2017 NSAC Team

 

The NSAC Team consists of 8 sub-teams, each having their own area of focus and unique tasks. For an NSAC Team member this means that there is no typical NSAC task - they are all quite different. As a new NSAC Team member, your position the first year will be as an Organiser in one of the eight sub-teams. We open for applications to the NSAC Team once a year in December.

 

Presidency

 
 
Peter Høj
 

Peter Høj

President

Peter is 22 years old and currently on his 6th semester pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Business at Copenhagen Business School. He just returned home from an exchange semester in Rome. Before starting his studies, he spent a gap year working in Hamburg. Having travelled, worked and volunteered in everything from Tokyo to Bali and New York, he has an continuous urge to further explore the life beyond the Danish borders - be that studies, internships or exploring new countries.


“Attending NSAC 2014 and helping organize the 2015 and 2016 conferences completely changed my mindset in regards to studying and evidently living abroad. It changed my thinking from cannot to can do. Do yourself a favor – come to NSAC 2017. I promise an experience of a lifetime!”

 
 
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Theodor Lundberg

VICE PRESIDENT OF CONFERENCE

Theodor, a physics student at the University of Copenhagen, is currently on a one year exchange at UC Berkeley. NSAC 2014 was an eye-opening event for Theodor, inspiring him to push for an international education. Since then, Theodor has worked at Harvard University as a Visiting Research Fellow, studied for half a year at LMU in Munich and participated in Global Solutions Program ’16 at Singularity University. Eager to share his experiences and inspire fellow Nordic students as he himself was, Theodor has remained dedicated to do so through NSAC.

 

Theodor is also passionate about how advances in scientific research and technology can become globally impactful through the intersection with entrepreneurship. Pursuing this passion and developing ideas on novel solar cells, Theodor was named winner of Danish Ideas 2016.


“Your opportunities are truly endless – all you have to do is to pursue them. Give yourself a head start: Attend NSAC!”

 
 
Maria Simone Fønsskov
 
 

Maria Simone Fønsskov

Vice President of Community

Maria is 23 years old and is currently studying Business, Asian Language and Culture (Chinese) at CBS. She participated in the NSAC 2014, which made her pursue her dream of learning Mandarin and thereafter making a shift in her career goals from law student to CBS student with focus on Asian studies. Her international experience and curiosity stems from an exchange year in America in 2009-2010, and she has since then sought every opportunity to travel and go abroad.


“To reach your full potential you must stay true to yourself and your dreams. Thanks to NSAC‘14 I pursued my dream of learning Mandarin while experiencing an incredible culture. I met like-minded people with big, international and somewhat crazy dreams and I ended up following one of mine. Simply life changing.”

 

University Relations

 

The University Team is responsible for all communication with the universities that will participate at the conference. They also plan most of the conference schedule.

 
Joshua Monrad
 

Joshua Teperowski Monrad

Director, University Relations

Joshua is a freshman at Yale University, where he intends to major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. To Joshua, NSAC 2015 was a catalysing that directly changed his life. His gratitude for what NSAC has done for him is what fuels his determination to pass on the motivation and guidance needed to study abroad.

Joshua also works with Project Access, an international non-profit that fights for equal access to the world's best universities. 

At NSAC, Joshua and his team are responsible for conceptualising the conference programme as well as communicating with university representatives.

 
 
Jakob Sørensen
 

Jakob Fleng Sørensen

Organiser, University Relations

Jakob is currently studying biotechnology at Holstebro Technical High School. He is greatly interested in innovation, biology, and technology, which led him to involvement with numerous projects. Among these he worked on a smart disinfection device among with other NSAC Members, which won the Danish Entrepreneurship Award of 2016.

In the future, Jakob intends to study medicine, a degree he aims to pursue abroad. He has previously been an exchange student in the United States. After attending the Nordic Study Abroad Conference in 2016, Jakob became even further inspired to pursue his future studies abroad. An inspiration he wishes to share, which is why he joined the NSAC team.

 

Motivation Team

 

The Motivation Team finds and contacts Student Experts and Speakers that will participate at the conference; generally people that are studying abroad or have completed their university studies abroad. The team is also responsible of representing NSAC at events and other outreach tasks.

