Dear Members of the American-Danish Business Council,
I want to thank you all for an extraordinary busy and successful summer where many of you have participated in events hosted by the Embassy.
First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for an outstanding Constitution Day where we celebrated Danish warriors, a strong TransAtlantic relationship, and brought together the whole community of stakeholders that the Embassy is engaged with. We had a full house – and garden – of 700 people honouring the veterans, enjoying Danish food and drinks, and good company. This special day is only possible because of the American-Danish Business Council, and I hope that you and your invited guests enjoyed this day just as much as I did. With so much support for the Constitution Day celebration for the second year, I think that we can now say that a great tradition is established.
Apart from Constitution Day, we also had great attendance from ADBC members for the Danish participation in the Nordic Jazz festival at the Wharf and a for yet another summer party in the residency garden in honour of the Danish ice hockey player Lars Eller, who became a Stanley Cup champion with his team The Capitols. ADBC Members and other close partners of the Embassy were encouraged to bring their families for this informal gathering, and quite a few kids, although starstruck, managed to get an autograph or a picture with their new hero.
Entering into the fall, we are welcoming a few new colleagues to Embassy. Of most importance for ADBC’s defence industry members, is that we have a new Head of Defence Department at the Embassy, Rear Admiral Martin LaCour. And of most importance for ADBC’s maritime industry members, is that the Embassy has got a new Maritime Advisor, Malte Kofoed Søndergaard. For ADBC Members all together though, I am especially pleased to welcome my new Deputy Chief of Mission, Henrik Bramsen Hahn, who comes directly from a position as Denmark’s Ambassador to Mexico.
The most important date that I want to you keep in mind for now, is December 6, where we will have our yearly Christmas Cocktail Party at the Embassy. ADBC Members are just as last year encouraged to invite the contacts who are important to you. Ahead of the Christmas Cocktail Party, I will also host a special meeting for all the members of ADBC to give a briefing about the our work and to have input from our members in relation to ADBC’s work going forward. If I will not see you before, I am looking very much forward to this day.