Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark

Bringing Denmark to the Forefront of Gender Diversity

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and UN Women Nordic Office bring together 19 Danish leaders in The Gender Diversity Roundtable (GDR), an initiative to share experiences and best practices on how to advance gender diversity in Denmark.


Leaders need gender diversity to perform, however today there are still very few female top leaders in Denmark, and companies, institutions, and organizations lose out on the value that diverse management brings.  


To obtain gender diversity leaders must step-change efforts along the career ladder.


GDR is dedicated to identifying concrete and actionable steps to advance gender diversity along the career journey – from education to the executive team – with the objective to strengthen performance and promote greater diversity in management teams.


GDR is a beacon for gender diversity in Denmark and provides perspectives to influence policymakers to create the optimal environment for gender diversity in Denmark.


GDR is managed and facilitated by UN Women Nordic Office and Boston Consulting Group. BCG is supporting with related publications.

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Roundtable members

To have the broadest Impact in Danish Society, UN Women and BCG brings together in the Roundtable 23 Leaders of the Danish Private Sector, Educational Institutions and Societal Member Organizations
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Caroline Rusten


UN Women Nordic Office


Caroline has been the Director of the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office since September 2018. She has been in UN Women since 2015 and before her current role, she worked as UN Women Chief Humanitarian in New York, and UN Women Country Programme Manager in Somalia. Before joining UN Women, Caroline worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the World Bank and UNDP among others. Caroline holds a PhD in Political Geography.   


Mai-Britt Poulsen

Managing Director & Senior Partner, Head of LAB

Boston Consulting Group

Mai-Britt Poulsen is a Managing Director and Senior Partner, and the System Leader of the London, Amsterdam, and Brussels (L-A-B) offices. She was previously BCG's Global Chief of Staff and a member of BCG's Executive Committee and Operating Committees. She is a co-founder of the Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark. Together with four other members, she co-authored the book 'The Queen's New Clothes' based on learnings from the GDR.

Anders Bjarklev


Technical University of Denmark


Anders is Dr.Techn. and President of Technical University of Denmark since 2011. Anders is Chairman of the Danish Rectors’ Conference of Universities Denmark. Anders has a research background in optical fibres and optical communication, among others.


Anders Schelde

Chief Investment Officer

MP Pension


M.Sc. Economics from Copenhagen University, MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

Anders has worked in the financial sector since 1989, as investment director for nearly a decade at Velliv (formerly Nordea Liv & Pension) and MP Pension since 2017. An active investor committed to delivering high returns on a responsible basis.


Bjarne Corydon

CEO and Editor in Chief

Dagbladet Børsen

Since 2018 Bjarne Corydon has been the CEO and Editor in Chief of the newspaper Dagbladet Børsen. Before assuming this position, he spent two years with McKinsey & Company as Global Director for their Center for Government. Prior to entering the private sector, Bjarne served as a politician for the Danish Social Democratic Party. During his approximately 20 years in politics, he has held positions such as Minister of Finance of Denmark and Chief of Staff under the Helle Thorning Schmidt administration. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.​

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Brian Bech Nielsen


Aarhus University


Brian Bech Nielsen took office in August 2013. As a former Dean of the largest faculty at Aarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology, he has been part of the Senior Management Team since 2010. Prior to that, he was Head of the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Vice Director of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO). Brian Bech Nielsen holds a PhD in physics and he became Professor in 2007 at the department of Physics and Astronomy.


Chris Borup Preuss


Danish Youth Council


Chris Preuss was appointed President of Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd (DUF) in June 2019. He is also a senior consultant on public affairs at Landbrug & Fødevarer and have also been a political consultant at Brintbranchen. Prior to this, he was involved with politics through the liberal youth party Venstres Ungdom. Here he held the position president. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education from UCC.


Deborah Dunsire

President & CEO



Deborah Dunsire has more than 30 years of clinical, commercial, and international management experience from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, primarily in the fields of oncology and CNS, thus bringing a breadth of scientific and business experience. Her professional and executive experience includes positions as President and CEO of XTuit Pharmaceuticals, Inc., FORUM Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Deborah joined Lundbeck as President & CEO in September 2018.


Ester Baiget
President and CEO


Ester holds a chemical engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Tarragona (Spain). Before becoming President and CEO of Novozymes she held a position as Business President for Dow’s Industrial Solutions and was a member of the executive leadership team. She is an experienced international leader with a strong track-record.

Hanne Leth Andersen


Roskilde University


Hanne is rector at Roskilde University (RUC) since 2014. Prior to that she was vice rector at RUC, after a period as director at CBS Learning Lab. She has also served as vice-dean, head of studies and professor at Aarhus University.

Henriette Laursen




Henriette has been a Director of KVINFO since 2017. She is a lawyer, and started her career at the Attorney General before she became director for the Danish AIDS fund for a number of years, only interrupted by two years of posting in Vietnam. Most recently, she has been Secretary General of the Danish Youth Council.

Henrik C. Wegener


University of Copenhagen

Henrik has been the rector of the University of Copenhagen since March 1, 2017. He is M.Sc. in Food Science (1988) and Ph.D. in Microbiology (1992). Furthermore, he holds a Master of Public  Administration (2007).

