Mikkel Pilgaard is an experienced teacher, leader, coach (certified) and advisor with more than 10 years experience working with consulting, project leadership and change mangement. He is a Kaospilot alumni and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology. He has deep insight into the workings of organizational reality from working in many large organizations on long cultural development projects focused on building relational capacity and cross-boundary cohesion to drive collective problem solving, innovation and performance around complex 21st century tasks and challenges. Mikkel is also a social entrepreneur and political innovator. Specifically he was one of the co-founding leaders of the Danish green party and today is a co-founding member of The Sustainability Collaborative. He has a particular expertise in leading strategic sustainable development, sustainability innovation, futures design, ecological economics and sustainable business anchored in science and evidence-based methods. He brings a philosophic, rigorous and creative approach to all of his work through a combination of radical & appreciative inquiry, systemic thinking, social constructionism and design practice.
Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius is the principal at Kaospilot. He holds a PhD from Tilburg University and his areas of research evolves around strategy, leadership and innovation. Amongst other things, he is a guest professor at Saint Paul Business School in Brazil and the chairman of Cemecon Scandinavia. For more than 20 years, he has been working in the fields of leadership, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has lectured and advised companies on 5 continents, and worked in more than 25 countries for private companies, NGOs and public organizations alike. He is a frequent contributor to both international and Danish media.
Chaiman of Board
Dan Boyter has more than 20 years of top management experience from his family business, Pressalit, combined with active participation in projects, activities and board work within culture, social organizations, and diversity management.
As a business leader, Dan Boyter has been responsible for Corporate Communication, HR, CSR and innovation. He has also been his company's face to the outside world and contributed to the development of Pressalit's knowledge and reputation in the public. In 2015, he resigned from the day-to-day management, but he is still an active owner and board member for the company.
Alongside his management role, Dan Boyter has been an active board member for other companies, cultural institutions, and public initiatives. He was a member of the board for ARoS Aarhus Art Museum from 2009-2017, a board member for Moesgaard Museum from 2014-2020, and Chairman of Den Jyske Opera from 2010-2016. Today, he is a member of the board for Design Museum Danmark, a member of DI’s Special Committee for Design, and he has recently been appointed as Chairman for the steering committee of LINKED, a government initiated Lab for Innovation and Creativity in Denmark.
Aga Szóstek, Ph.D. is a strategic designer. For the past two decades she worked at the forefront of combining design, technology and business. She collaborated with brands such as Google, Microsoft, Philips, Canon, Samsung, EY, Santander, ING, Orange and many more, bringing the experience-focused strategic approach to project teams and boardrooms. Her approach inspired many organisations to refocus and bet on experiences as their strategic differentiator.
Bliss W. Browne is Founder and President of Imagine Chicago, a non-profit organization devoted to cultivating hope and civic commitment, which has inspired a global movement of social innovation. Bliss is an Episcopal priest and a former senior banking executive. She was in the first class of undergraduate women at Yale, and has graduate degrees in theology and finance from Harvard Divinity School and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Bliss is recognized internationally as a keynote speaker and a creative, skilled designer and facilitator of generative community building projects and programs. Her global work of community building, and the lessons learned from it, can be found at www.imaginechicago.org. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Bliss has taught at the Kaospilots for 15 years and hosted 8 KP interns. Her greatest joy currently is exploring life with her five young granddaughters, two of whom (from Beijing) she has been homeschooling during this pandemic year. She lives in Florida.
My working life has been all about journalism, communication and media, with 40 consecutive years in managerial roles. It started in journalism, turned into communication, first as employee, consultant for some years and then business entrepreneur. Back to journalism at Danish School of Journalism, first midcareer training and then as principal; my last full time job which I finalized 2019. At present, I thrive from doing a research study and some supervision at the Center of Journalism at SDU, exiting board positions plus lake-rowing and classical choir singing. Down the line came various rewards, a small handful of books written, activity in numerous organizations- and company boards. And, even if not always easy to see for them, the top priority: my +50 years partnership with my wife Elin, and our four children, our sons-and daughters-in-law from Australia, UK, Mexico and Ørestaden and growing number of grandchildren.
Alberto spent the last 20 years exploring the relationship of people with digital media as an artist, designer, entrepreneur, business consultant, and media executive, working for global digital media players but also starting new businesses in the fields of media and experience design. Alberto is always driven by the aim of trying to make the world slightly more beautiful, useful and meaningful than we found it.
