Newsletter March 2017

Chairman’s Corner – Poul G. Kristensen

Dear Members and Friends of DCCC,

 At the AGM held last week I was honored to be elected Chairman of DCCC Shanghai. I would like to thank you all for your trust in me and I promise to do my very best together with Maria, Laura and the rest of the board, to make 2017 another fantastic year for DCCC.

I was a member of the DCCC board in 2011 to 2012. DCCC and I am fortunate that  Janus Castro Grimnitz has accepted to stay as the Vice Chairman and share his experiences with me. Niels Roed will remain as the Treasurer and Mathias Boyer is the new Secretary. I may be new in the board but I will definitely be supported by an experienced team.

We want to thank the former board members Glen Mikkelsen, Paul Kristensen and Rasmus Riisgaard who left for various reasons, as well as those I have mentioned earlier plus Emil Hauch Jensen ,Trine Roland Westergaard, Gitte Soe, Kjeld Stark, Jakob Sonnenberg, Simon Lichtenberg,  Christy Chen Moeller, Alexander ( YP representative) and Nicolai Prytz (Honorary member) for their support in 2016.

Apart from myself being new in the board, we also gained one more who is Sarah Chu, one of the young stars during last year’s Gala. She has been quite active in the Danish community and we are happy to have her

Since it’s very important for us to make sure, that you know who we are and what we do at DCCC, I have decided to re-use a very good explanation written by Emil last year

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 etc. The board members volunteer their time and none of them are paid to be on the board.

The board is also responsible to oversee the work of our Secretariat consisting of our Executive Director Maria Olivia M. Castro and our Event Manager Laura Li. The secretariat works full time running the chamber and sometimes at night to make sure DCCC delivers the best events that the members can enjoy not just for networking opportunities but for accessing knowledge sharing as well.

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”. That also mean we will continue to measure ourselves not by the profit we generate but by the value we provide to our members.

In 2017 we will do our very best to maintain the quality and quantity of events of the last two years. We also aim to increase the number of corporate members.

Since everything we do is based on the great volunteer effort put in by the girls at the secretariat, by the board, by our sponsors and by our members, who now and then step in to lend a helping hand, we would like to ask you all to keep on supporting us, so 2017 can be another great year for DCCC Shanghai.

By the way, we still have seats for the Danish Easter Lunch on the 8th of April at Mi Thai. Please sign up, spread the word and help us make this a good experience for everybody. Please click HERE to sign up

I will personally be there to greet you all at the Easter Lunch!

Sincerely Yours,
Poul G. Kristensen


  INDIVIDUALS kick-started the Young Professionals Mentorship Program in Shanghai

The Young Professional Mentorship Program  kick-started at a workshop the 25th of March 2017 at  the Tian An Center in Shanghai. The program is offered to ambitious Young Professionals in Shanghai and consists of 12-20 mentees and a mentor for each. The program will run for a year and include 3 counselling sessions, 3 workshops and 4-5 meetings between the mentees and their assigned mentor. INDIVIDUALS will continuously follow-up on the mentees progress and development in the program.

Before attending this workshop, the mentees had a 1:1 counselling session with INDIVIDUALS. At the counselling session, the mentees were presented for their behavioural profile and was challenged to articulate and cultivate their thoughts and aspirations on career, professional capabilities, (tough) decisions and personal development.

Johan Hillers, one of the partners in INDIVIDUALS, started the workshop Saturday by setting the expectations for the program. He emphasized that perspectives and reflections are vital to gain a higher self-awareness and to find meaning within what you are doing, which is one of the primary goals for the program.

Alexander Petersen, President at the Young Professionals (DCCC), presented the mentors in the program and the connection between DCCC and INDIVIDUALS. The mentors are all from DCCC and their role will also be to give the mentee perspective and share their experiences and advice the mentees on their career path

After the short introduction by Johan and Alexander, the mentees had the chance to introduce themselves and their goals for the program to the group. This is due to another primary goal for the workshop, which is to help the mentees reflect on their own self-image in relation to others.

Based on the statements and feedback from the mentees on the first sessions and workshop – everything indicates that the program has had a successful start. All the mentees find it very valuable to work with themselves and their career in the structured setting that DCCC and INDIVIDUALS provide.

