Tsimali

Test and Validation Consultant at NNIT

Pharmaceutical Design Engineer with 6 years of experience in Denmark, now working with consulting pharma companies to select optimal IT solutions.

Adam Elphinstone

Position: Electrical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

University of Aberdeen – M.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Adam has worked within the Oil & Gas industry for 4 years, beginning his career in Maersk International Technology and Science (MITAS) Graduate Program. At this point he made a large step transitioning from student to professional whilst also making his first move to work abroad. Adam’s career has thus far included both onshore and offshore work and a variety of different projects. These roles have been based in both Denmark and the UK with extensive travel. Each role he has worked in has been technical solution orientated, with a key focus on safety. Adam is now working with a unique major modification project with Maersk Drilling.

MOTIVATION

Adam wants to pass on his experience from both failure and success during his transition period from student to professional. He will also be able to share his knowledge of starting a career and expanding your network in a new country. Adam would prefer a mentee who is close to transitioning from student to professional, someone who has ambition and an idea of where they would like to go but is open to investigating the potential options they have available ahead.

Adam Elphinstone

Electrical Engineer at Maersk Drilling

4 years of experience within Oil & Gas Industry. International experience, working with onshore and offshore in technical solution oriented roles.