Category Archives: News from the Embassy


Meet Therese Fergo – new Advisor in Health and Life Sciences at the Trade Department, Embassy of Denmark

As of October 14, 2014, Therese Fergo has joined the Danish Embassy and Trade Council in Washington, DC, as Advisor in Health and Life Sciences. She is assisting the team by sharing her knowledge about strategic planning and business development for health and life sciences companies interested in entering/expanding their market share into the US. Her core competencies include researching and interacting with companies that may become potential commercial partners to interested firms, liaising with government and multi-lateral entities, helping businesses formulate their needs to better achieve their commercial goals.

During her 10 years at the World Bank Group, she was responsible for the financial and portfolio management of a US$1 billion Health in Africa Program where she was involved in setting up the associated US$300 million equity fund and US$500 million debt facility for health. She was the program manager of various regional market intelligence reports on private and public health sectors related to the Business of Health in Africa and for specific countries such as Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and India. She also worked as a Senior Evaluation and Implementation Specialist while living in Comoros and Madagascar covering programs related to HIV/AIDS prevention.

In the private sector, Therese partnered with the Health Investment and Financing Corporation and assisted foreign disruptive technologies companies better understand entry barriers/opportunities to the US. She is also familiar with the US life science industry, as she worked as Vice President of Staff and Investor Relations at United Therapeutics Corporation, from inception to IPO.
Therese earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and her Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Event on Primary Care Innovation at the Embassy of Denmark

More than 80 government officials and healthcare professionals met at the Embassy of Denmark on July 24 to listen to a presentation on Primary Care Innovation in Denmark led by Kjeld Møller Pedersen, Professor of Health Economics and Health Policy at the University of Southern Denmark.

Professor Møller provided an overview of Danish healthcare policy efforts within the last decade to improve primary healthcare and hospital care. The audience expressed particular interest in knowing more about healthcare connectivity, utility and security in Denmark along with national healthcare policy initiatives to improve primary health and hospital care.

The event at the Embassy was the second in a four-part “Embassy Conversation” series in Washington, DC on Primary Care Innovation & Implementation designed to inform US health policy makers of the successes and challenges in other countries. The series was organized by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation, Robert Graham Center, North American Primary Care Research Group, and International Implementation Research Network in Primary Care as part of their ongoing efforts to encourage international collaboration and learning.

Meet Anna de Klauman – new Minister Counselor, Food & Agriculture

As of August 1st, Anna de Klauman succeeded Steen Steensen as Minister Counselor for Food and Agriculture.

Anna comes from a previous job in the Danish Agriculture & Food Council where she headed the Trade Department focusing on creating market access and market opportunities for member companies within the agriculture and food sector. Prior to that, Anna had experience working for the European Affairs Committee in the Danish Parliament. Later she worked for the Foreign Ministry dealing with EU coordination within environmental, agricultural and fishery policy.

Ms. Klauman’s work at the Embassy will build upon her wide network and experience working closely with both public authorities and private companies in solving regulatory and political challenges — thereby creating the best business opportunities for food and agricultural companies as possible. ADBC looks forward to working with her on food and agricultural issues and hopefully establishing a working group for food and beverages.

Ms. Klauman was educated at the Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, Denmark and Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Breakfast roundtable with the Minister for Trade and Development, along with US Ambassador to Denmark, and Danish Ambassador to the US

The Danish-American Business Forum (an Associate member of ADBC) hosted a breakfast roundtable with the Minister for Trade and Development, along with US Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, and Danish Ambassador to the US, Peter Taksøe-Jensen to hear their perspectives of DK-US relations both in relation to the MFA’s concrete growth initiatives and the TTIP agreement.

The Roundtable focused on:
• The vision for Denmark’s export and foreign direct investment strategy
• US-EU Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and how it affects Danish companies
• The new Growth Initiative and the strategy for allocation of Trade Council funds to support the overall goals

There were many questions and the discussion was lively, both between the participants and panel – and also between the panelists.

Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries visits US and Tours First Lady’s Kitchen Garden

From July 7th to July 11th, a delegation headed by the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries visited the United States. The delegation consisted of the Minister, Dan Jørgensen and Chief Veterinary Officer, Per Henriksen.

In Washington, the Minister was hosted by Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen at a working lunch with Arla and Danish Crown on July 8th. Meetings were also held with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the World Bank, and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

The delegation had also an inspiring meeting with White House Chef Sam Kass, who is also Executive Director of Let’s Move and a White House Senior Advisor for Food and Nutrition Policy. The group had the opportunity to tour Mrs. Obama’s White House garden which Mr. Kass helped create.
The delegation then traveled to Iowa where the Minister met with Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The delegation visited Iowa State University and met with the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Danish Honorary Consul, Lynette Rasmussen, kindly hosted a dinner for the delegation.

