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The Equality Check team pictured together in 2021.
The Equality Check team pictured in Oslo, summer 2021.

From social movement to technology provider.

In 2015, after arriving back from attending the UN women’s conference in New York, Equality Check cofounder, 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 evangelistr - 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 spandere? 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:

Meet the team

The Equality Check team brings together a group of passionate and experienced individuals.

Lars Magnus Øksnes, Head of Product.

Lars Magnus Øksnes

Head of Product

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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Anders Holm Sommerhein, Head of Sales .

Anders Holm Sommerhein

Head of Sales

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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Linn Tvede, COO / Interim CEO.

Linn Tvede

COO / Interim CEO

Linn has attained vast international experience from working and studying abroad for the past 13 years. Prior to joining Equality Check, she spent three years at CERN in their...

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Tom Banks, Head of Marketing.

Tom Banks

Head of Marketing

Tom holds a degree in Media and Cultural Politics from the University of East Anglia in the UK. He has nearly ten years of experience working within B2B marketing, working mainly...

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Therese Blom, Senior Developer.

Therese Blom

Senior Developer

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...

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Samina Ansari, Head of Public and Corporate Relations.

Samina Ansari

Head of Public and Corporate Relations

Samina has a background in Cyber Security and Law from University of Oslo and International Public Management with specialisation in Diplomacy from Sciences Po. She has led...

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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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Baptiste Ringot, Head of Design.

Baptiste Ringot

Head of Design

With more than 14 years of experience designing and building awarded digital products and websites for diverse clients, Baptiste’s work ranges from User Experience to Visual...

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Mattias Jönsson, Senior Developer.

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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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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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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Kristine Kotte-Eriksen, Head of Customer Success.

Kristine Kotte-Eriksen

Head of Customer Success

Kristine holds a Master's degree in Gender Studies from University of Stirling, specialising in organisational culture. She comes from the role as Diversity & Inclusion Analyst at CERN in...

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