Meet The Team

Admin

 

Lyndsay has more than twenty years' experience in the advertising and publishing industry, and holds degrees in Business and Desktop Publishing (print and repro). Born in the UK, and brought up in South Africa, she has the ability to understand different cultures, and is passionate about networking. She is a wife of twenty three years and mother to two boys aged 22 and 16. She loves travel, photography, art and singing rock and blues.

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CATHERINE HEFFERAN

Head of SoMe

Catherine manages our SoMe team. Originally from DC, she is currently in her honeymoon phase with Copenhagen and loves it here. A passion for traveling, meeting new people, and dabbling in other artistic endeavors outside of social media, like illustration, graphic design and podcasting keeps her busy.

LYNDSAY JENSEN

Editor & Founder

KENNETH MACALPINE

Managing Director & Partner

Kenneth is a Nordic Financial Manager in the Transport industry. His degree is in Finance and business obtained in the UK. Born in Norway he moved to Denmark at the age of 22. He is of Danish Scottish ancestry and lives in southern Denmark with his large multi-national family. consisting of Danish, Irish. and Brazilian heritage. He is always interested in new challenges and loves to live life to the fullest.

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CONNOR JENSEN

Sales Manager

Connor is taking a gap year before continuing his studies in education. Born in South Africa and moving to Denmark at a young age, he realtes to International life. He enjoys meeting new cultures, music and hanging out with his family and friends.

 

SoMe Ambassadors

ANE-SOPHIE CUSTURA

SoMe Assistant and Ambassador for Copenhagen

Ane-Sophie Custura comes from Romania and moved to Denmark in 2016 for her masters. After living in Aarhus until recently, she decided to move to Copenhagen to explore more job opportunities. She loves both cities and looks forward to continuing to discover what Copenhagen has to offer with fresh eyes. 

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NEELAM GAHLAUT (NIKI)

Ambassador for Billund

Neelam is from India and has been living in Denmark for more than a year. She's a marketer by profession working with Flipkart, India's largest ecommerce company. She loves traveling and so far has visited 30 countries and plans to do many more once things get back to normal. Her other interests include photography, cooking and yoga.

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MICHAELA MEDVEDOVÁ 

Ambassador for Odense

Miška comes from Slovakia and moved to Denmark in August 2018 with her boyfriend to do their Master's degrees.
Odense is the perfect city for her because it's not too large to be intimidating, but it's still exciting! She's in her last year of studies, works part-time in a fintech company and started a podcast with her friends - @humans.of.sdu. She loves watching and talking about movies, Harry Potter, karaoke nights (even though she can't sing to save her life), and pub quizzes (winning them, to be specific).

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AINA MASOOD

Ambassador for Aalborg

Aina is a Clinical Psychologist from Pakistan who is currently residing in Aalborg, Denmark. She's working with the International Staff Unit, Aalborg University as a  Project manager (volunteer). She has conducted mental well being seminars and is actively helping clients overcome the hurdles associated with working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Aina is an outgoing, inspirational blogger. She loves to travel, take photos and connect with her viewers on a personal level by sharing her daily activities with a hint of reflections as a psychologist.

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KATIE NOYED

Ambassador for Roskilde

Katie is from the United States and first came to Denmark as an exchange student. Years later, Katie is happily living in Roskilde with her Danish husband, and is working towards getting her Master's degree in Global Refugee Studies. Katie spends her free time working on her podcast, "Life with Color" and enjoys traveling, volunteering, dancing, and petting dogs

OLEG POLISZCZUK

Ambassador for Esbjerg

Oleg was born in Ukraine, but moved all over Europe during his childhood, eventually settling in Ireland before coming to Esbjerg for his Masters degree in Marketing. Some of his favourite hobbies include reading science fiction, cooking and cycling 

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AMELIE TARALLE

Ambassador for Amager

Amelie moved to Denmark in 2017 with her husband and 2 boys from London where they had lived for 18 years. She's French and her husband is from Trinidad & Tobago: they are a very international household :-). They chose to live in Amager, close to a basketball club as they are all a bit basketball crazy and fell in love with the area. It has so much to offer: the sea, the forest etc. She set up @amagervillage to highlight what's good in Amager but also to organise events for people who live in the area: internationals and Danes. She also works from home as a freelance operations project manager with @hoxbycollective. 

