Newsletter June/July 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear members and friends of the Chamber!

Soon DCCC is closing for our summer break, but before that I would like to share with you a bit of what is to come in the second half of the year.

Our core mission as always is to provide networking and knowledge sharing opportunities to Danes and people with relation to Danish Businesses in greater Shanghai area. Great events are at the heart of how we carry out our mission, but in the future we are adding two new focus areas based on the positive feedback we have been getting from you our members. We will put more emphasis on the concepts of “Active Participation” and “Community”. So let me explain briefly what we mean by this.

Many of you have told us you would like to be more engaged with DCCC, that you like more interactive event formats where the guest are not only there to consume value, but where everyone is expected to contribute. We call this Active Participation and we are bringing this concept to life in a new Working Group event format with thematic working groups based around specific topics where you as members can share knowledge and benefit from the collective experience of our whole chamber. Expect further announcements about working groups as we head into the autumn.

In the board we will continue to pursue new ways to engage you as members and create options for Active Participation based on the simple understanding that in our knowledge sharing network the more you participate the more value you get from being a member of DCCC.

Our second focus area going forward is around Community, more specifically around linking up all the great things that are happening in the Danish Community in Shanghai, even if those activities do not fall under the DCCC umbrella. Specifically we have three initiatives coming up in the near future.

Firstly is the launch of a new DCCC Shanghai website, where we will feature descriptions and links to other groups and organizations of relevance to both newcomers and long timers in the Danish Community.

Secondly we are going to create more room for other community organizations to present and get awareness during our signature Welcome Back BBQ in September. This event is a great opportunity for you to meet the Danish Community in Shanghai and of course enjoy a great evening with food, drinks and roof top party.

Lastly, but of no less importance, we are adjusting our policy on letting others use our mailing list to reach out to our members. Until now such request have been met with a clear “no” as we did not want to spam our busy members with too many mails, and I am sure some of you already feel you get plenty of mails from us. Going forward, when you sign up to our mailing list you will have the choice to define what types of mails you are interested to receive from DCCC, and there will be a new choice to receive Community Updates. These community updates will be sent at most once per week, with a summary of pre-screened third party message that are deemed of interest to our members. You will need to “Opt-In” in order to receive these third party updates – you can do that already now by clicking “update subscription preferences” all the way at the very bottom of this mail.

Go ahead and have a look at the new website here: and if you are doing something that you would like to bring to the attention of the Danish Community, either in the Community section on our website, or in the new Community Update newsletter, please contact Anneli Vilu at

Wish you all a pleasant summer! We will be back with lots of great events in August.

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter


Ambassador of Denmark to China awarded Chinese “Friendship Ambassador” titleAmbassador Friis Arne Petersen was awarded the honorary title of “Friendship Ambassador” by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) at a ceremony at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs the 26th of June. The honorary title was conferred upon Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen for his commitment to advancing friendship and cooperation between Denmark and China during his tenure as Danish Ambassador to China 2010-2015.

Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen is the first Danish citizen to receive this award. The honorary title has existed in 25 years and a total of 96 different citizens have been awarded the title during these years. It follows the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China.

At the ceremony the Chinese government was represented by Vice Minister Wang Chao from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Energy Minister Liu Qi, and Director Generals from many sectoral ministries – that Denmark has the closest cooperation with – in the Chinese Government.

“This award is the recognition to Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, not only from the association for friendship, but also from the Chinese people,” said Vice Minister Wang Chao.

“From when Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen was Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to his post as an Ambassador here, he has been directly involved in growing bilateral relations, he has personally led the effort to advance the exchanges and cooperation between our two countries in various fields and brought about a number of historical breakthroughs in our bilateral relationship. He has captured the hearts of Chinese people through his sincere exchanges with them both by participating in popular tv-shows such as Tiantian Xiangshang and through the social media, where he is the foreign Ambassador with most followers in China with more than 100,000 followers. In addition, Ambassador Petersen’s pioneering spirit and his personal charisma has also played an important role in enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship.” said Vice Minister Wang Chao in his introduction of the award in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Vice President Song Jingwu from CPAFFC was there to present the award to Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.

