July 11, 2010


For more information please contact:

Executive Director, American Friends of SMK Hanne Støvring Email: hanne.afsmk@smk.dk Phone: +1  212 812 4362 Cultural Coordinator, American Friends of SMK Kirstine Bendix Email: kirstine.afsmk@smk.dk For direct donations and inquiries, please contact the office of AFSMK: American Friends of SMK 31 West 34th Street, 7th Floor #7010, New York, NY 10001 Phone: +1 212 812 4362 (US) Email: egrand@ghspm.com Contact: Emily Grand, administrator

The Executive Director of AFSMK

Ms. Hanne Støvring Executive Director of AFSMK 
Hanne Støvring is the Executive Director of the American Friends of SMK. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in art history, as well as a diploma in Journalism. She is an EFA Certified Fundraiser and previously served ten years at SMK in Denmark where she was Head of Development and Fundraising. When she is not busy developing AFSMK, she is painting. Hanne is a skilled artist herself.

Board of Directors and Officers and Honoraries


Mr. Marc Henry Assistant Treasurer and Member of The Board of Directors for the AFSMK Attorney at Law and Partner, FTMS.
Mr. Henry is Attorney at Law since 1988 and a litigation and arbitration partner at French firm FTMS after 17 years of partnership in an English and then US firm.  He became President of the French Arbitration Association in 2017. He gives lectures on arbitration and on the Art of Advocacy notably at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Marc Henry is also a philanthropist – with an interest for Scandinavian matters. He’s Chairman of the INUA fund – an endowment fund set up in August 2014 to develop the relations between France and Greenland in the fields of culture, science, environment, education, philanthropy, social, humanitarian and artistic matters. And he’s a Spokesman of Cercle Lévi Strauss an association of donators of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Mr. Henry is Doctor in Law (PhD) from University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne with an award of the Institute of Arbitration and  Expertise (1998), published in 2001

Ms. Colleen Ritzau Leth Vice Chair and Member of The Board of Directors for the AFSMK 
Ms. Leth is a specialist in museums, cultural affairs, and international relations. Trained as an art historian, she is a published author and the recipient of numerous research grants for studies on the history of collecting and museum development. Colleen has worked internationally with government and cultural organizations including Denmark’s Statens Museum for Kunst, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the Cairo Museum, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Center of Photography, USAID, the World Wildlife Fund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sotheby’s, where she directed the Sotheby’s Museum Network. Colleen is a Creative Time Global Ambassador, Vice President of the Tauck Family Foundation, Vice Chairman of the American Friends of the Statens Museum for Kunst, and Co-Founder of BAFA, a mentorship platform for culture sector professionals. Colleen holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MA in Art History from New York University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was Chair of the Oxford Art & Business Network.

Ms. Debra Hess Norris Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors at AFSMK
Ms Norris is Henry Francis DuPont Chair of Fine Arts. Chair and Professor, Art Conservation Department and Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. M.Sc. in Art Conservation from Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation; B.A. in Art History and Chemistry from University of Delaware. Chair, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware since 2001. Chairman of the Board of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA); appointed to the UNESCO National Committee as a Representative of Heritage Preservation. Former President of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC); former Council Member of the National Task Force on Emergency Response. She is also a member of the visiting committee for the Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art and a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Ms. Lena Beck Roervig President and Board Chair for the AFSMK Co-Founder, Beck Global Consulting
Ms. Roervig is CEO & co-founder of Beck Global Consulting specializing in high performance Board and leadership development.  She has an extensive international background having lived in Copenhagen, London, Cannes and now New York and she holds a MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School. She was also educated in INSEAD (France and Singapore) as well as Henley Business School in England. She serves on the Board of Directors for American Scandinavian Society as VP Denmark and is Chairman of Vibeke Roervig’s Ballet Foundation.

