Category Archives: News from ADBC


American-Danish Young Professionals puts spotlight on Scandinavian Innovation and Design

On April 30, the American-Danish Young Professionals hosted a Young Professionals event with focus on Scandinavian Innovation and Design. The venue was the offices of Axis Communications in Arlington and it was organized in collaboration with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce.

At the event, Andrew Dunn, President for Mobile Guarding Division Securitas North America, joined us to discuss how the Swedish company Securitas is leading innovations in the Digital Transformation of Protection. His presentation was followed by, Tim Macheneud, Head of BoConcept, Washington D.C, who spoke about the philosophy and methods that the Danish global furniture retailer utilizes to keep being innovative with their design.

The evening ended with a networking session at the rooftop giving people the opportunity to socialize, exchange ideas, share common interests and grow professionally.

Farewell/Welcome reception for departing/arriving Ambassadors

On Thursday, April 4Th, the Danish Embassy and the American-Danish Business Council hosted a beautiful spring reception at the residence to say goodbye to departing Ambassador, H.E. Lars G. Lose as well as his wife Mrs. Roenberg, whilst inviting our new Ambassador, H.E. Lone Dencker Wisborg, officially welcome to the US and Washington DC.

With more than 300 guests attending, the residence was filled with close friends of Denmark from all over the US where signature drinks named by various Danish footprints in the US, were served along with delicious Danish cuisines.

Among the many guests was Congressman Hoyer who provided a wonderful speech and a heartfelt appreciation and gratitude of the great work former Ambassador Mr. Lose has been carrying out the past years here in the US. H.E. Lone Wisborg were of cause also welcomed dearly by Congressman Hoyer, whom pointed out expectations of a great continual cooperation going forward.

ADBC member Ramboll named 2019 Transatlantic Company of the Year

American-Danish Business Council (ADBC) is very excited about the news of Ramboll receiving the Transatlantic Company of the Year Award. Ramboll is a member of ADBC.

AmCham Denmark (The American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark) presented the prestigious Transatlantic Company of the Year award to Ramboll at AmCham’s 2019 Transatlantic Summit on Wednesday afternoon.

Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945 and employing more than 15,000 experts globally. At the awards, the company was recognized for its great investments, impressive growth and a strong focus on sustainable solutions while being an active participant in the societies where the company operates.

Amcham and ADBC have a long-standing and successful cooperation. At ADBC, we cherish the great work of Amcham, and support its commitment to building a competitive business environment in Denmark, and assist Danish companies entering the U.S. – Denmark’s third largest market.

Ramboll was selected from the eight award finalists, which included Ambu, Cludo, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Haldor Topsøe, Leman, Leo Pharma, and Shark Solutions – all with great accomplishments in the United States. The independent jury was comprised of Jørgen Bardenfleth (Lyngsoe Systems et al.), Thomas Bustrup (DI) and Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae (Bo Concept, TCM, etc.).

From left to right: Jørgen Bardenfleth (Lyngsoe Systems et al.), Søren Holm Johansen (Ramboll), Angela Naef (DuPont) and Stephen Brugger (AmCham Denmark). Picture: Pamela Juhl

Trade Policy event with ADYP at the Royal Norwegian Embassy

The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (NACC-MA), The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce DC, and the American-Danish Business Council (ADBC) hosted an afternoon visit to the Royal Norwegian Embassy on March 7. The event centred on trade policy, and the Minister Counselor of Economic Affairs, Ms. Kristin Hansen and Counselor for Trade and Industrial Affairs, Mr. Pål Somdalen made a presentation on the Norwegian perspective on trade policy. The Councellor gave insights on how the Norwegian government works with the WTO, EU and other international organizations on trade.

After the event at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the participants from the young professionals network had an after hour drink at a local bar. All in all a great evening for socializing, exchanging ideas, share common interests and grow professionally.

American-Danish Young Professionals Network – a formal introduction

As you all might already been aware of, the ADBC officially launched an affiliated network for young professionals in the beginning of 2018, called American-Danish Young Professionals or simply ADYP.

The ADYP provides aspiring young professionals under the age of 35 with unique networking opportunities and professional events that contribute to their development. The networks mission is to design a social platform in the greater DMV area, dedicated to give young leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to socialize, exchange ideas, share common interests and grow professionally. Common for all members is their shared interest in relations between the US and Denmark.