“We hope Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen will continue to act as the ‘Friendship Ambassador’ between China and Denmark, and enhance the friendship between our two peoples. We hope that, as an old friend of Chinese people, he will continue to introduce China to the whole world and promote the world’s understanding of China.”

Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen was appointed as Ambassador to China in 2010. Prior to China, he was Permanent Secretary of State in the Danish Foreign Ministry for more than eight years from 1997-2005, and the Danish Ambassador to the US from 2005 to 2010. Starting from August 2015, he will be posted in Berlin as Denmark’s new Ambassador to Germany.During his tenure in China, there was two State Visits between China and Denmark. Her Majesty Queen Margarethe II paid State Visit to China, which further enhanced the two countries bilateral political mutual trust; the bilateral business relationship has been growing with the goods and services trade volume between our two countries passing the 18 billion US dollar threshold; China became Denmark’s largest trading partner in Asia, and second largest export market and investment destination outside the EU; exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields have been growing quickly, with the joint efforts, the two countries set up China National Renewable Energy Center and Education Center, cultural centers have also been set up in each other’s capitals; there is closer cooperation between the two foreign ministries, the two sides established the consultation mechanism on consular affairs and Arctic affairs, the two sides have jointly compiled China-Denmark Joint Work Program, the first among Nordic countries.


Did you miss any DCCC’s events in June?
Here are some highlights:

DCCC Young Professionals’ Summer Football Tournament
June 14th at Shanghai Stadium

Behind the Scenes of the Danish Film Industry with Caroline Blanco and Christian Potalivo
June 17th at the Danish Consulate

One Belt, One Road by Mary Boyd
June 18th at the Four Seasons Hotel

Congratulation to the Emerging Leaders 6 Module Training Participants – June 2015

(Photos  by Xiao Xin Wang)
On June 4th, the forth group of Emerging Leaders course completed the 6 module training in Chinese developed by DCCC Shanghai together with Conchius, Aperian Global and Mercuri Urval. It was celebrated with certificates presented by Chairman of DCCC Shanghai Emil Hauch Jensen.Big congratulations go to the following people:

A great thank to our facilitators on the 6 module training: CONCHIUS, Mercuri Urval and Aperian Global for their big support to this program during the last 4 years.

Team Management – 3 Module Training in Chinese – Autumn 2015 – Sign up Now!DCCC Shanghai is once again due to popular demand launching the Team management 3 Module Training in Chinese together with some of the leading companies within talent management and people development. The target is for the participants to obtain the skills needed to work and lead efficiently in an organization operating with both Chinese and Danish Influence.

The training is targeting emerging or middle management Chinese staff at our member companies. The 3 modules are taught in Chinese over 3 months. Each module is a half-day training in the morning. After completing all 3 modules, the participant will get an official certificate issued by DCCC Shanghai together with the facilitators.

The modules are:

  • How to Employ the Right People – Interview Techniques for Effective Hiring with Cathy Wen and Kathy Jiang from MPS – September 8th 2015
  • Coaching for Performance with Steve Liu from CONCHIUS – November 4th 2015
  • Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings with Steve Liu from CONCHIUS – November 25th 2015
Price: 2.450,- RMB (including 6 module training, materials and catering)Sign Up: Please sign up with details of: name, company, title/occupation and seniority before August 27th 2015. Members Only.

For more details in Chinese click here and English click here.


Save the dates:

Welcome Back BBQ – on Friday, September 11th at Fairmont Peace Hotel roof top terrace

Business Person of Year Gala Ball – on Saturday, October 24th at Shangri-la Jingan

Time to Nominate Your Candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Winner Kasper Leschly and Runner-up Pia Elers
(Photo by Rasmus Daniel Taun)
Once again it is time to nominate your candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur Of The Year in China!

The Selection Committee rely on your input to identify the right candidates. Your help is crucial – we need all the names, you can think of. You don’t have to be a member of the chamber to nominate and the candidates can be both members and non-members.

Please send your suggestion by replying to this e-mail ( with names, e-mail addresses and a note stating if the nomination is for Business Person of the Year or Entrepreneur of the Year.

