Newsletter March 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen


Dear Members and friends of the Chamber!

This month we had our Annual General Meeting and at the meeting we had the pleasure to welcome new board members Rasmus Riisgaard Mortensen, Francis Hoang, Mathias Boyer and Trine Roland Westergaard as well as new Board Representative from Young Professionals Alexander Petersen.

The board constituted itself with Trine Roland Westergaard as Board Secretary, Niels Roed as Treasurer, Janus Castro Grimnitz as Vice Chairman and I myself received the distinct honor of being elected Chairman of the Board.

With fresh new talent joining our board and following last year’s makeover of our secretariat, you can expect to see a fully energized DCCC bringing you new and exciting changes in 2015!

Our recent member survey pointed out that you as our members would like to play a stronger and more active role in our events. Clearly a lot of you understand that as members of a network, active participation is the key – the more you give the more you get. In the board, one of our goals for 2015 will be to come up with new ways to engage and activate you as members and valuable part of our network.

Some things however will not change, and DCCC will keep a strong focus on our vision to serve the Danish Business Community in China with Inspiration and Sharing of best practices for doing business in China – High Quality Networking Events will remain the core of what we do. Expect a fantastic 2015 with lots of great speakers and fresh thinking on old and new topics of interest. Keep a special eye out for our Signature Events and our Business Person of the Year Gala Ball later this autumn.

I thank you for being a part of DCCC, and I am very much looking forward to a great season ahead of us.


Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter



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


DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting
March 19th at Banyan Tree on the Bund

This year, the Annual General meeting was held on Banyan Tree on the Bund. 33 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, Niina Sillanpää from MPS China presented the long-awaited Nordic Salary Survey.

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


China Thoughts from America by DR International Correspondent Steffen Gram

Chinese Talent Development by Football Coach Mads Davidsen
March 17th at the Danish ConsulateMarch 10th at Peace Fairmont Hotel

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


How the Vikings connected Scandinavia to the World by Morten Søvsø
March 25th at the Danish Consulate


(Photo collage by Laura Li)


HR Working Group – Commonly Made Mistakes Concerning the Chinese Employment Law by Erex Chen
March 26th at Kartel


(Photo by Laura Li)


Save the date – Danish Easter Lunch



We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

Individual Members:

  • Peter Fredriksen
  • Sune Svenningsen
  • Rasmus Mortensen
  • David Asmussen


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Up-Date From The Royal Danish Consulate


Inspirational coaching seminar held at the Consulate General in Shanghai
The new offices on the 31st floor of the Consulate General in Shanghai set the frame for an inspirational and motivating seminar with the Danish football coach Mads Davidsen. The seminar has held on Tuesday March 17th by DCCC and co-hosted with the General Consulate.
The Consul General Nicolai Prytz started the lecture by given a short introduction speech, stating:
“Chinese sports and football in particularly are in a tremendous development and the national hope is, to put China on the global football map. The ideas behind developing and leading a professional football team might in some ways be comparable to the job as head of department or even CEO of a company.”
Mads Davidsen is the 1st team coach and Head of the U23 team at the professional Chinese football club Shanghai SIPG F.C. The seminar was about how to develop and motivate talent both in Denmark and China and how a talent can be improved with the right mind set and approach. Not only in elite sports, but in the corporate world as well.
This is the first time that the new offices of the Consulate General have hosted an event of this kind.

The General Consulate in Shanghai holds this year’s annual tourist agencies meeting
The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai held their annual tourist agency meeting on March 25th. Ten representatives from local Shanghainese tourist agencies attended the meeting at the Consulate General.
These annual travel agencies meetings intend to uphold and reinforce the legal procedures related to visa applications between the travel agencies and the Consulate General. The main focal is to insure that everyone travelling to Denmark receives a save, professional and easy visa application process, which in the end will benefit the clients of the travel agencies and secure every one travelling to Denmark a save journey. Mogens Pedersen, who is head of the visa department, was very pleased to both welcome some new partners to the meeting as well as the Consulate General’s long-standing partners.
A similar meeting was held at the Embassy in Beijing on March 4th. At the Embassy in Beijing the Head of the Visa Department, Anja Pedersen, exchanged information about the visa procedures for the upcoming tourist season and the trends and demand in the Chinese market with the Beijing based travel agencies.

