Who we are
Powered by purpose ,
amplified by data.
From social movement to technology provider.
In 2015, after arriving back from attending the UN women’s conference in New York, Equality Check co-founder, Marie Louise Sunde bumped into an old school friend, Isabelle Ringnes. In their professional lives - Marie as a junior surgical resident , and Isabelle as a tech evangelist - both had personal experiences of the entrenched stereotypes and gender bias still in powerful effect within traditionally male-dominated fields. In sharing their experiences with one another, they came to a realisation that instead of waiting for change to happen, they could engineer it themselves.
They started with a hugely successful youth-led social campaign movement in their native Norway to raise awareness and discussions around gender stereotypes and unconscious bias. With momentum building, the pair became respected authorities in Norway on workplace equality, becoming trusted advisors for CEOs and politicians, and eventually publishing a book together “Hvem spanderer? Fordommene du ikke visste du hadde” (Who’s paying? Biases you didn’t know you had).
In 2017 they raised funds for a research project together with the Norwegian government’s Centre for Research on Gender Equality (CORE) to look at how to improve diversity in the workplace. During their research and consulting work for businesses, they observed two powerful truisms:
- Major cultural and systemic changes within organisations are almost always fuelled by better data and increased transparency. In business, what gets measured, gets managed.
- Positivity works. Their focus on positive, inclusive, and fact-based communications was very important in capturing wider attention.
Logically, with their backgrounds in science and tech, Marie and Isabel were at the forefront of understanding the potential of data-driven technology to help companies tackle workplace equality.
Equality Check is built to help organisations create more equal workplaces for all. By combining data-driven technology with third-party domain expertise into a single solution, organisations are empowered to go beyond superficial measurements and accelerate real change.
We help you collect the right data and analyse it, to objectively understand both clear and invisible patterns of bias in your organisation, and offer practical resources with evidence-based solutions to help you move from insight to action.
Everyone in your team deserves the same chance to shine, and that’s why we built Equality Check. Let’s build more equal workplaces, together.
Meet the team
The Equality Check team brings together a group of passionate and experienced individuals.
Marie Louise Sunde
Co-founder & CEO
Marie is a medical doctor, and holds a PhD in surgery. In 2018, she quit her job as a senior surgical resident to work full time as CEO in Equality Check. Marie has been a strong voice...
Chief Technology Officer
Iver has a MSc in Computer Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has extensive experience with complex projects and has held several...
Head of Data and Customer Success
Joy-Loi holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Dalhousie University, and a master's degree in computational neuroscience from NMBU. She has additional...
Lars Magnus Øksnes
Chief Product Officer
Lars Magnus holds a degree in Brand Communication from Kristiania University College. He has 15 years of experience in both marketing, digital design and product deve...
Head of Finance and Administration
Sunniva holds a Master's degree in International Business from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has previously worked in the corporate banking...
Anders Holm Sommerhein
Chief Commercial Officer
Anders, holds a degree in Marketing and Management from BI Norwegian Business School. He has 14 years experience within sales and sales management and has...
Therese has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Oslo and McGill University. She has worked as a full stack developer for more than five years and believes that...
Marius has a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Computer Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Before working...
Ane has a strong educational background in STEM. She began her academic career with a focus on physics and mathematics. In recent years she switched disciplines to...
Co-founder & Chief Evangelist
Isabelle has a Master of Science in Media Management from the New School in New York. She works actively to inspire young girls to chose technology through TENK: the technology...