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Danish American Business Forum Annual Meeting 2017

On March 22nd the Danish American Business Forum held its annual meeting in the FOSS Innovation Center in Hillerød, Denmark. The keynote speeches commonly denominated the topic of business framework conditions under the newly appointed Trump administration, as well as the broader political landscape in general. Furthermore, Kim Vejlby Hansen, CEO, FOSS as well as Lars Marcher, President & CEO, AMBU A/S shared their thoughts on how to conduct a successful export expansion into the US market.

The forums 5 speakers were:

• Kim Vejlby Hansen, CEO, FOSS
• Lars Marcher, President & CEO, AMBU A/S
• Laura Lochman, Charge D’Affaires, US Embassy Copenhagen
• Lars Bo Møller, Deputy Chief of Mission, DK Embassy Washington DC
• Moderator: Steffen Gram, Senior International Correspondent Danmarks Radio

The speakers shared a broad agreement that, in tune with current US framework conditions, the US market should be engaged thoughtfully, yet still optimistically. As a first, the Deputy Chief Mission of the Danish Embassy in Washington, Lars Bo Møller, participated as a speaker and provided a reiteration of common themes like political uncertainty and the expansion & export potential for Danish core sectors. Lars Bo emphasized the importance of navigating through the political fog produced at the federal level while working with state level actors. Furthermore, he underscored the importance of US Congress in relation to Trumps declared stance on trade policy, and that Denmark has been and continues to be seen as a key partner.

Read more here to get a full summary of the event and the speakers remarks.

Ambassador hosts Danish Minister of Business and Deputy Assistant Secretary Tasharski for a roundtable dinner with ADBC members

Export Promotion

The Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs is in the United States this week for a week of promoting Danish exports, with visits in Boston, Washington D.C. and California.
In Boston the Minister visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology to learn more about how they transform their students’ ideas into innovative businesses, and how it can be used in a Danish context, to help Danish innovation and entrepreneurship.

ADBC Roundtable Dinner

The Minister then travelled to D.C. to visit to attend a roundtable dinner with several D.C. based ADBC members, hosted by the Ambassador, together with Dale Tasharski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at U.S. Department of Commerce.
With representatives from leading Danish and American business, discussions during the dinner focused on the important bilateral commercial relationship between Denmark and the U.S. Overall it was a night full of meaningful insights that surely will help the Minister promote transatlantic trade and cooperation in the future.
In Washington D.C. the Minister will have a number of meetings with elected officials as well as business representatives. Thereafter, the Minister will to travel to California, to help create interest in offshore wind and help pave the road for a future Denmark-California collaboration on water treatment.

ADBC supports Claus Meyer’s Social Development program

ADBC members participated in the Fundraising Event on March 1st at the occasion of the launch of the “Dining with Design” concept and the fundraising event in support of the Brownsville Community Culinary Center

To start off the night, Ambassador Lars Lose gave the opening remarks, followed by a stirring speech by Claus Meyer. Over a 100 guests listened and were visibly moved by the motivation and thoughts behind the Brownsville initiative. To raise funds for the initiative a silent auction was held, with seats for a dinner with both Ambassador Lars Lose and Claus Meyer being auctioned off. The dinner will use the new “Dining with Design” collection and feature a menu curated by Claus Meyer and prepared by celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi. That guests were visibly moved by Claus Meyer’s speech and the interest in supporting the initiative was overwhelming.

About the Brownsville Project

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center is the newest social initiative from Claus Meyer, the cofounder of world renowned restaurant Noma and founder of the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal, New York. The initiative is a community center, which will include a neighborhood eatery in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City. When it opens, the eatery will be the only table-service restaurant in the community. The educational program will be free of charge for the neighborhood’s young residents, who will undergo a 40-week apprenticeship-based culinary training program, financial literacy, and externships with job-placement upon graduation.

About Dining with Design

As part of the ”Art in Embassy” initiative, where 37 works of art by various Danish artists are displayed around the Ambassador Residence, the “Dining with Design” seeks to bring the artists to the dinner table. “Dining with Design” consists of tableware, cutlery, vases and table-cloths created by Danish designers and craftsmen. A collection that will be used for future official dining events at the Embassy.

Young Professionals Network Event

Networking Event

The American-Danish Business Council had the pleasure of inviting their Young Professional Members to a networking event at the Embassy the 25th of January 2017. 40 young American professionals joined for an evening of vibrant networking in addition to valuable company presentations.

Investing in the U.S.

The Young Professionals Network offers members the opportunity to join a social network for young students and professionals interested in fostering relations and increasing trade between the U.S. and Denmark. The theme for the night was “Investing in the U.S. – what’s in it for Scandinavian companies and how can they contribute to the competitive U.S. market?”. Representatives from Statoil, Skanska Infrastructure Development and Terma were present to talk on the subject.


The event hosted at the Embassy was in collaboration with DIS- Study abroad in Scandinavia, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, D.C. and Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, who all invited their members for an opportunity to network with other young professionals. To read more about the Young Professionals Network, please click here.

