Barbro Kolbjørnsrud joined BI Norwegian Business School in 2001 and has extensive experience within higher education in the area of executive education. BI appointed Barbro as head of alumni relations in 2006.
The BI Alumni network has successfully grown into a national and global network of sustainable communities with strong volunteer support. Barbro's professional interests are long term strategic planning, establishing sustainable national and international communities, enhancing alumni engagement, and cultivating external relations. Barbro holds a bachelor's degree in marketing, strategy, and internationalization and an executive master's degree in management, both from BI.
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.
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.
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.