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The Fairstart Team

Our permanent team consists of our two founders and directors, Niels Peter Rygaard and Morten Jac, as well as our Project Manager, Jana Thomsen and our project assistant Camilla Viig Pallesen. Furthermore, a varying number of interns and student assistants contribute to creating a strong team of dedicated people working to live out our slogan: Help Children Save the World.

Niels Peter Rygaard, CEO
auth. DPA clinical child psychologist, 
Program Development and Research 

After decades of work with traumatised and adopted children, Niels published “Severe Attachment Disorder – A Guide to Practical Therapy” in 2005. The following lectures and studies of care systems around the world inspired him to gather a network of international researchers. Niels and the team transforms their care recommendations in Fairstart’s unique blended learning design, in partnerships with government agencies and NGO staff. This allows professionals to train thousands of foster parents and group home workers in attachment based practices at low cost. He received the Danish adoption Award in 2012, Fairstart received the EU award 2016 for innovative e-learning, and in 2020 Niels received the American Psychologist Association’s Award for International Humanitarian Work. 

Morten Jac, CEO
Organization, Project and Communication

Morten Jac is co-founder of Fairstart Foundation and co-owner of the consultent house key2see. Key2see works with innovation, organisation development, creativity and communication. Morten Jac is educated as a teacher,  and holds a degree in rhetorics and communication from the University of Aarhus.

Jana Thomsen

Project Manager

Jana holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from Aarhus University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Aalborg University. She has solid experience with international project management and is currently working on different projects, focusing on communication as well as the administration and coordination of our online education platform.

Camilla Viig Pallesen
Educational Psychological Project Assistant

Camilla holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology – both from Aarhus University. She has strong professional competencies within cultural implementation, learning – and development processes both at organizational and level and in relation to individual persons. Camilla has experience working with learning, teaching and co-creation projects in the area of children and youth. Camilla works among other things with project development, communication and our online education platform.