Our Board

Lene Rachel Andersen

President of Nordic Bildung


Lene Rachel Andersen is a member of the Club of Rome. She has a BA in business economy and studied theology 1993- 97. From 1993 to 2001, she wrote comedy and entertainment for Danish media and went to the US a number of times; she went there a Dane and returned as a European. Since 2005, she has worked as an independent futurist, author, philosopher, and publisher. For her books, she has received the Ebbe Kløvedal-Reich Democracy Baton (2007) and the Danish librarians’ Døssing Prize (2012); among her titles are Democracy Handbook (2010), Globalt gearskift (2014),  The Nordic Secret (2017), Metamodernity (2019), and Bildung (2020). You can find interviews with and articles etc. by Lene at lenerachelandersen.com.

Mette Hvid Brockmann



Mette Hvid Brockmann has a master’s degree in public administration, her dissertation being on culture economy. She worked as a producer and CEO of a theater for 15 years and has since shifted to the environmental sector where she specialized in facilitating multi-expert teams. Before devoting herself to Nordic Bildung, she worked at Chora Connection developing sustainable solutions for society based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Erika Tanos

Vice chair


Erika Tanos is an innovation anthropologist and the founder and owner of Curiosity Shop AB. Her work focuses on integrating an anthropocentric perspective with society and cultural analysis in multidisciplinary projects. In recent years, she has participated in and also directed a number of international projects combining innovation, complex and creative problemsolving, infotainment design, and futurism. Her toolbox contains design and systems thinking and she is currently working as a workshop leader at the innovation platform Openlab in Stockholm, Sweden.

Chris Shern

Member of the board


Chris is a cultural adventurer. Raised in the US Midwest, he has lived and worked internationally for over 20 years. He worked for Scandinavian Airlines for many years in a variety of leadership roles across three continents.

Currently, he is a Managing Director of Henley Business School in Denmark and the IME Foundation. He is co-author of “Return of the Vikings – Nordic Leadership in Times of Extreme Change” an inspirational book for leaders seeking inspiration in the trust-based Nordic approach to leadership, its origins in the Viking era, and its relevance in a world characterised by extreme change and complexity. Chris holds an Executive MBA, and a BA in International Relations.

Nicolai Tillisch

Member of the board


Nicolai Tillisch is an economist, entrepreneur, leadership developer, and author. His work includes applying adult development theory to help people make a positive difference and improve their quality of life. Nicolai is a member of Cultivating Leadership (a global development firm), co-founder of Deliberate Development (a Swedish software venture), and co-author of Return on Ambition (Fast Company Press, 2021). Nicolai has worked extensively on four continents and recently moved back to his native Copenhagen with his family after living abroad for sixteen years in Dubai and London.

Sturla Bjerkaker

Member of the board


Sturla Bjerkaker is a long standing and experienced adult educator with engagements both in Norway and abroad. His present activities are project management and evaluation. For almost 20 years, he was the secretary general/director of the Norwegian Association for Adult Learning and before that principal for the Nordic Folk Academy run by the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has university degrees in pedagogy/adult education, sociology and social science and has written several books and articles about adult learning and education. He has been a board member of the European Association for the Education of Adults and the International Council for Adult Education. Since 2014 he is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and from 2018 also a member of the Hall of Fame Executive Board.