Hugh Aldridge specializes in corporate engagement, partnerships and fundraising.
From 2014 to 2016 was Head of Development – Corporate at the University of Oxford, where he was responsible for increasing the breadth and depth of the University’s engagements with companies around the world. Previous positions include Director of Water & Cities based at UC Berkeley, Director of Business Relations at the University of Manchester, Director of the Research & Enterprise Partnership at Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities in Wales, Associate Director at the University of Cambridge’s Corporate Liaison Office and Director at the Cambridge-MIT Institute (a government-funded partnership between the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Before moving to the higher education sector, Hugh worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories developing and managing the Labs’ key university partnerships, and HP’s philanthropy programme in the UK and Ireland.
Passionate about the interplay of language, communication and design, Marie has worked as a communications professional at CBS Communications since 2011. In 2018, she was part of an award-winning team for the planning and execution of CBS' participation in the Copenhagen PRIDE week. The campaign she will be talking about at CASE is nominated for a Creative Circle Award.
Giedrė’s role as Director of Alumni Relations focuses on managing relations with Vilnius University alumni, creating opportunities for engagement, mobilising and strengthening the community and energising alumni movement in the University. In the year since starting in this role, Giedrė created a strategy for the development of a close relationship between the University and alumni.
Giedrė advocated and succeeded to include alumni projects into the strategic plan of the University. Currently the major ongoing projects are: opening the Universities services to the alumni, creating the communication platform, introducing a fundraising system, creating physical spaces and occasions for cooperation, including alumni in the decision making process at the University and running a public communication campaign.
I have worked as a communication adviser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2003. Before that, I worked at the advertising agency DDB as a web designer.
My key responsibilities are developing the University's webpages, using different aspects of marketing and design to recruit potential students, and promoting the university and its events. I have many years of experience in design and in improving user experience, project management, research communication, and marketing. I have a master's degree in design and digital media (1999) and a bachelor's degree in communication (1997) from Coventry University in the UK.
Anna Patricia Dencker
Anna Patricia Dencker holds a master’s degree in International Business Communication with a specialisation in Intercultural Marketing and Spanish from Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She works as Alumni Relations Manager at CBS and has 7 years of work experience within the field of alumni relations. Anna Patricia has worked with many aspects of alumni relations such as marketing strategy and communications, relations management, concept development, event planning and execution as well as data management. For the past year, she has focused on international events, development of alumni clubs worldwide and planning sustainable events including the forthcoming annual event for all alumni from CBS.
Dolivo joined the University of Helsinki in 2000 and started out her career at UH as an alumni coordinator. Since then, Dolivo has held several posts at the University of Helsinki, including Head of Career Center, Fundraising Campaign Manager and Head of Community Relations. Before her career at the University Dolivo worked in the Finnish Parliament, and in the City of Helsinki Cultural Capital Foundation as a producer of science and citizen related projects. A continuous source of inspiration for her is to meet and interact with visionary alumni, donors and corporate partners who want to engage with the University in a multitude of ways.
Hannah Møller Endresen
Hannah works as a Communications Advisor at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in PR and Communication Management, also from BI. It is fair to assume that she was quite happy with her choice of education. Hannah is responsible for organic reach for BI in social media, and has a crucial role in managing content, external contributors and ideas for future use of BI’s social media accounts. In the fall of 2018 BI set in motion a plan to better structure their presence in social media. Hannah has had the lead in this process. In addition to social media, Hannah also works with media relations and strategic events at BI.
Ria joined the University College Dublin team in 2018 and is responsible for the exponential growth of the UCD Alumni Volunteering programme. She also leads new alumni engagement and supports a busy calendar of pan-University events. To this, her first role in third level education, she brings a proven ability to influence and collaborate across diverse audiences, listening to the complex requirements of various stakeholders to ensure success and a result that addresses needs and exceeds expectations.
Ria is a dynamic, curious, and personable problem-solver, facilitator and networker working with volunteers, teams and senior leaders across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. She is a dual citizen of the USA and Ireland, originally from Minnesota.
