Meet our team

The circle does not close itself. Neither when it comes to recycling, reuse or upcycling - nor in the orchestra we have in our office that swings the instruments for the circular transition. At the office, we juggle skills, ideas and projects to create value and accelerate the circular use of materials in businesses across the country.
Rikke Ullersted
Chief Executive Officer

Rikke is the founder and CEO of THE UPCYCL.

As a former partner in a design agency, Rikke saw an increase in demand for responsible design and circular material use, while there was a lack of overview and establishment of a circular supply chain. With this in mind, Rikke launched THE UPCYCL.

Katja Meyer
Chief Operating Officer

Katja wields a tangential stick and assures us that everything we do is well thought out, organized and with a purpose.

Katja has extensive experience from the startup scene as a former co-founder of a green startup. Her ability to think structurally, visionary and innovative is a huge asset to THE UPCYCL.

Christopher Søholm Kristensen
Materials & Implementation Manager

Christoffer is The UPCYCLS man in Copenhagen, and can contribute with knowledge within sustainability in products and construction, product development and materials. Christoffer is educated at DTU in Design and Innovation, and has several years of experience in the design industry.

He is on the geek team and sparring with the members regarding construction, design, materials and production. In addition, Christoffer can contribute with broad knowledge in the field of sustainability documentation.

Bitten Jakobsen
Community Manager

Bitten is THE UPCYCL's inside woman with broad knowledge from the green arena and materials.

Bitten has a degree in Design Culture and Experience Economy and several years of experience in the design and recycling sectors. She works with members to create circular partnerships and value on all fronts.

Christian Thisted
Digital Development Manager

Christian is THE UPCYCL’s entrepreneurial NoCoder and comes with experience from masterminding previous tech startups.

As a digital product and process developer by trade, Christian is the wizard behind the scenes, using NoCode tools to lift THE UPCYCL platform to great heights.

With a degree in Business Development Engineering, Christian also brings strategic vision and foresight to our team.

Specialized, visionary and just nice.

Rikke Lauritsen
Communications & PR Manager

Rikke is the driving force behind Communications and PR, navigating with precision and passion. With a master's degree in Design Studies specializing in communication and mediation, she brings academic sharpness coupled with a performance flair. As an external lecturer at the University of Southern Denmark, Rikke possesses knowledge in design, media, and sustainability.

She strategically lays the groundwork for effective communication and structure, guiding THE UPCYCL community to new heights and broader horizons.

Add to that her high energy, a career as an elite dancer, and a short way to big smiles.

Frederik Wilhardt
Circular deployment

Frederik is a multidisciplinary octopus who uses his knowledge in sustainability and product development to serve a greater purpose.

He also takes shape as a student at DTU doing a Master's degree in Design & Innovation

Both versions have a beating heart for THE UPCYCL, design methods and sustainable product development.

Frederik is on the geek team in Copenhagen and contributes with his experience in product development, manufacturing and system design.

Nicoline Lisby
Photography & E-commerce

Nicoline is THE UPCYCL's photographer. She ensures that all images are razor sharp and that the materials are presented in the special THE UPCYCL New Waste aesthetic.

In addition to her work at THE UPCYCL, Nicoline studies Media Studies at AU.

Naqwa Siyaad Mohamoud
In-House Sample Seamstress

Naqwa is the one who works magic with textiles. She has over 20 years of experience in all things sewing and is therefore responsible for textile samples and our shipping bags.

In addition, Naqwa is a passionate person who puts all her energy into her work. On a daily basis, she creates swatches of various textiles so that developers can "have a look and feel" and make the design process tangible.