Roger Courage Matthisen

Founder & Partner

I founded Courage Institute in 2018. I am a former Member of Parliament in Denmark, member of the Political Management for The Alternative and speaker on Equality and Diversity*, and my career centers business and political strategy, career & management coaching, organisational consulting with a focus on people & culture, diversity & inclusion and I have a long track record as a human rights and anti-racism activist.

Commitment, courage, co-creation, equality, trust and purpose are keywords defining my career. 

I am a boardmember of European Network Against Racism Denmark, Chair of the board of ECO 6 Nordics, Boardmember of African Chamber of Commerce Scandinavia and I am a Member of Parliament for SOAD, State of The African Diaspora.

* I am the first Member of Parliament in national history to present a full national anti-racism program to combat unlawful discrimination, strengthen civil and legal rights and promote equality and diversity. 

I have also pushed several progressive legislative proposals to the Danish Parliament including: an equal pay fund for the social partners of the Danish labor market to bridge the gap in our gender segregated labor market, the Icelandic model as a mandatory certification for businesses documenting that they pay equal wages for work of equal value, mandatory education in gender, equality and diversity for all public employee who are teaching from public school to high school and institutions of higher education, 14 weeks of earmarked paternity leave for the fathers as this will not only benefit our equal pay challenges and women in management but it will also strengthening the fathers family and parenting relations.

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T: +45 22 50 22 37

Hedy Sadraddin gibrael


I strive to build and encourage a workplace where inclusiveness is an impulse, not an initiative! But to achieve this, one must feel included and valued. That is my vision and goal for the future in business life. 

I have always been deeply committed to expanding the knowledge and practice of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of my life. I am highly passionate about the field and hold a great sense of dedication to reach visible results.
I am used to navigating at the intersection between business, government and the political environment. I have experience from the private business life and the NGO industry. In addition to my role as partner at Courage Institute I also hold a position as a consultant at Nykredit. Nykredit is a prominent Danish financial institution that operates primarily in the banking and mortgage lending sectors. A key element of both present and past roles is to build and deliver engaging narratives to ensure a strong and broad talent pipeline for the future. 
I push for progress. When I am not working with diversity professionally, I am using my personal time with it. I have been a board member in a LGBT+ organization, speaker in a national wide educational program exploring norms and prejudices about gender and sexuality in an ethnic minority perspective. I am now advisor in a career network consisting of more than 800 Danes with minority background. 
We would be very excited to get the opportunity to support and promote your strategy within diversity. Together we can build a welcoming workplace in which employees recognize that their unique characteristics and skills are celebrated and valued. 
Don’t hesitate to contact us!
T: +45 21 30 64 25


CEO Mannaz

I am excited to continue the first DEI-certification in Denmark and proud to present Mannaz’ new DEI education and certification in collaboration with Courage Institute. 

The key to healthy organisations and a sustainable future is that we understand and are capable of utilising the strength of Diversity and Inclusion. When we holistically have the courage to listen to different perspectives from a diversity of stakeholders we can solve important challenges and set us up for succes.

My assertion and experience after 20 years of working with DEI is, that the solutions are at our feet, that we have the necessary tools and that change begins with a collective acknowledgment of the historic backlog and issues we have. That we decide to do something about it. And the actually do it. 

Marianne is a recognised strategic leader and facilitator that for some twenty years has created succesful transformationers in management, team, talent and organisational startegies and development. Marianne won the Danish award “Denmarks Trailblazer” – the award is given to a person who has demonstrated a unique engagement and proactivity in diversity, equality and inklusion. 

Marianne also has a long career behind her as, among other positions, director of the Nordic consulting company KaosManagement, just as she has held many strategically important management roles in Nordea, such as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Head of Leadership Development, Talent Management and Employer Branding as well as Head of HR, Savings & Asset Management.

Get in contact for more information!

T: +45 51 39 60 70