Gitte Engelund has a Master's degree in Audiologopedics, and has 12 years of experience as an audiologist at a Danish hearing-aid manufacturer. She was a founding member of the Center for Design Thinking at its R&D department, serving as the user research manager.
Since 2006, Gitte holds a industrial PhD from Eriksholm, Oticon Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. Her qualitative research resulted in a 4-stage social-psychological process for recognizing hearing loss, titled 'Time for Hearing; Recognizing process for the individual' using Grounded Theory. Gitte has also been an external lecturer for Master students in Audiologopedics at the University of Southern Denmark, focusing on design thinking, human factor engineering, user-driven innovation, and product development within audiology. As a senior researcher and project manager at Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen, Gitte developed health pedagogical tools and dialogue frameworks. Operating as a self-employed consultant, she focused on designing change, empowerment, CX and health pedagogical education.
In 2023, Gitte joined ORCA Europe and holds a position as Team Lead. Her main research interests are health behavior, health educational counseling, social-psychology and qualitative research.