 

Writers

Claire began her blog, Donuts to Danish, to record her adventures in baking and creating a home for her family of five as expats in Denmark.  They moved from the East Coast to Copenhagen a year and a half ago, and have fallen in love with this beautiful Scandinavian city. Claire is  passionate about baking, the sanctifying work of motherhood, and creating simple yet special experiences. At Donuts to Danish, you’ll find mainly baking (and cooking) with a side of DIY & lifestyle and hopefully continual encouragement.

MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES

President & CEO
Oxford Business Services 

Mariano has over 30 years' global experience as a business executive. He spent ten years with KPMG, twenty five years with British Chambers of Commerce (while also running his own companies) and now Oxford Business Services. He is a British citizen, who grew up in Kent, went to boarding school in Sussex and has a British university education. He has been married to a Dane for over 43 years and has held over 100 official anti-Brexit speeches. He both speaks and writes Danish without difficulty.

CONRAD EGBERT

Communications Strategist

Conrad has 20 years’ experience as a journalist and editor. He is also an aspiring author on the hunt for a suitable publisher. He moved to Copenhagen from France in 2019 and loves to schmooze; he believes a good chat is far more healing than homeopathy. He’s of mixed Indian and English heritage and has worked across the Middle East, India and Europe. Earth is currently home and he considers himself a citizen of it. In winter, he loves coffee, croissants, candles and gin, but come summer, hawkers in Free-town Christiana are reduced to tears with his intrepid bargaining. He’s friendly and funny and cooks a mean curry. You can catch him at embassy parties or stirring up controversy at various hyggelig watering holes around the city. He’ll be your friend if you have a light.

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CLAIRE BOGUSZ

Owner of Donuts to Danish

KELLY KRISTENSEN

Writer and Blogger

Kelly is an American teacher turned marketer living in rural Jutland. She is the creator of the blog and YouTube channel My New Danish Life, where she reveals her experience and tips for exploring and integrating into Denmark as part of an international family. Absorbing her inspiration and happiness in Denmark’s natural places, she is often found in the nearby woods around Viborg, Denmark, where she lives with her husband and two sons, ages 10 and 8.

ERIN GUSTAFSON

Writer & Blogger

Erin is a travel writer and culture hound exploring a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the creator-in-chief at Oregon Girl Around the World, a blog that focuses on sustainable travel for the whole family. With a background in graphic design, photography and art history, Erin has a creative way of seeing a destination and believes that travel choices can have positive impacts for both the traveller and the communities visited. A local in Denmark since 2014, Erin has embraced the green city of Copenhagen and loves to share her insider tips. For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen culture, follow Erin around the world in the links above.

TINY MAERSCHALK

Head of International Community at Erhverv Aarhus

Experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in an independent networking organization. Skilled in strategic planning, analytical skills, event management, and working with complex politically led organisations. A strong program and project management professional with excellent people skills and a good sense of humour.

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NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE

Politician

Born in 1990 in a village in the north-east of Romania, Narcis made Aalborg his new home since 2009. Smitten by the Danish model, he decided to get involved in the local community leading to him becoming a strong voice on the topic of usage of the local political rights by the internationals. In 2017, he became the first non-Danish citizen to run for regional elections and to represent Denmark in the Council of Europe. He holds or held leadership positions in European Youth Denmark, Europabev.gelsen, Socialdemokratiet N.rresundby, DSU Aalborg, and Frit Forum International.

