Dr. Sommer finalized her PhD in product development management at Aalborg University, Denmark, in April 2014 and afterwards worked as Research Associate at the Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge until September 2015.
Since September 2015, she has been working for Lego Group from the headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Firstly, as a Senior Consultant in Continuous Improvement responsible for rollout of a continuous improvement programme in the Nordic, Benelux and Baltic countries supported by a European peer-team. Later, from May 2017, she moved to the corporate IT department to become a Senior Portfolio Manager, responsible for managing the portfolio of projects and ongoing activities as PMO partner, later as Transformation Lead – Senior Manager, to lead a part of the company-wide Agile transformation journey kicked off by The LEGO Group.
In August 2018, she joined Innovation in Operations in LEGO Group as Senior Innovation Manager – to be part of the team responsible for Industry 4.0. Among others, she will be responsible for introducing simulation and modelling in manufacturing. She is excited to be part of this journey – in the forefront of leading digital in one of the most awesome companies in the world.
Name: Anita Friis Sommer
Date of birth: 17th February 1983
Nationality: Denmark, DK
Civil status: Married
Children: Boy (July 2010) and Girl (April 2012)
In Cambridge, Dr. Sommer was a project team lead in two industrial research projects with Rolls Royce and Zurich Insurance respectively, and co-lead on a research project with British Telecom. All projects aimed at exploring how emergent capabilities in process modelling can improve process management and enable new decision support for product and process resilience. She was also responsible for the annual industrial conference on process simulation hosted by the Engineering Design Center, University of Cambridge.
Dr. Sommer’s academic interest and involvement remains during her shift to an industrial position. She is currently an active reviewer of the recognized international journal Research Technology Management, and previously special matter expert for the Research On Research group of the Industrial Research Institute, USA, aiming to explore trends in Virtual Experimentation and Simulation. So far, Dr. Sommer has published more than 25 academic peer-reviewed papers, and continues to contribute to the development of new knowledge.
Besides her research, Dr. Sommer has an interest in adding value and improving her community. This is why she is in the Board of Research and Education in the Danish Engineering Union (IDA) from May 2016. She has previously been an elected member of the board of representatives of IDA from 2010 to 2013, and an elected board member in the board of equal rights at IDA from 2010 to 2014. Furthermore, she is a board member in the local gymnastics union, to support and engage the local community in Billund.
2018 – Now: Senior Innovation Manager in Industry 4.0, The LEGO Group, Denmark.
2017 – 2018: Senior Transformation Manager, The LEGO Group, Denmark.
2015 – 2017: Senior Consultant in Continuous Improvement, The LEGO Group, Denmark.
2015 – 2015: Special Supervisor at Newnham College, Cambridge, UK.
2014 – 2015: Demonstrator in Engineering Design for undergraduates, University of Cambridge.
2014 – 2015: Research Associate in Process Modelling at the Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK.
2011 – 2014: Management consultant in Sommer Consulting I/S, Denmark.
2009 – 2009: Research consultant improving project management in Vestas A/S, Denmark.
2008 – 2008: Internship as project manager of product configurator project at the global marketing department in Danfoss A/S, Denmark.
2008 – 2008: Research Assistant in innovation management at the Centre of Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE) at Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.
2004 – 2008: Student Counsellor at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Education and Courses:
2018 – 2018: Certified Agile Coach, Agile42.
2016 – 2016: PROSCI change management course, The LEGO Group.
2015 – 2015: 6-weeks certified course in Positive Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2015 – 2015: Mentoring training course, Department of engineering, University of Cambridge.
2015 – 2015: Emergent Leadership Development Programme, Vitae Courses, University of Cambridge.
2015 – 2015: Supervising Undergraduate Engineers course, University of Cambridge.
2014 – 2014: Supervising Graduate students, University of Cambridge.
2014 – 2014: Supervising Undergraduates, University of Cambridge.
2014 – 2014: Certified SCRUM-master, Danish Technical University (DTU) certified course at AN Group A/S.
2009 – 2014: PhD in Product Development at Aalborg University, Denmark.
2010 – 2013: Courses in practical project management and product development, including SCRUM and PRINCE2 at the Engineering Union of Denmark (IDA).
2011 – 2011: Certified course in Applied Positive Psychology at Centre for Positive Psychology, Denmark.