Mr. Arthur Zegelbone Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of AFSMK Foreign Service Officer, Retired Arthur Zegelbone is a retired Foreign Service Officer with experience in Latin America, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in East Asia. Mr. Zegelbone was the recipient of two U.S. Information Agency Meritorious Service Awards: one for creative arts programming, the other for negotiating the first ever consensus resolution in the UN’s Committee on Information. Since his retirement, Mr. Zegelbone has served as a consultant to the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership program. He has served as development consultant to several non-profit cultural organizations in New York and has collaborated with the Danish Arts Agency on an exchange of artists with New York City.  He speaks regularly on cultural diplomacy for New York University’s Multinational Institute for the Study of the United States.


Mr. Mikkel Bogh Director of the National Gallery of Denmark
Mr. Bogh is Director of the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen and the former Rector at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts. He is also an art critic for leading Danish newspapers. Previously he held positions as an assistant Professor at the Department of Art History at University of Aarhus and Head of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen. He is a member of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Board of the Foundation for Danish-Norwegian Co-operation. Mr. Bogh holds an MA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen.

Ms. Anna Thomsen Holliday, Partner Huntsham investment Partners, Houston
Ms. Holliday is a partner in Huntsham Investment Partners, a private investment company based in Houston, Texas and Founding Chairman and President of the Danish American Chamber and Commerce of South West. Ms. Holliday is educated from Aalborg University in Denmark and Houston University in Texas. She’s appointed to Danish Honorary Consul in Houston – and earlier she served as honorary vice consul at the consulate same place. She also serves on the board of numerous non-profits – among other the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, Houston International Dance Coalition, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, Houston Contemporary Craft Center, and FotoFest.

Dr. Khurram Jamil President of Strategic Initiatives and Co-founder of Area9 Lyceum
Dr. Khurram Jamil is President of Strategic Initiatives and Co-founder of Area9 Lyceum, a pioneer of four-dimensional adaptive learning. Dr. Jamil’s entrepreneurial experience expands over 20 years. He has successfully led dozens of teams comprising of medical professionals and educational scientists, spearheaded large development and partnership efforts, and managed multi-million dollar educational software development projects. Dr. Jamil completed his medical education at the University of Copenhagen in 2002. Dr. Jamil is a cultural bridge builder and is involved with various cultural & art organizations to support building creative and reflective societies. He is a board member at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center for the Boston Public library, and he serves on the Asia Society Center for Global Education Council as well as member of Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle in NYC.

Ms. Karin Sander Jochumsen, Founder and owner of Chandél, Copenhagen
Ms. Jochumsen is founder and owner of Chandél – Home of Beautiful Darkness. She has been living in Stockholm, New York and London – and recently returned to Copenhagen. Ms Jochumsen is educated cand. odont. from Copenhagen University and interior designer from Copenhagen School of Interior Design. After her degree from Copenhagen University she started a Dental Clinic in Copenhagen and worked as a dentist for many years. Ms Jochumsen is also a philanthropist – with an interest for Scandinavian art & culture. From 2014-17 she served as director of the board at American Scandinavian Society in New York.

Mr. Ilya Katsnelson CEO, Internaional Flight Support and owner of R&M Holding ApS
Mr. Katsnelson is an American-Danish businessman and investor, based in Denmark. He is the CEO of International Flight Support and owner of R&M Holding ApS as well as an expert in management, process optimization and logistics. He is a member of a number of corporate and non-profit boards and advisory bodies in Denmark and the USA. His areas of interest range from IT to Medical Devices and Real Estate. Past experiences include start-ups and established legacy business. Mr. Katsnelson is active in philanthropy and politics and resides in Copenhagen. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also studied in Oslo and Mexico.

Mr. Greg M. Moga III Principal of Moga Investments, LLC
Mr. Moga is the Principal of Moga Investments, LLC., providing venture capital to clean energy and biotechnology start-ups. He is also the Managing Director of SSB, Inc., a cryobank located in Seattle, Washington, and the principal and board director of Nordic Cryobank, ApS of Copenhagen, Denmark. Greg has served on the NatureBridge Olympic Board since 1999 and is currently Treasurer of the NatureBridge Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism from the George Washington University and his law degree from the John Marshall Law School. Greg Moga was the main individual supporter of the Ring show in 2019-2020.

