Our Team

Board of Directors

Kristian Schrøder Hart-Hansen

Board Chairman

Kristian Schrøder Hart-Hansen is an experienced health economist, having worked in health economics, medical affairs and global marketing for almost 20 years. He founded and ran between 2015 and 2020 LEO Innovation Lab, an award winning independent digital innovation unit with 5 successful spin-outs. Kristian sits on the advisory board of the Disruption Taskforce under the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and is a chairman of the Board at Nøie, member of the board at klikkit, Nordic Health Lab among others.

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Rane Willerslev

Board Member

Rane Willerslev is an esteemed professor in social anthropology. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2003, in 2010 he was made a full professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University and since 2017 he has been the director of the National Museum of Denmark. He is a prolific author having published several scientific monographs and anthologies as well as numerous articles in scientific journals. Furthermore, Willerslev is a prominent figure in the Danish public sphere, where he has argued for a holistic and humane understanding of crucial social issues such as health and education.

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Jakob Mosegaard Larsen

Board Member

Jakob Mosegaard Larsen is an experienced legal advisor of biotech, medtech and life science companies, having been acting for a large number of companies and investors within the industry for more than 15 years. He is a Partner at Copenhagen based law firm, Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen, working with innovative start-ups and the funding of digital solutions. Jakob is a member of the board of directors of a number of companies, including Nasdaq listed Forward Pharma, and chairman of the legal committee of the Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

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Meik Wiking

Board Member

Meik Wiking is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute. He is a Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report. Meik is a New York Times best-selling author and has written several books and reports on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life. His books have sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Meik is a frequent speaker at conferences on happiness around the world.

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Tine M. Gammeltoft

Board Member

Tine is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. Her research explores the social and structural forces that shape human health, focusing particularly on the ways in which domestic conditions and gender relations affect people’s health and health care seeking practices. In her research and writing, she places primacy on collaboration across disciplinary and national borders. She is the author of over 100 scientific publications, including the award-winning Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam (2014).

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Executive Team & Advisors

Catalina Cernica

CEO

Catalina is an MBA graduate from the University of Oxford – Said Business School, with a specialisation in innovation. Together with Michael Birkjaer, she co-founded the Happiness Studies in LEO Innovation Lab, which later were span-out as the independent Health & Happiness Research Foundation. Catalina was awarded “Patient Champion” at eyeforpharma 2019 for her work on the first ever World Psoriasis Happiness Reports, in 2017 and 2018. She has delivered technology enabled healthcare solutions in CVD, COPD, medical conferences and, more recently, dermatology.

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Michael Birkjaer

Principal Researcher

Michael Birkjær holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and is working as a Senior Analysist at the Happiness Research Institute.He is an expert on how wellbeing data can be used to assess the quality of healthcare and guide informed decision-making. This includes developing and applying tools that provide the same decision guidance as conventional tools, but with a stronger reliance on the people’s experiences. His most recent publication introduced the Wellbeing-Adjusted-Years-Life. Michael is also a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences and seminars.

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Anne Kjaer Skovgaard

Senior Advisor

Anne Kjær Skovgaard has developed and delivered research and innovation projects in the welfare area for over 10 years, always with a clear focus on the effects we want to achieve for citizens and society. More often than not facilitating cross-sectoral cooperation and sparking innovation based on citizen-centric approaches. Anne is also experienced in delivering major events, having driven projects like Velfærdens Innovationsdag for several years. She is particularly interested in youth social mobility and wellbeing, one of her projects being Raido, where she currently is Chairman of the Board.

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Steen M. Andersen

Strategy Advisor

Steen Andersen is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. He was the CEO of UNICEF Denmark for 24 years and has worked with numerous non-profit organisations, including The Heart Foundation, UNHCR, Social Talks. Steen sits on numerous boards and advisory panels in a wide range of activities, from EU related, UN, foundations, Greenland, cultural institutions, NGOs and the corporate sector. Steen advises on The Sustainable Development Goals in business and is a regular guest in TV2 News & co.

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Vernon Bainton

Communications and Policy Advisor

Applying Creativity to healthcare, Vernon leads the Scientific function of the Havas Lynx Group providing medico-strategic expertise to change outcomes and redefine what’s possible in healthcare communications. He embodies an eclectic mix including a neuropharmacology degree, qualifying in medicine and began training as a physician and anaesthetist then transitioned to Big Pharma in medical and commercial roles. For the past 13 years he has combined his passions in agency life to deliver world-class healthcare communications and digital innovation and is currently furthering his academic studies within the fields of Health Policy, Health Economics and Health Systems Management.

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