Espen Suenson was born in 1979 in Copenhagen. He obtained his doctoral degree in software engineering from Åbo Akademi in 2015. He holds an MSc in computer science and a BA in European ethnology from Københavns Universitet.
Suenson started his career as a professional programmer in 1999, developing the online banking page of a mid-size Danish bank. He has worked with programming as a research assistant at Københavns Universitet in the fields of programming language research, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience. In 2003 he worked as a programmer at the naval base in Korsør and from 2003–2004 he worked for a market survey provider. From 2007–2008, Suenson worked for a global satellite television company in a cross-disciplinary Scrum team, and from 2010–2011 as a researcher in the Software Engineering Laboratory at Åbo Akademi. Since 2014 he has been working as a programmer in the public sector for a consultancy in Copenhagen.
Suenson has served as a board member and editor of Nord Nytt, the Nordic peer-reviewed journal of ethnology and folkloristics, from 2004–2008, and from 2012–2014 has lectured in Nordic ethnology at Åbo Akademi.