Newsletter Februbary/March 2016

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen


Dear Members and Friends of the Chamber!

At the AGM held last week, I was honored to be elected Chairman of DCCC Shanghai for a second term. I would like to thank all of you for your trust in me and I promise to do my very best to make 2016 another fantastic year for DCCC.

More importantly, our board got some fresh new power from the election of Christy Chen Moeller, Gitte Soee Pedersen and Kjeld Staerk. We are very excited to have these talented people join our board!

Unfortunately, we also had to say goodbye to a few members who for various reasons decided to leave our board and in two cases even leave our great city. That was Christian Overgaard, Francis Hoang and Peter Kiaer. I would like to sincerely thank all three for their great contributions to DCCC. Big positive marks have been left behind by all three and we really appreciate it!

Not sure what an AGM is and what the board does in DCCC? Fear not, here is the simple explanation.

As a member of DCCC, you are actually an “Owner” of our organization with the right to nominate and vote for someone to represent you at the Board of Directors. This is done once a year in March at the Annual General Meeting (or AGM for short).

The board meets once a month with their primary responsibility being to plan new events and use their network to reach out to great speakers. The board members volunteer their time and none of them (including yours truly) are paid to be on the board.

The board are also responsible to oversee the work of our Secretariat consisting of our Executive Director Anneli Vilu and our Event Manager Laura Li. The secretariat is working full time day and sometimes night to make sure that DCCC has the best events and taking care of all the practical details of running the chamber and for that they do get paid a modest sum.

All so that you our Members can enjoy great events and access to knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. When you join an event you become our “Customer”.

So as a member of DCCC you are both the Owner and the Customer – that is why we say “DCCC is for the Members by the Members”.

In 2015, DCCC held 65 events with a total of 1984 participants. This is really quite a lot if you start to think about it. In fact, it is a lot more than what many of our colleagues in other Chambers of Commerce in Shanghai are doing and it is really only possible due to the great volunteer effort put in by our board, by our sponsors, and by other members who now and then step in to lend a hand. Seeing this amazing unification around a shared purpose is really inspiring and it is the reason why I am so proud to be your chairman!

Being for the Members by the Members also mean we will continue to measure ourselves not by the profit we generate but by the value we provide to our members. By that yards stick 2015 was a good year for DCCC, we believe we can do even better in 2016.


Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

The new DCCC Shanghai Board
(Photo by Skovdal & Skovdal)


Did you Miss any DCCC’s Events in February and March?

Here are some highlights:


DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting
March 17th at Fairmont Peace Hotel

This year, the Annual General meeting was held at Fairmont Peace Hotel. 35 individual and corporate members enjoyed a pleasant evening with 3-courses dinner, Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports, approval of the accounts and the budget as well as election of the new board. In the end of the program, Klaus Meyer from CEIBS gave a presentation about Chinese multinationals in Europe.

(Photo collage by Skovdal & Skovdal)


Family Sports Day with Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy
March 12th at SCSC

(Photo collage by Laura Li)

On-Site visit at Apple – iOS in Business: How to Use iPhone/iPad to Enhance your Productivity
February 25th at Apple Store, IFC Mall


(Photo by Laura Li)


China M&A Integration Lessons Learned
February 23th at JW Marriott Shanghai Tomorrow Square


(Photo collage by Laura Li)

Save the date: October 22nd 2016 – the 10th Business Person of the Year Gala Ball
– a great and spectacular party filled with surprises. You don’t wanna miss it!



We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

Corporate Members:

Senab AB
was founded in 1975 and is one of the Nordic region’s largest suppliers of interiors for public environments, with the focus on offices, hotels and restaurants. We are part of the Edsbyn Senab AB group and our business areas are: Interior, Hospitality, Concept and Services. Today we have 125 employees with offices and showrooms in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Tibro, Moscow and Shanghai. Sales turnover in 2012 was SEK 640 million.

With our 505 employees and offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus and a representative office in Shanghai, Bech-Bruun is among the leading and largest law firms in Denmark. We are a full-service law firm rendering advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Our clients encompass Danish and international enterprises of every size and organisations and public authorities. Bech-Bruun has 78 partners, 260 fee earners and 40 case administrators.
Bech-Bruun has established the Chinese Desk since 2011 to promote business development between China and Denmark, we are proud to say that we have represented most of the Chinese investors to make investment in Denmark.

Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy, ESSA, is Shanghai’s only professional and most elite youth soccer/football academy, which main goal is to explore, attract and motivate people to play the best quality of soccer in Shanghai, by providing the very highest level of instruction and coaching with the best technical, tactical, physical and mental development to our players. ESSA was established in 2012 by former Danish international soccer player Ebbe Sand and CETA, China Elite Training Academy. During the 2015 season, ESSA had more than 300 players from the U6-U18 age levels participating in an elite Academy program as well as a grassroots Recreational program for players of all ages, both girls and boys teams.

Individual Members:

  • Katja Larsen
  • Niels Bruse Studsgaard
  • Grace Oh
  • Lars Woldern
  • Peter Grabau


News from our Members and Friends

Have you been using your new DCCC Shanghai Member Card/Enjoy Shanghai Card already? See the promotions for March HERE

Meet the new priest of Danish Seamen’s Church in Hong Kong, Anders Skaaning Andersen – read HERE (in Danish)


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

The Consulate General in Shanghai hosted a movie night for their social media followers
On Monday the 29th February the Consulate General in Shanghai hosted the first Danish film night for more than 60 social media followers and Shanghai Overseas Scholars Association’s Nordic Chapter members.

The Danish drama “A Second Chance by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen was the e first of four Danish film screenings, which the Consulate’s film club plans on showing during the spring, summer and fall 2016. The next film event will take place on children’s on 25th-26 May and June 1st at Daning Life Hub’s Art Space for Kids.

Danish Consulate General in Shanghai held its annual meeting for tourist agencies
On Wednesday March 9th The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai hosted 27 attendees, representing 23 Chinese travel agencies, to come and learn more about Danish visa application procedures.
Mogens Pedersen, Consul and the head of the visa department, initiated the meeting by welcoming all attending travel agencies and proceeded with a short presentation on the different visa application types, as well as giving an overview over recent and coming changes, such as the introduction of the biometrics system and the opening of new visa centres in Hangzhou and Nanjing.

“Modern Danish” pavilion greets visitors at Design Shanghai 2016
From March 9th to 12th the “Modern Danish” pavilion opened its doors to Chinese trade visitors during the four day long Design Shanghai fair – offering Chinese audience a chance to sneak peek at modern Danish lifestyle.
The “Modern Danish” pavilion was this year officially opened on March 9th by the Danish Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard, Design Shanghai CEO Lee Newton, WoWdsgn Founder and Chairman Mr. BO Xi and Aida CEO Peter Maae Jensen and thereby marked Denmark’s participation with “Modern Danish” pavilion for the second consecutive year.
“Functionality, attention to details and simplicity are strong elements of Danish design. This philosophy has strongly been reflected in Danish design products,” said Ambassador Damsgaard.
The Danish Trade Council’s design and retail sector team had this year partnered up with fast-growing Chinese design firm WoWdsgn and selected some of Denmark’s best contemporary brands in an effort to showcase a good balance of hip, urban, upcoming, innovative design products along with Danish design icons. Among the Danish companies in participating in “Modern Danish” this year were Muuto, AYTM, HANDVÄRK, Aida, Lindberg Eyewear, Danerka, Flexa, Jacob Jensen Design, JYSK, Louise Roe and Manostiles.

The Consulate General in Shanghai will be closed on 4th April 2016.

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday March 29th 2016         Challenges and Opportunities in China’s Economic Transition
    by Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard
  • Wednesday March 30th 2016    Inter-Chamber Spring Mixer
  • Thursday April 14th 2016           Emerging Leaders 4th Module: Working Globally: Focus on Nordic Cultures
  • Friday April 15th 2016                Danish Friday
  • Friday April 22rd 2016                How to Deal with Fraud and Corruption in China and Be Compliant
  • Thursday April 28th 2016           Nordic After Work Cocktail Event
  • Tuesday May 10th 2016             Chr. Hansen in China Event
  • Wednesday May 18th 2016        Emerging Leaders 5th Module: Presentation Skills
  • Friday May 20th 2016                 Danish Friday
  • Saturday May 28th 2016             YP Nordic BBQ Event

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