Gry has a long career as an organisational- and leadership consultant behind her. Working with; processes, facilitation, transformation, coaching and leadership development, both in the public-and private sector, has led Gry to work with very esteemed clients through the years. Her ability to spot client needs and to challenge and engage her collaborators in open and honest dialogues, has created very loyal and long-term client partnerships. Focusing on growth, sustainability, and learning, Gry has managed to contribute to organisational transformation across different industries and sectors with great success. Besides having worked as an international teamleader at The Kaospilots in Aarhus, Gry also achieved the position as Principal for The Kaospilots Øresund, in Malmö, between 2007-2009. Since January 2018, Gry has worked as a Strategic Leadership Consultant & Organisational Transformation Activist in the innovative consultancy Emerging Earth, which she is also a co-founder of.
Kristin Birkeland is an experienced teacher, leader and consultant and she has worked for more than 20 years with creativity in education and in organisations.
She is Kaospilot alumni and former team leader at Kaospilot and is recognised for her expertise in building strong learning cultures in teams.
Kristin is also co-founder of the the NGO ‘Citizen Change’ (Sager der Samler) which has become a national point of reference for the innovative potential of citizen mobilisation. Kristin is also a member of the ‘OECD Innovative Citizen Participation Network’.
Pernille Berg, fil.dr.Science Manager, BLOXHUBPassionate and experienced when it comes to leadership, research, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship Pernille has worked extensively with research and innovation throughout her career. From establishing incubators for student startups and startups to creating applied research communities Pernille has extensive experience with creating new educations, new learning communities and environment, and international collaborations, incl. EU projects’ steering group responsibilities. Furthermore, Pernille has experience in developing fundraising strategies as well as project portfolios. Pernille is a staunch advocate of network collaboration, social innovation, knowledge-sharing and ideation. As part of BLOXHUB’s vision to ensure the development of sustainable cities Pernille is responsible for running the programme Science Forum which entails industrial research networks, BLOXHUB Academy and Science Talks.
Marianne Grymer Bargeman has been Head of Learning and Interpretation at the art museum ARoS since 2016. Prior to this, she was with the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) for eleven years. Her responsibilities there included the museums’ activities aimed at children and young people, including SMK’s first year at the internationally renowned Roskilde Festival. As Head of Learning and Interpretation at ARoS, Marianne has headed the development of ARoS Public (1900 m2), a modern-day community centre and assembly hall that hosts interdisciplinary debates, meetings between artists and the public, and a wide range of creative and digital activities.Leadership, creativity and learning are the mainstays of Marianne’s work. For the past twenty years, she has worked with the presentation and dissemination of art, both orally and in writing, digitally and analogously, on film and as podcasts, inside and outside museum settings.Marianne holds an MA (research degree) in art history as well as a BA in literature and a BA in art and cultural management. In addition, she is an external co-examiner for the department of Communication + Performance Design, Roskilde University
Danièle is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in Canada. With a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Science in Public Health, Danièle Bienvenue challenges the impossible, entertains paradoxes and tames the unacceptable. The ever-adapting human machine has fascinated her for the last 35 years. It is with an organic approach, recognizing the important core of each person and organization that she builds tailored learning environments. She lived and worked in the USA where during 10 years, she created and implemented social integration programs for adult immigrants. In 1994, she returned to Canada to join a consulting firm in human capital and in 2003, she left the more conventional consulting world to explore new coaching and facilitation tools. All tailored programs gravitate around the human dynamic themes. Her methodology encourages an active contribution from the participants and leaves them with practical, realistic and manageable tools. She completed her NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Certification in June 2010.
Nana is a former student of team 13. On top of her KP-education she holds a Master in Psychology and is certified Conflict Mediator. For 10 years she’s been focusing on difficult situations, conflicts, communication, resistance, reaction patterns, and mediation.
The main theme in her work is discovering what is below the tensions that arises when human beings are together.
Thor Thorøe is a social entrepreneur living in Copenhagen.
Thor founded the ice cream chain, Paradis ice cream, back in year 2000. 10 years later he sold the business and went to Africa to start various social businesses such as a dairy in Mozambique, a chocolate factory in South Africa and other small enterprises in Africa. In 2012 he came back to Denmark and started Social Foodies, which he still is involved in.
Drew is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in the North East region of USA. Drew prides himself in bringing a multitude of experiences to the the learning process. He has the unique combination of experience as facilitator, consultant, learning designer, engineer, and operations manager and combines big picture thinking and detailed implementation planning. Drew is the co-founder of Emzingo, a certified B Corp, focused on creating the next generation of responsible leaders. He has extensive experience with Academia, partnering with universities across the world to design and run experiential learning programs focused on leadership development and social impact. His corporate experience spans a multitude of sectors, including Aerospace & Defense, Construction, Healthcare, IT, Consulting, Non-profit, and Social Enterprise/B Corp. Drew is also co–founder and co-chair of the B Local Boston board (a professional working group of certified B Corps) where he is helping Greater Boston to use “Business as a Force for Good”. Drew holds an M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from IE Business School and lives in Boston with his family.
