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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 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...

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Iver Skjervum-Karlsen, Chief Technology Officer.

Iver Skjervum-Karlsen

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...

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Joy-Loi Chepkoech, Customer Success Manager.

Joy-Loi Chepkoech

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...

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Lars Magnus Øksnes, Chief Product Officer.

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...

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Sunniva Bøstrand, Head of Finance and Administration.

Sunniva Bøstrand

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...

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Aurora Bratli Brunvoll

Lead Designer

Aurora has a Master in Design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and a Bachelor in Media, ICT and Design from Volda University College. She has worked as a designer for...

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Anders Holm Sommerhein, Chief Commercial Officer.

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...

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Therese Blom, Senior Developer.

Therese Blom

Technical Team Lead

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 eight years and believes that...

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Marius Løkketangen, Senior Developer.

Marius Løkketangen

Senior Developer

Marius has a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Computer Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Before working...

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Mattias Jönsson

Senior Developer

Mattias has been working the last eight years as a full stack developer focusing on JavaScript based technologies. He has experience working as a social worker motivating youth into...

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Isabelle Ringnes, Co-founder & Chief Evangelist.

Isabelle Ringnes

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...

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