Be authentic: Mikkel Juel Iversen, Founder of Under One Sky: Inspiring Leadership interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks
136. Mikkel Juel Iversen, Founder of Under One Sky. Co-founder of TerraMedia Mikkel is an entrepreneur with one foot planted firmly in the media industry and the other in social change. For the last 16 years he has been part of the media industry in functions such as International Insights Director at Universal Studios and managing the integration of Sky’s TV distribution business into NBC’s global TV organisation. Mikkel has been involved in the distribution of 100s of films/TV series internationally as well as advising Hollywood Studios heads on corporate activity. In 2003 he switched from the financial markets to media where he’d worked in equity research and commodities trading. In 2012 he set up non-profit Under One Sky with the mission to make people affected by homelessness feel seen and heard.
At the end of 2020 UOS had provided more than 50,000 interactions with people living on the streets of London, Cambridge and Madrid. UOS has more than 1000 volunteers but 0 employees which makes for a unique leadership challenge. UOS’ work has been featured in both UK and international media. Both a book and a documentary are being developed about Under One Sky. In 2019 Mikkel co-founded the impact media agency TerraMedia which operates within the filmed entertainment industry exclusively focusing on development, packaging and financing of content created to deliver social impact. He works with creatives, producers, distributors, NGOs, social enterprises, investors and foundations on feature film, documentary and TV projects on subjects such as climate, mental health, equality and social justice to mention a few.
TerraMedia’s activities are guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mikkel is also producing two feature films based on true stories currently in development. One is centred around Islamophobia and the fear based society while the other is about the intelligent universe. Mikkel is a London School of Economics and LA Film School Alumni. He is part of Top Tier Impact which is a global network of impact leaders focussed on solving the most critical issues of our time in partnership with World Economic Forum and United Nations Development Programme. Mikkel is also a member of international changemaker network WholeWorld-View which brings together science and spirituality as a way of developing new solutions.
His Leadership tip – Be authentic
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