Core Team

Sune Skadegaard Thorsen

CEO & Senior Partner

Sune Skadegaard Thorsen is the founder and CEO of GLOBAL CSR. He has worked professionally with CSR since 1996, making him a pioneer in the field. With a background in corporate law, Sune has been one of the leading forces behind operationalising and pragmatising social sustainability, using human rights. Thus Sune is one of the founders of the principles-based approach to CSR. Sune is internationally acknowledged for his contribution to CSR/Human Rights & Business and adviser to a range of the world’s leading corporations on the application of the UN Global Compact principles; now taking its point of departure in the UN Guiding Principles from 2011. In addition to the primary client-base consisting of corporations, Sune advises a number of the worlds leading CSR-initiatives for multilateral organizations, the EU, states and a few select CSO’s. Furthermore Sune often takes part in interviews and conferences and writes extensively about CSR for both academic and popular releases. He teaches at GLOBAL CSR’s CSR-courses and at universities in Denmark and internationally. Please read this portrait of Sune, ”(Ikke) en blåøjet idealist”, published in Jyllands Posten on 17th August 2012.

Oliver Norman

Head of Product Development

Oliver Norman is both a qualified attorney with vast experience in the legal sector, and a specialised IT-developer. His ongoing work with corporate social responsibility has led to his involvement in a range of different projects.

As Vice-Chairman of the International Commission of Jurists in Denmark, he participated in the development of Constructive Campaigning, an initiative which guides NGOs on cooperating with corporations. He undertook five months intensive training with Morgendagens Virksomheder (‘Enterprise of Tomorrow’). Oliver has also worked for international Nokia and Disney, and therefore has a thorough understanding of the internal operations of large-scale, global companies. Furthermore, he is an Apple Certified Associate and Developer. Oliver speaks the Scandinavian languages, English and French.

Line Bechmann

CSR Consultant

Line Bechmann holds a Master degree in International Development Studies and Global Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Communication. She has more than five years of experience working with civil society and has a widespread knowledge within the international development field. Line has been based in Liberia, Nicaragua and Spain. In addition, she has been responsible for projects in Bolivia and conducted consultancies in Guatemala. During her career Line has worked for Oxfam UK, Oxfam IBIS and Red Cross among others. She has extensive experience with institutional fundraising, donor and partner relations, project development and communication. Furthermore, she has a solid knowledge the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and believes that the standards are of a great asset for all stakeholders including governments, business, civil society, affected individuals and communities and international organizations. Line speaks Danish, English and Spanish.

Katrine Geipel

Project Assistant

Katrine Geipel is an International Business and Politics Master student at the Copenhagen Business School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Sociology and completed her bachelor in collaboration with a Danish company where she researched Ethical Decision-Making, Collective Minds and CSR. During her education, both in Denmark and in the United States, Katrine has directed her academic focus to working with CSR and Business Ethics in several projects and elective subjects and thereby gained knowledge of the combination between business management and CSR. After graduating, Katrine aspires to continue her career within CSR, B&HR and Sustainable Development.

Associate Consultants

Micheal Thyge Poulsen

Michael Thyge Poulsen holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in East Asia Areas Study. He has more than 20 years of experience in supporting public sector reforms in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. In addition to many short-term missions Thyge has been based in Thailand, Egypt and Afghanistan. He is an experienced project manager with experience from a range of sectors encompassing public administrative reforms in general, private sector support, education, health, infrastructure and environment. During his career Thyge Poulsen has worked for The World Bank, UN, EU, Danida and Sida. He has in close cooperation with civil servants in ministries and local administrations strengthened strategic planning and good governance through enhanced capacity of the staff, civil society participation and increased transparency. Thyge has conducted numerous organizational analysis, capacity assessments and prepared plans and interventions for strengthening public organizations. In addition to this he has extensive experience designing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, and has in this regard also developed indicators addressing a number of the human rights. Furthermore he has solid knowledge of the UN Guiding Principles and their requirements to both states and the corporate sector.

Roxanne Batty

Roxanne Batty holds a Masters Degree in Communication and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University, Denmark. Originally from the UK, she has lived and worked in Denmark for several years, after gaining an international bachelor in Sociology from the University of Leeds with one year at KU. She spent six months teaching in South Korea, and also works for the scholarly network Globelics at Aalborg University in Sydhavn. Here at GLOBAL CSR Roxanne works predominantly with graphic and web design, writing and editing, blogging about CSR and the UNGPs and general communication challenges. Her areas of academic focus include cultural and racial representation in literature and film, new media as a force for global political mobilisation, and the psychology of climate change denial.