The ADYP has already showed great results – at launch, the network had 15 individual members, which through its first year has now grown exponentially to +170 members. This impressive development has largely been a product of consistent executed events each month, and emphasises a great interest towards the American-Danish relations.

Feel free to encourage your organization’s young professionals to sign up here and become a member as well. Its free and a great opportunity to network.

Furthermore, members of the ADBC will have the opportunity to engage with the network by hosting tailored events in collaboration with the ADYP. Thereby, tapping into a large talent-pool with diversified knowledge from many industries – located in the DMV area.

For more information, please reach out to Frederik Friis, Director of the ADYP at






American-Danish Young Professionals and DIS-alumni network reception

On February 7th the American-Danish Young Professional network (ADYP) hosted a network reception at the Danish Embassy. Apart from the ADYP, the guests invited were alumni from DIS.

DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959. Annually, DIS has 1,300 American students enrolled in education in Denmark and thus provides students with opportunities for cultural engagement and personal growth, while creating lasting ties and relationship with Denmark.

The evening began by remarks from acting Ambassador, Henrik Hahn, whom emphasized the importance of intercultural ties and educational contribution as a mean of personal development.

Afterwards, representatives from both ADYP and DIS were giving keynotes to the +60 young brilliant minds who attended. The evening concluded with a formal networking-session were guests had the opportunity to engage with each other across ADYP and DIS.

Relaunch of the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus

On Wednesday, February 6, the Embassy and ADBC marked the relaunch of the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus for the 116th Congress at a reception in the U.S. Capitol. Keynote speakers were the Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen, and Caucus co-chair, Republican Congressman, Tom Cole.

The Caucus is the cornerstone of the Embassy’s Congressional outreach efforts, and it comprises a bipartisan group of Representatives, who have familial ties to Denmark, represent districts that have significant numbers of descendants of Danish immigrants or have large Danish business interests, and have a special affinity for Denmark and what the country represents.

American-Danish Young Professional Christmas Dinner 2018

Thursday, December 13th, the Christmas spirit spread across the Danish Embassy as the American-Danish Young Professionals gathered for a traditional Christmas celebration. This event was the first of its kind but certainly not the last. The festivities included a three-course meal with marinated herring, pork roast, glögg, and everything a Danish Julefrokost should include. A great thanks to the American-Danish Business Council for their generous support of the young professionals programs this year. Also, thanks to everyone who attended – we hope you had a delightful evening. It is indeed the most wonderful time of year!


Changes in the ADBC Secretariat – welcoming Mathias Nielsen as Deputy Executive Secretary

As of January 1 2019, the daily management of the American Danish Business Council is undergoing a change with regards to the secretariat provided by the Trade Council. Heidi Roborg Storgaard, whom has been acting as the Deputy Executive Secretary will be transitioning to another position at the Danish Embassy and hence ADBC would like to welcome her successor, Mathias Nielsen. Going forward, Mathias will be assisting Trade Counselor and Executive Secretary, Jess Møller Knudsen, in managing the activities of the ADBC.

Mathias is specialized in International Business with expertise in cross-border operations and has a successful record of accomplishment in engaging with professional networks. Mathias is already a well-known person to the Danish Embassy as he has previously served as an Intern in the Trade Council. Apart from managing the ADBC, Mathias is employed as Commercial Advisor by the Trade Council in Washington DC.

The ADBC Secretariat will additionally continue to benefit from having one of the Embassy’s Trade Interns assisting ADBC full time.

Welcome to new sector expert on health, Maja Svankjaer Thagaard

In December, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC welcomed our new sector expert on health, Maja Svankjaer Thagaard.

For the past five years, Maja worked in the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs focusing on – among other things – digitization, data ethics and cyber security. Moreover, Maja has previously worked on international enterprise and trade policy, especially with a focus on the European Single Market.

At the Embassy, Maja will be responsible for following health policy in Congress, the Administration and in selected states. In close cooperation with the Trade Council’s health team, Maja will be promoting the Danish life science sector based on a strong public-private partnership and a health sector that delivers cost-efficient, citizen-centred healthcare of the highest quality.