Lars Petersson is Group President and CEO of Hempel. As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the decorative, marine, infrastructure and energy industries. Lars Petersson joined Hempel in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and became Group President and CEO in 2019. Before joining Hempel, Lars Petersson held positions as Senior Vice President of the window manufacturer, Inwido, and Vice President at the global flooring company, Tarkett.
Nima is one of the cofounders of Blue Lobster, and has received international recognition for her work, including through Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list and the Obama Foundation’s ‘European Leaders’.
Christine is one of the cofounders of Blue Lobster, a bespoke procurement tool to enable direct sourcing from fishermen. Christine is an economist and data analyst by trade and has been leading product development at Blue Lobster since the company began operations in 2019.
Caroline is a senior leader, executive board member, and author. With 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, she’s currently CEO of ICA Försäkring, the fastest growing consumer insurer on the Swedish market. She’s previously held numerous senior positions at large Swedish organizations including Trygg-Hansa and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey, having dual degrees with an MSc in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and also a degree in business administration from the Gothenburg School of Economics.Caroline is the first senior business leader in Sweden to speak openly about her gender transition, having formerly lived as Carl Farberger. Consequently, Caroline has become an advocate and ambassador for diversity and inclusive leadership, and was named LGBTQ person of the Year at the QX Gay Gala in 2019.
Dyrholm is one of Denmark’s most famous and successful actresses as well as an accomplished singer-songwriter and director.
In 1998 Dyrholm landed a breakout role as a bewildered hotel maid in the chaotic family drama “The Celebration,” the first film created under the strict rules of Dogme 95. She also won acclaim for her role as a tortured miracle worker in “In Your Hands,” which commemorated the tenth anniversary of the influential Danish film movement. The international audience got to know Dyrholm in her role as a bitter wife and mother in the Oscar-winning drama “In a Better World”. During her prolific career, Dyrholm continued to mesmerise the audience and critics all over the world in her well-chosen roles. In the family TV-drama The Legacy, Susanne Bier’s All You Need Is Love and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, for which she won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.
Dyrholm combined her acting and singing skills in the international success Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nichiarelli.
The critically acclaimed Queen of Hearts, premiered at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Gothenburg Film Festival in January 2019. In Sundance, the feature won Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic competition.
In Gothenburg, Queen of Hearts was rewarded The Dragon Award for Best Film and Trine Dyrholm received the festival’s first ever Best Actor Award.
In 2020, Dyrholm’s acting brilliance came alive again in the Danish First World War feature Erna At War for which she received a Robert nomination, The Danish Film Academy’s Award.
Dyrholm goes further back in history portraying the Danish 1500-century Queen Margrete in the feature directed by Charlotte Sieling that premiered worldwide during the fall of 2021.
Since then, Dyrholm has completed three features: Ingen kender dagen, directed by Annette K Olesen, The Almond and The Seahorse, directed by Celyn Jones and Tom Stern and starring opposite Charlotte Gainsborough and in Désirée Nosbusch’s directorial debut Poison, starring opposite Tim Roth.
Bjarne Corydon is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Danish business daily Børsen. Bjarne has an M.Sc. in Political Science and formerly served as Finance Minister (2011-2015). Before joining Børsen, he was Global Director of McKinsey Center for Government, and partner at the McKinsey & Company.
Anne Kristine Axelsson joined ATP on 15 August 2016. She came from a position as Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, and before that she was Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Justice.
Anne Kristine Axelsson has a long career in the central administration behind her, mainly at the Danish Ministry of Justice, but she has also held positions at the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and at the Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.
Anne Kristine Axelsson was born 2 January 1969 and holds a M.Sc in Law from Aarhus University
Shereen Zarkani heads up Maersk Growth, the external innovation arm of Maersk with the mission to digitize, democratise, and decarbonise logistics, and has +20 years’ international experience working at the forefront of commercial growth, transformation and innovation.
Maersk Growth invests in and partners with promising startups by placing strategic bets in emerging business models and technologies and injecting them with our unique ‘rocket fuel’ to unlock growth. With a dedicated focus on the ‘day after tomorrow’, Maersk Growth takes fate into their hands and leverages their unique access to disruptive strategic insights to build new and compelling value propositions for their customers.
For Zarkani’s whole career, she has worked at the forefront of growth and transformation, partnering very closely with our customers to develop a critical understanding of their evolving needs and big problems to solve. She moves freely across sales, marketing, business development, strategy, innovation, and recently the startup ecosystem. Zarkani has a sharp eye for finding new ways to create value and challenge existing markets and business models.
Emma Kate Hopkins OBE took up her post as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Denmark in October 2020. Prior to this she served as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2015 to 2020. Emma started out her professional career as a barrister before entering public service. Her career in government has been dominated by work on human rights and gender equality. Prior to her ambassadorial appointments she led the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), a campaign to end impunity for warzone rape. She was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to preventing sexual violence in conflict affected countries.
Between 2006 and 2008, she developed the first UK strategy on human trafficking and delivered it through a national and international campaign. For her work, in 2008, Emma received the Civil Servant of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to public service. Emma is a regular speaker on diversity issues and in 2017 she started an initiative called Ambassador for a Day which seeks to promote the leadership potential of 14-17 year old girls from different backgrounds. The initiative has now been launched in Denmark and has been run in over 30 British Embassies across the world.
Boris is an Engagement Manager at the Copenhagen office of McKinsey & Company, where he serves clients primarily in Europe across a variety of industries and functions, specializing primarily in Banking and Payments.
He has been advising global clients in Payments, Banking, Asset management, Industrial services, Private Equity across topics such as merger management, transformations, business and go-to-market strategy and due diligences. In addition, he has deep interest in topics such as sustainability and economic inequality.
Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Boris worked as a research economist at Aarhus University, where has done academic research within international trade, industrial organization and labour economics.