Central Denmark EU Office

Members of Staff

Here, you can read about the CDEU employees i Brussels and Central Denmark. We have very diverse backgrounds, which gives us a unique ability to represent the many areas of priority.

Lars Holte Nielsen
Director
Lars is the Director of Central Denmark EU Office and leader of the office in Brussels. His primary responsibilities are leadership, coordination, strategy, administration and contact to the board and owners.
Lars holds an MD in Political Science and has previously worked in the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs as well as the European Commission.
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Birgitte Karnøe Frederiksen
Deputy Head of Office and EU chief advisor
Birgitte is in charge of the green area and foods. She is responsible for the following areas: energy, environment, bio- and circular economy, climate and transport. She is also responsible for CDEU’s participation in the 'Coast t
Birgitte holds an MD in Political Science and Spanish from Aarhus University and has worked with international projects in Brussels for many years, including the European Commission. She has also worked at the Danish NATO representation in Brussels and taught International Politics at the Royal Danish Defence College. From 2007-2010, Birgitte worked at the Aalborg representation office in Beijing.
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Rikke Edsjö
EU special advisor
Rikke is is responsible for the research, innovation and business, including the cooperation with Aarhus University.
Rikke holds an MD in Economy and has previously worked at the European Parliament as well as the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Brussels.
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Lina Christensen
EU special advisor
Lina works with research and education for Aarhus University. She is also responsible for the areas education and culture at CDEU.
Lina holds an MD in Business Communication and has written an extended thesis on Political Rhetorics. She has previously worked at TDC in Denmark, and in Brussels for the company Intel and the NGO Eurogroup for Animals. Lina has also worked at the Danish Permanent EU Representation and Embassy in Brussels.
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Thomas Steen Hansen
EU advisor
Thomas works in our department in Central Denmark and is responsible for business and innovation.
Thomas holds an MD in Business Adminitration and a BA in Civil Enigneering. He has previously worked at the municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern as a Development Advisor in the growth and business development areas.
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Anita Holten Carlson
Communications consultant
Anita works as Communications consultant at CDEU.
Anita is responsible for our internal as well as our external communication. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked at the regional TV station TV2EAST In Denmark. In 2010, she moved first to the US and then to Brussels, where she worked as a correspondent at the Danish Permanent Representation.
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Sune Jin Christensen
EU advisor
Sune is responsible for the food and agriculture area.
Sune holds an MD in Political Science from Copenhagen University and has previously worked at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in Brussels and the Danish Embassy in Columbia. Sune has great experience with the food area in an international context.
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Julie Sand Jørgensen
EU Advisor
Julie works with culture, education, tourism and the European regional initiative Gateway to Europe. She is also responsible for arranging events and study visits.
Julie holds an MD in Art History from Aarhus University with studies of Marketing from University of Leicester in England, as well as Tourism Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She has previously worked at the Aarhus 2017 project 'Rethink' and Dokk1. Julie has also worked at Kunsthal Aarhus and Biennale of Sydney.
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Lone Leth Larsen
International culture advisor
Lone works in our department in Central Denmark and is responsible for internationalization of culture.
Lone holds an MD in Art History from Vrije University in Amsterdam and Copenhagen University. She has previously worked at the British Museum in London, the Louisiana Museum, the Danish Cultural Institute in Benelux and the municipality of Kolding in Denmark. Lone is a member of several boards, including in international organizations.
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Signe Waltoft Madsen
EU advisor
Signe works with health and climate, including the AAL Forum 2019 in Aarhus.
Signe holds an MD in Environmental Planning from Roskilde University. She has previously worked with policy in the energy and food areas at WWF and Novozymes.
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Tarik Kehli
EU advisor
Tarik works with business, the green area and with CDEU’s participation in 'Everywhere International SMEs' ('EIS'), an Interreg Europe project.
Tarik holds an MD in International Studies from Aarhus University and has a BA in English and European Studies.
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Elena Nielsen
EU advisor
Elena works with education and is responsible for the cooperation with VIA University College.
Elena holds an MA in International and Global History from Aarhus University and holds a BA in History and European Studies from Aarhus and Leipzig University.
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Maria Heilskou Pedersen
EU Advisor
Maria works with health and business development.
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Christian Baungaard Christensen
EU adviser
Maria Helene Louwrier
Chief Happiness Officer & Office Manager
Maria Helene works with administration at Central Denmark EU Office.
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Lea Graugaard Jensen
Project Assistant
Lea works within the green area
Lea Graugaard Jensen finished her MSc i Development and International Relations fra the University of Aalborg in 2016. At CDEU, she works within the green area.
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Rikke Schmidt
Stagiaire
Rikke works within the team of Culture and Education
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Christina Lotzkat Matzen
Stagiaire
Christina works within the area of Health and Circular Economy
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Mikkel Skov Sørensen
Stagiaire
Mikkel works within the field of Science, Research and Business
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