After a wonderful visit to Iowa, the delegation went to New York City. Upon arrival the group lunched at “Luksus” in connection with the Danish microbrewery bar “Tørst” in Brooklyn and met with chef Daniel Burns. Later the group visited with Senior Vice President Jeffrey Lee of the Economic Development Corporation/FRESH.

FRESH is an initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Five-Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, which promotes the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities by providing zoning and financial incentives to eligible grocery store operators and developers.
On Friday July 11th, the delegation visited the “Urban Farming” school project “TheGreenBronxMachine”. The John V Lindsay Wildcat Charter School located in the Bronx has an Urban Agriculture and Culinary program for 9th and 10th grade students. The group rounded off the visit to New York by meeting with the owners of the restaurant “Copenhagen”, touring the Union Square Green market and visiting Whole Foods.

5th Annual Sustainability Awards Reception Hosted By Ambassador Taksoe-Jensen

The US Department of State invited ADBC member companies to the 5th Annual Sustainability Awards Reception in partnership with the DC Greening Embassies Forum on Thursday, June 26th.

The annual Mayor’s Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation.

The awards highlight sustainable practices in eight areas: Energy & Buildings, Transportation, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, Eco-Purchasing, Jobs & Community, Training, and Reporting & Action.

The Mayor’s 2014 Sustainability Award Winners:

Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen hosted the event, which is indicative of Denmark’s role as the most energy efficient nation in the EU.

As the leading country in sustainability, Denmark has decided to lead the transition and become a green growth economy entirely independent of fossil fuels by 2050. The ambitious goal will be reached by increasing energy efficiency and resource optimization; by expanding the share of renewable energy from sources such as wind and biomass; and by driving the development of an intelligent energy system capable of managing the fluctuations of renewable energy.

EU Open House Success!

On May 10 the EU Open House and Eurovision Song Contest Live Broadcast Party was hosted at the Embassy of Denmark.

This year we had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of visitors to our embassy (more than 4,800 people for EU Open House and approximately 450 for the Eurovision Song Contest Live Broadcast Party); an impressive record in light of the occasional heavy rain.BycicleSpace

Whether they were busy learning about American-Danish Business Council partners, Copenhagen’s green goals and experiences, riding bikes and powering their own smoothie-bike-blender, or tasting cheese during the residence tour, we are sure all our visitors left the grounds feeling cheerful.

Also the American-Danish Business Council companies that had chosen to be represented at this unique event where very satisfied. “EU day provides us a fantastic venue to engage with the public, show them how biotechnology is changing our world and spotlight our proud Danish heritage.  The Embassy is a great partner to Novozymes—they take care of the details and all we have to do is show up”, said Paige Donnell from Novozymes.

Viewing the bike exhibit

Denmark wins Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards 2014

The Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, will participate in the 2014 Energy Efficiency Global Forum organized by the Alliance to Save Energy. Minister Petersen is receiving the “Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards 2014” that will be presented to Denmark. The award is being given for Denmark’s commitment to increased energy productivity over the coming years. ADBC member companies with expertise within energy efficiency have been invited to participate alongside the Minister.

Minister Petersen will also meet with administration officials as well as members of Congress to discuss Denmark’s climate and energy policies, including how to further inspire policymakers to act on energy efficiency.

The event will take place May 20-21 in Washington DC. You can read more about the event and the agenda here:

EE Global is an invitation only-opportunity to join hundreds of executives and policymakers from across sectors, disciplines, and borders. The energy efficiency elite will convene in Washington, D.C. for two days with a goal of integrating effective policies and business practices into actionable plans for the next generation of energy efficiency.

FAD and NDIA Co-host U.S.-Denmark Defense Industry Seminar at the Embassy

U.S. and Danish industry have been partners in addressing national security concerns for decades. The two industries have worked together not only on a number of industrial cooperation arrangements in Denmark, but also on technology cooperation programs in the U.S. and other international markets. The Danish defense industry is a high-tech business exporting 80 percent of goods and services. An increased focus on manufacturing innovation, in particular the maritime sector, will create new opportunities for partnerships with U.S. industry.

Commander Senior Grade Per Hesselberg from the Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization talked about the Danish frigate program and the goal of exporting Danish knowledge and expertise in this area to the US.

Mr. Keith Webster, Director, International Cooperation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics said that the United States cannot continue to succeed without contributions from partners like Denmark.

The seminar concluded with a lunch in the Ambassador’s Residence.

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