Our team

We've got an amazing team working hard to deliver an incredible event this August!

Our team

We have a dedicated and hard-working staff team developing and implementing plans for our events in August. Our Leadership Team and staff members are all profiled below.

Leadership Team

  • Chair: Katja Moesgaard
  • Managing Director: Benjamin Hansen
  • Director of Communications & Marketing: Steve Taylor
  • Director of Culture & Identity: Eva Bøggild
  • Director of Human Rights: Aron Le Fèvre
  • Director of Sports: Ayhan Can
  • Director of WorldPride Copenhagen: Lars Henriksen
  • Director of WorldPride Malmö: Anna Tenfält

Executive Management

Benjamin Hansen
Benjamin Hansen
Executive Managing Director - He/him/his

Benjamin holds a master’s degree in Business Studies and has experience with strategic- and analytical work, sustainability and the UN SDGs, event planning, facilitating and organizational change.

He has worked with volunteer-based organisations for 10 years and is a part of both parent organisations to Copenhagen 2021; among other things, planning international tournaments in Pan Idræt and working on the professionalisation and strategic development with Copenhagen Pride.

Katja Moesgaard
Katja Moesgaard
Chair - She/her/hers

Katja is an experienced executive and a former national team player and captain of the women’s national ice hockey team.

Since her sports career, she has mainly worked with experience marketing, sponsorships, concept development and impact measurement within brand partnerships and live events. She has used her expertise strengthening commercial and operational matters in large corporations and was brought in as the first CEO of DBU A/S and later headhunted as COO of Parken Sport & Entertainment. With her strong merits, she leads the project with a steady hand.


Communications & Marketing

Jay Edwards Bannon
Jay Edwards Bannon
Social Media Consultant - He/him/his

Jay holds an MA in Marketing Communications and Branding from Edge Hill University in the UK and has been working in communications for a number of LGBTI+ Pride organisations since 2017. He was previously the Social Media Manager for Global Pride 2020 and continues as Communications Manager for both Southampton Pride in the UK and the European Pride Organisers Association.

Mariya Staugaard
Mariya Staugaard
Communications Officer - She/her/hers

Mariya has worked as an administrative assistant for Copenhagen Pride since 2019, where she is also editor in chief of HeartCore – The Official Copenhagen Pride Magazine. In March 2021, she joined the Copenhagen 2021 communications team. Mariya has a MA in English and Gender Studies from the University of Copenhagen and has previously worked for Amnesty International on intersex rights in Denmark, LGBTI+ rights in Uganda, and consent-based rape legislation.

Liv Rossander
Liv Rossander
PR Consultant - She/her/hers

As a journalist and PR professional with a background in political science, Liv has worked with many different cultural actors like festivals and theaters, as well as sustainable brands and politicians. Before joining Copenhagen 2021, she worked in many start-up environments, and as editor-in-chief and head of communications. She will help ensure that Copenhagen 2021 will be on everyone’s mind and create awareness through interaction in domestic media in Denmark.

Jemma Tracey
Jemma Tracey
Communications Coordinator - She/her/hers

Jemma holds an MSc in Gender and Sexuality from The University of Amsterdam, and has worked across both strategic communications and program management for national and international NGO’s in India, the Netherlands, the UK, and Denmark. She has worked on a range of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, digital storytelling, children’s rights, and Brexit. Jemma was previously part of the organising team behind MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ+ film festival.

Camilla Engelby
Camilla Engelby
Graphic Designer - She/her/hers

Camilla has studied media graphic design, project management and online marketing. She has over 10 years’ experience in her field primarily in B2B and B2C marketing. She’s previously done volunteer work for international conferences and is passionate about the environment, equality and typography.

Anders Kungsman
Anders Kungsman
Communications Officer - He/him/his

Anders graduated from Medieinstitutet in Malmö.  Prior to his studies Anders founded and worked as an actor, director and playwright at the theater company, Öresundsteatern in Landskrona. A consistent line in their productions was to illuminate and work against exclusion and for human rights. Human rights and equality has always been close to his heart. As a recent convert to a communications career, he hopes to contribute with inclusive and inspirational content about interesting people and places to go when visiting Copenhagen and Malmö.