Mr. Jolyon Stern Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, DeWitt Stern
Mr. Jolyon Stern is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of DeWitt Stern. DeWitt Stern is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm, specializing in business, personal, fine art, entertainment & media, employee benefit and executive liability insurance. He is the grandson of DeWitt H. Stern, the founder of DeWitt Stern and the third generation to lead the century-old firm. In addition to building the firm’s reputation for placing innovative commercial and personal insurance programs, Jolyon established DeWitt Stern as the premier insurance broker in the entertainment and fine arts worlds. Besides this Jolyon is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, on the Board of Directors of Roundabout Theatre Company,  The New Dramatists, Carnegie Hall and a Director of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.


Ms. Dorthe Aagesen Chief Curator and Senior Researcher, The National Gallery of Denmark
Dorthe Aagesen is a Curator and Senior Researcher with the Department of Painting and Sculpture at Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, where she has worked since 1999. She oversees the Museum’s modern collection, and has been engaged in ambitious reinstallations, while also organizing temporary exhibitions. Dorthe Aagesen completed her graduate studies in art history at Aarhus University in 1996, was a member of the Danish Agency for Culture’s council for Art History in 2008-2010, and on the board of NORDIK Nordic Committee for Art History in 2010-2012.


Mr. Mik Strøyberg Co-founder and CEO, Lemonsqueeze
Mr. Strøyberg is founder and CEO of Lemonsqueeze. He has a track record as an enthusiastic and highly motivated leader in strategic sales, building new businesses, being the catalyst of new sales processes and experienced builder of businesses in all sizes. This includes innovative customer strategies and strategic partnerships with companies like UN, Redbull, Nike, The Atlantic, Adidas, VICE, V Magazine, New York Times, Smithsonian and 100+ other high-end brands. Besides this Mik founded and grew the stand-alone solutions like Sweetdeal (www.sweetdeal.dk) in 5 countries and more than 80 cities and initiated the US office for the digital publishing company, Issuu.

Prof. em. Dr. Jørgen Wadum Director of Wadum Art Technological Studies (WATS), Denmark
Mr. Wadum is Director of Wadum Art Technological Studies (WATS), Denmark. Until 2020 he was Director of the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), Copenhagen. He held the position as full Professor in Conservation & Restoration at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, 2012-2016. From 2005-2017 he was Director of Conservation at SMK, and from 1990 through 2004 he was Chief Conservator at the Mauritshuis, The Hague. He has published and lectured extensively internationally on a multitude of subjects related to technical art history and other issues of importance for the understanding and keeping of our cultural heritage. Wadum holds positions in several international organisations and committees.

Ms. Susan Anne Mathisen President of S. A. M. Fundraising Solutions Corp.
Ms. Susan Anne Mathisen is the President of S. A. M. Fundraising Solutions Corp., which specializes in fundraising and planning for art conservation, historic preservation, and collections care and assists European organizations seeking to build their fundraising programs in the United States. Susan gained her knowledge of art conservation and museum practice through positions held at the Morgan Library, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture) and as administrative conservator/development officer and adjunct professor of conservation at the Conservation Center, IFA, New York University. She has held development positions at the National Academy Museum, the American Academy in Rome, the Friends of the American Museum in Britain/Halcyon Foundation, and Meet The Composer. She is currently the interim, part-time Executive Director of the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society. She has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Textile Conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Fund Raising from New York University. She has published and presented extensively, most recently at the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Conference (London, 2018).

