The COVID-19 is impacting all of us right now. Some of you may even be directly involved due to your expertise and competences. 

In the LEO Foundation we want you to know that we stand by you during these difficult times.

When this extraordinary situation has settled, we will listen to your needs – and discuss adapting your projects regarding e.g.

  • Grant timelines – acknowledging that agreed project plans, milestones and reporting deadlines may not be achieved in the timeframes originally set
  • Financial flexibility – acknowledging that you may face unforeseen expenses due to this situation

Whenever you have a need to reach out to us please do so.

Please contact

Anne-Marie Engel

Chief Scientific Officer

Anne-Marie is Chief Scientific Officer at the LEO Foundation and responsible for the Foundation’s grant activities.

Anne-Marie’s background includes:

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Lundbeck Foundation, various positions including Director of Grants
  • Statens Serum Institut, Senior Researcher
  • The Bartholin Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital, Postdoc

Anne-Marie holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree as well as a PhD in tumour immunology – both from the University of Copenhagen.

Other positions

  • Museum of Natural History, Oslo, Chair of the Board, 2022-
  • Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Member of the praesidium
  • Dagmar Marshall’s Foundation, Board member
  • University of Oslo, Board member (2013-2021)

Joined the LEO Foundation in 2022.

+45 27 38 60 59


Lars Kruse

Senior Scientific Officer

Lars is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s grants and handles scientific and administrative matters relating to the Foundation’s donations. He also works on further developing the philanthropic area.

Lars has a scientific background having worked in academic research for 16 years on projects ranging from molecular mechanisms in migraine over COPD to sleep disorders and osteoporosis.

Lars holds an MSc in human biology and a PhD in neuroscience, both from University of Copenhagen.

Joined the Foundation in 2017.

+45 30 46 42 91

Signe Rømer Holm

Scientific Officer

Signe is responsible for various areas related to the Foundation’s grants, both in terms of guidelines for applications, review processes and measuring impact. She is also involved in further developing the philanthropic area with new grant making instruments.

Signe has extensive experience in administration and grants. She has previously worked as Senior Grant Manager at the Novo Nordisk Foundation, as Administrative Coordinator at DTU Health Technology and as Project Manager at Innovation Fund Denmark.

Signe holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Danish Language and Literature from University of Copenhagen.

Joined the Foundation in 2022

+45 53 70 66 18