Candidates will later be asked to submit a detailed profile themselves.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

Business Person of the Year

  • A Candidate will have achieved significant results for his/her company and/or organization, representing continuity over a significant number of years (with attention being paid particularly to the last 3-5 years)
  • A Candidate – respected in the Danish and Chinese business communities – has contributed to the understanding between Denmark and China and as such has acted as an ambassador for Danes and the Danish business community in China
  • A Candidate going beyond their formal job duties to represent new ingenious ideas, which have – or will – benefit Danish ways of doing business.
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • A Danish or Chinese national, located in China or Denmark who has made a substantial mark with a new important contribution and impact to Denmark and/or China during the last year(s)
  • The Candidate should have endured personal risk to achieve success be it financial or otherwise
  • The Candidate should be able to demonstrate a certain unique idea, knowledge, talent, or business concept with identifiable Sino-Danish elements which should be sustainable and have potential for growth and/or scalability
  • The age of the Candidate is not decisive, but younger candidates and those who have reached early achievement should be favored
  • The Candidate could be a business person, creative person, scholar or an artist.
Please note that the present sitting members of the selection committee and the members of the three DCCC Boards are excluded from nomination.

If questions please don’t hesitate to contact Anneli Vilu at

Winners will be celebrated at the gala party on Saturday October 24th 2015 in Shanghai at Jing An Shangri-La hotel. We are flying in one of the greatest Danish MCs – the famous comedian, actor and singing TV host Amin Jensen – to conduct the evening and entertain our guests. You don’t want to miss this party!

Amin Jensen
Earlier Award Winners

Business Person of the Year
2014 – Jens Eskelund – Maersk China
2013 – Peter N. Rasmussen – Asia Base
2012 – Steffen Schiottz-Christensen – NTS Logistics Management/A.P. Moller Group
2011 – John F. Christensen – Prime Cargo/Wagas
2010 – Hans Michael Jebsen – Jebsen & Co.
2009 – Morten Bay Jensen – Ecco
2008 – Zhen Jian Guo – Former Chinese Ambassador to Denmark
2007 – Allan Warburg – Bestseller China

Entrepreneur of the Year
2014 – Kasper Leschly – D:Fuse
2013 – Jens Purup – Access People
2012 – Casper Tollerud – Genuine China Tours
2011 – Simon Lichtenberg – Trayton Group
2010 – Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen – China Soft
2009 – Anne Charlotte Lembye – Lukou

The History Behind the Awards
Many people show outstanding performances in the development of Danish business in China. These achievements often go relatively unnoticed over several years by the general community and are typically performed by very dedicated, but also very modest individuals.

In 2007 the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on behalf of the Danish Chambers in China therefore instituted the “Business Person of the Year” award to celebrate these individuals with deserved attention. It was followed by a second award “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009.

Every year a nomination process will lead to a selection of the winners of the the two awards and they will be announced and celebrated at the awards ceremony.

At the award ceremony the winners receive the “Vilhelm Award Statuette”. The statuette is named “Vilhelm” after the famous and industrious Danish entrepreneur Vilhelm Meyer who lived and worked in Shanghai from 1900 to 1935. The statuette is designed by the famous Danish designer Carsten Jorgensen and it represents the Nightingale from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.


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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Consulate General in Shanghai organizes classic concert
On the 2nd of June the 150 year anniversary of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was celebrated by a commemorating concert in Shanghai co-organized by the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai alongside the Finnish Consulate General.
The concert was performed by the Ensemble Les Amis from Shanghai at the historical HeLu Ting Concert Hall. The Ensemble Les Amis is the only professional chamber music ensemble in Shanghai listed in the Directory of Chinese Music Formation for External Recommendation by the Central Ministry of Culture China.
Mogens Pedersen, Consul at the Consulate General in Shanghai, attended the celebratory concert and was joined by Consul General to Finland Marja Aspelund. The concert was very well attended with more than 200 guests, both Danish, Chinese and Finnish. Prior to the concert a VIP reception was arranged with assistant from the Danish Consulate General where Mogens Pedersen expressed how this concert is a further sign of the increasing Sino-Danish cultural exchange and part of the 65-anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between Denmark and China.