Mr. Stephen Richard Schueler Chief Executive Officer of Enerjen Capital 
Stephen Richard Schueler is the Chief Executive Officer for Enerjen Capital – one of the world’s leading renewable clean energy companies specializing in the maritime industry. Enerjen Capital provides services to the top shipping companies, supporting their efforts transitioning to cleaner green fuel. Stephen was recognized with the 2019 Global Sustainability Award, for his efforts helping the shipping industry transition to greener fuel. From 2013 – 2016. Mr. Schueler was the Chief Commercial Officer at A.P. Moeller Maersk Group, managing their 377 offices across 114 countries. Before Maersk, he held the position as Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, where he was the head of global retail sales and marketing. Prior to Microsoft, Schueler was with Procter & Gamble for more than 20 years, assuming a variety of roles across Europe, South America, and Asia before becoming the company’s head of global retail operations. Mr. Schueler has developed and led the global operations of three of the world’s largest and well known companies with growing results. He serves as board member and advisor for several international companies and organizations.

Mr. Thomas Noack Serup Founder and creative director of Proactor
Thomas Noack Serup is the founder of and creative director at Proactor, where he serves as PR and Marketing Agent as well as Communications Lead for a number of artists and brands. He is also engaged within the film industry as a talent agent for numerous actors. Thomas has spent more than 20 years in the world of communication in New York and Copenhagen, on both the client and the agency side. Described by clients as a “Swiss Army knife of communication” as well as “dynamic, creative, and inspiring”, Thomas has developed and executed creative and communication concepts within a variety of business areas – from the financial and travel industries to the worlds of arts and design. Experience includes D’Arcy Advertising Agency, Georg Jensen, The National Gallery of Denmark, Nykredit, Royal Copenhagen, SAS, Qatar Airways, and Verizon Media.


Mr. Bjarke Ingels Founding Partner at BIG
Mr. Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year Award, the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum

Mr. Claus Meyer Restaurateur and Culinary Entrepreneur
Mr. Claus Meyer is a world-renowned restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur. He is the mind behind the New Nordic Cuisine Movement and the co-founder of Noma, rated the world’s best restaurant four times on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. He has hosted several Danish and international TV cooking shows and written numerous cookbooks. Meyer co-owns several restaurants, including Studio in Copenhagen, which received a Michelin star just four months after opening, as well as several bakeries, delis, a catering business, an orchard, a vinegar brewery, a coffee roastery and a cooking school for kids and adults. Claus has relocated to New York City and last year established a food hall rooted in the New Nordic Cooking philosophy, Great Northern Food Hall, and the Michelin star restaurant, Agern, both located at Grand Central Terminal. Believing in food as a driver for social change, Meyer established the Melting Pot Foundation in 2011. The Melting Pot project is currently working on a social project in Brownsville, East New York, establishing a culinary school, cafeteria, bakery and community center, serving the local community and with the goal of engaging at-risk youth.

The Honorable James P. Cain Former United States Ambassador to Denmark  2005-2009
Ambassador Jim Cain’s career has spanned the fields of law, business, sports, and international diplomacy. From July of 2005 until January 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. Prior to his diplomatic service, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, as a partner in the international law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (formerly Kilpatrick Stockton), and as founder and Chairman of numerous civic and business enterprises.

Mr. Mark Schleck President and Director of Scan|Design Foundation
Mr. Mark Schleck is the President of the Scan|Design Foundation (based in Seattle) – a nonprofit private foundation dedicated to fostering Danish American relations and to supporting pain research. The Scan|Design Foundation was established by Inger and Jens Bruun to promote and strengthen the relationship between their native Denmark and their adopted home, the United States. Throughout their lives, even after they had immigrated to the US, Denmark continued to hold a place in their hearts, and with the formation of this Foundation their vision of strengthening the relationship and goodwill between the two countries is carried on. Mark Schleck has been the President of the Foundation since its formation in 2002. In addition to serving as President, he is an attorney in a private practice in downtown Seattle.

