About

Thomas H Callisen

CEO & Founder, PhD

Coaching Sense Unlimited

I have always practiced both my hard and soft skills, as in the dual meaning of the word sense - meaning and sensing.

 

My strong combination of compentences and experiences from working + 20 years with research, business, facilitation and coaching is unique. For instance, this range enables me to communicate with impact; to create understanding and motivation among people across cultures and languages.

 

More info about Thomas at LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and GooglePatents

  • Responsible for business innovation and new strategic technology platforms for more sustainable living utilizing enzymatic solutions.

  • Driving force behind biophysical and nano-science discoveries with applications within biotech, food, material and healthcare.

  • Leader of international project teams - from strategic innovation projects to business to business (B2B) and public-private partnering (PPP) projects.

  • Advisor in science as well as within business and organizational development for startups and established companies.

  • Process facilitator – from B2B business creation to culture and collaboration projects across organizations.

  • Certified narrative coach – helping out young as well as older people through their professional and private problems.

Advising

“…Thomas has a wonderful drive and passion for driving innovation – in my cases within textile and fabric care. Thomas is very creative in uncovering and guiding research work to find breakthrough solutions. As a technical project leader, he motivates the team and ensures business needs are well understood in close collaboration with commercial colleagues like me – be that via consumer engagement or other market input…”
Christian Wieth, Global B2B Marketing
”Thomas provided sharp, testable and valuable input for our first scientific experiments that would later help fuel the take-off of our company Henlez.”
Jeppe Mouritsen, Henlez Founder & CEO
"As a conversation about wood-moisture sensors became a learning about the tree's enzymes and from there actually became useful inspiration for a future solution, I could see how valuable Thomas' sparring is. He is both able to really listen so he quickly gets the right understanding, and then using his nano-tech insight to launch brand new trajectories of thoughts.”
Jeppe Rasmussen, Founder, BeResourceful
”I'm always impressed with Thomas’ unique combination of deep scientific insight and sense for opportunities for sustainable applications. In European collaborations Thomas has shown his great ability not only for strategic thinking, but also for translating his ideas into viable goals.”
Dr. Tommy Nylander, Professor at Physical Chemistry, Lund University
”I know Thomas as an outstanding entrepreneur and leader. I witnessed Thomas transforming a clever scientific idea for enzyme-triggered release into an innovative and viable customer solution.”
Lars Dalgaard Andersen, Managing Director, Meritech
”As former CEO for Institute for Surface Chemistry (YKI), I found Thomas a skillful scientist and a great partner in public-private research collaborations. Thomas ability of strategic positioning was a valuable asset to YKI during a transformative time of Swedish research institutes.”
Martin Malmsten, Professor and Director, Copenhagen University
““Thomas inspires confidence with his ability to reduce complex subjects to their fundamentals. With his grasp of language and communication, Thomas is a strong asset in customer dialogues."
Lars Kiemer, Director at Novozymes
”As the leader of a company that delivers B2B communications for technically advanced companies, it is crucial to have qualified counterparts and participation in the process. In our collaboration with Thomas, we had a highly qualified dialogue throughout the process that allowed us to strike precisely in our communication with customers.”
Thomas Sonne, Owner of Mammut Media ApSS
“Thomas is one of the smartest people I have met, who even has a large back catalog of knowledge. A creative word-wizard who is able to nail the core of a problem, which has often helped us out of the problem we were facing. Besides that he is a very pleasant and nice person to work with.”
Jesper Vind, Senior Science Manager at Novozymes
“I've always enjoyed working with Thomas. He opens your eyes to possibilities you didn't know existed. He is an inspiring, boundary-spanning collaborator and scientific leader who enjoys solving challenging problems by getting to the root of the issue. He knows a vast amount about protein interactions at interfaces and how to influence these to do useful things. Plus, he has a knack of sharing his deep technical knowledge in ways that make you feel.”
Sonja Salmon, Ass. Professor, Textile Eng., Chem. and Sci., North Carolina State University

Facilitating

“…Thomas has the great ability to bring scientific discussions to another level, to come up with new ideas and to propose concrete ways forward to advance scientific projects. He has also initiated and lead many external collaborations across multiple networks...”