Consulate General in Shanghai presents Danish educational system
On Saturday the 30th of May the Consulate General and the Innovation Centre in Shanghai were invited as guest speakers at the Oriental Danology Institue, ODI.
The event was held at the Jing’An Children’s Library in Shanghai, where Innovation Attaché Nina Espegård Hassel from the Innovation Centre and Nicoline Jonasen, each gave a presentation to 20 Chinese parents interested in learning about Danish educational matters. The subjects were among others the Danish school system, parenting in Denmark, being young in Denmark and young people’s way through the education system. The parents especially wanted to learn how Danes go about parenting and how much they interfere in their children’s future.
The Chinese television station “Shanghai Television” also visited the library to report from the event and made an interview with Innovation Attaché Nina Espegård Hassel.  In spite of the cultural differences, the meeting emphasizes the common interest in better education and parental guidance in Denmark and China.
The Shanghai based ODI is a group of young anthropologists, philosophers, artists and ethno-botanists who envisions a future society, which proposes a discourse that contemplates a series of assertions based on the realities and values that sustain our lives today.

Ambassador hosts maritime networking event in Shanghai
On Thursday the 28th May in the afternoon the Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Friis Arne Petersen and the Consul General Mr. Nicolai Prytz hosted an exclusive Maritime networking event at the Consulate General in Shanghai.
The main purpose of the event was to gather Danish maritime related companies operating in China including shipping companies, equipment makers and logistics firms/forwarders. 16 Danish companies attended the networking event.
Guest speakers from the Norwegian law firm Wikborg, Rein & Co. and the Shanghai Jinqiao Group was invited to give presentations of the Free Trade Zones (FTZ) in Shanghai and other Chinese cities.
The companies engaged in an open dialogue with the Ambassador about the common challenges and opportunities facing Danish maritime sector as well as the Free Trade Zone’s future prospects and challenges. The companies also took the opportunity to continue the discussion following the light reception.
Denmark is today the world’s 8th largest shipping nation in which Danish shipping transport 10 percent of world trade. A total of 647 ships Danish flagged the highest number over the last 20 years (as of Nov. 2014) equal to 13.8 million BT or 15.9 million DWT.

Consul General in Shanghai attends handover of Telegraphic Code Book
Consul General in Shanghai Mr. Nicolai Prytz attended the handover ceremony between GN Store Nord Ltd and Shanghai Telecom Museum of the first telegraphic code book on June 11th. In May 1871, the first Chinese Telegraphic Code Book was printed and published in Shanghai at the initiative of the Danish Great Northern Telegraph Company, today GN Store Nord. This original print of the first Chinese Telegraphic Code Book is believed to be the last extant in the complete version.
The entire project is supported by GN Store Nord Ltd and Huawei Technologies Denmark Ltd on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the People’s Republic of China.
“Over the years, an ever closer co-operation between Denmark and China has benefited both countries tremendously. This has improved the regulatory framework to the benefit of both Danish and Chinese companies and paved the way for enhanced trade relations,” said the Consul General.”Shanghai is and has always been an important part of Danish-Chinese relations. At the Consulate-General of Denmark we very much appreciate our close and mutual co-operation with the Municipal Government of Shanghai”.
Besides the Consulate General other representatives from both Danish and Chinese institutions attended the ceremony. Amongst others was Vice President Mr. Lin Shangli from Fudan University in Shanghai, the managing director of GN Netcom China Mr. Jonas Li, Director of Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute at Copenhagen Business School Mr. Carsten Boyer Thøgersen, Director Rasmus Bjørnø of Invest in Denmark as well as representatives from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Copenhagen University.

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday July 3rd 2015                    Nordic event: China Macro Economy Overview by SEB Asia Strategist Sean Yokota
  • Friday July 17th 2015                    Danish Friday
  • Friday August 21st 2015               Danish Friday
  • Tuesday August 25th 2015           Foredrag “Glæden ved forandring” med Mads Vangsø
  • Monday September 7th 2015        On-site visit to Chr. Hansen
  • Tuesday September 8th 2015       Team Management: How to Employ the Right People – Interview Techniques for Effective Hiring
  • Friday September 11th 2015         Welcome Back Barbeque
  • Friday September 18th 2015         Danish Friday
  • Friday October 16th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Saturday October 24th 2015          Business Person of Year Gala Ball
  • Wednesday November 4th 2015    Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015        Lecture by Lars Kolind
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  • Wednesday November 25th 2015  Team management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • December 2015                              YP Christmas Party
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