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Beauty Editor - Owner of Barbara Mensah Beauty Studio

Barbara was born in London, England and relocated  to Copenhagen in 2017. She has been a professional international Makeup Artist for 11 years and a professional Eyelash Extension Stylist for 3 years. After moving to Denmark, Barbara became the owner of Barbara Mensah Beauty Studio. A stylish, cozy and chic home studio for clients to have Makeup and Eyelash Extension services. Barbara has recently launched her own brand of Organic Shea Butter, sourced in Ghana and distributed world wide. All bookings for makeup, eyelash extension services and ordering of shea butter can be made via her social media or website: www.barbaramensah.dk

MARTINA POPADAKOVA

Blogger - Creator of Empowerment Journey

Martina is Slovak by blood and a Global Citizen by heart. She completed an MSc in International Security & Law at the University of Southern Denmark in 2018.  Over the last 2 years, Martina has  worked as a facilitator and project coordinator in various NGOs. She is multifaceted and committed with an unwavering passion for human rights. Martina is a creator of Empowerment Journey, aiming to raise awareness about SDG5- Gender Equality and to promote personal growth and continuous learning. “Empower yourself to empower others.”

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BARBARA MENSAH

SUSAN JESSEN SPIELE

Librarian

Susan is a librarian at Roskilde Library, and in charge of the English section. She does English events all year; everything from expat dinners and pub quizzes, to karaoke nights and book talks. She is also busy with Roskilde Horror, a club dedicated to scaring the town.

TAREK ABU SHAM

Owner of  The Pet-Agrees

Tarek was born in Amman, Jordan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman and then soon embarked on an expat lifestyle that took him to Dubai, Prague, and now Copenhagen. Originally a veterinarian, Tarek reinvented himself professionally and decided to launch his own company. With The Pet-agrees, Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. The Pet-agrees cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon.

JAKOB WEIZMAN

Writer

Jakob is Danish-Colombian. As an international journalist he's covered political and cultural topics in Kosovo, Colombia and Austria. He currently resides in Aalborg, and is achieving his Master's degree. Jakob likes to read, exercise, listen to classic rock, and is a linguist.

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CECILIA TUMLER

Writer

Cecilia is a Brazilian-Dane with experience of written and multimedia journalism as a reporter of one of Brazil’s largest newspapers. She now works at a Copenhagen-based NGO producing and disseminating documentaries on human rights.

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JOSEPHINE WAN

Product Manager

Born and raised in international Hong Kong, Josephine developed her interests in languages and culture from an early age. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German and Danish, and she has travelled to over 20 countries. Living in Denmark since 1999, she’s been a Danish citizen for 10 years and speaks fluent Danish, and considers herself fully integrated.  However, she still remembers the challenges when she first moved here: the language barrier, who to ask for help and advice, etc. She hopes to contribute and share useful insights and positive experiences with other internationals through her articles.

    LAURA WINTEMUTE

    Owner of
    Homestead Denmark

    Laura is Canadian. After years of living abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in 2007 and started her new life as an expat living in Denmark. Laura’s experience working in the Danish relocation industry, encapsulating both her experience as an ex-pat and her desire for helping people, which is WHY she started Homestead. Homestead offers Settling in Services and Workshops focusing on the day to day challenges of expats, as well as the cultural differences in both their work and daily life. “In House” consultations for International employees are also one of Homestead’s specialties. Customized, personal consultations focusing on the individual employee. Homestead. We are Your Settling in Experts.

    CELINE MARTIN-PEDERSEN 

    Owner of
    Celine M. Photograph

    Celine was born and raised in the French part of Belgium. She has always been curious about life abroad and when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the chance of living in Florence, Italy. However, the journey continued and love brought Celine to Denmark 4 years ago. She is a wife, mom to 3 fantastic children (1 of them a lovely bonus daughter) and a business owner.

    Celine received her diploma in Photography in 2005. Photography has never been a job, it is a lifestyle for her. Living as an expat in Denmark has allowed her to make one of her big dreams come true and start her own photography business. Celine specializes in portrait, personal branding, fashion and lifestyle photography.

    “My goal is to empower through photography and create images that are authentic.”

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