Founder of several Montessori Schools and Partnership for Change, a Norwegian NGO investing in women and youth to become change leaders of their societies. She is an impact investor and serves at the board of a number of organizations promoting social innovation, developing sustainable business in challenged countries, and meeting climate challenges. She serves at the board of private companies, as well as major NGOs and foundations, both nationally and globally.
With an MsC from the Norwegian School of Economics and an MBA from UC Berkeley, a background from McKinsey & Co and Venture Capital, she has focused entirely on social business and venture philanthropy for the past 25 years. Ingrid has established a number of successful social enterprises. She was one of the a co-founders of the Montessori School system in Norway. The Montessori School she founded in 1991, with ages 3-16, this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, offering an example of what 21st century education can look like. The focus being on actively responding to the great challenges of our time, while at the same time preparing the students for the requirements of the future. A new school building for junior high school level is being built to become a ”powerhouse” – a concept where the building is producing more energy than is used (CO2 negative). The curriculum actively involves the new SDGs, as well as the climate challenges, and the school community involves in the refugee challenges of today.