David Kinley

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at The University of Sydney. He has previously held positions at, i.a., Cambridge University and The Australian National University, and most recently was the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2000-2005). He is author and editor of eight books and more than 60 articles, book chapters, reports and papers on, i.a., human rights and business. He has also worked for 15 years as a consultant and adviser on international and domestic human rights law in Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma, and for a number of organisations including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and a number of transnational corporations, and NGOs. He has also previously worked for three years with the Australian Law Reform Commission and two years with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Errol Mendes

Professor Errol P. Mendes is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. He was Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa from 1993-2001. As Director of the Centre, he was the Project leader for human rights, conflict resolution, governance and justice projects in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, El Salvador, Sri Lanka and India. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on international business ethics, constitutional and human rights topics across the world and has lectured on these topics in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has been invited to present numerous briefs to the Parliament of Canada, been Senior Adviser to the government of Canada in the areas of diversity, human rights, national security, corporate social responsibility and international policy and visiting professional in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Nicol Foulkes Savinetti

Nicole Savinetti is a British citizen who has resided in Denmark for sixteen years. She has also lived in Germany, Spain, Australia and Finland for different periods.

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Björn Edlund

Björn Edlund is an experienced public affairs practitioner and former foreign correspondent, with a special focus on the societal role of business and the practical implementation of CSR policies. Over the past 20 years, he has provided guidance, support and challenge to 11 CEOs in the three corporations where he has served as head of corporate communications, as well as to dozens of other executives and project leaders in his years as a consultant. Edlund teaches as a senior visiting fellow at the MBA and advanced management programmes at Henley Business School in the UK, and is a senior adviser to Burson Marsteller, a leading public relations firm, in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and serves on the advisory board of the Asia Society’s council on US-China relations.

Aleksander Nikolov

Aleksandar Nikolov is an economist with 10 years of working experience in fostering a business sector that is orientated towards the triple bottom line. On a micro level, he has provided tailor made support to companies in devising and developing CSR practices in challenging environments, including on strategy formulation, ethical governance systems, CSR performance management and communication. On a macro level, he complemented efforts in conducting CSR research with leading advocacy and policy making activities. Aleksandar was part of pioneer initiatives to develop and establish long-term public policies that support the uptake of CSR in Eastern Europe, and continues to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders with divergent and even conflicting interests. He has prepared and delivered a number of workshops and trainings on CSR for companies, government agencies, civil society organizations, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. He has experience in managing large projects, and has worked on initiatives of the World Bank, UNDP, the European Commission, and USAID.

Advisory Board

Karin Hindkjær

Karin Hindkjær is currently working as the Head of Engagement in Save the Children. She has previously held the position of HR and Communications Director at KMD and Telenor, as well as senior positions within Sonofon. In these roles she has been responsible for the establishment and implementation of CSR programs. At Sonofon she worked on establishing a human rights based approach to CSR. Karin graduated cand.comm and has supplemented her education with a CBA from AVT Business School.

Mark Thorsen

Mark Thorsen is Attorney at Law and has more than 26 years of all-round experience within law and different management jobs. Mark has established his own Law firm where he has specialized within mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, corporate governance and corporate legislation. He is the chairman or member of the boards for several companies working for instance with biotechnology, publishing, IT and investments.

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Jan Thornfeldt

Jan Thornfeldt holds a Master’s degree in economics and has more than 20 years of experience with executive search and recruitment. He has specialized in “knowing what people can do – and how they do what they do best”. In continuation of that he has wide knowledge and experience in outplacement, coaching, team building, leadership development, organizational development, and employee relations. He is the managing director of Promando A/S and is member of several boards.

Elisabetta Bjerregård

Elisabetta Bjerregård is a Commercial Director at Carlsberg Group in Copenhagen. She received her MBA from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA and her Master of Laws from LUISS University, Rome, Italy. In the first part of her career she covered senior positions of sales and marketing in multinational companies. Following that, she spent more than 10 years in the United Nations in various agencies and positions where she lead, built and managed large pharmaceuticals and medical equipment procurement operations. During her tenure in the United Nations she also spent a couple of years in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. During the last 5 years she returned to the private sector to cover senior procurement and commercial positions at Carlsberg Group.

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Henrik Faber Andersen

Henrik Faber Andersen, Attorney at Law, started as a trainee lawyer and Legal Adviser to the Danish Government, had his own law firm as well as being a partner in several law firms, with total 42 years of experience. He was a trustee in bankruptcy at The Maritime and Commercial Court and assistant at the public prosecutor for Zealand. With his specialization in insolvency and reconstruction he worked with Sterling Airways, B & W and Novia concern. He’s been a member of the board of The Danish Bar and Law Society together with chairman for the committee of clients’ account. Currently he has chairman and member of the boards positions in different companies.

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