Meet the team
Anja Jung Nielsen is the Personal Assistant to Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Office Manager at the Copenhagen Office. Anja has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 17 years. She has worked mainly at 4- and 5-star hotels in Copenhagen and obtained experience with coordination, event planning, service, and customer care.
Clemens is involved in the organization and implementation of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. In addition, he is engaged in CRM tasks and provides support for various other projects. He is particularly interested in democracy promotion and election integrity.
Danielle is responsible for driving our programmatic activity, overseeing the operations of the Alliance, and is the beating heart of our annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit. Danielle’s professional experiences include The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the European Institute of Peace and worked in various hubs including Warsaw, Brussels, DC and Prague. In addition, Danielle is a research fellow focusing on Transatlantic, Central and Eastern European foreign and security relations at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Hamasa is assisting with the planning of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2024. She recently completed her master’s degree in European Studies at Aalborg University. Her academic research focused on European affairs - specifically Central and European politics, authoritarian regimes, and populist parties.
James works across our communications, programs, events and other initiatives to support democracy. He is a former spokesperson to a political group in the European Parliament, and from 2017-2022 served as Communications Director to Rasmussen Global, supporting democratic governments such as Ukraine.
Senior Strategy Director
Jemma is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing communications in relation to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit and our other programs. She has experience working across both strategic communications and program management for non-profit organisations in India, the Netherlands, the UK, and Denmark. Her professional experiences include the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Copenhagen 2021, and Children in Scotland.
Jonas is responsible for the overall management and fundraising of our work, including the yearly Copenhagen Democracy Summit. He has worked in and with the three power centers of the globe; Washington, Beijing and Brussels, and regularly features in both Danish and International media to offer his perspectives. Jonas has regular column in the Danish newspaper Berlingske.
Lucy is assisting with the planning, organizing, and executing communications in relation to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit and our other programs. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in communications at Institut Supérieur de Communication (ISCOM) in Paris, focusing on press relations and political communications. She is particularly interested in human rights, democracy promotion and good governance.
Marcus is involved in the organization and assists with various tasks and projects. This includes engaging in the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, different CRM tasks, and background research. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Political Science and Foreign Policy at the University of Copenhagen and is particularly interested in Geopolitics and its effect on emerging democracies.
Maria Fogh Duelund
Maria is responsible for the daily operation of Alliance of Democracies and looks after everything from finance to human resources. She has experience within the fields of general management and leadership, combining 15 years of experience both in the private sector as well as the military. Maria is a trained military interpreter in the Russian and Serbian languages. In 2003/2004, she was deployed to Kosovo as part of NATO’s peace-support operation. Maria is a strong believer in democracy, individual civil liberties, and the rule of law.
Chief Operating Officer
Olaf is responsible for coordinating the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), focusing on political disinformation, hybrid threats, media literacy and very interested in policy issues at the intersection of tech & democracy. Olaf has worked for many years in the German Bundestag as well as in leading positions in the international think tank community.
Richard is responsible for both fundraising and managing our Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship. He has a demonstrated history of working with international non-profit organisations, from serving as a fundraising coach with UNICEF Denmark to working in operations at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.
Tim is responsible for overseeing both Alliance of Democracies and Rasmussen Global strategic communications. He has ten years of experience managing international press and media campaigns, working with leading politicians and international organisations. He has previously worked as Press and Communications Advisor to the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Before joining the European Parliament, he worked in press and media at the European Defence Agency and in the private sector.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why were you formed?
The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that just 4.5 percent of the planet lives in a full democracy. Meanwhile, autocrats and dictators have been in the ascendancy, spurred on by a retreat in global American leadership in recent years. The premise of the Alliance of Democracies is to strengthen the spine of the world’s democracies, to encourage greater cooperation between nations who share common values, to counter spoilers and support those who wish to bring more democracy to their countries. As the world enters a period of technological revolution and disruption, we need to ensure tech is being used for benign purposes and that it enhances democratic processes.
How are you funded?
The AoD is a non-profit organization funded by private sponsors, governments and individuals. In addition, the AoD is also supported by ‘in kind’ donations.
How do you spend your money?
The Alliance’s funds are spent on a small Secretariat that delivers on the program initiatives, and organises the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. Program initiatives include the Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship Program which seeks to equip Democracy Tech entrepreneurs from emerging democracies with the know-how of starting and scaling successful, democratically driven ventures, our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, and additional programming around democracy promotion.
How can I get involved?
There are a number of ways to support us, from sharing social media content to making a small donation to the AoD’s work. If you would like to attend the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, please contact [email protected], and join our mailing list to receive our regular update mail ‘Democracy Defender’. Most importantly, the greatest contribution we can all make is to speak up for democracy!