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor
Director of Communications & Marketing - He/him/his

Steve has 20 years’ experience in civil society and political communications and campaigns, including leading award-winning campaigns in the fields of disability, human rights and children’s rights. He has spent almost a decade in the Pride movement and has been a board member of the European Pride Organisers Association since 2016, co-founded the UK Pride Organisers Network and Global Pride, and spent eight years with Pride in London.


Culture

Ingo (Cando) Andersson
Ingo (Cando) Andersson
Culture Producer, Malmö Pride - They/them/theirs

Ingo has more than 25 years’ experience in LGBTI+ organising and producing events and festivals in Europe. For many years they were based in London where they created Wotever World, including Bar Wotever, Non Binary Cabaret and Wotever FilmFestival. Now based in Malmö, working as project developer for RFSL Malmö and leading the work with the cultural producers and venues in Malmö during WorldPride for Malmö Pride. Listen to Ingo on the #YouAreIncluded Podcast.

Emilie Kjærgaard Jørgensen
Emilie Kjærgaard Jørgensen
Venue Manager, Huset 2021 - She/her/hers

Emilie holds a MA in International Marketing and Management. As Festival Manager at Huset 2021 Main House and Front Yard she focuses on creating a welcoming, insightful, caring and visionary safer space for young LGBTI+ people and their allies. Besides organising a buzzing Main House with improv theatre, dance performances, innovative tech workshops, movies, debates, communal dining and much more, Emilie has experience in city branding and tourism and a passion for communication which will ensure that young people in Denmark and abroad will know about Huset 2021 and find their way to some life changing experiences.

Lukas Hvitnov Clare
Lukas Hvitnov Clare
Venue Manager, Huset 2021 - He/him/his

Lukas is studying Humanities and Technology at Roskilde University. Being a young LGBTI+ person himself he is passionate about creating a cool, safe and lively venue for young LGBTI+ people and their allies and to set a milestone for 2021 that shows how far we have come but how far we still have to go. Lukas works closely with LGBTI+ youth individuals and organisations in ensuring a program at Huset 2021 Main House and Front Yard that will make it the place for everybody between 13–21 years, and a youth venue to be remembered many years ahead.

Karen Widding
Karen Widding
Culture Coordinator - She/her/hers

Karen holds a master’s degree in cultural studies, and has combined her academic work with filmmaking and journalism focused on the dissemination of culture and the tension between ethics, art, culture and society. Her strength is concept development and ability to realise a project through her experience as a producer and editor. Her approach is structured and creative in the development of a comprehensive and inclusive cultural program for Copenhagen 2021.

Janne Juul
Janne Juul
Venue Manager, Fluid Festival - She/her/hers

Janne holds a master’s degree in Dramaturgy and Film Studies and has an extensive background in development and realisation of cultural projects and she will pass on that experience in the processes of creating Fluid Festival. She has a long carrier as a moviemaker, researcher, teacher and project developer and she has worked specifically as a project manager for Empatisk Arbejdsmarked at LGBT Danmark and programmer at MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

Eva Bøggild
Eva Bøggild
Director of Culture & Identity - She/her/hers

With a long background in journalism, academia, communications, project management and partnership building, Eva leads our cultural programme and also focuses on securing the financial basis for Copenhagen 2021. Through close collaborations it is her ambition to engage all partners in the development of the extensive and agenda-setting program – whether it is culture, human rights, sports, Pride or volunteers – and thus make all of Copenhagen feel included.


EuroGames

Jonathan Sharp
Jonathan Sharp
Sports Coordinator - He/him/his

Jonathan holds a master’s degree from Roskilde University in Spatial Designs and Society and has worked professionally in the US, where he is from, in addition to Spain and the United Kingdom. He has volunteered or worked with Pride organisations in these different countries and his favourite event has always been the high heels race in Madrid. Despite being a serious tennis player and long-distance runner his entire life, he is a committed member of Pan Idræt’s dodgeball team.