Fanny Longin, Director Project & Alliance Management at Camurus AB

”…Thomas’ positive attitude and ambitious drive was a great inspiration for the team and helped leapfrog the efforts by making the objective tangible and measurable. I strongly recommend Thomas to anyone with a complex and ambitious R&D objective ahead of them.”
Bo Steen-Andersen, CEO Digital Quality Solutions
“Together with Thomas, I could not only raise my sight for the company and create new strategic opportunities, but more importantly, with Thomas I could prepare myself for how to anchor this with my stake holders.”
Anna Stenstam, CEO at CR Competence AB
”As a colleague in several major research projects, I know Thomas as an extremely competent researcher with a keen eye for processes, business and the importance of a trusting, rewarding and fun collaboration.”
Professor Thomas Bjørnholm, Executive Chief Scientific Officer at the VELUX Foundations
”Thomas doesn’t settle with status quo and seeks solutions beyond the obvious. As an innovation facilitator I have experienced Thomas to have the right balance of steering and letting attendees explore new ideas. Thomas made the process both lively and productive."
Morten Tovborg, Senior Scientist at Novozymes
”As former CEO of LINX (Linking X-rays and Neutrons to Industry), Thomas was a very active partner. At the same time, he is mastering a win-win mentality and a strong focus on creating value, both in identifying new white-space opportunities and in making research relevant to industry. Thomas remains an important and competent connection in my new role as responsible for Innovation and Industry Collaboration with the European Spallation Source (ESS)...”
Jimmy Binderup Andersen, CEO Scientific Innovation, ESS
“…Thomas is the one that asks the right questions and is excellent at motivating others working with him to find answers. These answers can sometimes be non obvious but, upon inspection, turn out to be the best ones. Besides the innovation side, Thomas is an outstanding scientist with specialties in small molecule surface interactions. I am proud to have worked with Thomas…”
Kirk Schnorr, Senior Scientist at Novozymes
“Thomas has a deep perspective on technology and science - and he can translate that expertise into the commercial space. In various front-end innovation sessions at Novozymes I always enjoyed working with Thomas, admiring his abilities to sketch opportunities in a holistic way - 'from the molecule to the money'.”
Frank-Andreas Hatzack, Senior Consultant, CPH Institute for Futures Studies
“For our workshop on "the good work day", Thomas helped us tell stories to each other about what was meaningful and made us happy in our working day. We talked about what we did in specific situations that were special to us, and what significance our colleagues, patients, and their relatives had in those situations. Our conversations gave us fresh inspiration and reminded us to involve each other more and hold on to the positive actions that create a good working day for everyone. Many thanks to Thomas!”
Martin Rudnicki, Professor, MD, DM Sci Ass. Editor AOGS, Odense University Hospital

Coaching

”When I lost my leadership position due to restructuring, Thomas was really good at pushing me to see things from unexpected new angles. With his strong professionalism and extensive experience, Thomas provided high level coaching and counseling. With Thomas' help, I came back to my values, which brought about life-changing events... and a new job!”
Susanne Smidt, Lundbeck A/S
”At the same time, Thomas is able to create an overview, find the core of the matter and show great empathy in his way of being investigative and questioning. Together with Thomas you are both challenged and thrilled.”
Cand. Psych. Jonas Gustafsson, Specialist in supervision and psychotherapy
”Thomas has previously helped me with narrative coaching in connection with a job change, where he used his creative approach to focus on future concrete opportunities. Thomas' strength is focus, presence and a genuine interest and ability to familiarize himself with people's work and personal situations.”
Christian Thyssen, HR Director
”I went on the great discovery with Thomas, and found events and relationships in my life that reminded me of what's important to me. This new attention that I experienced in my conversations with Thomas has had an impact on how I understand myself today and I am eternally grateful to him.”
Troels Bjerg-Nielsen, Senior Consultant, Finansforbundet