Anna Cecilia Frellsen has been the CEO of Maternity Foundation since 2013. During her leadership, Maternity Foundation has established itself as a well-respected player in the global maternal health scene. Among her responsibilities, Anna has led the scale-up of Maternity Foundation’s mobile health solutions, including the Safe Delivery App, which is now used in more than 40 countries.
Anna holds an MBA from IESE and has more than 15 years of business experience within strategy, marketing and general management. She has worked as the CEO for a small start-up, as a partner with KPMG Strategy, and she spent more than seven years with McKinsey & Company. She started her career working in the pharmaceutical industry in the US and the UK. In addition to her position with the Maternity Foundation, she is the Vice-Chair at the NGO Break The Silence and sits on the board of Ovacure and CfL (Danish Management Center) and is furthermore Board Member of William Demant Foundation & William Demant Invest.
Birthe Thomsen has joined Maternity Foundation as new Deputy Director in September 2021. Birthe is based in Copenhagen and will act in a cross-functional role to support the implementation of the strategy and lead key operational processes.
Birthe holds a MSc in international business from the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences and brings 20+ years of experience within strategy, business development and business support and has worked in large corporations, start-ups, and consulting firms such as Novo Nordisk, PA Consulting and Accenture.
Mohit has over 17 years of total IT experience, and is adept in engineering processes, customer success and people management. With good experience in scaled agile methodologies, he was heading the product development teams in previous engagements. He has lead , in different roles in HCL and IBM, multiple portfolio involving global customer engagements.
Mohit is skilled in various new technologies, he has driven the solutions with innovations. Mohit has done his Masters in Computers and holds other certifications.
Søren holds a MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University and has 20+ years of experience in financial management and international project controlling in different NGOs.
He has previously worked in the Danish health sector and within the UN system where he was based in Bolivia and Costa Rica. Søren will be responsible for financial processes and activities across the organization.
Andreas is a part of the Business Development team with cross-cutting responsibilities within strategy, fundraising, organisational development and management support.
Before joining Maternity Foundation HQ, Andreas spent half a year at our Ethiopian country office focusing on our in-country strategy and fundraising opportunities. Prior to Maternity Foundation, Andreas worked for three years as development manager at the danish NGO, Break the Silence, with responsibilities within fundraising, donor relations, partnerships and program development. Andreas holds a Masters degree from Copenhagen Business School.
Beyond bringing a smiling attitude to work, Sirin poses the ability of joggling between detailed health issues and holistic strategic thinking. Sirin supports the advancement of Maternity Foundation’s impact through new alliances, partnerships, and execution on strategic priorities.
Sirin has a medical background with clinical experience in e.g., Pediatrics. She also holds experience from Global Health at University of Copenhagen, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and several NGO’s including Plan International and Doctors without Borders.
Julie has over ten years of experience in the development sector from Denmark and Mexico. Before joining Maternity Foundation, Julie worked for several years for Nordic Consulting Group in Copenhagen and for international NGOs in Mexico such as Article 19, Ipas Mexico, and Population Council Inc., where she focused on fundraising, grants management, and the implementation of donor-funded projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as other human rights related issues. Julie holds a B.A. in Communication and an M.Sc. in International Development.
Helle oversees Maternity Foundation’s communication activities in Denmark and internationally, including press, events, partnerships, program support, content production and digital management.
Helle has many years of experience with communication, fundraising and campaign management through her previous positions within the UN system and Danish NGOs. She holds a MCs in Policital Science and a Diploma Degree in Journalism.
Helena is leading the Maternity Foundation’s global program portfolio. Together with the Program Team, she works towards reaching even more skilled birth attendants with the Safe Delivery Program. By leveraging digital technology, learning content and services the Program Team works closely with partners in low resource settings to enable safer childbirths for women and newborns, everywhere.
Helena has over 10 years of experiences in development and humanitarian sector. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Serbia, Kosovo and Ukraine. She holds a BA in Sociology, MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration, and has a verified certificate in “Tech for Good: Role of ICT in Achieving SDGs”. She is currently based with her family in Moscow, and leads Maternity Foundations program team based in Copenhagen, Ethiopia, India, and New York.
As Senior Program Manager, Kate supports Maternity Foundation’s partners in Southeast and Central Asia to implement the Safe Delivery Program to enable safer childbirths for women and newborns. Prior to joining Maternity Foundation, Kate worked for MSI Reproductive Choices in the UK for 5 years, supporting the implementation of safe abortion and family planning projects primarily in Asia and East and Southern Africa. Kate also has experience working in Timor-Leste and China on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She holds a LLB (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland and a Masters of International Public Health from the University of New South Wales.
Astrid covering for Lauren, the global learning and research at Maternity Foundation. In this role, she supports in-country monitoring and evaluation processes, leads research, analyses Safe Delivery App usage to provide insights, and disseminates best practices and learnings on the various implementation models.
Before joining Maternity Foundation, Astrid was working with UNHCR Lebanon where she supported various teams with data collection and analysis and production of knowledge outputs.
Astrid holds a master’s degree in Global Development and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Copenhagen.
Narender Goswami joined Maternity Foundation as the Country Director for India after scaling remarkable heights in the field of Public Health with more than 11 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Maternity Foundation, he has worked in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and PRONTO International. He has supported MoHFW, GOI and provided technical expertise in rollout of various national level programs including LaQshya, Midwifery, SUMAN, PMSMA, Maternal death and surveillance, Abortion care etc. His contribution towards the policy and program dialogue has been immensely supportive. He has been a member of various national expert groups for maternal health training initiatives and programs and thus proved his deft skills in the field by establishing himself as the go-to expert on maternal and new-born health. He is zealous in bringing about dynamic changes in the ways mothers and new-borns are given priority above all. He looks forward to making birth giving a special experience for all mothers and for the service provider.
Katrine is responsible for the quality assurance and development of all clinical components in Maternity Foundations work, which spans from ensuring the highest clinical standards in our programmatic work to ensuring alignment with global and local guidelines and the clinical content in the Safe Delivery App. Katrine is a midwife and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH). Katrine has years of experience in midwifery, lactation and infant feeding, public health research and planning/quality assurance of continuing health education activities.
Sarah is part of the clinical team at Maternity Foundation, where she primarily works with the clinical content in the Safe Delivery App and the content management system.
She holds a Bachelor in Midwifery from Metropolitan University College, as well as a Master in Disaster Management from University of Copenhagen and a MSc in Global Health from University of Copenhagen. Previously Sarah has worked as a midwife at the postnatal ward at Herlev Hospital and Rigshospitalet.
Nanna is part of the clinical team where she is in charge of conducting remote trainings.
She holds a bachelor In Midwifery from Metropolitan University College and prior to joining Maternity Foundation she worked at Rigshospitalets labour ward.
Lucy is a qualified midwife and has worked in the hospital wards at Medway hospital in Kent (UK) and as a specialist midwife for socially vulnerable families before moving to Copenhagen in 2020. In the position as the new Clinical Coordinator, Lucy will use her great competence to contribute new app content, clinical training, and new projects.