2017-first half of 2018 Board Members


Giulia was born in Switzerland of Italian parents and holds a Law degree, specializing in Law and Accounting from the London School of Economics.  As a self-confessed globe trotter, she has lived in China, England and most recently Norway, where she worked as a Project Coordinator at the Ethical Trading Initiative (IEH) and a freelance CSR consultant since 2013.  She has recently leaped into the magical world of nordic entrepreneurship where she works as Acting Country Manager of the Hub Norway. Her previous experience includes teaching English at Wuhan University in China and working as a trainee at the European Union Delegation to China and Mongolia in Beijing. 

Giulia’s family owns 3 cats, 2 dogs and 1 horse.



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 lives in Oslo with her husband. She currently works within marketing in the tourism industry and serves as a board member of the South African Society in Norway.

Janine thinks she is related to Roger Federer.



img6786 Leeanne was born in the UK  and grew up in the US. She studied English and Psychology at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama USA. After university she moved back to the UK were she worked in the arts sector. While working as the 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 for two years now. Leeanne splits her time between freelance writing, volunteering for various arts and culture events, as well as 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.



img6747Margot 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 The 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, which includes two cats named Mango and Kona.

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

Read about the Founding Members of oslo soup here.