ADBC employs new Administrative Assistant

Introducing ADBCs new Administrative Assistant

It is our pleasure to introduce Mie Bjerregaard, ADBC’s new part-time assistant, who will help facilitate the continued growth of the organisation. Mie Bjerregaard will primarily be handling billing and back-end operations. As we grow as an organization, increasing our back-end operations capabilities has been an important focus. This is to ensure we continue to have the capacity to provide valuable events and support for our members.

Together with the Executive Secretary Lina Gandløse Hansen and trainee Christian Mørch Frederiksen, the ADBC Secretariat will continuously work to developing and strengthening the membership platform in ADBC. Finally, the Secretariat collaborates closely with the Treasurer Ben Walker and Bay Business Group for bookkeeping functions.


Please do not hesitate to contact ADBC at if you have any questions.

ADBC Board Meeting

The 2016 Board Meeting of American-Danish Business Council was held on December 2nd. During the meeting, the year of 2016 was evaluated with a certain focus on the positive growth of American-Danish Business Council. We are pleased to announce that we have seen a 45 percent of member increase since fall 2015. We owe a great thanks to our members for supporting the council and ensuring this positive development. We are now looking towards 2017, where our strategic priorities include value-creating activities for our members and an enhancement our member’s access to the Congress.

2016: A Year to Remember for ADBC

We are concluding 2016 on a high note. It has indeed been a substantial year, where we have undertaken a wide range of remarkable events. To some of our large events we had to devote every effort – especially to the Danish Royal Visit in September, which turned out to be a great success. As many of you remember, the Royal Visit was part of an export promoting trip to Washington D.C. and Boston led by TRH The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark and two Danish Ministers. 60 Danish companies participated in this unforgettable trip, which consisted of 31 different events.

Moreover, ADBC focused the year of 2016 towards an enhancement of our member’s access to the Congress by providing them the opportunity to attend events with the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus. In several occasions we have had the pleasure of offering companies the opportunity to enhance their access to the Congress.  In May, ADBC supported a Friends of Denmark Caucus with attendance by the Danish Prime Minister and the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs. ADBC serves as facilitator of relations to relevant stakeholders, and therefore it is an important priority to us to invite high-level visitors to ADBC events.

Sector-specific events are fundamental to ADBC as well. It is one of our finest duties to provide expertise and to support our companies in building knowledge and stakeholder relations. In April, ADBC held a great military export promotional event focusing on partnerships between the Danish and the U.S. defense industry. Also, in occasion of the visit by the Danish Prime Minister in March, we invited healthcare companies to join a roundtable session together with the Danish Prime Minister, where the healthcare companies were given the opportunity to have a dialogue with leading HHS Oficials.

We would like to thank our members for attending ADBC events in 2016. We are looking forward to continue working with you in 2017. Below you will find photos from the year of 2016 in ADBC.

For a full list of activities, please visit this link

Activity Calender 2016


ADBC Annual Meeting 2016

On the occasion of the visit by the Danish Frigate, HDMS Frigate Peter Willemoes, in Baltimore, the Annual Meeting of American-Danish Business Council was held aboard the Frigate on Thursday November 17 2016. The Annual Meeting served as a platform for promoting Danish defense businesses and strengthening Danish – U.S. ties.

Besides Members of American-Danish Business Council, the Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen, the Secretary of State from Maryland, John Wobensmith, and the President from Sail Baltimore, Michael McGeady, attended alongside the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Lars Gert Lose.

The Frigate was in Baltimore to take part in a military exercise together with the carrier strike group, George H. W. Bush.

It was a pleasure to have ADBC Members contributing to this great evening.

Below you will find photos from the Annual Meeting.


ADBC Supports Young Professionals

A year ago, ADBC decided to develop a Young Professional Network. Since then, the Young Professional Network has been a great success and the network has taken part in exciting events together with other young professional networks. Fortunately, not all events must be of formal character, and in November ADBC and the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s Young Associates held a Nordic Happy Hour session to enhance networking among Nordic young professional from the area.

We look forward to engaging with more young professionals during the coming year, and we are happy to announce that our next Young Professionals Event will be in late January. More information will be send out shortly.

For more information, please visit the link below

The Young Professionals Network

Transatlantic Company of the Year 2017: Nominations are open!

AmCham Denmark and American-Danish Business Council are pleased to announce the 2017 Transatlantic Company of the Year. 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: Sitecore (2016) Gehl Architects (2015) Lundbeck (2014) Terma (2013) Novozymes (2012) Grundfos (2011)

The Jury

In order to ensure complete impartiality in the selection process, AmCham’s board of directors has appointed an independent jury of distinguished business leaders to evaluate the applications and select the winner. Jury members include:

  • Jørgen Bardenfleth, Chairman, Arkitema Architects, etc.
  • Karsten Dybvad, Director, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Majken Schultz, Professor, Copenhagen Business School


Nomination Process

  1. Pre – Nomination:

Submit a ½ page statement on why your company should win this award (by February 1, 2017) to Therese Oliver at
This should include some basic facts, such as turnover and number of employees in the U.S./Globally

  1. Finalists:

If selected to be a finalist, you will be notified by February 6, 2016. You will then be given a final detailed nomination form to complete.

The winner of the 2017 Transatlantic Company of the Year will be announced at the 2017 Transatlantic Business Summit in late March.