Line Lovring Krægpøth
Line Lovring Krægpøth
Sport Tournament Coordinator - She/her/hers

Line has a Bachelor in Sports Science, Culture and Sport Sociology and a Masters degree in Diversity and Sports Governance. She is experienced with volunteer, sports and project management.

Laura Klem Orloff
Laura Klem Orloff
EuroGames Project Coordinator - She/her/hers

Laura has a bachelor degree in sports and event management and has a big interest in sports and mega events. She previously worked in planning and executing corporate events. Her ambition for Copenhagen 2021 is to make the event an extraordinary experience for all the athletes and make it unforgettable. She hopes the participants will experience not only the center, but the suburbs of Copenhagen – hopefully by bike.

Ayhan Can
Ayhan Can
Director of Sports - He/him/his

Ayhan comes from a background within culture and leisure management in the city of Copenhagen, where in close cooperation with sports associations and clubs he developed initiatives and events with the purpose of engaging local communities in culture and sport activities for all target groups – beyond gender, age, ethnicity and sexuality. In addition, he has worked specifically as the Secretariat-leader for the Danish Red Cross Youth. His great experiences and knowledge within this field is present in his daily work to reach the goals and ambitions for EuroGames in 2021.


General management

Kiriakos Mavropoulos
Kiriakos Mavropoulos
Executive Assistant / Project Coordinator - He/him/his

Kiriakos has spent the last years working as a project coordinator and consultant within fast-paced industries like that of gastronomy, service, and online marketing. Here he aided in the coordination and management of larger to smaller projects in the realm of IT, marketing, and service. His educational background consists of a MA in International Marketing and a BSc in Business Administration & Service Management. Kiriakos is one of the latest and probably last additions to the team and will essentially aid in the final sprint coordination of the project that is Copenhagen 2021.

Michael Bager
Michael Bager
Strategic Planning Manager - He/him/his

Michael holds a master’s degree in Philosophy (ethics and values in organizations) and has worked as Secretary General for Copenhagen Pride since 2019. Michael worked with volunteer based organizations the last 20 years, but also worked as dean at The Academy Zealand with BA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship among others.

Bo Madsen
Bo Madsen
Senior Operations Manager - He/him/his

Bo holds a masters degree in Political Science, but over the years has worked extensively in finance, tourism and events. He has been involved in the execution of several events around the world: EuroGames, Volvo Ocean Race, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Outgames, Flicker Fest and Nokia World. With a long background working with logistics for international events, he is now leading the implementation of the registration systems for the conferences and sports, accommodation platform, tickets and transport solutions for the 2021 event.

Kieron Yates
Kieron Yates
Transversal Project Manager - He/him/his

Kieron was Senior Project Manager for Pride in London for three years and has led projects in partner activation, retail and merchandise, production planning and stakeholder management. Having previously volunteered with Pride in London since 2014, Kieron has participated in numerous WorldPride and EuroPride events, and has a background in travel.


Human Rights

Irene González Zamorano
Irene González Zamorano
Human Rights Intern - She/her/hers

Irene holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Politics from the University of Sheffield (UK) and is now pursuing as a scholar the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Global Studies in Roskilde University (Denmark) and Ghent University (Belgium). She has a strong interest in feminism, human rights and diplomacy, and she is also passionate about travelling, photography and developing her language skills.

Juraj Hovorka
Juraj Hovorka
Outreach Officer - He/him/his

Juraj holds professional degree in Marketing Management with an experience from multicultural work environments. One of the main interests are including Socio-economic sciences and the humanities.

Patrick van der Pas
Patrick van der Pas
Human Rights Officer - He/him/his

Patrick holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development from United Nations University and has a background in anthropology and sociology. He has over 10 years’ of experience in civil society work, with a primary focus on human rights, accessibility and diversity. Patrick was Project Manager for Global Pride in 2020 and has been involved in the international Pride movement for over seven years.

Aastha Kc
Aastha Kc
Human Rights Intern - She/her/hers

Aastha has an academic background in Human Rights Studies and Sociology of Law. She is a lover of cinema, books and photography and a self proclaimed crossword aficionado. Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aastha lived in Melbourne, Australia for over a decade before moving to Malmö in 2016. She is an advocate of the universality of human rights.