Karin Folcker has worked as a project manager at the Stockholm School of Economics since 2017. Key responsibilities are to create events and communication activities to strengthen long-term relationships with alumni and corporate partners. Prior to SSE she worked at Uppsala University and The Sweden-America Foundation.
During more than 10 years in higher education, Karin has gained profound experience in student recruitment, program marketing, communication, corporate relations, alumni engagement, career services and executive education.
Karin has a background in sales and marketing and holds a master's degree in marketing and a bachelor's degree in business from Uppsala University, and a bachelor's degree in marketing communication and languages from Stockholm University.
Thomas Fredengren is Deputy Director of Development at Uppsala University, where he focuses on developing opportunities for more philanthropic fundraising to the university. Thomas background is from business, working with international sales and management consulting.
At Uppsala University, he acts as a resource both for university management and individual researchers, where the overall goal is to foster enduring relationships with donors and friends outside the university.
Mikala Gyllinge is an alumni relations manager with 12 years of profound experience from Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Throughout the years, she has worked with most aspects of the alumni relations field such as communication and marketing, strategic planning and development, and data-, event- and project management. Mikala is a CBS alumna herself and holds a master's degree in international business communication from the university. After graduating, CBS engaged her as the first employee dedicated entirely to alumni relations and she has since then, contributed immensely to the development of the area at CBS. For the past year, Mikala has been involved in a project aiming to optimize CBS' Advisory Boards at programme level.
Gregor Halff is dean of education at Copenhagen Business School. Previously he was a professor (and faculty area coordinator) of corporate communication and deputy dean at Singapore Management University and has also been an associate professor and director of executive development programmes at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT, Berlin). He currently holds a visiting professorship at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and is a visiting faculty member at ESMT Berlin. Gregor has also taught at Unitec (Auckland, New Zealand), and TaiwanTech (NTUST, Taipei). Since 2005, Gregor has developed, grown, and run programmes at the undergraduate, graduate, MBA, executive, and doctoral levels, as well as for national defence forces.
Gregor‘s research and teaching are predominantly in the field of corporate communication, leadership communication, and public relations and he has most recently been involved in a global research project to define the universal professional capabilities needed in communication management.
Sakari Heikkilä has worked as a university relations manager and as a part of the corporate relations team at Wärtsilä since 2018. His key responsibilities are developing and maintaining needed networks between Wärtsilä businesses, support functions, and higher education institutions. In his role, he is interested in the broad sphere of higher education institutions and what they offer; research, talent and skills, and the innovation ecosystems surrounding universities.
Prior to Wärtsilä Corporation, Sakari worked at Aalto University as development manager and at the international office at the University of Oslo. He has also a background in education policy; he has worked as an adviser in a national student association and served as a member of the Higher Education Evaluation Committee in Finland. Sakari holds a master's degree in international relations.
Morten Hilt holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing and International Business from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada (1991) and an MBA in Brand Management from The Norwegian School of Economics, NHH (2007).
Morten has more than 30 years’ experience from the education sector, ranging from international student mobility, student financing, executive education, communication and marketing. He started his position as Head of Alumni at NHH in 2016, and has been responsible for implementing a CRM system, establishing the annual NHH Alumni Conference in Oslo, establishing NHH international alumni activities and piloting three mentor programmes of varying scope. He is also chair for NHH Alumni Council.
Adriana Jansen is senior adviser and corporate relations manager at BI Norwegian Business School's outreach / external relations department. She has 16 years of experience as the head of careers services with close relations to relevant corporates and employers. Before joining BI, she has experience in teaching, advisory and HR roles within education. Her core expertise is in corporate and employer relations, and in skills and personal and career development.
Adriana has a BA in Business from Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, studies in Linguistics and English from University of Oslo, and a master's degree in management from BI Norwegian Business School.
Jacob has worked in the university world for more than 15 years at different universities in Denmark and has great experience and expertise in the fields of communication, alumni relations, stakeholder management and CRM solutions to support external relations. Jacob’s current main areas of responsibility are:
- DTU Alumni (building and maintaining valuable lifelong relationships, engaging alumni)
- Communication (newsletters, email campaigns, web, social media etc.)
