Newsletter January/February 2017

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!

I would like to introduce you to our new Executive Director Maria Olivia Castro!

Maria is a long time friend of the chamber and has often supported us to arrange events. She has a strong background in sales and marketing with more than 20 years experience, 10 of which she was running her own agency that did events for a long list a famous international brands.

We are very excited that Maria agreed to become the next Executive Director of DCCC – she brings with her an amazing drive and lots of experience. I personally have very high expectations for DCCC’s future, and I could not imagine a better qualified ED to lead us into that future.

Maria started her job this week, and I know she is very excited to get to know you all! Come say hello to her tonight at our Danish Friday starting 19:30 at EQ on Hankou Rd. – This will also be the official farewell party for Anneli, so it will be a mix of celebration and tears of sadness, and our friends from EQ has promised to prepare some great Danish craft beer to suit both occasions.

By the way, do already now mark your calendar for March 23rd where we will hold our Annual General Meeting – both tonight and our AGM will be a great chance to meet your board members and let us know what you hope to see more of from DCCC in 2017.

This will be the last newsletter you receive from me. As is our custom in the DCCC board, the Chairman can only sit for two periods, and I will be handing over the seat to the next Chairman following the AGM in March.

I struggle to find words to describe how proud I am to have been your chairman for the past two years. DCCC and the community that we serve is so rich with amazing people – many of the smartest, friendliest and most inspiring people I know are people I have met through DCCC. Having been given the opportunity to be your steward for a little while has been a fantastically rewarding personal growth experience.

With a new Executive Director and soon a new Chairman, I can’t help to think that it is the beginning of a new era for DCCC.

While it has yet to be decided who will be the next Chairman, it comforts me to know that our board is full of amazingly talented and fiercely passionate people – and I say with all certainty that DCCCs best days are still ahead of us!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

A warm welcome to our new Executive Director
Maria Olivia Castro!
Maria Castro will be taking over the position of  Anneli Vilu at the DCCC Shanghai Secretariat on February 24, 2017.You will be able to meet Maria at the Danish Friday/Anneli’s farewell reception tonight at 19:30-21:30 at EQ Hankou lu.

Maria  comes from Manila, Philippines and has had an extensive experience in Sales & Marketing. She had her own company called Moppet Enterprises which was a marketing and events agency in Manila. Her clients included Proctor & Gamble, Nike, Jardines, Mont Blanc, Keds etc. During the economic crisis in the Philippines, Maria decided to move to Hong Kong. She immediately landed a job with a leading local furniture company and was promoted to Business Development and Marketing Manager within a few months for their offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. After a 3year stint in Hong Kong, Maria and her family moved to Toronto Canada where she helped set up the Malaysian Trade Consulate with Consul Wan Latiff. She was also responsible for developing the trade lane between Malaysia and Canada. Being an Asian at heart, the family decided to move back, in particular to Shanghai where they have been living for the past 10 years. Maria has assisted many local furniture companies in building its brand and reputation who are now major players in the market. Volvo China, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Ford, English First, Bank of America are some of the successful contracts Maria has secured.

Maria had her first working day with the Chamber on February 21 and she already attended her first DCCC event (China – What we See, what we Fear and what we Hope) as the new Executive Director alongside Anneli and Laura.

The contact details for Maria Castro remain the same as in the past for Anneli Vilu:
Phone: +86 138 1811 4020


Save the Date!

DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 23 at Radisson Blu Hotel New World

Read more HERE


Did you miss any of our events in January/February? Here are some highlights:
New Year After Work Nordic Mixer on January 13 at Paper

(Photos by Miia Tähtinen)

How to reach and connect better with Chinese Consumers? Thursday, January 19 at Westin Bund Center

(Photos by Miia Tähtinen)

China – What we See, What we Fear and What we Hope with Danske Bank on February, 22 at Westin Bund Center

(Photos by Maria Castro)


We are pleased to welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:
BB Electronics is a professional Danish EMS provider that offers all services within electronics production. The quality and structure of all processes is paramount. Our motto is “no surprise”. We agree up-front, make plans, executes and delivers on time. We will and must contribute to our customers’ bottom line and believe that good service also deals with the requirements and adjust their expectations. Service to our customers is essential for us.

Newtec is a leading manufacturer of weighing, packaging and sorting machinery primarily for the fruit and vegetable industry. With more than 15,000 successful installations over the last 40 years, we are represented in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries in Copenhagen, China and the UK. In China, Newtec have invested in the company Taicang  Newtec Machinery Co., Ltd. in 50/50 ownership with the Danish company Gronsedt Technology. The activities in China includes sourcing, assembly and sales of weighing, packing and sorting machine and design of full process lines.


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

New opening hours for the consular department in Shanghai
Due to the great amount of cases being handled at the consular section of the Consulate General in Shanghai, the opening hours will be reduced.
The opening hours will from now on be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It is recommended to book a time slot in advance in relation to issuing of passport by email til
In connection with the current huge number of applications for Danish visas, applicants are expected to wait for a longer period of time regarding their visa applications. Normally, the application takes a maximum of 15 days before visa issuance. It is therefore recommended to apply for visa well in advance before your departure, but three months before the earliest.Danish Ambassador visits Hunan Province to strenghten further cooperation
On January 11th 2017, the Ambassador of Denmark to China, A. Carsten Damsgaard, visited Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen cooperation in various fields, including green solutions and water management.
“The Danish Government and leading Danish companies are focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation with central and western regions of China, and Hunan Province is among key cooperation partners”, the Ambassador said to Hunan TV after a meeting with the Governor of Hunan, Xu Dazhe. The Ambassador also met with the Mayor of Changsha, Chen Wenhao, and agreed on developing a strengthened bilateral cooperation.

New Consul General in Chongqing
Mr. Lars Lund Rasmussen has been appointed as Denmark’s new consul general in Chongqing.
Lars will start by 5 February 2017. Lars will work from Denmark until May 2017 where he takes seat in Chongqing.
Lars Lund Rasmussen has lived and worked in China since 2008. Lars is currently partner in the American Experis Manpower Group based in Beijing. Previously Lars has run his own exports and consultancy firm as well as worked internationally with among others Dansk Supermarked and Jamo

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday, February 24           Danish Friday
  • Thursday, March 9            Joint Nordic Event: Alibaba – The house that Jack Ma Built
  • Wednesday, March 15      Emerging Leaders Training: Leading Others
  • Thursday, March 16          Joint Nordic Event: Change Management
  • Friday, March 17               Danish Friday
  • Thursday, March 23          Annual General Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 29      Challenges and Opportunities in China’s Economic Transition by Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard
  • Saturday, April 8                Easter Lunch
  • Wednesday, April 19         Shadow Management: Ensuring Profitability for Foreign Companies in China
  • Thursday, April 20             Emerging Leaders Training: Working Globally: Focus on Nordic Cultures
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