2018 Board Members


Janine grew up in Switzerland and South Africa.  She earned a degree in Marketing from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand and worked on many exciting projects within the marketing and communication fields.  Janine launched her career as part of the marketing team for the New Zealand Olympic team competing in London 2012.  She moved to Norway in 2015 and currently works with marketing in the hospitality industry and serves as a board member of the South African Society in Norway. 

Janine thinks she is related to Roger Federer.


Leeanne was born in the UK  and grew up in the US. She studied English and Psychology at Oakwood University, in Alabama USA. After university she moved back to the UK were she worked in the arts sector. While working as Marketing & Press Officer at The Drum Arts Centre, she fell in love with a Norwegian theatre director. Once she visited Oslo it was easy to convince her to move. They’ve been married since 2015. Leeanne splits her time between freelance writing and sitting on the board for Oslo International Rumi Festival.

Leeanne has lived in two cities both named Birmingham, but she never pronounces them the same way.


Margot was raised on apples and Camembert among the orchards of the French Normandy. As a young adult, she simultaneously studied the quality of the snow near Grenoble and the required subjects to become a bio-medical engineer. Then she was hit by wanderlust and moved to Australia, then to Germany, Norway, Belgium and her heart brought her back to Oslo again. Now working for a big company that develops medical imaging devices, she was seduced by the oslo soup concept.

Margot’s favorite animals are penguins.


Tara was born in the United States and grew up outside of Washington, DC in the state of Maryland.  She studied Sociology and French at Mount Saint Mary’s University and received a Masters degree in Public Anthropology at American University.  Tara started her career as a juvenile residential counselor.  For the past ten years, she worked for the US Federal Government supporting disaster relief efforts and small business development.  She relocated to Norway to experience a different culture with her family and now works in the public health sector.

Tara attended L’Academie de Cuisine and her croissants are trés bons.

Wiktoria grew up both in Ukraine and in Poland. Her fascination with Scandinavia started in childhood, after receiving one of the Saga books for her birthday. Studying both Economics and Norwegian at University in Gdansk did not seem to be enough. Ready for adventure, she packed her suitcase and moved to Oslo to study Health Economics and Management in 2005. She met the love of her life  sometime after, and decided to stay for good. And snipp snapp snute eventyr er ute 🙂 But not yet… A passion for entrepreneurship has made her a founder of  her own start-up. Facing all the challenges made her passionate about supporting start-ups in general. And she is always seeking to support the development of new start-ups.  

Wiktoria has never managed to bake a good cake herself.

Read about the previous Board Members of oslo soup here.