2007 – 2009: Master’s Degree: Civil Engineer in Industrial Management at Aalborg University.
2003 – 2007: Bachelor’s Degree: Industrial engineering at Aalborg University, with a nanotechnology background (first 2 years).
2005 – 2007: Education and courses in student counselling at Aalborg University.
Academic Collaboration and Contributions:
2015 – Now: Frequent guest speaker at the IRI (Innovation Research Interchange) annual meeting
2014 – Now: Academic Reviewer and Author: Research Technology Management
2015 – 2017: Special Matter Expert, Virtual Experimentation and Simulation, Industrial Research Institute
2015 – 2017: Member of the editorial board of Research Technology Management.
2015 – 2016: Winner of the Maurice Holland Award 2016 (international R&D research award)
2014 – 2016: Academic Reviewer: International Journal of Project Management, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
2014 – 2015: Coordinator of the Process Management Research Group, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
2014 – 2015: Industrial lead and Coordinator, Rolls Royce design process modelling research project and Zurich project governance process modeling research project
2014 – 2015: Industrial co-lead, BT service process modelling research project.
2014 – 2015: Coordinator of the EDC-PM yearly Industrial Workshop, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
2014 – 2015: Co-supervisor of two PhD students.
2014 – 2015: Guest Researcher at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2013 – 2015: Member of Design Society’s special interest groups on: modelling and managing engineering processes, and emotional engineering.
2015 – 2015: Invited speaker at the Industrial Research Institute Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, April 2015.
2014 – 2015: Member of program committee of the 1st Academic Symposium on Project Management in Copenhagen, May 2015.
2014 – 2015: Special Supervisor and in-spe Director of Studies at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
2014 – 2014: Teaching Engineering Drawing for Engineering undergraduates (Demonstrator), University of Cambridge
2013 – 2014: Reviewer of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
2013 – 2014: Research consultant in the VIA-Nord project – increasing industrial management capabilities in SME’s in Northern Jutland, Denmark.
2013 – 2014: Teaching on Product development processes at master of industrial management and master of construction management, Aalborg University.
2011 – 2013: Collaboration on research projects and papers with the marketing research group at Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, Southern University of Denmark.
2010 – 2013: Reviewer of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
2009 – 2012: Supervisor for student project groups at bachelor of information technology, bachelor of global business engineering, master of industrial management, master of international technology management at Aalborg University, and MBA-course on business process management at the IT-University of Denmark.
2018 – Now: Board member, Billund Gymnastics Union.
2016 – Now: Board member, Board of Research and Education, IDA.
2014 – 2017: Career mentor in the Nova Professionals talent network.
2015 – 2015: Initiator and coordinator of the mentoring pilot scheme of the engineering design center, University of Cambridge.
2015 – 2015: Member of the Emergent Research Leadership Network at University of Cambridge
2014 – 2015: Member of the Postdoc committee of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
2010 – 2014: Elected member in the board of equal rights in the Engineering Union of Denmark (IDA), a professionally led union with more than 90.000 members.
2010 – 2013: Elected member in the board of representatives in the Engineering Union of Denmark (IDA).
2010 – 2011: Representative and coordinator of the PhD-society in the Nordic Logistics Research Network (NOFOMA).
2006 – 2010: Elected member in the executive committee of “Voergaard Levende Historie”, a voluntary society organizing an annual medieval market at Voergaard Castle with an annual turnover above 100.000 £ and above 20.000 paying visitors each year.
2009 – 2011: Elected member of the PhD association of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2009 – 2010: Elected PhD-representative of the PhD association in the PhD-Study Board of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, Denmark (stopped due to maternity leave).
2009 – 2010: Initiator and member of PhD research group for Information Systems at Aalborg University.
2006 – 2008: Elected member in the study board of Industrial Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2004 – 2005: Elected vice chairman in the study board of Natural Science, Aalborg University Denmark..
2016 – now: Rythmic Gymnastics
2016 – now: Outdoor running
2009 – now: Ballroom Dancing (with my husband)
1990 – 2017: Horseback riding
2006 – 2015: Historical Medieval Re-enactment
2010 – 2013: Danish weblog on positive psychology research.
2005 – 2009: Assistant Coach in Riverdance, Irish step dance