 
Jeppe Bender Lassen
 

Jeppe Bender Lassen

Director, Motivation Team

Jeppe is a part of the NSAC team for the second year in a row. After having graduated from high school last year, he is now taking a gap year which he spends working at a startup in Copenhagen. He is currently applying for American universities where he plans to take an entire undergraduate degree starting in 2017.

For Jeppe, the ambition of an international education originates in a desire of exploring different cultures combined with a global outlook, and like many of the other organizers, he felt that NSAC was the spark which ignited his determination to make his ambitions come true.


“NSAC inspired me to seek out options that I previously didn’t even know existed and has truly helped me realize my dreams. It is an amazing opportunity for anyone with dreams of studying abroad!”

 
 
Amalie H. Nøddeskou
 

Amalie H. Nøddeskou

Organiser, Motivation Team

Amalie, 19 years old, is currently in her last year of high school in Svendborg where she studies natural sciences. There, she was appointed Student Ambassador for a national organisation, where she is in charge of organising and arranging events for her fellow students. Having attended the conference in both 2015 and 2016, she became a part of the team in hopes of passing on her experience of the conference to others. After her gap year, Amalie intends to pursue her dream of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at a top university in either the UK or the US.

To Amalie, NSAC played a crucial role in her ambition of studying abroad and realising that it was a dream within reach.

 
 
Lucas Honoré
 

Lucas Honoré

Organiser, Motivation Team

Lucas is currently in his last year of high school in Denmark. He dreams of studying abroad, and participated in NSAC 2016 with great pleasure, where he made new connections and gained knowledge on foreign studies. Now he wants to help NSAC expand, and hopes that he will inspire more young people to pursue their dreams of going abroad for university. Furthermore, Lucas firmly believes that internationality is the way to go in a perpetually more globalised world that grants us all opportunities. Lucas dreams of studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Oxford in the near future.


"Thanks to NSAC I have met tons of new interesting people and expanded my horizon. That’s exactly what I hope to pass on to other ambitious Nordic students, who dream big and dare to follow their dreams. NSAC is an amazing way to do so."  

 
 
Victoria Sosnovtevska
 

Victoria Sosnovtseva

Organiser, Motivation Team

Victoria is a physics student at the University of Copenhagen. Having gone to international schools her whole life, she had friends scattered all over the world and always dreamed of studying abroad. Initially interested in astrophysics, she was part of the interdisciplinary project "SpaceMoss" which won a gold medal at the iGEM competition in Boston.

 

She attended the Nordic Study Abroad Conference in 2015 and was inspired to pursue her exchange at UC Berkeley. Since then she has held an undergraduate research position at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where she does experimental work on creating novel materials and plans to pursue her interest in quantum computing at the Quantum Devices Center in Copenhagen. Her other interests include ballet, swimming and travel.

 

Admission &
Communication

 

The Admissions and Communication Team communicates with high schools and universities in Scandinavia in order to promote the conference. The team is also responsible for all contact with the applicants, reading and evaluating all applications for the conference.

 
 

Christian Overgaard Wessels

Director, Admission & communication

Christian, 20, is currently in his second last year of high school in Holstebro. He as been an exchange student twice, both in Australia and the United States. During his one-year exchange in Melbourne he attended Mentone Grammar and got multiple honore awards for service, respect and endeavor. His global outlook has encouraged him to pursue the dream of attending an internationally renowned university. On a daily basis he is involved with technology and innovation, which lead him to win the Danish Entrepreneurship Award 2016 together with Mads on the IT team. Their product is a smart disinfection device to be used by hospital staff.

He is currently the student representative on the school’s board of directors, chairman of the student’s council and jubilee speaker. 

“I have always been inspired by exceptional individuals who lead people through times of hardship and how these individuals thrive in a challenging environment. It is my goal to inspire and motivate others in the same way extraordinary men and women have compelled me to pursue my dream.” 

 
 
Erik Nordegren
 

Erik Nordegren

Organiser, Admission & Communication

After his high school graduation, Erik hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in History, Politics & Economics in the United Kingdom. He is currently studying a hybrid between a Social Sciences- and a Natural Sciences-programme in Sweden, giving him a broad foundation for further studies. As well as working at a warehouse to afford his future undergraduate education, Erik practices operatic singing in his free time and is constantly looking for new ways to engage and contribute.

