Advisory Board Members

We have gathered a unique Advisory Board as well as a group of investors and experts that have agreed to co-author the Blueprint for Denmark and contribute towards producing the leaps in innovation that are needed in order to tackle pressing challenges of the coming decade. Learn more about the contributers.

Christian Stadil

Head of Thornico, which operates in a wide range of industries: food, technology, shipping, real estate, finance, fashion and sports. Is an entrepreneur and business angel, especially in digital, online and tech. Is internationally known for his unique and innovative management philosophy and award-winning marketing and branding thinking.

Progressive innovative investor and manager

Innovation
Management
Work/life balance

Former CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact from 2015 to June 2020. Served as Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team in Novo Nordisk. Has held various positions including internal audit, compliance, people & organization, branding and sustainability.

International experience and contacts within sustainable development of businesses and society. 

Sustainability strategy
Management
Business development

Erik Rasmussen

Has over 60 years of experience acting as a subject matter expert, journalist, editor-in-chief and media entrepreneur. A storyteller pioneering a risk-to-opportunity mindset. Has played a major role in putting sustainability on the political agenda. Rated by WEF as one of the 100 most influential journalists in the world.

As Founder and Chairman of Sustainia, Erik continues to challenge conventional thinking and push the boundaries of corporate approaches to sustainability.

Storytelling
Entrepreneurship
Sustainability strategy

Experienced manager within finance and in how to prepare and take an organisation to the next level by emphasizing the social capital in an organisation. Has been employed in the shipping and health industry. 

Central representative for the business world and civil society with great expertise within leadership and development of companies.

Finance
Management
Business development
Health industry

Holds an international Board portfolio in PLC’s as well as privately owned companies mainly within the oil, energy and marine sector and related critical infrastructure.

Experienced manager with a solid knowledge in the role of the energy sector in the green transformation.

Development
Design
Marketing

A strategic and passionate general manager with broad international experience in the tech industry. Proven track record of profitable growth through change management, innovation, and people development. End-to-end P&L management of a complex +700 MUSD business.

Significant and versatile manager with a special focus on giant technology company’s role in the transformation of the society. 

Strategy
Business development
Management
Technology industry

Several years of experience within the banking industry (in Nykredit and FIH). Predominantly as a manager. Has now been a manager for The Danish Green Investment Fund for more than five years.

Banking
Green investments
Management

Represents the investments sector’s understanding of startups needs for resources and capital in connection with the green transformation. 

Was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. As EU Commissioner, she was also responsible for the 2050 Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy and represented the EU in the international climate negotiations.

Solid knowledge within the political and societal aspects of climate change and sustainability challenges.

Chairman in several companies among others William Demant Invest, Copenhagen Airports, Codan, Montana Møbler, Rockwool Fonden and Oticon Fonden. Became in 1988 CEO of Falcks Redningskorps and Falck Holding. Has also experience within investments and innovation.

Experienced business executive with a solid knowledge within the transformation of the corporate sector.  

Management
Transformation
Investment

Caroline S. Ahlefeldt

Digital strategist and business executive with +25 years of experience.
She has joined the boards of various companies such as LEGO, 3XN and Vækstfonden and was voted as one of the 100 most important women in Denmark the last 100 years by Kvinfo and Danish Newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

Experienced entrepreneur and innovator with a focus on creating dialogue within sustainability and involve the society in the green transformation. 

Management
Transformation
Investment

Professor in biological oceanography and leader of Sustainability Science Centre. Scientist within the influence of climate change on the marine environment. Former president of Klimakommissionen. Councillor of Klimarådet.

Leading expert in Denmark within sustainable development and climate changes.

Sustainability research
Counseling

Rolf Kjærgaard

Strategic thinker with a financial background and capabilities to transform organizations in the pursuit of new growth opportunities. Have been working for the Danish State’s investment fund for more than 15 years. Former national expert in the European Commission.

Leading expert in Denmark within sustainable development and climate changes.

Strategy
Finance and investments
Business development

Has been in the consulting industry for more than twenty years where he has been engaged in agile transformation, strategy, lean startup and commercial excellence. Has a focus on making organisations fit for humans and for the future.

Knowledged consultant with a special focus on what creates changes in companies and how to accelerate these transformations. 

Consulting
Changes, transformations and movements
Strategy

Graduated from the Danish School of Journalism with an MBA from Stanford Business School. Has had several manager positions hereunder Head of News for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Now, CEO of Constructive Institute which he founded in 2017. Has written the book “Constructive News”.

Experienced and strong media personality with a special focus on the role of the media in the green transformation of society and involvement of the community. 

Consulting
Changes, transformations and movements
Strategy

Think Tank Members

  • Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Center
  • Sara Gry Striegler, Program Lead, Danish Design Center
  • Jens Martin Skibsted, Founder, Manyone
  • Caroline Søeborg Ahlefeldt, Entrepreneur and board member
  • Anne Skare Nielsen, CEO, Universal Futurist
  • Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry for Climate, Energy and Utilities
  • Katherine Richardson, Professor, Sustainability Science Center, University of Copenhagen, member of the Danish Council on Climate Change
  • Climate and Adjustment Council (Klima og Omstillingsrådet) – includes five researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University of Roskilde, and Concordia University, Canada. The team applies technical and social science approaches to the study of climate change and sustainability transitions.
  • Jens Hoff, Professor, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), joining on behalf of the Center for Society and Sustainability. The center comprises research activities of five university departments at UCPH; anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology, counting a network of distinguished researchers and experts who will act as co-authors.
  • Thøger Riis Michelsen, Founder, Backscatter, a company which employs methods from anthropology and data science to survey and map popular opinion and patterns of behavior.

Innovation

  • Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Center
  • Sara Gry Striegler, Program Lead, Danish Design Center
  • Jens Martin Skibsted, Founder, Manyone
  • Caroline Søeborg Ahlefeldt, Entrepreneur and board member
  • Anne Skare Nielsen, CEO, Universal Futurist

“The global community urgently needs sustainability leadership and role models to continue on the path toward deep decarbonization and a clean energy future. The Blueprint for Denmark provides just the sort of initiative that is required. The world needs Denmark to serve as a global sustainability laboratory."

Dan Esty - Professor, Yale University

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Maiken VenemanProject Manager
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