International Specialisterne Community

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.



Thorkil Sonne

Thorkil Sonne

Founder and Chairman of the Board


  • Mr. Thorkil Sonne (Chairman) is the founder Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne Denmark. From 2018-2020, he was the Chairman of the Council for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Goals by the Danish Government. 
  • Mr. William E. Hoover (Independent). Former Director at McKinsey Nordic Region. Bill Hoover 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 (Independent). Independent Management Consultant. Lars Henriksen 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. Henriette Fenger Ellekrog (Independent). Chief HR Officer (CHRO) and member of Executive Management at the global renewable energy company Ørsted A/S. Henriette Fenger Ellekrog joined the Specialisterne Foundation board in 2019. She has more than 20 years experience from various industries and international companies. She has a masters degree from Copenhagen Business School and serves at the Board of ‘Fondet for Dansk-Norsk Samarbejde’ and the Advisory Board for Women in management at the Confederation of Danish Industries.

  • Ms. Marie Ringler (Independent) 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) 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) Director, NREP and 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. He is currently working as Director for Global Public Affairs at urban development company, NREP. He holds a Master in Political Science from University of Aarhus