 

Through NSAC, he hopes he can help people discover how international top universities are reachable for anyone who sets her mind to it.


"Every day I see so many fellow students, ambitious and bright, misdirecting their potential and competence due to not being informed enough on their options. NSAC is an organisation not only realising these students' potential for the benefit of society, but also realising the dreams students dared not ever dream themselves."

 
 
Frederik Thomsen
 

Frederik Thomsen

Organiser, Admission & Communication

Frederik, 19, is in his last year of high school. During his time in high school he spent two months in London at University College School, taking A-levels and getting the taste for studies abroad while falling in love with London. He attended NSAC in 2016 and has since worked go to university abroad. In the time not occupied by schoolwork, Frederik enjoys traveling, just as he is an avid coffee lover and photographer. He enjoys a healthy debate about any subject, preferably about coffee.

 

 
 
Olivia Jacobsson
 

Olivia Jacobsson

Organiser, Admission & Communication

Olivia is currently in Texas on a high school exchange year as an ASSIST-scholar. Back home in Sweden she studies natural sciences at ProCivitas in Malmö, where she has one year left before graduating in 2018. Studying abroad has been on Olivia’s mind since she was little, and her exchange year has only made her more determined to go to the U.S. for college. She is passionate about biology and has spent many summers at different research camps; most recently at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm where she worked on a project on oxidative stress in bone cancer cells. Other than that she loves teaching and frequently tutors and coaches younger kids in tennis. Through NSAC Olivia wants to inspire other Scandinavians to study abroad, and help them pursue their dreams.


”Studying abroad is incredible. There is no way to describe the cultural experience, intriguing encounters and personal growth that you get from studying in another country. You simply have to try it. And NSAC gives you the perfect platform for doing just that.”

 
Jacob Hjortlund
 

Jacob Hjortlund

Organiser, Admission & Communication

Jacob, 19, is currently taking a gap year after having completed high school. He spends this gap year teaching mathematics and physics, and doing volunteer work for several organizations. His aim is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics starting in the fall of 2017, and plans on doing several internships abroad. Apart from NSAC, Jacob is a volunteer at the Danish Youth Association of Science, where he is part of the academic team behind the Association’s Physics Camp.

For Jacob, the motivation behind wanting to study abroad originates from the continued globalization of science, and the many opportunities that it provides.

“NSAC is really a life changing event. It presented me with the chance to meet like-minded individuals already at or applying to universities abroad, making the whole process a lot less stressful. I can definitely recommend it to anyone even thinking of studying abroad!”

 
 

Public Relations

 

The Public Relations Team writes all stories for the newsletter and creates content for the website. The team is also responsible for representing NSAC in the media.

 
 

Tilde Holm

Director, Public Relations

Tilde is currently in her senior year of high school, where she is studying Social Sciences and International Relations. After attending the conference in 2015, Tilde became a part of the NSAC team. She is determined to study abroad, and her aim is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Sociology starting in the fall of 2017. Apart from NSAC, Tilde is a blogger for Girls’ Globe, an involvement that has allowed her to attend Women Deliver in Copenhagen and the United Nations General Assembly Week in New York. Tilde wants to inspire other Nordic students to follow their dreams and share with them her experiences from applying to university.


“Applying to university is a demanding task, and it’s easy to feel lost when trying to understand another country's application process. That is why NSAC is so great, it gathers the most ambitious and qualified Nordic students for an inspirational day that answers all the questions one can possibly have when applying for universities abroad.”

 
 
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Kristian Nørgaard Modvig

Organiser, Public Relations

Kristian is 20 years old and currently attending Copenhagen Business School on his second semester, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Before beginning his studies, he spent his gap year travelling in South America and the USA. Besides CBS, he spends his professional time working as a mentor for MentorDanmark as well as working as a volunteer mentor for the Business Elite line at Niels Brock High School.

“NSAC 2016 was an inspiring event, which led to my decision to pursue the GLOBE programme at CBS as well as taking my master’s in International Political Economy in the UK. NSAC is an amazing opportunity that shows you what you can achieve, and it helps you take the leap. It also brings some of the brightest young minds together for mutual inspiration.“

 

Corporate Relations

 

The Corporate Relations Team is responsible for maintaining and finding new sponsorship agreements, and applying for financial grants.

