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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 4th, H.E. Lars G. Lose & Mrs. Rønberg hosted the annual Christmas Cocktail Party at their residence in cooperation with the American Danish Business Council and Harvard Business School Club of Washington D.C.
With more than 500 guests attending the event, the residence reached the highest number of guests in history. Congressional staffers, government officials, political organisations, members of ADBC and their business partners were all among the participants in the celebration of the economic partnership across the Atlantic. The jazz trio Joshua Espinoza set the mood with a live music as guests enjoyed signature cocktails, traditional Danish food and Danish Christmas delights throughout the festive evening. Guests enjoyed the Danish Christmas spirit with traditional foods provided by Arla, Kelsen and Danish Crown. This evening celebrated the strong relations and partnership between Denmark and the United States. As we look ahead to 2019, we will build further on this solid foundation.
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Once again the time has come to selcect the nominee candidates for the American Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Transatlantic Company of the Year. A prestigious award presented in collaboration with the American Danish Business Council.
About the Award
The Transatlantic Company of the Year recognizes the important contributions and positive impact of Danish companies investing in the United States. The award is presented annually in order to highlight the importance of the economic ties between the United States and Denmark and to celebrate business excellence by a Danish company in arguably the most competitive market in the world.
The Transatlantic Company of the Year is awarded to a registered Danish company invested in the U.S. that has demonstrated significant achievements within the United States, in one or more of the following areas:
Previous winners include:
Siteimprove (2018), Vestas (2017), Sitecore (2016)
Gehl Architects (2015), Lundbeck (2014), Terma (2013)
Novozymes (2012), Grundfos (2011) and Novo Nordisk (2010)
In order to ensure complete impartiality in the selection process, we have appointed an independent jury of distinguished business leaders to evaluate the applications and select the winner. Jury members include:
If your company is interested in being considered for this year’s award, please contact AmCham’s Therese Oliver (email@example.com) for further details on the nomination process.
Nomination deadline is February 22, 2019.
On September 25th, Ambassador Lose met with senior executive members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark for an informal discussion about US national politics, trade politics and the relationship between Denmark and the US. The American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark is – just like the American-Danish Business Council on this side of the Atlantic – an organisation of both Danish and American companies. Ambassador Lose recently became Honary President of the American Chamber of Commerce along with the US Ambassador to Denmark, Ms. Carla Sands.
In September, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC welcomed our new Deputy Chief of Mission, Henrik Bramsen Hahn.
Henrik has a long career within the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he has held several positions both in Denmark and abroad. Before coming to Washington DC, Henrik served as Denmark’s Ambassador to Mexico, which is a position covering most of the Central American region. Previously, Henrik has served as Denmark’s Ambassador to Afghanistan and Argentina, as a Political Counsellor at Denmark’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.