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.
At Maternity Foundation Tara leads business development, strategy, and organizational management work. She is passionate about leveraging technology to improve the health of women and newborns and believes that effective partnerships are essential to solve development challenges.
Prior to working at Maternity Foundation, Tara worked for MAMA (the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action) based at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. Tara has an MA from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies and International Development with a focus on public health. Originally from Maine, Tara has spent many years living in Latin America and speaks Spanish. She currently lives in Copenhagen with her family.
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.
Johanne oversees Maternity Foundation’s communication activities in Denmark and internationally, including press, events, partnerships, program support, content production and digital management.
Before joining Maternity Foundation, Johanne spent 6 years in Rwanda, working in the intersection between development, innovation, and women’s rights, including projects for American Refugee Committee, Women for Women International, Akilah Institute, and The Swedish Institute.
Previously, Johanne did research on mHealth and maternal health in Zanzibar and has worked and travelled throughout East Africa since 2010.
Johanne holds an MA in Analytical Journalism from Aarhus University and Danish School of Media & Journalism.
Aram joined Maternity Foundation in September 2019 as a Grants Controller. His core responsibility is to control and ensure quality and compliant financial management of grants and funding from our donors and partners throughout the project cycle. He has a key role in setting up new and improved financial control and quality assurance mechanisms for the financial management of our projects.
Before joining Maternity Foundation, Aram worked in Armenia as Finance Manager at Mission East, a Danish relief and development organization, for 8 years and as Finance and Administration Manager at the US-based organization AED for 12 years.
Aram holds a Master’s Degree in Management and has a Ph.D in Technical Sciences.
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.
Lauren is responsible for 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, Lauren was a post-doctoral researcher specialising in environmental and social impacts on human health. As a researcher, she has expertise in data analysis and research methods.
Lauren holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Exeter, with a focus on climate and human health.
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.
Lauren is a public health professional with over eight years of experience designing and implementing global health programs with a focus on maternal, newborn, and child health. As a Senior Program manager, Lauren supports in-country partner organizations and government ministries to implement and scale the Safe Delivery App and. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Before joining Maternity Foundation, Lauren was a Senior Program Associate for the USAID Fistula Care Plus project at EngenderHealth. She has also worked with UNICEF in New York, Helen Keller International in the Philippines, and Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone. Lauren received a BA from Emory University and an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Agnete 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.
Agnete is a midwife and has worked in all areas of the midwifery field – clinic, research, teaching and management for the past 15 years. Furthermore, Agnete holds a Master of Anthropology of Health.
Katrine’s primary responsibility is the content management system behind the Safe Delivery App. Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2018, Katrine worked as a research assistant focusing on environmental health and environmental epidemiology at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has also worked at Copenhagen University College as a consultant in charge of the development, planning and quality assurance of continuing health education activities.Katrine holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Copenhagen and a Bachelor of Midwifery. Katrine has worked as a midwife, and as a midwife specialist consultant for conception, pregnancy, lactation and infant feeding.
Trine supports the clinical team and the rest of the organization in digital and design related tasks and projects. Trine comes from a background in software and has been working with User Experience since finishing her MSc at the IT University of Copenhagen in 2006.
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.
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.