Under EXPERTISE you can read about Katja Iversen’s work, competencies, track record and accomplishments. Here are some more personal insights into who Katja is, where she comes from, as well as what she thinks and stands for.
Katja Iversen grew up as the oldest daughter of two primary school teachers in a small village in rural Denmark. She experienced the transformative power of culture firsthand at a very young age, via her parents’ work to get their community a swimming pool, sports facilities, and a foreign friendship town. This taught her about how cultural initiatives can make communities better by getting people involved in a shared purpose. It also taught her valuable lessons in resilience, collaboration for a common good, and how a “no” can be the start of a negotiation – learnings she carries with her to this day.
Over the years, Katja Iversen has worked in many different sectors, having been a factory worker, a lifeguard, nanny, waitress, cleaning lady, consultant, travel writer, press advisor, campaign coordinator, as well as trainer of Fortune 500 executives and an accomplished leader in both the civil society and the United Nations. She has worked with children and adults; activists and advocates; world and corporates leaders; social impact entrepreneurs; parliamentarians, ministers, and heads of state – and everybody in between.
Katja Iversen speaks a handful of languages, and she connects easily with people from all walks of life, whether in the halls of power, on Main Street, or in the villages in remote areas. With an educational background in business and management; politics and international relations; negotiations, communications and campaigning, she is good at connecting dots and people – and use it to make change happen.
From childhood it was instilled in Katja Iversen that the world is big and beautiful and that a stranger is a friend, you have not yet met. Her grandparents spoke Esperanto and in their home came people from all over the world. Katja Iversen has herself worked, lived or travelled in almost 100 countries, and she sees her opportunity to experiencing new cultures, as well as learning and interacting with all kinds of people as a true joy and privilege.