The Sustainable Expatriation Foundation is a new Danish B2B2G nonprofit organisation. Our INGO provides global social impact and raising awareness of the vulnerable position of expat spouses and aiming for consultative status within the UN, the OECD and the ILO to support the situation of expat spouses globally, primarily women, who end up unemployable due to the current unsustainable approach to expatriation from the national policies, prohibiting the dependent spouses from work, which violates universal human rights of women in many countries in 2021. Dutch NGO Permits Foundation has created a world map, which illustrates how governments relate to the situation of spouses.

Our Foundation helps governments to tap into overlooked value for the local economies and communities to revise existing policies and embrace human rights, develop sustainable policies, practices and partnerships for SEF Sustainable Expatriation℠ SDGs Agenda 2030, available for the organisations and entities interested in the cocreation of global shared value for justice, equality, diversity and poverty eradication. Based on upcoming mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence, our unique and innovative guidelines and services help create a much more equitable situation, ensuring the rights of expat spouses of all genders as an integral part of companies' work policies employing expatriate staff.

Our primary focus is on the situation of women transiting into the intersectionality of Western society, causing decades of employment challenges after living years without a right to work as dependent spouses through their husbands' assignments and have children under the age of 18. 

In 2020 Marina Malmberg, the Chairman of SEF who lives in Southern Sweden and since 2021 works in Denmark, after facing the first-hand challenge of re-integration back to life and the workforce as a Tetra Pak repatriate spouse, who lived with a disability status with no work permit in Lahore, Pakistan, from 2004 to 2006, made Sustainable Expatriation start-up registered at European Commission Investment. Portal EIPP, open for funding: https://ec.europa.eu/eipp/desktop/en/projects/project-12361.html

Since the dawn of corporate expatriation, enterprises have accepted the denial of work permits to the spouses of their staff as a norm. There is a complete absence of policies to enable highly educated yet unable to work women to reintegrate back into the workforce after years of living in other countries and sacrificing their careers to the global expansion of corporations, which leads to personal disasters, operational and expat talent retention economic loses and challenges, loss of key C-level professionals for organisations, broken families and suffering women and their children.

As women, we had had no other choice if we wished to keep our families together than to accept conditions which have forced us into years of dependency, ending up marginalised, isolated from social and professional inclusiveness worldwide, and facing the hardest of challenges in the EU, the UK and the US on repatriation.

Such unaddressed inequalities devastate the economic position of expat spouses of all genders who have contributed to the globalisation of the companies their spouses work for. The system also leaves present and former expatriates without a pension plan, career development, re-integration support creating long-term continuous stress, which shortens lives.

Our INGO aims to solve this global pain through partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals with B2B2G, the UN entities, global and local investment and venture philanthropy funds, NGOs and human rights influencers sharing our vision of inclusive economy for all.

Life & Career Remediation Plan

for mothers at all stages of expatriation

Social Sustainability for Inclusive Globalisation

agenda 2030

agenda 2030
Partner With Us for SDGs and Inclusive Stakeholder Economy for All

We deliver innovative approach allowing companies tangible solutions through a new perspective. Including expatriation mobility into the company's sustainable Agenda, 2030 allows solving corporate G5 - diversity and inclusion challenge through addressing the situation of expat partners who lost career and independence as a result of expatriation.

Initiating remediation of affected stakeholders creates shared value (CSV) for people, businesses and societies. This, in turn, improves MNEs sustainability and reputation, preventing future infringement of human rights through the process of expatriation. So far, expatriation, struggling with retention and productivity, lacks focus on the root of the problem - effects of business operation on the expat partners and their lives.

According to Brookfield Relocation Services (2015), 80% of international assignees are accompanied by spouses, where 48% of women lost employment due to expatriation, and 52% of expats have children. Our own findings show that mothers of those children continue to struggle to find employment and career remediation years after expatriation, despite education and experience. At the same time, the divorce rate of expatriates is close to 80%. COVID-19 has left mothers with children, affected by unsustainable expatriation and unfortunate integration with no hope for employment. This is why we foster social impact entrepreneurship and innovation for SDGs.

  • Our Agenda 2030 consists of ten SDGs, where G17 - inclusive partnerships for the goals is central and the only way business can solve G1, G3, G4, G5, G8, G9, G10, G11, G16, G17.

  • We provide innovative and the only inclusive platform for remediation of the past in partnership for the inclusive economy for our children who will otherwise pay for the inequalities we leave behind.