The next thing in the program is to assign the mentees to their mentor. The assignment of the mentor will be based on the findings from the counselling session. INDIVIDUAL will get in contact with each mentor before they assign a mentee to ensure a good match between the mentees focus areas and the mentors experience.

We look forward to an exciting and challenging year for the mentees.
Please click HERE for more information.


Save the Date!

Welcome BBQ: Friday, 1st of September
BPOY Gala Ball : Saturday 4th of November


Did you miss any of our events in March?
Here are some highlights:

DANISH FRIDAY on the 17th of March
at El Santo

(Photos by Maria Castro-Grimnitz)

at  the Radisson Blu New World Hotel 

(Photos by Maria Castro-Grimnitz)

at the Danish Consul General’s Residence  

                                                                                                             (Photos by Maria Castro-Grimnitz)

We are pleased to welcome our new members:

Corporate Member:

Hutong School makes it easy for you to learn Chinese or land your dream internship in China ! As the first Chinese language school under European management to be officially licensed by the Chinese Ministry of Education, we have a decade of experience helping foreigners learn Mandarin quickly and effectively. We also specialize in matching interns from abroad with companies in China. Are you looking for interns, then let us know what profile you need and we will start searching among hundreds of monthly applicants.

Individual Member:       Anna Birthe H. Bach

Student Member:    1. Yong Qiang Li
2. Kaj Evald Pedersen
3. Mikkel Mouritzen


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard signs agreement on a district heating pilot project in Beijing

An important step in cooperation between Denmark and China on China’s energy transition was taken on Tuesday the 21st of February. Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard signed a new 3-year cooperation agreement with the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC) on energy efficiency. This agreement will result in a pilot project on district heating in Beijing which aims at district heating at a more efficient, long-term and integrated level.

China-Denmark Tourism Year 2017 launched in Beijing

On Friday, 24 of February, visiting Danish Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, and Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, Li Jinzao, jointly opened the China-Denmark Tourism Year 2017 in Beijing.
During the launch event, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Regarding Cooperation on Tourism Year was signed between the two high-level representatives from Danish and Chinese governments, marking the official start of the year-long program full of events engaging every segment of the travel industry in both countries.
They also read the congratulatory letters from Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and delivered respective keynote speeches on the prospects for bilateral tourism cooperation in the future.
“It is my great pleasure to be here witnessing the opening of China-Denmark Tourism Year 2017. From the very beginning, this year bodes well for more exchanges between our two countries. Not only will tourism remain popular between the peoples, but also will we see cooperation potentials in various fields where Denmark has peerless expertise and know-how in the world, such as fashion and design, green energy, food and agriculture and health,” said Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

Danish Foreign Minister’s China visit strengthens bilateral partnership During a three-day visit to China on the 11th to 13th March the Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen met with his Chinese counterparts, opened two “Danish Pavilions” on Alibaba and witnessed signing of a promotion agreement of Denmark with Meituan- Dianping.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen visited China from the 11th to the 13th of March. During his visit, the Minister met with his Chinese counterparts on foreign affairs and commerce; unveiled official Danish Pavilions on Alibaba’s Tmall Global and Fliggy platforms; and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting Chinese tourism to Denmark. The launch of the two “Danish Pavilions” in Hangzhou on Alibaba’s B2C platform Tmall Global and its travel service platform Fliggy allows 21 Danish brands to offer authentic consumer goods of Danish lifestyle and food as well as getting to Denmark “More and more retail sale is today happening online and in China more than anywhere – it is therefore important that the Danish Foreign Ministry can also help Danish companies success in this particular area. With the opening of an official Danish pavilion on China’s leading e-commerce marketplace Tmall Global, we hope to draw attention to Danish products,” said Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen. In another event, the Minister witnessed the signing of the MoU between the Royal Danish Embassy and China’s biggest online review service Meituan-Dianping. The MoU is the latest move in a series of promotions to attract more Chinese tourists to Denmark in the China-Denmark Tourism Year 2017. According to the MoU, recommended places of interest across Denmark will be listed on the website and mobile App platforms of Meituan-Dianping. “To better help Chinese tourists enjoy Denmark, we are looking at the consumer habits in China, and it is very important to be on the digital platforms that Chinese citizens use. Therefore, we have signed this agreement with Meituan-Dianping,” said the Minister
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