 
 

Otto Hastrup Svendsen

Director, Corporate Relations

Otto is 20 years old and is currently attending Copenhagen Business School where he pursues a bachelor's degree in International Business. He intends to continuously explore academic opportunities abroad throughout his university studies.

Attending NSAC 2015 was an eye-opening experience for Otto. Where the prospect of attending top international universities had previously seemed unattainable, the insights provided by NSAC made the idea seem within reach. He was further a part of the organizing team behind last year's conference.

At NSAC, Otto and his team are responsible for external business relations, as well as for expanding NSAC's financial boundaries through sponsorships and grants.

 
 
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Jonathan Feilberg

Organiser, Corporate Relations

Jonathan is 20 years old and currently studying his BSc in International Business at Copenhagen Business School. He has finite experience with international studies, and intends to further pursue international academic opportunities. Jonathan is dedicated to help others with a similar mindset, which is why he joined the NSAC Team.

"The opportunities beyond your country, even continent, are endless and you shouldn't let them go unexplored. The NSAC team wants to help you pursue any dream or desire you may have."

 

Social Media

 

 The Social Media Team is behind all Facebook and Instagram activity such as events, posts, pictures etc. 

 
 

Natasha Peters

Director, Social Media

Natasha is 19 years old and joined NSAC during her last year of high school. She is currently taking her Bachelor in Politics with Business Management at Queen Mary University of London, after having lived and studied in Morocco, Denmark, Belgium and Singapore. Furthermore, she worked for a law firm in Brussels as well as for the Federal Press Office in Berlin where she also got the chance to interview the federal chancellor.

For Natasha, studying abroad has been a life changing experience and is excited to help other ambitious Scandinavian students to pursue their dreams.


“Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience. NSAC is not just a conference, it’s the key to a whole new world and a start of something new."

 
 
Casey Meng
 

Casey Meng

Organiser, Social Media

Casey, 19 years old, is currently taking a gap year after high school, working fulltime as a sales ambassador in Copenhagen Airport. In 2014 she attended NSAC, which was both an eye-opening event and a huge motivating factor for her. She channeled this inspiration through her everyday work and has since then participated in the Academy for Talented Youth and volunteered for Danish Students Abroad while maintaining two jobs on the side. Furthermore, she received the PwC Scholarship in 2016 to help her pursue a master’s degree at London School of Economics.

“I believe NSAC is all about satisfying your curiosity and being open to new opportunities. As humans it is normal for us to be insecure about the future. However, NSAC provides all the right tools for young people to experiment, meet new contacts and discover the path they wish to take.”

 

Community Team

 

The Community Team plans and organises workshops, typically 5-7 a year. The work includes finding venues, workshop content, relevant speakers and communicating with workshop participants. The team is also responsible for engaging members of NSAC.

 
 

Maria Simone Fønsskov

Vice President of Community

Maria is 23 years old and is currently studying Business, Asian Language and Culture (Chinese) at CBS. She participated in the NSAC 2014, which made her pursue her dream of learning Mandarin and thereafter making a shift in her career goals from law student to CBS student with focus on Asian studies. Her international experience and curiosity stems from an exchange year in America in 2009-2010, and she has since then sought every opportunity to travel and go abroad.


“To reach your full potential you must stay true to yourself and your dreams. Thanks to NSAC‘14 I pursued my dream of learning Mandarin while experiencing an incredible culture. I met like-minded people with big, international and somewhat crazy dreams and I ended up following one of mine. Simply life changing.”

 
 
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Alex Olsen

Organiser, Community

Alex is 24 years old and currently pursuing a master’s degree in economics and finance at Copenhagen Business School. Before studying at CBS, he did an internship in Ireland, and last year he got back from his exchange semester in Toronto.

He considers his travelling the biggest boost in terms of self-confidence, open mindedness and cultural appreciation.

Alex wanted to become involved with NSAC after attending the conference in 2014, where he realised how easy and beneficial international education is. He is extremely motivated by entrepreneurial projects and loves the idea of helping other students to achieve their dreams of studying abroad.