Partnerships with Sustainable Expatriation for the global social impact allows businesses, institutions, societies and universities re-write the history of failing globalization that leaves highly educated professionals behind wasting their talents, intercultural experience, education and creating more poverty in the world.


Human Rights of Women

in the global transition before, through and after expatriation


Through our online services we help multinational corporations to launch inclusive Sustainable Expatriation process and incorporate it into SDGs Agenda 2030 in full compliance with upcoming mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) in the EU.

Our deliverables to organisations aim to embrace social sustainability:

  • Plan and align with management actionable steps on how your organisation can embrace social sustainability in globalisation
  • Development of the certification of Sustainable Expatriation process in your corporate  non-profit or organisation with employees who are globally rotated
  • Development of SDGs aligned with your organisation -  Agenda 2030
  • Shared value creation for affected people, organisations and societies enabling those who might otherwise live in dependency to become working taxpayers, actively participating in society
  • Inclusive expatriate support through the entire process of expatriation, including repatriation
  • Suggestions on how to implement actions to ensure Human Rights Due Diligence in your global supply chain
  • Help with identifying those expat spouses who are affected and with preparing  a plan of mitigation together with solutions to the problems experienced

Surely the lack of policies to support expat spouses and the major negative consequences that this group suffer for the rest of their lives are a major part of the reason why expatriate mobility is facing a decrease in retention, costing companies a fortune every time they have to replace just one key-expatriate?

Join us in building inclusive and Sustainable Expatriation for all 

Grounded in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a human rights framework, and 20 years of personal experience as an expatriate, Marina has developed a unique shared value approach for managing expatriates, former and present, a part of the inclusive economy which leaves no one behind, creating win-win outcomes for globalisation, for organisations, and for both people and economies affected by expatriation.

Expat spouse support

Expat spouse support

We offer the only inclusive expat spouses support on the planet, ensuring expat spouses have access to the continuous support through each stage of expatriation.

Our unique approach proved to help spouses in multiple ways. The most appreciated are:

  • Help to handle any emotional challenge and stress at all stages of expat journey for all family members
  • Understand the intercultural challenge and the entire process of expatriation
  • Build a meaningful and lasting career on the move from any country (you don't have to become a coach)
  • Secure joyful expatriation
  • Increase your employability

Our experts prepare you to the first assignment with repatriation in mind.
We know - it is the only successful and sustainable way for your family, primary you, the following spouse, the company and the future of globalisation.

Why shall you as expat spouse care about globalisation?

  • As an expat and a global citizen, you are a part of globalisation and the way it is managed affects your life, career and future.
  • As an expat you can't predict your future and the next move
  • The home you may think will be the place to restart your life will never be the same.
  • There is no existing support for repatriates in the world and we build it from scratch 
  • There are almost no expat benefits which can cover the life of the family for the lifetime without a need to work again, yet we are labelled as a luxury class, denied all support when repatriating back to life
  • Together our collective voice is stronger
  • The future must be equal for all, including our children and us
  • The world needs our intercultural competence

We know the journey have done it ourselves, served expat for years and found the best way of expat spouse support. 
Our mission is to remediate the past and build a sustainable way forward for all women through all stages of expatriation in one place.

Are you interested in joining us as an ambassador of Sustainable Expatriation?

Reach out to us through social media or our contact form and let's build expatriation where no women, no mother is left behind. We need you and your experience.

The team

Jesper Valentin Holm

Co-Chairman of Sustainable Expatriation Foundation

As a visionary business leader and investor with expertise in digitalisation, process automation and innovation Jesper helps Sustainable Expatriation Foundation startup to reach the next level from the heart of Denmark. Together we aspire businesses to change the status quo and tap into the social sustainability of globalisation. Jesper brings his vast expertise in the SaaS business model, digital transformation, business development and enterprise sales, product development, organisational management and internationalisation.

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Marina Malmberg

Chairman of Sustainable Expatriation Foundation

Marina is the social sustainability of globalisation influencer, the originator of Sustainable Expatriation™ framework. Marina is on a mission to stop and remediate women's legalised dependency, caused by unsustainable national policies of countries, prohibiting the following expat spouses from work, which cause lifetime dependency of women. Marina is B-economy changemaker, a graduate student of Copenhagen Business School who took her PreSeed start-up to European Commission Investment Portal, shortlisted among the best 35 startups by European Business Angel Summit in 2020.

