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The council

The council has the overall responsibility for the Institute’s tasks. They constitute the Board of Fonden Martinus Aandsvidenskabelige Institut (The Martinus Institute of Sprirtual Science Fund). See a description of the tasks of the council and the Foundation here.

Willy Kuijper

Willem Johannes Kuijper

Willem (commonly known as Willy) was born in Holland in 1944 and completed his economic studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1973. He has lived in Denmark since 1975 and worked as a taxi driver, among other things, until 1983. Martinus selected Willy as a member of the council in 1980. Since 2001 he been the chairman of the council. He joined the employed staff at the Martinus Institute in 1983, was the manager of the Martinus Centre, Klint from 1983-1988; after that he worked with the Institute’s finances and administration. In 2009 he retired but continues to contribute to the daily running of the Institute with his many years of experience.

Willy enjoys photography and, when asked about his interests, said: “If I had not met Martinus’ analyses, I would probably have worked with aid to developing countries”.


Jens Christian Hermansen
Jens Christian (born 1976) has a PhD in sociology and is a researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Jens Christian has been familiar with Martinus Cosmology since 1997. He is currently involved in teaching, organising conferences, video projects and editing the magazine Kosmos. He lives near the Martinus Centre in Klint in his farmhouse, Solgården, which he is renovating with his wife Andrea.

Jens Christian joined the council in 2018.

Kenneth Ibsen

Kenneth Ibsen
Kenneth Ibsen (born 1974) is a qualified civil engineer and is currently employed by the Danish National Agency of Environmental Protection as an IT project manager. He has studied Martinus Cosmology since he met it for the first time at the age of 16, and has read most of the literature in the field. Kenneth is a member of the Teaching Group (the voluntary teaching staff at the Martinus Centre and Martinus Institute) and gives regular lectures in Klint and at the Institute. He is also active as the chair of the Danish Vegetarian Society. Kenneth lives in the south of the island of Funen with his girlfriend Lise.

Kenneth joined the council in 2019.


Micael Söderberg
Micael was born in 1964 and lives in Årsta in Stockholm with his partner Björn. He began studying Martinus's analyses in the mid-1980s and has been active in Martinus contexts in Stockholm and Varnhem since 2008. Micael has been a member of the teaching group since 2018 and is one of the co-editors of the Swedish podcast "Kosmologipodden".

Micael has a master's degree in sociology and has also studied comparative literature. He works for the Swedish authorities as a specialist in social insurance issues with a focus on disability. Micael joined the council in May 2020.


Ingvar Haubjerg Nielsen
Ingvar (born in 1963) is a biologist and has worked with teaching – primarily the training of teachers at Den Frie Lærerskole in Ollerup, Denmark – since 1990.

Learning something – acquiring new knowledge, understanding and insight – and then communicating it to others in an interesting, inspiring and varied way has always been one of his great interests whether it be within the natural sciences or within philosophy and spiritual science – youth and adult education, general education and open and critical dialogue and debate being particularly important for him. It is also a matter close to his heart that everyone is free to explore nature, life and spirit. Research is not only an elitist project and potential, but also a popular one.

Ingvar has been passionately involved with Martinus’s spiritual science for many years, and he has done voluntary work connected with his cause – primarily teaching, but also gardening and kitchen duties.

Although teaching and communication are his main interests, he is also interested in and has gained a lot of experience of association-based work, board duties and the development and well-being of organisations.

Ingvar joined the Council in June 2022.


Arendse Plesner (substitute member)
Arendse Plesner (born 1968) has an MA in musicology and has taken supplementary training in project management, portfolio management and conflict management. In civilian life, she has worked with the production and administration of concerts and crafts, as well as with development projects and case management for a Danish municipality. She has also owned her own business, taught and worked for many years as a singer in a church choir. She lives in a small village in the west of Sjælland (Zealand), 35 km from Klint.

Martinus’s world picture has always been a part of Arendse’s life. She has visited Klint since she was a child and seen the centre develop over the years. Her love of the place, the people and the cosmology increases and grows stronger for every day that passes. As a volunteer, Arendse has worked mostly in the kitchen for many years. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a simultaneous interpreter during the high season, and in 2023 she has made her debut as a lecturer. Arendse joined the council with great humility in September 2023.