- CRM (ensuring high quality data and system support to manage important stakeholder relations)
Emma Jones started working in alumni relations in 2006, managing the alumni team at Imperial College London.
In 2011, she returned to her native Sweden to advance the alumni relations programme at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and to set up its first annual fund.
Emma has experience from a wide range of advancement programmes, working with volunteers and donors and with developing international networks.
In October 2018, Emma was appointed the first advancement director at Stockholm International School (SIS), tasked with setting up and developing a new department for external relations at SIS. Her role covers all aspects of advancement (student recruitment and marketing, admissions, communications, and public relations, alumni engagement and fundraising).
With a passion for learning and sharing best practice, Emma has been widely engaged as a speaker on different aspects of advancement. Emma has been a Faculty member of the CASE Alumni Relations Institute twice, received the CASE Circle of Excellence Silver Medal in 2008 and she is a CASE Europe Trustee.
Ville Krannila is Head of CRM and Analytics at Aalto University in Finland. He has over 20 years of experience in multi-tasking on digital level, CRM projects, CRM training, CRM strategy and system enhancement in mostly public sector and educational field. Currently implementing CRM culture and processes within various functions throughout Aalto University.
Kit Krüger is the marketing coordinator at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. For three years she has been working with the marketing of the executive educations and courses together with the executive team at Aarhus BSS.
Mira has ten years of work experience in the field of higher education in different roles. With a background in volunteering, Mira also used to be a chair of alumni association of her own discipline at the University of Turku. Mira has been working with alumni relations at the University of Turku under the Engagement and Impact unit since 2018. Her work consists mainly of communication and collaboration with internal and external partners but also of strategic planning and development of new ideas and activities. Mira is also responsible for the student mentoring programme where our alumni mentor future experts.
David Lewis is the senior manager of marketing and brand at Finland's Aalto University, where over the last three years, he has helped develop their reputation, seeing Aalto rise to be one of the top five young universities in Europe, and to be top 10 in art and design education in the world (QS Rankings).
Lewis has crafted compelling narratives, working with media arranging stories in Vice, Elle, 99% Invisible and Wallpaper. He has also overseen the creation of various marketing campaigns to highlight the research work of the university and its faculty. Those publications and campaigns have gone on to win awards including the best European Science & Research Campaign of 2018 (EUPRIO) and the CASE Grand Gold in 2018 for Aalto's fashion publication, AITO.
Previously, Lewis was the COO of a strategic marketing agency working with major brands on issues of sustainability.
You can find him posting pictures of his cat almost daily online at twitter.com/davidtlewis.
Trond – Morten Lindberg
Trond-Morten Lindberg is BDO’s CEO for EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In his role he is overseeing growth and development strategy of BDO in 97 countries across three continents, and various cultures.
Before joining BDO’s Global Leadership Team, Trond-Morten was the Managing Partner and CEO of BDO in Norway for 8 years. Having joined the firm in 1999, he has become a partner in 2006. In 2010, at the age of 30, he was elected the Managing Partner of the firm. Since then, he has lead the firm through transformation and grown BDO in Norway through a series of strategic changes and mergers.
Trond-Morten is a graduate of BI Norwegian Business School.
Annika Linna (MSSc) is a communications professional inspired by sustainable goals and co-creation. Annika has worked most of her career in communications business, both as a consultant and specialist in corporations. Prior to heading communications and marketing for Aalto University’s advancement and corporate engagement, she was responsible for the university’s science and research communications.
Lisbeth has been working in alumni relations at The University of Copenhagen since 2008, and still enjoy the team spirit, the up-beat tempo and the constantly changing challenges. She’s engaged with most of the tasks relating to university alumni work, but at the moment her main focus is to ensure the new alumni strategy is airborne. Lisbeth has a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Aarhus 1994.
Since 2007, Lena Lund has worked on developing a CRM mindset within executive education, career services and alumni relations at Aarhus University.