Stijn Hoevenaar
Stijn Hoevenaar
Human Rights Intern - He/him/his

Stijn has been studying Chinese studies at Leiden University, during which he spent a year in Beijing. He has begun a masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, again at Leiden University. During his studies, he has been part of multiple student associations related to travel, cooking and also LGBTI+ rights.

Milena Kocic
Milena Kocic
Human Rights Officer - She/her/hers

Milena holds a master’s degree in International and Global History from Aarhus University and has a great interest in international relations, human rights, and minority issues. Through her previous internship (in the Embassy of Denmark in the Netherlands) she has gained experience in analysing politics both within a bilateral framework as well as EU-matters. Other than having solid skills in developing communication strategies and content for different channels, she has also become accustomed to planning and executing events and trips involving bigger groups of people.

Aron Le Fèvre
Aron Le Fèvre
Director of Human Rights - He/him/his

Aron is a passionate and multilingual champion of human rights, with experience in international politics and the global LGBTI+ and Pride community. He is leading the Copenhagen 2021 Human Rights Forum with the goal to elevate the international LGBTI+ agenda, working together with a multitude of governments, civil society and non-governmental organizations both in Denmark and abroad.


Partnerships

Arnar Thor
Arnar Thor
Product Activation Manager - He/him/his

Arnar was born and raised in Iceland, lived overseas in the US for two years and has now been in Denmark for over just 15 years. Throughout the years he has gained essential experience in various management roles, building and maintaining solid partner networks, attracting sponsors. He has extensive experience in leading / coordinating major logistically challenging projects with a broad and diverse stakeholder portfolio. Arnar brings a true international, detail-oriented profile to the table with his diverse experience now in the role as our Product Activation Manager.

Thomas Kim Rasmussen
Thomas Kim Rasmussen
Partnerships Specialist - He/him/his

Thomas has been establishing solid partnerships, sponsorships and long-term creative collaborations with brands and companies on behalf of Copenhagen Pride since 2014. The goal is to see Copenhagen 2021 supported by a diverse array of commercial partners who all work with us to ensure more inclusion and equality both in workplaces as well as in society.

Helle Bjørnstrup
Helle Bjørnstrup
Partnerships Specialist - She/her/hers

Helle has been working with sponsors and partners for Copenhagen Pride since 2014 and is part of the Copenhagen 2021 team. Her main focus is to ensure that value-based partnerships are established with the right brands and companies that actively work with diversity and inclusion at the workplace and has made supporting the Pride movement and the LGBTI+ community part of their company DNA.

Kieron Yates
Kieron Yates
Transversal Project Manager - He/him/his

Kieron was Senior Project Manager for Pride in London for three years and has led projects in partner activation, retail and merchandise, production planning and stakeholder management. Having previously volunteered with Pride in London since 2014, Kieron has participated in numerous WorldPride and EuroPride events, and has a background in travel.


Production

Sanna Lilie
Sanna Lilie
Lead Producer Malmö - She/her/hers

Sanna has extensive experience in executing meetings between the public sector and business due to her professional background in culture-driven urban development and as an idea and business developer. She is passionate about working with and developing societal norms to create sustainable organisational structures and collaborative environments, where individuals can develop regardless of who they are. Her academic background is in social, behavioural and gender science.

Peter Schønnemann Andreasen
Peter Schønnemann Andreasen
Production Coordinator - He/him/his

Peter is a stage manager from the Danish national school of performing arts with a decade in theater and festival production.

He has a focus on practicalities and logistics around venues and events, navigating municipality and safety regulations to help ensure that our project’s ambitions can bloom and become realities.

Jeppe Klæstrup James
Jeppe Klæstrup James
Head of Production - He/him/his

Jeppe is a Production Manager with experience from various parts of the events industry, with a special focus on music and festival production. Jeppe has worked for a range of different events and festivals in both Denmark and the UK. Before joining the 2021 team, Jeppe was Production Manager at a Danish booking agency, handling production and touring for a large range of Danish artists in Denmark and abroad.


