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Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.

 
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Staff & Board of Directors

  • Mr. Thorkil Sonne (Chairperson). Thorkil was elected as founding board member December 15th, 2008. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2025. Born in 1960. Thorkil is founder of Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne Denmark. Founding director of Specialisterne Foundation in 2008. Ashoka Fellow and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. From 2018-2020 Chairman of the Council for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Goals by the Danish Government.
  • Mr. William E. Hoover (Independent). Bill was elected as board member October 17th, 2012. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2024. Born in 1949. Bill is former Director at McKinsey Nordic Region. Bill has 30 years of experience in consulting global industrials and telecom-related companies. His specialty areas are China, supply chain and performance transformation. Bill has a degree in Mathematics and English from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard.
  • Mr. Lars Henriksen. (Vice chairperson). Lars was elected as founding board member 15th December, 2008. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2024. Born in 1943. Lars is Independent Management Consultant. Lars has been on Specialisterne Foundation board since its formation. Henriksen is a former Managing Partner at Accenture, Nordic and has during his more than 30 years as a consultant worked and lived outside Denmark for over 25 years. He holds several positions as a board member and an investor in start-up companies, and is an advisor to the MBA programme at Copenhagen Business School.
  • Ms. Marie Ringler (Independent). Marie was elected as board member on June 22nd 2020. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2025. Born in 1975. Maria is leading Ashoka’s work in Europe. She founded Ashoka’s Austrian office in 2011 and soon took over Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015 she became one of Ashoka’s Europe Directors, in 2018 she was appointed European Leader of Ashoka. She was born in Vienna, studied Sociology, Political Science and Women`s Studies at the University of Vienna, and holds a degree from ESADE Business School, Spain and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Ms. Freja Sangild Boysen (Independent). Freja was elected as board member on March 29th, 2023. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2025. Born in 1994. Freja is the co-founder and CEO of SocialSpace and a part of the organization SAGA. Deals particularly with youth involvement and mental health. She has been working with a wide range of vulnerable target groups and social empowerment. She holds a Master in public health from the University of Southern Denmark.
  • Mr. Thure Krarup (Independent). Thure was elected as board member on February 3rd, 2022. Expiry of current election period: Annual Meeting 2025. Born in 1978. Thure is Director for Global Partnerships and Thought Leadership at Urban Partners, an urban development and investment company. He is a former diplomat with deep experience and networks in the Danish public sector, including the Danish Prime Minister´s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and international organizations, including World Economic Forum and United Nations as well as philanthropy. He holds a Master in Political Science from University of Aarhus.

None of the board members own shares, options, warrants and similar in the foundation’s subsidiaries and/or associated companies or has been appointed by authorities/providers of grants etc.

Governance report 2022