Stephen Rappaport is an actor, director, singer-songwriter, solo theater performer, and playwright. He has written, performed, and toured 5 solo theater performances internationally. He has taken part in and co-created numerous theater and film works. His screen credits guest-starring roles in Star Trek Voyager, Beck, Modus, ER, Brooklyn South, And God Spoke, NYPD Blue, etc. He tours internationally with his performance band, THE STEPHEN RAPPAPORT BAND. For the past 25 years,
Stephen has led his INTUITION IN ACTION WORKSHOP, for virtually all elite schools of higher artistic learning in Sweden, and for businesses, groups, individuals, institutions, and universities worldwide. For more information: https://www.stephenrappaport.com/
Edda Kruse Rosset
Edda Kruse Rosset, Co-Founder Kaospilot+ Berlin
Edda is a process designer & facilitator, community builder and performer. Her passion lies within systemic change and culture, critical thinking and education. From Berlins squat and art scene, she studied cultural sciences, sociology and politics and graduated the 3 Year Kaospilot Enterprising Leadership Program. She truly lives life experimentally, explores embodied leadership and loves the challenging adventure of re-thinking and re-designing education, economics and how we are in relationship to one another.
Anna is one of our four team leaders in the Enterprising Leadership programme. With an academic foundation in pedagogy she cannot stop thinking and talking about if and how our educational practice manifests our beliefs about learning or not. You will often hear her saying variations over ‘let the students figure that out’ and rarely find her sitting normally on a chair. She is an educated Kaospilot herself and is co-founder of Center for Dialog. Prior to joining us she spent her time working with dialogue and conflict resolution in Denmark and the Middle East. When not at work you can find her by the sea taking a dip, sailing on a boat or conversing with the seagulls.
Emanuele is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in Italy. Emanuele is an international explorer of chaos characterized by a strong transdisciplinary and human-centered expertise in creative talent development and personal transformation. With a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Aesthetics Philosophy and a specialization in Human Resources Management, he worked for big fours in Human Capital and Digital Transformation for 6 years. Starting from 2018 with his independent project Laborintus – Talent through chaos he carries out innovative labs for creative talent development, aiming to uphold corporates, teams and individuals with an appetite for human-centered innovation. His personal approach is grounded in performative and visual arts, gamified experience design, philosophy and psychology as well as in business and digital transformation. By leading transformation through complex ecosystems and uncertain environments, he helps people, groups, schools and organizations to discover, develop and sustain their own potential in a creative, experiential and transformative way. He’s also a Lego® Serious Play® certified facilitator and Oneiric Drawing Bermolen-Dal Porto counsellor.
I am a professional experimenter who is constantly propelled by “the why”.
I live and work in Aarhus by way of Milan and New York. I’m passionate about what I do because it allows me to reimagine education and empower students through supporting multi-stakeholder innovation.
One day I want to get a masters in medieval history, but until then, I’ll continue to support individuals, communities and institutions who recognize that we need new approaches to respond to the challenges of our increasingly complex world.
What gets me up in the morning is the desire to build relationships and enable collaborations among people who have the will to work on things that they care for and that positively impact the world.
Finn is researcher and journalist exploring desirable futures.
He explored new learning and new work around the world in communicates his findings in various ways through public talks, documentaries, written studies for foundations, or own implementation. He worked as a freelancer, as the Head of Research for the startup Forever Day One in Berlin, and as a Learning Researcher at SPACE10.
Sustainability sits close to his heart
Helen van Baal , Co-Founder Kaospilot+ Berlin
Helen is a designer and educator with a passion for experiential learning design.
In the past she has worked as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, as programme lead and coach at the HPI School of Design Thinking, was a resident designer at SPACE10, and a freelance designer and lecturer all over the world. She has experience in teaching design and design thinking in various cultures, working in education, social innovation and entrepreneurship, spanning all levels of the design process.
David Storkholm is the Program Director of our professional program, Creative Leadership. David has dedicated his life to making people grow and reach their highest potential in leading creative collaboration in innovative teams and organizations. In his own professional, yet playful way, he inspires passion and urges people to meet the world with curiosity. David is a professional coach and leadership trainer. He holds a position as a senior faculty member at the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California, the world leading school when it comes to coach training. He has 20+ years of experience training entrepreneurs and innovators with a creative edge and a global mindset at Kaospilot. To reach the full creative potential and ability to drive change in organizations, Creative Leadership is an intensive and practical journey that raises the overall awareness and readiness to lead less hierarchical and more agile work processes. The program has 500+ alumni from organizations such as IKEA, PayPal, Greenpeace, IDEO, Adidas and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Henrique is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in Brazil. Born and raised in Brazil, Henrique traveled all over the world and had the privilege to meet, work and study with a range of incredible people. He’s a trainer and facilitator for over 10 years, and he knows how to engage people and generate collaborative processes for co-creation and raising awareness. Many of his travels and work experiences were inspired by his connection to AIESEC, and later by his three years at KAOSPILOT, in Denmark. After being the first Brazilian to graduate from the school, he has been a partner at CoCriar Colaborative Practices upon his return to Brazil. He recently cofounded Manifesto 55, with the purpose of sharing his love and knowledge for educational innovation and social transformation.
