Meet our board

Honorary Chair of the Fulbright Denmark Board

H.E. Alan Leventhal

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark

American members

Cynthia Brown

Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
Vice Chair of Fulbright Denmark

Cynthia Brown is the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, where she oversees the Mission’s press and cultural programming and public engagement. Cynthia Brown began her career with the U.S. Department of State in 2001. Her most recent assignment was as an Assessor with the State Department’s Board of Examiners. Her overseas assignments include Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa and Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Cynthia Brown also served in Maputo, Mozambique and São Paulo, Brazil. Cynthia is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and holds a Master in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, where she specialized in marketing and Latin American studies.

Phillip Assis

Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
Treasurer of Fulbright Denmark

Phillip Assis is Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen and will in this position also be the Treasurer of Fulbright Denmark.  Prior postings have included the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia; a Public Diplomacy Desk Officer in the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau; posting in Karachi, Pakistan; the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican); Georgetown, Guyana (South America); and Doha, Qatar. Prior to the Foreign Service, Phillip Assis spent a decade managing U.S. Government-funded international exchanges between American and African electric power utilities.  He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin (West Africa), and worked as a paralegal at a corporate law firm in Chicago.  Phillip Assis holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Cynthia Koetsier-Beerten

General Manager, Cisco Denmark

Cynthia Koetsier-Beerten is the General Manager of Cisco in Denmark. Her expertise includes product and service account management, channel and inside sales, as well as finance and accounting. Previously, she held the position at Cisco Denmark of Sales Director – Global & Local Enterprise from 2018 to 2022, and Client Director for Global Enterprise Accounts from 2017 to 2018. Cynthia is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and she excels in building high-performing teams and guiding individuals to reach their full potential.

Katherine Richardson

Professor, Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate, UCPH

Katherine Richardson is Professor of Biological Oceanography and Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen. Her research centers on how changes in climate and biodiversity in the ocean interact to influence the global carbon cycle and how humans are impacting the Earth System. Katherine Richardson is also a Principle Investigator in the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework aiming to identify a safe operating space for humanity in relation to its perturbation of the global environment. She is a member of the Danish Council on Climate Change as well as UN’s Scientific Panel to draft the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.


Danish members

Pernille Ulrich

Head of Division, Danish Agency for Ministry of Higher Education & Science
Chair of Fulbright Denmark

Pernille Ulrich’s work focuses on the management of higher education institutions, especially universities and artistic institutions in her position as Head of Division at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. In recent years she has also worked within the innovation area and innovation infrastructure as well as with the state research funds. The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has been her focal point besides 5 years at the confederation of Danish Industry. Pernille Ulrich holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agriculture from the University of Copenhagen.

Niels Andersen

Vice Director, DTU Space & Head of Polar Activities, DTU

Niels Andersen is on the DTU Space Executive Board and the Head of Department for Innovation and Public Authorities at DTU Space. Niels is the national representative in the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), a member of the Danish Delegation regarding United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a member of the International Law Association (ILA), and Chair of the IHO/IAG Advisory Board to United Nations on the Law of the Sea. Niels has a Ph.D. in Geodesy from University of Copenhagen, a Master’s in Physics/Mathematics from University of Aarhus and a Diploma in Business Excellence from Columbia University in New York.

Jørn Brøndal

Professor & Chair, Center for American Studies, SDU

Jørn Brøndal is Professor and Chair of the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He holds a Ph.D. degree in U.S. History from the University of Copenhagen.Jørn specializes in U.S. political, ethnic and racial history. His book, Ethnic Leadership and Midwestern Politics (2004) received a Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award of Merit (2005). His Danish-language book Det sorte USA (Black America, 2016) was among the finalists for two Danish book awards. Brøndal frequently discusses US politics on Danish radio and TV.

Peter Kurrild–Klitgaard

Professor, Department of Political Science, UCPH

Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard is Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Peter holds a Master’s from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Copenhagen University. He has held visiting appointments at a number of U.S. universities, including Harvard University, New York University, and George Mason. His specialization is comparative politics and political economy, with a special focus on constitutions and electoral systems. He has been used as a commentator on U.S. politics in Danish media for over 20 years.