As CRM manager, she heads the team behind AU CRM and works towards ensuring a cross-departmental approach to data and CRM. Surfing on organizational changes and varying levels of managerial support, she works towards ensuring relevance and continuity in Aarhus University's approach to CRM.
She has worked with both custom and standard solutions, but would anytime swear to the fact that CRM is a business strategy, not a piece of software.
Lene has a background in marketing and mobile resource management solutions and holds a master's degree in international business communication.
Originally from Greece, Panos (Panagiotis) spends his time between Denmark and the USA. He is Associate Professor of Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making at the Department of Management, Aarhus University and a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University. His research lies in the fields of Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making, with special interests on donation strategies, motivating healthy behavior, business ethics, and the psychophysiological underpinnings of cooperation and morality. He hopes that studying and understanding human behavior will make the world a more caring place. He is married to Katerina and when he rarely has free time he likes biking, cooking, and drinking wine. His most important accomplishment is a little boy named Dimitris.
Peter joined the Global Development team at Imperial College in December 2017 where he is Head of Development (Asia). He is responsible for raising philanthropic support for the College across East and Southeast Asia. Usually, this involves travelling regularly to meet with alumni and supporters, but the ongoing pandemic provides both the opportunity to engage the world from his study as well as the challenge of having the same impact as in person engagement. Peter acts as a point of contact across the advancement division with respect to working in Asia, and assists with alumni relations and other activity in the region alongside his core fundraising activities.
Prior to joining Imperial College London, Peter worked for Merton College, University of Oxford, in regular giving and subsequently major gifts. Whilst completing his studies at Oxford as a student, Peter first worked in fundraising as a student caller, and later a student supervisor, at the University of Oxford Development Office. He holds a Batchelor’s Degree in Theology, from St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford.
Lars Erling Olsen is dean bachelor and professor of marketing at BI Norwegian Business School. Previously, Olsen served as head of the department at the Department of Marketing at Kristiania University College.
Professor Olsen's general expertise lies in marketing strategy/planning and consumer behavior. His specific research interest is in brand management/strategy and marketing. Olsen's research has been published in several high ranked journals, and he has co-authored academic textbooks on brand management and marketing communication.
Actively involved with the industry, Professor Olsen has worked in a variety of different types of marketing projects. He has served as consultant and advisor to leading Nordic brands/companies. A popular speaker, Olsen has conducted marketing seminars in a variety of forums and topics. Before joining academia, Olsen worked as a brand manager in the food industry for several years.
Audrey began her career as an education professional in 1992 with the British Council in Norway. She joined BI Norwegian Business School in 1994 initially as programme manager, then as director of studies for the MBA Programme. Since 2011, she has been responsible for the international alumni relations programme and the management of the MBA alumni community. She is an active member of CASE, AMBA and EMBAC and has presented at CASE Europe, CASE Nordic, and EMBAC conferences. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Camilla Winther Rasmusson
Camilla has worked with many of the biggest advertisers in Norway and several major international brands. She specialises in the usage of data and insights in both strategic and creative ways in order to meet her clients' marketing goals. She has a bachelor's degree from BI Norwegian Business School and a master's degree from Kristiania University College, and has experience from market analysis, programmatic advertising, native advertising, content marketing and digital strategy. Camilla is passionate about increasing advertisers and fellow marketers knowledge in digital advertising, eliminating myths and the use of difficult jargon.
Ben Siddall joined Global Development within Imperial College London’s Advancement division in December 2017. Covering Europe, Ben is responsible for raising philanthropic support for the College from alumni and friends overseas, as well as increasing engagement and raising the institution’s profile. Ben started his fundraising career as a student caller for the University of Sussex during his degree, and subsequently worked in the development offices of English National Opera and Imperial War Museums.
I spent the first 20 years of my career in the financial sector, mainly in merchant banking. The following six years I was the group CEO of a Swedish family-owned investment company with a focus on trading, industry and real estate. My main responsibility was to prepare the trading part of the business for an IPO which was performed in 2014. For four years, I have held the position of fundraising director at Chalmers with a focus on external relations and philanthropic fundraising. It is fair to say that the common denominator throughout my career has been and continues to be relations.