Simon Kavanagh is the Program Director of our professional programs, Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces and Designing Learning Spaces (online). Born in Dublin, Simon studied Art and Design Education @NCAD ’96. Already then, showing a passion and interest to create more meaningful learning. But, took a detour for the next 5 years as a Creative Director in multimedia. During these years he designed, programmed and managed hundreds of multimedia titles in the business, educational, IT, online-gaming, leisure and banking sectors and set up divisions in NYC & Paris, where he would soon move. But, not before working as a Learning Consultant for Windmill Lane Studios in the infancy of Interactive Television, Content Management systems, and online gaming.
With the bang of the dotcom in 2001, Simon left Ireland never to return and started on his journey that would lead him to Kaospilot. After a few years in Paris feeding his passion for music, digital media, photography and art, he answered his vocational call as a Learning Designer, and move to Shanghai.
For nearly 3 years he lead and developed the BA faculty of Visual communication for 2 UK universities, until one day, frustrated by the non- existent focus on personnel development in education he stumbled across Kaospilot, which in 2006, was already one of the most experiential education institutions in the world.
After a spell as Team Leader and Head of Studies, he cracked the Kaospilot pedagogical code as open source and created the Kaospilot's first educational consultancy to share it.
"Deliver education that is authentic and opportunistic in nature, experimental and real in praxis. All else is rudimentary.”
Joska is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in the Netherlands. Joska has a warm personality and a creative mind and is able to balance both an analytical and intuitive way of thinking. A colleague once told him that he has the ability to see the big picture down to the smallest details. This mindset proved to be a powerful tool for Joska as teacher of Organisational behavior at the School of Arts in Utrecht (HKU). Using a personal approach to complex organizational issues, he was able to capture the attention of large groups of students. His background as a scientist, therapist and singer have provided him with a solid foundation for this work. Joska is now focused on increasing employee participation, job satisfaction and work quality improvements. The motto of his Spruyt-Lourens academy is: ‘Whistle your way to work’.
Andy Sontag is the Program Director for our professional programs, Become and Experience Design. Andy holds a degree in sustainability and entrepreneurship, and he has agency experience within organisational development work and experience design work in the United States and in Scandinavia. Andy works with talented producers and experience production teams globally to create the sought after Kaospilot learning experience.
Katja has 20 years international experience leading purposeful organizational development and culture to help clients/employers make a meaningful difference. She is a Kaospilot alumni, with experience working at IDEO, Frog, ustwo and has consulted for many fortune 500 companies. Experience design thinking is in her DNA. Her motto is ‘kindness rules’.
As a working musician my interest in computers came late.
At the age of 41 (1999) I took an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)
in NT4 Server, NT4 Workstation and NT4 in the Enterprise.
The day I got my MCP I started at Kaospilot and have worked there ever since.
I do the daily administration on a Debian Linux Server (best you can get)
and supports around 150 Mac users.
The Server is build and maintained by Dr Jones who is my guide and teacher, He made me realize
that Computing is more than technology.
Ramon is an official licensee of the Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces professional program in Australia. Ramon Marmolejosis a learning designer, facilitator and strategy consultant with a passion for developing people and organizations. Ramon has worked in consulting for over 12 years, with a focus on human capital strategy and leadership development. He has delivered human capital consulting work in a variety of industries, including financial services, media, pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies and for clients such as Avon, Bayer, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Maersk, Microsoft, NASA, Ogilvy, Unilever and Verizon. In addition, he has worked with non-profit organizations including WWF, ActionAid, Red Cross, Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with universities around the world. Ramon is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Emzingo Group. Emzingo provides transformational leadership experiences to business students and young talents by applying design thinking to help solve mission critical issues within social enterprises.
Sissel founded Startup Guide, a creative content and media company known for the book series „Startup Guide“ often described as the Lonely Planet for entrepreneurs.
The first book came out in 2014 and is today in 40+ cities around the world. She has a background from the Kaospilot in Aarhus, where she studied for one year in 2015 before dropping out and to develop Startup Guide full-time. Since, she learned by doing, built a global business, and is today leading a team of 20 people in Lisbon, Berlin and Copenhagen, while being responsible for all new bizz activities in the company and working on various impact entrepreneurship projects, like the „Impact the Future“ Impact Conference in Denmark.