Barbro Kolbjørnsrud started working in higher education in 2001. She was heading the Alumni Relations Office at BI Norwegian Business School from 2006 until 2018. Barbro has experience from a wide range of advancement programs, working with volunteers and with developing national and international networks. She holds a Bachelor in Marketing, Strategy, and Internationalization and an Executive Master in Management, both from BI. Her role at the University of Oslo is lead on development of a broad career and work life engagement program for alumni and the business community to support students and faculty across the departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Barbro has strong capabilities in strategic planning, establishing sustainable communities, enhancing alumni engagement and engaging external relations, and sharing her knowledge and experience. Barbro is a long-term volunteer for Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE) and is currently chair for the CASE Nordic Summit Programme Committee.
Line Axelsen has experience within alumni relations, communications, and fundraising from Aarhus, Denmark and Brisbane, Australia. Line has project managed numerous professional and successful events and emerging programmes to cultivate relationships between alumni, faculty and external relations. Her experience with fundraising in Australia and alumni relations in Denmark combined with a Master's degree in culture, communication and globalization solidifies her as a strong advocate for developing the philanthropic field within Denmark's higher education.
Teppo is the director for advancement and corporate engagement at Aalto University in Finland. The integrated advancement office at Aalto includes corporate relations, donor engagement, alumni engagement, career and recruitment services, as well as CRM development and analytics.
Before joining Aalto in 2016, Teppo was an independent consultant in fundraising and international cooperation for five years, supporting Finnish universities in the governmental matching funding campaign of 2015-2017. From 2003 to 2011, he worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers in Lithuania and Denmark in governmental relations and organizing the international support for the European Humanities University, the Belarusian university-in-exile in Lithuania.
He started his career in higher education management at the University of Helsinki in the 1990s in International Relations. He also has experience in Media and Communications, and he has written 6 travel guidebooks.
Birgitta has been working with alumni relations and fundraising at Chalmers since 2014. Over the last few years, Birgitta has developed a focus on stewardship and alumni fundraising, working on building a bottom-up fundraising model, including international alumni fundraising. Previously, Birgitta has worked with international university collaboration with a special focus on student exchange with North America and Australia.
Birgitta holds a BSc in International Business from Johnson & Wales University, USA and an MSc in International Management from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Anita has vast experience serving for thirty years as volunteer in Non- profit academic organizations. In her professional life after ten years career in IT industry management positions she moved to management of Non-profit organizations. Anita has ten years’ experience serving in RTU as executive director of Alumni association and recently RTU Development Fund. Anita is also RTU associate professor, passionate lecturer of business process management and inquisitive researcher with particular interest in alumni knowledge management.
Susanna Ritala is a Manager in the Aalto University Alumni Engagement and Career Services team with responsibilities in alumni life-wide learning and community development. She has seen alumni engagement, communications, CRM, platforms, events, mentoring, fundraising and career services from different viewpoints as she has been working 15 years on alumni relations in various positions. She is also herself an alumna from the Aalto University School of Business with a master’s degree in International Business.