International Specialisterne Community

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.


Board of Directors

A dedicated group of volunteers focused on guiding and assisting Specialisterne USA towards meeting its long-term objectives.

Thorkil Sonne, Founder

Thorkil Sonne is the founder of Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne Denmark. From 2018-2020, he was the Chairman of the Council for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Goals by the Danish Government. Thorkil is a World Economic Forum Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and Ashoka Globalizer Fellow.


Steen B. Lohse, CEO

Mr. Steen B. Lohse, CEO Specialisterne Foundation, Chairman Specialisterne USA, and Specialisterne Canada. Steen has 35 years of executive experience from the IT / High tech sector as both operational executive as well as investment officer and Board executive. For the past 11 years he has been an investment officer in social Impact, mission driven organizations, and the last three years with Specialisterne Foundation.


Thure Krarup, (Independent) Director

Thure Krarup (Independent) Director, NREP and a former diplomat with deep experience and networks in the Danish public sector, including the Danish Prime Minister´s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and international organizations, including World Economic Forum and United Nations. He is currently working as Director for Global Public Affairs at urban development company, NREP. He holds a Master in Political Science from University of Aarhus.


Dr. Dhirendra Shukla

Dr. Dhirendra Shukla has been the Dr. J. Herbert Smith ACOA Chair at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), since September 2009. He did his BEng and MSc in Chemical Engineering and Computing and Performance Engineering from the University of Bradford (UK). Dhirendra worked for several years in the Telecom Sector for Nortel Networks (Canada) in various roles and prior to joining Nortel Networks he worked for Croda International (UK). He obtained his MBA from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and completed his PhD in Entrepreneurial Finance from the University of London in the UK (King’s College London). His current research interests are in Blockchain, Venture Capital, Syndication, Entrepreneurship, and Governance. He recently Co-Founded Gray Wolf Analytics Inc. that is focused on helping companies prevent crypto fraud and scam.