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.
Helene Brøndholt Nielsen
Helene has been head of alumni relations at Copenhagen Business School since 2013 and has recently extended her responsibilities to CBS' career services. Previously, Helene has held positions in Danish governmental institutions with a strong focus on digitalization, change management, and communication. At CBS, Helene has focused on building a sound alumni community and developing alumni ambassadorship and strong alumni involvement.
Helene holds a master's degree in communications and Danish literature from Roskilde University in Denmark.
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. Teppo has a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Helsinki.
Jessica O’Mary joined the Stockholm School of Economics in 2014 and is currently the Head of Development and Alumni Relations, where she is oversees corporate, individual and foundation fundraising in addition to the alumni relations program. She has over 10 years of experience in fundraising in the nonprofit and higher education sector, both in the U.S. and Sweden. Jessica holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in nonprofit and philanthropic studies. She is also an active volunteer with CASE (The Council for Advancement of Higher Education) and serves on the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2020 Planning Committee.
Anette Skott has a bachelor's degree in economics and analysis from The University of Oslo, and a business degree from BI Norwegian Business School. The least likely career path with this educational background would perhaps be in marketing, so naturally, that is exactly what she did next. Over the last three years, she has been responsible for the international marketing efforts at BI, where she has been central in developing and implementing international marketing strategies.
In addition, Skott has taken on the responsibility of marketing BI's Master of Science programmes in the domestic market. Her passions include digital marketing, data-driven insight, and big, epic marketing campaigns. Anette is responsible for the international marketing efforts at BI Norwegian Business School, Europe's second largest business school. She has been central in developing and implementing international marketing strategies and making award-winning marketing campaigns for the international market. Her passions include digital marketing strategies, data-driven insight, and big, epic marketing campaigns.