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The Mary Foundation consists of a board of directors, a secretariat and a governing body, and we collaborate with a number of relevant partners.

Board of Directors

The Mary Foundation is managed by a board of directors with HRH Crown Princess Mary as the chairman. All board members work voluntarily.

Organisational chart


The Mary Foundation’s secretariat consists of the following employees.

Helle Østergaard
Phone: 4529378922
Bodil Liv Holm
Head of Communication
Phone: 4526607849
Jane Persson
Secretariat Coordinator
Phone: 4545273020
Wencke Kathrine Jansen
Senior Project Manager / Head of Development
Phone: 4545273020
Mikkel Lynggaard
Mikkel Lynggaard
Head of Analysis
Phone: 4560223274
Simone Bodholdt
Senior Project Manager
Phone: 4525310008
Søren Feldbæk Winther
Senior Project Manager
Phone: 4530254988
Lasse Bergholtz Hansen
Lasse Bergholtz Hansen
Communications Consultant
Phone: 4531357214
Timian Bille Bach Landgraff
Communications Consultant
Phone: 4540938745
Anders Riis
Anders Riis
Project Manager
Phone: 4545273032
Elise Josephine Moltke-Huitfeldt
Project Manager
Phone: 4520968635
Jena Høgenhav
Accounting and Finance Officer
Phone: 4523211301
Esben Langer Rasmussen
Student Assistant
Phone: 4545273020
Alvina Ahmed
Student Assistant
Phone: 42637370
Augusta Neimann-Møller
Augusta Neimann-Møller
Office Assistant
Phone: 4545273020

Employees on Leave

Anne Sofie Juel Hansen
Project manager

Maternity leave

Cecilia Mandrup
Communications Consultant

Maternity leave

Christina Stær Mygind
Senior Project Manager

Maternity leave

Nanna Lehrmann
Communications Consultant

Maternity leave

Tine Oxholm
Senior Project Manager

Maternity leave


The Mary Foundation’s financial foundation – and thus its livelihood – is secured by the foundation’s co-founders:

Operational Partner

The Mary Foundation’s administration costs are covered by The Hempel Foundation, which also provides office space. Thanks to The Hempel Foundation the return from The Mary Foundation’s capital stock therefore goes toward combating social isolation in full.

Governing Body

The Mary Foundation is advised and guided by a governing body consisting of the Foundation’s co-founders and leading financial partners. Individuals cannot apply for membership and HRH The Crown Princess manages the task as president.

The governing body consists of:

  • Flemming Besenbacher, chairman of the board, Carlsberg A/S
  • Henriette Christiansen, director, The Egmont Foundation
  • Lars Nørby Johansen, chairman, The William Demant Foundation
  • Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, chairman, Ole Kirk’s Foundation
  • Rie Odsbjerg Werner, CEO, TrygFonden
  • Gustav Mellentin, chairman, The Obel Family Foundation
  • Natalie Shipton, vice chairman, Oak Foundation
  • Else Marie Muderspach Remmen, chairman, The Remmen Foundation
  • Richard Sand, chairman, The Hempel Foundation
  • Lars Suhr Olsen, director, Østifterne

All members work voluntarily.

Panels of Experts

At the Mary Foundation, we identify, manage, and develop our projects in collaboration with leading experts in each specific area. The overview below highlights our experts – individuals who have inspired and advised us in our work.

Panel of experts affiliated to Bullying and Well-being

  • Professor Jan Kampmann, Roskilde University Centre
  • M.A. (Law), PhD Helle Rabøl Hansen, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University
  • Professor Dorte Marie Søndergaard, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University
  • Professor Donna Cross, Winthrop Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Australian Telethon Kids Institute.
  • Director of the Center for Youth Studies (CUR), PhD Søren Østergaard
  • Assistant professor, PhD fellow Jette Kofoed, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University
  • Associate professor Grethe Kragh-Müller, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University

Panel of experts especially affiliated to BookFun

  • Professor Dorthe Bleses, TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research
  • Professor Emeritus Stig Broström

Panel of experts affiliated to Domestic Violence

  • Teacher Marie Møller Christensen, Kvindehjemmet (Women’s Home)
  • Director Helle Øbo, Askovgården, Dialoque against Violence
  • Senior researcher Mai Heide Ottosen, VIVE, The Danish Center for Social Science and Research
  • Head/Director Mette Skovgaard Væver, Center for Early Intervention and Family Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Head/Director Stine Høegh, Health & Social Services, Department of Health & Social Services, Rødovre Kommune  (Municipality)
  • PhD, Chief Physician Trine Rønde Kristensen, Centre for persons subjected to violence, Frederiksberg Hospital

Panel of experts affiliated to Loneliness

  • PhD, loneliness researcher Mathias Lasgaard, DEFACTUM, Region Midtjylland
  • PhD, professor Rikke Lund, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • PhD, lecturer Jens Christian Nielsen, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University 
  • PhD, director Christine E. Swane, Ensomme Gamles Værn (Danish Welfare League for Lonely Old People)
  • Development director Lise Stidsen Vandahl, Social Services Administration, City of Copenhagen
  • Professor, Centre Director and Head of Research Noemi Katznelson, Department of Culture and Learning
  • Aalborg University
  • Director Rillo Rud, Ventilen Denmark