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.
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:
Growth: Relative growth in turnover, employees or profitability in USA
Investment: Significant investments in R&D, new facilities or acquisitions in USA
Partnerships: Strategic partnerships in USA, with organizations, companies or government agencies
Innovation: Development/implementation of an innovative solution in USA
CSR/Sustainability: CSR programs in the USA & how they increase overall sustainability
Previous winners include: Siteimprove (2018), Vestas (2017), Sitecore (2016) Gehl Architects (2015), Lundbeck (2014), Terma (2013) Novozymes (2012), Grundfos (2011) and Novo Nordisk (2010)
The Jury 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:
Jørgen Bardenfleth, Chairman, Lyngsoe Systems et al.
Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, Chairman of the Board (Bo Concept, TCM, etc.)
Jury Member #3: TBC
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to showcase your companies’ successes in the U.S.!
If your company is interested in being considered for this year’s award, please contact AmCham’s Therese Oliver (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details on the nomination process.
Nomination deadline is February 22, 2019.
The 2019 Transatlantic Company of the Year will be announced at AmCham’s Transatlantic Summit.
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.
In September, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC welcomed Denmark’s new Defence, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché, Rear Admiral Martin LaCour. Admiral LaCour has a background in the Danish Navy and has the Danish Department of Defence in several positions in Denmark and abroad. Before coming to Washington DC, Admiral LaCour has served as Denmark’s Defence Advisor to NATO and the EU in Brussels, Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom, and special advisor to the Danish Prime Minister.
In September, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington DC welcomed our new Maritime Advisor, Malte Kofoed Søndergaard.
For the last four years, Malte worked at the Danish Maritime Authority focusing on maritime business policies and was part of the team developing the Danish Government’s Growth Plan for Denmark’s maritime cluster. Moreover, Malte has been involved in the Danish Maritime Authority’s international cooperation, especially with a focus on West Africa.
At the Embassy Malte will be the main responsible for the political dialogue on maritime affairs between Denmark and the United States and closely follow policy developments in areas of importance to the maritime sector, including Jones Act, trade policy, sanctions, infrastructure etc.
On September 27th, The Danish-American Business Council, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce joined forces and organised a networking opportunity for our young professionals. Once again, we experienced great support and high attendance, as about 60 young professionals met for conversation and after-work drinks. ADBC’s young professionals network now has +100 members, and great activities planned for the fall.
Please spread the word, if you are aware of young professionals in the DC area who would like to join the network. One can join the network here: https://www.usadk.org/adyp/.
Upcoming events for American-Danish Young Professionals:
November 1st: DIS Alumni Reception at the Danish Embassy
Every year, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) sends 1200 American students to study abroad in Copenhagen. The American-Danish Young Professionals will host a reception for local (DC area) DIS alumni at the Danish Embassy.
November 7th: Visit at the World Bank
In cooperation with the Swedish and Norwegian young professional networks, we invite our young professionals to meet the World Bank’s Nordic and Baltic Executive Directory.
December 13th: Danish Christmas Lunch
Members of the Danish-American Young Professionals are invited to a traditional Danish Christmas Lunch, celebrating Danish food and traditions.
Foreign Minister Samuelsen opens new Consulate General of Denmark in Houston, Texas
On May 2nd 2018, a new Consulate General of Denmark opened in Houston, Texas. The “Lone Star State” is the 10th biggest economy in the world with 28 million people.
“With the new Consulate General in Houston, we want to make a concrete difference for Danish companies that want to export to the region. The economic growth in Houston and Texas is significant and there are huge opportunities for Danish companies”, the newly appointed Consulate General, Jacob Vind, explains.
Before his appointment as Consul General, Jacob Vind worked for the Danish Trade Council in Silicon Valley as the Head of the Water Technology Alliance in North America.
The potential for exporting Danish products and technologies to Texas is obvious as several beneficiary conditions create opportunities for Danish companies:
Wind: Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the US. A windy climate and a vast and modernised transmission network create ideal conditions for windmill production in Texas.
Life Science: Texas is at the forefront of advancing life sciences: The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical complex in the world with more than 100.000 employees and substantial investments.
Maritime sector: The Port of Houston, which serves the metropolitan area of Houston, is one of the largest ports in the US and is a focal point for shipping between North and South America.
Water: Texas will invest 60 billion dollars in water infrastructure during the next 50 years.
Oil and gas: Texas is known as a capital of oil and gas production and currently hosts more than 5000 companies working with fossil fuel energy.
Tech and innovation: Austin, Texas is already an epicentre for IT companies. The new Consulate General will work with the Danish Tech Ambassador to take advantage of the growing opportunities for Danish tech companies willing to work in Texas.
The opening of the Consulate General is part of the Danish Government’s goal of a bigger reach throughout the US, which is Denmark’s third largest export market and the largest outside Europe.
On May 12th 2018 from 10am to 4pm the Embassy of Denmark opened its doors to the public along with embassies of other EU Member States. This year the Embassy of Denmark and the Representation of Greenland had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of visitors.
The EU Open House is a highlight of the Washington spring calendar and is a unique opportunity for residents or visitors of Washington DC to learn about the national heritage and cultural traditions of the EU member countries. The EU Open House is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. The Embassy of Denmark expected 3-4000 visitors, but almost 6000 visitors climbed the hilly Whitehaven Street to learn more about Denmark and Greenland.
The main theme for this year was “Hygge”. Visitors could enjoy Danish delicacies from the Ambassador’s Chef, tour the Ambassador’s Residence, watch a new photo exhibition by acclaimed Danish artist Tove Dehn, try a bike course, snap photos in a booth with classic Danish backdrops, or listen to the live performance of “The Little Mermaids” – a band consisting of three employees at the Danish Embassy.
Kelsen handed out cookies and “Flødeboller” handed out flødeboller – a Chocolate-coated marshmallow treat – to the great excitement of the visitors. LEGO set up a playground where children (and adults) advanced the endless building opportunities the famous LEGO-bricks offer. Novo Nordisk handed out jumping ropes to make awareness of the crucial importance of exercise to combat diabetes. Joe & The Juice served delicious and refreshing smoothies and sold out after only four hours. Arla provided quality cheeses and snacks for guests who took the residence tours.
From the ADBC Secretariat and the Embassy, we want to thank everyone involved.
In April, The Danish Minister of Environment and Food visited Chicago to meet with Deputy Governor of Illinois Leslie Munger and Deputy Mayor of Chicago Robert S. Rivkin.
One purpose of the trip was to promote Danish water solutions. A significant upgrade of the aging and troubled water infrastructure in the US is needed – investments of around $743 billion over the next 20 years according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. There is a big potential for Danish companies – which have excelled in optimizing both drinking water and wastewater technology – to be part of that.
The Minister also had the chance to meet with the Danish Water Technology Alliance, which has been very successful in cooperating with US water utilities. The Water Technology Alliance provides a full range of services to Danish water technology companies that wish either to enter the North American market or to further grow their US presence and activities. The alliance organise workshops, country-to-country fact-finding missions, an engage in general collaboration and knowledge sharing with US water and wastewater utilities.
While being in Chicago, the Minister of Environmental and Food had the chance to participate in the signing of a new wastewater Flagship Project between the Water Technology Alliance and Downers Grove Sanitary District. The agreement recognized the new wastewater treatment centre as Flagship with regards to optimization of processes, using Danish methods and technologies energy optimization. Plant processes will be retrofitted according to Danish experiences and workflows and contain Danish components whenever possible and feasible. For each individual work process in the project, DGSD will enter into sub contracts with the respective Danish companies.