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Damjan Grozdanovski

Lawyer, European Business Law, Executive Board Advisor

A lawyer by profession, having a master’s degree with honours in European business law from the Faculty of law in Lund, Sweden. He graduated from the state faculty of law ‘Iustinianus Primus’ in Skopje, and continued his education abroad, in Sweden. Notable experiences are being a student ambassador of Lund University, being awarded second place by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for the European law moot court competition. After graduating, he started practicing law in Skopje immediately after finishing his education in 2017.

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Roberta Magherini

Youth & Millennials Executive Advisor &SEF Board Member

Soon-to-be ‘following spouse’ herself and a Junior Consultant in the field of EU funds and sustainable development and social change with +8 years of expat experience, Roberta committed to Sustainable Expatriation’s mission promote the social sustainability of globalisation and women’s right to work globally. She will be supporting the development of our expat spouse program by providing strategic advice and operational support in the areas of international fundraising, expatriation, sustainability, youth and stakeholders engagement.

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our Contributors

Iva Taiber

Corporate Communication Adviser, Croatia

Iva helps us with corporate communication strategy. We are blessed to have Iva's guidance on forming our solution for the corporate world. This is what Iva says about her work: "I help teams and individuals grow and succeed on the Next Level

Smaranda Calin

Product Manager / Product Design Lead, Denmark

Productiser of ideas, fascinated by leadership challenges and building teams that turn bright ideas and customer input into real value. Experienced in complex SaaS products with elaborate ecosystems and diverse stakeholders. Solid understanding of the entire software lifecycle. Smaranda contributes her strong product competencies, vast understanding of design, leadership and ability to make things happen. Smaranda worked for companies large and small in martech, fintech and IoT.

Catrin Merlett

MSc, LCCH Licensed Homeopath & Multilingual Editor, the United Kingdom

Catrin is our dedicated content editor and a professional homeopath based in the UK who serves the world online with the natural wellness of homeopathy in English, French and Spanish. As an expat spouse, Cartin lived in five countries and holds MSc in Environmental Technology, BSc Chemistry and French.

Navine Eldesouki

Global Female Expat Community Owner, the United Arab Emirates

Navine Eldesouki manages a dedicated global community for expat women from Dubai and we unite for the purpose of service to expat women across the globe. Instagram: @coffeewithanexpat

Gunilla Panayi

Holistic Health & Homeopathy, the United Kingdom

Gunilla Panayi is an expat and professional homeopath, taking care of the patients globally for 19 years as a homeopath at the Helios Head Office in Tunbridge Wells, the UK that supplies the world with the quality homeopathy and professional holistic health

Meiraj Ahmed

Branding & Film Project Development, Germany

Passionate for global justice and women empowerment, Meiraj contributed his branding expertise to our initial pitch deck and logo of Sustainable Expatriation used until January 13th, 2021, when Meiraj voluntary engagement with us expires, and we wish Meiraj all the best with his future.

Megan Penhoet

Leadership & Education Adviser, the USA

Megan Penhoet is a global social entrepreneur, Founder/Director of Nordic Scholars Leadership Institute. with a background in post-secondary international educational programs, human development and international relations. A graduate of Stanford University Megan helped us enormously through the pick of our development, SOLVE application, documentary synopsis.

Our Angels

Trevor Blake

A God Father of our startup, mentor, entrepreneur and a millionaire with a Big Heart

I follow Trevor's work since 2015, and his unique work helped me to restart my career. Trevor contributes his programs for our special solution for expat spouses in need of re-creating their careers and re-shaping their professional brilliance. This is what Trevor says about himself: "We are no different, you and I… Even though, on the surface of things, it may not appear that way. I’ve created financial success and independence... After selling my first (I’ve had 3) company for over $100,000,000.

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Marina & Tommy Malmberg

Startup Investors

Six years without a work permit in Italy and Pakistan as a corporate following partner and broke Marina's successful career and made her re-starting all from scratch when repatriating to Sweden. After going through 14 years of career recreation and 50 000 USD investment without salary and pension in the age of 47... and I am on a mission to make corporate expatriation sustainable, so no single mother will go though the same pain, career loss and madness of re-invention. Instead, we are creating shared value for expat spouses, their families, corporations and societies who want to be entirely sustainable.

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Lianne Ebbinkhuijsen

A God Mother of our startup, Serial Entrepreneur, Intuitive Business Strategist

Also, Leadership Consultant, Lecturer Nyenrode Business University, Speaker. Lianne started off as a CPA in the financial world working in auditing, banking, venture capital en interim management. Has run various companies after that in speaking, sales and business-coaching. Familiar with both the defense and the offensive of doing business. In 1999 Lianne followed her husband 2 times abroad as expat-spouse and started her own business in those countries.

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