The Consulate General in Shanghai hosts exclusive Viking seminar
On March 25th, the Danish Royal Consulate General in Shanghai and DCCC Shanghai co-hosted yet another seminar with guest speaker and Senior Curator Morten Søvsø. Morten Søvsø is Head of Archaeology at the South Western Museums of Denmark and has directed multiple excavations in the town of Ribe primarily focusing on the archaeology and history in Viking and Medieval times.
Prior to the seminar, Consul General Mr. Nicolai Prytz gave a short introduction to the Viking culture and Danish maritime traditions:
“I’m positive that this seminar will make us all much more knowledgeable on how the Vikings connected Scandinavia to the world,” said the Consul General. He further elaborated on Denmark’s historical ties to the maritime field. “One of the corporate areas where Denmark acts as an international leader is in the maritime field. This draws a direct historical link to the Viking culture of Denmark and Scandinavia.”
In total more than 30 people attended the seminar counting both members of the DCCC Shanghai as well as non-members.

Official Opening of the Danish Viking Exhibition in Suzhou
On Friday, March 27th, Ambassador to Denmark in China Mr. Friis Arne Petersen and Danish Consul General in Shanghai Mr. Nicolai Prytz attended the official opening of the Viking Exhibition “Dragons of the Northern Seas – the Viking Age of Denmark” at the Suzhou Museum. The exhibition is a part of the Danish Chinese culture year and the first major cultural event of its kind. The exhibition is a result of a tremendous collaboration between the Suzhou Museum, the South Western Museums and the National Museum of Denmark.
Prior to the opening of the Viking Exhibition, the Trade Council at the General Consulate had invited Danish companies to attend both the Viking exhibition and a special VIP dinner afterwards. At the event, Danish Companies would have a unique opportunity to promote their businesses in China and to network with their customers and partners at the exclusive setting of the Suzhou Museum. The event further included musical performance by the Esbjerg Ensemble, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Suzhou Museum and a special guided tour for all attendees of the exhibition.
After the official opening, both the Ambassador and the Consul General attended a VIP dinner at the Scholar Hotel and Restaurant in Suzhou alongside Deputy Mayor of Suzhou and other FAO’s from the Suzhou province.
55 specially selected artifacts were showcased at the exhibition, including weapons, jewelry and ornaments. Moreover, the art of Viking Age shipbuilding was demonstrated with an exact modern replica, built at the shipyard of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The Viking exhibition will be open for the public from March 28th until June 28th.
For more information about the Viking exhibition, please follow the link below:

The Royal Danish Consulate General and the Innovation Centre Denmark successfully teamed up for Design Shanghai 2015
From March 27th to 30th, the Royal Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark teamed up for one of this year’s greatest design exhibitions in China; Design Shanghai 2015.
Under the heading “Modern Danish” the Consulate General and the Innovation Centre Denmark presented the Danish Pavilion, where Danish designers showcased their design objects.
The Ambassador to Denmark in China Mr. Friis Arne Pedersen as well as Consul General in Shanghai Nicolai Prytz visited the opening of the exhibition on Friday 27th of March. Commercial Consul and team leader of the FDR department at the Consulate General Casper Freddie ensured that both the Ambassador and the Consul General got to see the impressive Danish Pavilion that in total counted 14 stands.
The Danish Pavilion included contemporary design brands such as byKATO, Paustian Furniture, Askman, Louise Roe, Room Copenhagen and VIFA, but also Danish design icon Bang & Olufsen and Jacob Jensen Design. The exhibition was held at the historical Exhibition Centre on Nanjing Road in downtown Shanghai. The “Modern Danish” pavilion enabled visitors to get a sneak peek into the modern Danish lifestyle.
In addition to the expo, five Danish Designers also participated in the Design Innovation Camp arranged by the Innovation Centre Denmark and the Trade Council. Through the camp, the designers gained insights about the Chinese market and strategic considerations in terms of customer preference, market proposition, pricing strategy, e-commerce etc. through field trips, workshops and networking events.
The design exhibition targets a large number of professional audiences, including; designers, buyers and media, as well as potential end-users with an interest for design. Last year more than 47,000 high profile visitors visited the exhibition, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community. With double the size, this year’s fair featured more than 300 exhibitors separated into contemporary, classic and collectible design halls.
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Upcoming Events 

  • Thursday April 9th 2015            YP – Nordic Thoughts on Fashion
  • Saturday April 11th 2015           Easter Lunch
  • Thursday April 16th 2015          Nordic Event: How to Build a Successful Cross-functional Team in China (Held in Suzhou)
  • Friday April 17th 2015               Danish Friday
  • Tuesday April 21st 2015            China and the Never Ending Global Currency War by Carsten Bonde Pedersen
  • Saturday April 26th 2015           On-site visit to Ovodan Foods China Ltd.
  • Friday May 15th 2015                Danish Friday
  • Thursday May 16th 2015           Nordic Event: IPR Training for SMEs
  • Thursday May 28th 2015           My China Story by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
  • May 2015                                   Wine Tasting with Wines of Chile

To sign up for any of the above events please write to Laura Li at


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