Jais Valeur


Danish Crown

Jais is Economics. He has previously worked at Arla Foods, Fonterra and Royal Unibrew. Since 2015, he has been Group CEO at Danish Crown.


Lasse Pilgaard




Lasse Pilgaard has been the CFO of TDC since March 2019. Before being appointed CEO he held the positions of CSO and Head of Strategy. Before joining TDC, Lasse worked at AutoButler as. Prior to this, he was Investment Manager at Creandum, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. He has a Master’s Degree in Business and Economics from Aarhus University.

Malou Aamund

Country Director

Google Denmark

Malou is the Country Director for Google Denmark. She has previously held international leadership positions at Microsoft and IBM in Europe, EMEA and Americas. Malou was Member of Parliament for four years and acted as a spokesperson on science, technology and innovation. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business.


Mette Fjord Sørensen


General Confederation of Danish Industry

Mette Fjord Sørensen is Director and Head of Science, Education and Diversity at Confederation of Danish Industry. She is educated cand.scient.pol from Aarhus University, and has previous experience from the Conservative People's Party and Novo Nordisk.

Morten Mølholm Hansen


Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF)

Morten holds a Master in both Political Science and Corporate Communication. Since 2015 he has been CEO at the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF). Prior to that he was Director of Development at DIF.


Nikolaj Malchow-Møller




Nikolaj Malchow-Møller is Ph.D. and Professor of Economics. He has served as director of research at CBS and as head of the department and later dean at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). He established and chaired the SDU’ social science faculty’s gender equality committee. As of March 2019, Nikolaj Malchow-Møller is the president of CBS.


Nikolaj Reffstrup




Nicolaj studied business, administration and philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, followed by an MA in information technology at IT University of Copenhagen. After graduating, he went on to hold tech roles and co-founded various companies, including Oryx Invest and Spleak Media Network Ltd. Nikolaj is the Founder of GANNI.

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Per Michael Johansen


Aalborg University


Professor Per Michael Johansen has been Rector of Aalborg University since 2014. He holds a PhD in Physical Optics from Aalborg University, a DSc in Physics from the University of Copenhagen, and is the former Dean of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark.  Currently, Per Michael Johansen is Vice Chair of the Danish Rectors’ Conference. 



Pernille Erenbjerg

Deputy Chair 


Pernille is the Deputy Chair of international mobile and cable operator Millicom, and in addition to this serves on the boards of Nordea and Genmab. From 2003 to 2018 Pernille held multiple leadership positions within the TDC Group, latest as Group CEO and president until December 2018. She holds a Master of Science in Business Economics from CBS (Copenhagen Business School)and is today an adjunct professor of  CBS. Together with four other members, she co-authored the book 'The Queen's New Clothes' based on learnings from the GDR.

Thomas Thune Andersen




Thomas is Chairman of the Board of directors of Ørsted A/S and has many years of experience from the energy sector and sits on the boards of directors of several international companies dealing in energy, logistics and distribution. Together with four other members, he co-authored the book 'The Queen's New Clothes' based on learnings from the GDR.


Tine Johansen


The Danish Union of Journalists

Tine Johansen is the Chairman of the Danish Union of Journalists. She was educated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2001, and has prior to being appointed the Vice Chairman of the Danish Union of Journalists in 2015, held numerous roles as journalist at Danish media, including e.g., Ekstra Bladet and Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).


Tine Johansen


The Danish Union of Journalists

Tine Johansen is the Chairman of the Danish Union of Journalists. She was educated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2001, and has prior to being appointed the Vice Chairman of the Danish Union of Journalists in 2015, held numerous roles as journalist at Danish media, including e.g., Ekstra Bladet and Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).



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Asger Ryhl

Director, Office of the Deputy Executive Director
UN Women

Mr. Ryhl started his UN career in 1993, and became Director of the UN Women Nordic Office in Copenhagen on 25 March 2013. 

Prior he was a Senior Advisor in the Office of the DED/ASG in UN Women and to the ED/USG on Nordic affairs, after being the UNFPA Representative in Papua New Guinea in 2009. Before this he held roles for UNFPA, including Chief of the Nordic Office in Copenhagen and resource mobilization officer in New York. 




The Members of the Roundtable have been meeting regularly since 2017. 

Friday, March 6th 2020

Boston Consulting Group, Kalvebod Brygge 24,1560 København V, Denmark

Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark #5

Diversity in Artificial Intelligence













Registration & breakfast

Welcome & intro

Status on diversity

Unconscious bias in AI

Member presentations 

External speaker 


Way forward

Friday, March 8th 2019

UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 København Ø, Denmark


Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark #4

Wake Up Denmark





Friday, March 8th 2018

UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 København Ø, Denmark


Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark #3

Perspectives: How to Advance Gender Diversity



Friday, November 10th 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 København Ø, Denmark


Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark #2

 From Insights to Action: Members Implementing Key Initiatives

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM

UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 København Ø, Denmark


Gender Diversity Roundtable Denmark #1

 Experience Sharing and Perspectives from Current and Future Danish Leaders





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