Brit Moen Tjørstad
I have a candidate of philosophy degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU) in film studies from 2003. Media studies, cultural studies, and literature are also parts of my degree. I have worked in student recruitment since 2009. Before that, I worked at the Department of Art and Media Studies at NTNU and as a journalist. The main goal for student recruitment at NTNU is to recruit students that are highly motivated and want to create knowledge for a better world, as the "Challenge-campaign" visualised. The competition is tough, especially from foreign universities, but also nationally. We are highly focused on our target groups and the needs and expectations that they have. Potential students need to make good choices for themselves so that they will prosper and be prepared for the work that awaits them at NTNU.
Bruno van Dyk
Bruno van Dyk, an international leader in resource mobilization and development, joined the network as director of engagement in 2019, assuming oversight responsibilities for fundraising, external relations, and communications.
Bruno brings more than 25 years of experience in resource mobilization, university advancement, and international collaboration to the network. During this time, he developed and implemented major university fundraising endeavors in South Africa and the UK, exceeding targets in income and alumni engagement.
A native of South Africa, Bruno has been an active and committed participant in and advocate for African development. He has served as a primary volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa for several international organizations, and has been and remains chair and ordinary member of a number of organizations that have a focus both on Africa and globally.
For five years he was a teaching fellow with the University of Bologna’s Master’s in International Studies in Philanthropy and Social Innovation program and has contributed to current debates by presenting and facilitating at more than 30 conferences. He has two master’s degrees, in English literature and commerce respectively; a higher diploma in education; a diploma in teaching English as a foreign language; and two certificates in managing partnerships and strategic alliances from INSEAD and in “storytelling for change” from +Acumen, New York.
Camilla Wardi is Head of Corporate Relations and Outreach and is leading the team of External Relations at Hanken School of Economics. The team includes Alumni, Career Services, Corporate Relations and Fundraising.
Camilla is Swedish but has lived in Finland since 2004. Before moving to Finland, Camilla lived in London and in Brussels, working with retail and executive education. Camilla holds an executive MBA degree from Hanken School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from Gothenburg University.
Johan Wennström helped universities in Sweden, Finland and Norway to start up and develop alumni relations programs in the late 1990s and early 2000s (as co-founder of Mira Network). He started collaborating with Brakeley in 2005, and became Managing Director of Brakeley Nordic in 2010. In this capacity he has advised more than forty universities and other not for profit organisations in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway on fundraising, alumni relations, and other aspects on external relations.
Jonas is in charge of communications for Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations at Stockholm School of Economics.
Before relocating to the UK in July 2018, Kristy White held senior roles on the Advancement teams for several Australian universities including the University of Sydney (Australia's first campaign to reach $1 billion) and UTS. She brings a wealth of experience in best practice alumni engagement programming and has a solid understanding of the key outcomes universities often desire, particularly with constituents located offshore to their alma mater.
Kristy has spent extensive time throughout the Asia Pacific region - particularly in China, where she lived with her family for two years - and has worked on successfully reimagining the international alumni engagement strategy for several Australian universities with these highly important markets.
Kristy joined Chapel & York in 2018 to provide local stewardship and alumni relations for Australian and other Universities with alumni in the UK as well as practical advice for organisations with Asian alumni and operations.
Gemma Wicks is the Head of Fundraising and Communications at the RCN Foundation, leading their communications and fundraising programmes to enable the organisation to fulfil its purpose of supporting and strengthening nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public.
Prior to this, Gemma was Head of Supporter Engagement at Imperial College London, leading their strategic development events, development communications and donor relations teams and programmes. Gemma was the first Director of Development at Bancroft’s School from 2012-2016, raising more than £2M to support means-tested scholarships for the Bancroft’s Foundation. Gemma has more than fifteen years’ experience in educational fundraising; having also developed and delivered strategic stewardship, events and communications programmes and initiatives at various higher-education organisations including LBS, LSE and the University of Birmingham.