“The most beautiful and meaningful moments occur when you step outside of your comfort zone. Do yourself a favor and attend NSAC 2017, you’ll be glad you did.”

 
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Mira Hassinen

Organiser, Community

Mira is a 25-year-old multilingual master’s student at Copenhagen Business School. She joined NSAC in 2017 to become an ambassador for international cooperation and exchange. She herself has lived and studied in five different countries during the past five years, including Finland, the USA, Sweden, France and now Denmark.

“I want to enable people to gain incredible international experiences, just as I have been privileged to do. NSAC is a great platform for Nordic students to become inspired and encouraged to pursue something wonderful.”

 
 
 

Andreas Elkjær

Organiser, Community

Andreas currently studies his first year of International Business at Copenhagen Business School. Prior to CBS, he studied a semester in California, which ultimately inspired him to choose the International Business degree. Furthermore, studying abroad and being exposed to different cultures made him convinced that he wishes to explore the world further, both professionally and academically. Studying abroad was an eye-opener for Andreas - a message he wishes to convey to other students.

 

IT & Design

 

The IT and Design Team is responsible for the technical parts of the website, newsletter and mail servers. They also design and produce our NSAC flyers.

 
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Mads Schovsbo Brøgger

Director, IT & Design

Mads, 20 years old, is currently in his last year of high school in Holstebro. He is a glider pilot and involved with the student board at his school. Mads has been an exchange student in California twice and this incredible experience has broadened his horizon and sparked his dream of an international career. He plans to take his bachelor’s degree in the field of science and technology. On a daily basis he is involved with technology and innovation, which lead him to win the Danish Entrepreneurship Award 2016 together with Christian on the Admissions team. Their product is a smart disinfection device to be used by hospital staff.

"Attending NSAC 2015 was an amazing experience and it made me realise that studying at a top university is not completely out of reach as I had previously thought."

 
 
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Wilhelm Michaelsen

Organiser, IT & Design

Wilhelm is an 18 years old high school student from Helsingborg, Sweden. He has finished two years of the Natural Sciences program at his school in Sweden, and is now a senior at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, USA, where history, economics, public policy, and programming dominate his schedule. Beside school, Wilhelm’s biggest interest is mobile app and web development. He has multiple apps published on the Apple App Store and numerous businesses have consulted him on building online platforms and apps.

Wilhelm wants to pursue an international education within the field of either computer science or business and economics, or a mix of the two.

“I actually never attended NSAC before joining the team, but from what I’ve read and heard about the conference I must say I deeply believe in the concept. The application process to schools abroad can be quite complicated, so having access to an event like the NSAC is very valuable.”

 

 

Board of directors

The Board of the Nordic Study Abroad Community is appointed at the annual general meeting in January and is responsible for ensuring that the organisation acts in accordance to its bylaws.

 
 

Theodor Lundberg

CHAIRMAN

Theodor is studying his final semester of his bachelor degree in Physics at the University of Copenhagen and works as a Researcher at UC Berkeley. Theodor holds numerous awards for his academic achievements within his field and has co-founded Silicon Valley start-up Afriji.

 

 
 
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Peter Høj

TREASURER

Peter is studying his final semester of his bachelor degree in International Business at Copenhagen Business School and works as a Business Development Consultant with Abacus Medicine. Peter is also a board member of LGBT+ Youth Denmark and a Project Manager at Doing Business In.

 
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Christian Uhlig

SECRETARY

Christian holds a Bachelor of Law and is currently studying a Master of Law (LL.M.) at the University of Copenhagen and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. Christian works as Student Intern with Kromann Reumert and has previously been President of NSAC as well as a Student Intern with Plesner.

 
 
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Katharine Bendt

BOARD MEMBER

Katharine holds a BSc in International Business as well as a MSc in Applied Economics and Finance and CEMS Master from Copenhagen Business School and works as an Associate Consultant with Bain & Company. Katharine has previously been President of NSAC and worked at J. P. Morgan as well as Microsoft.

 
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Maria Simone Fønsskov

BOARD MEMBER

Maria is currently studying a Bachelor of Business, Asian Language and Culture at Copenhagen Business School and is a Student Assistant with Momento Education as well as a Flight Attendant with Scandinavian Airlines. Maria has previously worked as a Market Researcher and Business Analyst at Vendigo.