I grew up in a small city in the western part of Denmark. From around the age of 14 I was sure that working in the field of nutrition was my ‘calling’. So I started studying nutrition and food technology at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, and I got my master’s degree in 1986.
I have been actively involved in setting up and running a number of different public health nutrition initiatives. These include efforts to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. My role has most often been to provide leadership for public-private partnerships: Creating excitement and ensuring the ownership and continue support of partners is high on my list of priorities and expertise. My focus is on policy and environmental change rather than communication and nutrition education.