The Honorable Rufus Gifford Former United States Ambassador to Denmark 2013-17
Ambassador Gifford is a native of Massachusetts. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1992 and he received his B.A. from Brown University in Rhode Island. Ambassador Gifford spent a few years as a producer in Hollywood before moving on to politics. He subsequently started his own consulting business and advised numerous Democratic officials and advocated for progressive causes across the country. He met Barack Obama in early 2007 and began working on his 2008 presidential campaign. After Obama took office, he served as Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. before moving to Chicago as a senior staff member of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Mr. Harlan Crow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crow Holdings, Dallas, Texas
Mr. Harlan Crow is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crow Holdings, based in Dallas, Texas. He is B.B.A. from the University of Texas. Mr. Crow is Director on several boards, including Crow Holdings, Trammell Crow Residential, American Enterprise Institute, Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Scenic Texas, University of Texas South-western Steering Committee, and the Museum of Dallas History – Old Red Court House. Furthermore he is Honorary Consul of Denmark.

The Honorable Edward E. Elson Former United States Ambassador to Denmark
Ambassador Elson was United States Ambassador to Denmark from 1993-1998. He is currently a Vice Chairman of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Founding Chairman of National Public Radio. He has held many volunteer positions including Chairman Emeritus, Carlos Museum, Emory University; Trustee Emeritus, Phillips Academy Andover; Rector, University of Virginia; Member, Trustee’s Council, National Gallery of Art; and Trustee Emeritus, Royal Academy of Art. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law.

Mr. René Gross Kærskov CEO, HBA International
Mr. Kærskov is CEO for HBA, the world’s largest hospitality design firm and has extensive experience in international business. He is also co-founder of the Danish watch brand, BERING, owner of the Danish newspaper in America, BIEN, and THE COPENHAGEN HOUSE. In addition, Mr. Kærskov is an importer of H.R.H the Prince Consort of Denmark’s wine. Mr. Kærskov is a board member of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce in Southern California and presidium member of the World Wildlife Foundation in Denmark. He is the first Dane to visit the North and South Poles and has parachuted over the North Pole. Finally, Mr. Kærskov is the founder Astronaut of Virgin Galactic and a collector of Danish paintings by Skagen painters and supporter of Danish museums in America.

Ms. Roberta Green Ahmanson Philanthropist, writer, speaker
A philanthropist, writer, and speaker, Ms. Ahmanson is also a trustee of the private philanthropy Fieldstead & Company, a frequent speaker at the International Arts Movement’s annual encounters, and recipient of the Arts Orange County’s 2010 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Philanthropist.  She was a contributor to Oxford University Press’s 2008 award winning book Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion and previously was Chairman of the Board for the Museum of Biblical Art, New York. Ms Ahmanson received an MA in English from University of Michigan

Mr. Bruce Lauritzen Chairman of the First National Bank of Omaha
Mr. Bruce Lauritzen is Chairman of the First National Bank of Omaha. He is AB from Princeton University, MBA at University of Virginia. Mr. Lauritzen is President of the Omaha Development Council and Foundation, and he is member of the Chief Executives Organization, and the STRATCOM Consultation Committee. Furthermore he is Chairman of Clarkson Regional Health Services, Chairman of The Nebraska Medical Center, Chairman of Lauritzen Gardens Board of Trustees; Director of Ak-Sar-Ben, Creighton University, Heritage Services, Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, and Strategic Air and Space Museum. Finally Mr. Lauritzen is member of the Federal Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, and he is Royal Danish Consul for the State of Nebraska.


Mr. Kasper Monrad Chief Curator, The National Gallery of Denmark 1952-2018
Mr. Monrad was Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Denmark. He curated international art exhibitions in Denmark and abroad and was a member of the Board of Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen and former Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition, Paysages d’Italie. He held a MA and a Phil.D. in Art History from the University of Copenhagen. Formerly, he was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rump Collection at the National Gallery of Denmark and of the Board of Directors of American Friends of SMK. Kasper Monrad played an important and enthusiastic role in AFSMK from the very beginning. He passed away in 2018.