Volunteers

Elin Bengtsson
Elin Bengtsson
Volunteer Coordination Intern - She/her/hers

Elin is currently studying to become an event manager and is doing her internship at the Volunteer Team in Malmö working with managing the Includers, including producing social events.

Julie Seltoft
Julie Seltoft
Includer Education Intern - She/her/hers

Julie is take a candidate in learning and development and as a part of that she is doing an internship over the summer. She will be helping the Volunteer Team with the Includers Education Program. Julie has a background in working with adults and children with various disabilities.

Laura Goret
Laura Goret
Volunteer Education & Inclusion Coordinator - They/them and She/her

Laura has an academic background in gender studies and philosophy. As a part of their studies they have worked with the UK-based trans children’s charity Mermaids, and has a background in Copenhagen-based queer rights activism. In their role with Copenhagen 2021 they will assist with volunteer recruitment and work with the Volunteer Education team to ensure education on active inclusion in practice for the volunteers of WorldPride & EuroGames.

Marina Jensen
Marina Jensen
Volunteer Coordinator, Copenhagen - She/her/hers

Marina is an educated event coordinator with a background in the events and music industry. Mainly focusing on concerts and festivals, her roles has varied from Backstage Manager to Project Management. In her spare time, she runs a volunteer grassroots organisation which focuses on helping young people to break their negative social heritage. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator she will deliver the visions of the long-term volunteers, the board, and the overall project, by coordinating events, distributing shifts, keeping track on volunteer recruitment and much more.

Lila Johansson
Lila Johansson
Volunteer Coordinator, Malmö - They/them/theirs

Lila is a LGBTI+ activist and event organiser for more than 25 years and especially dedicated to communication, sexual and reproductive health and rights and human rights. They have a diverse academic background in both social work and cultural science, and previously worked in Landskrona city coordinating and communicating their cultural events. Founder of Wish Power Exchange.


WorldPride

Emil Rissve
Emil Rissve
Event Producer, Malmö - They/them/theirs

Emil has a BA in gender studies with a focus on organization and leadership. They have 14 years of background in different NGOs working with LGBTI+ rights and with sexual and reproductive health and rights. They have also been professionally working with event coordination and production. For WorldPride, Emil will be working with partners and with the arrangements of parties and other events.

Tonny Liljenberg
Tonny Liljenberg
Show Producer - He/him/his

Tonny has been a board member of Copenhagen Pride from 2013–2019. Since 2019 he has been Head of Show for Copenhagen Pride. Tonny is solely responsible for Copenhagen Pride’s Drag Night which has grown to become one of the worlds biggest live drag shows. Tonny is the owner of the Copenhagen-based drag show, Draghouse and he’s created club events in the LGBTI+ community since 2000 and he has dj’ed at LGBTI+ clubs and events around the world.

Jesper Sørensen
Jesper Sørensen
Parade Manager - He/him/his

Jesper has 16 years of experience in organising and executing Copenhagen Pride. He’s also been the Security and Parade Manager for Copenhagen Pride since 2009. Furthermore, Jesper has for the past 27 years been a member of several boards and working groups in the Danish LGBTI+ community and has worked as a consultant for the Danish Red Cross with the development and retention of volunteers.

Anna Tenfält
Anna Tenfält
Director of WorldPride Malmö - She/her/hers

Anna has close to 20 years of working experience in the music and event industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in leadership and organization as well as Music & Event management from the Linné University in Sweden and has a background in festival management, human rights, inclusion and diversity. As a manager for artists/bands she brings knowledge about the event- and music industry. She is also the founder and owner of the artist management company Amplify Management.

Lars Henriksen
Lars Henriksen
Director of WorldPride - He/They

Lars has been part of Copenhagen Pride since 2006 and Chairperson since 2013. He has participated in international LGBTI+ work through European Pride Organisers Association and InterPride and in Prides around the world. Lars has a broad background in advocacy, teaching and political advocacy as well as the arts.

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