About us

Danish-Chinese Business Forum is your trusted partner when it comes to understanding business between Denmark and China. We are a unique network of top executives from the most successful private and public companies and organisations, as well as a facilitator that will help your business obtain the specialised knowledge and the connections it needs to succeed in any industry.
In consultation with our members, DCBF have decided to implement our strategy in the following way:

Working Groups

Our members often face similar challenges when navigating in the Danish-Chinese business space. In our working groups, top executives from our member organisations work together on sector-specific problems to reach concrete results. Working groups are project-based, time-limited, confidential, and by invitation only, however, have you after reading this become interested in any of the subjects below or do you have an issue yourself which you want to be adressed, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat and we will do our utmost to initiate an appropriate working group to deal with the issue in question. Already held and ongoing working groups include:

  • Bilateral advance pricing arrangement (BAPA) tax (completed)
  • New alternative go-2-market models (completed)
  • How to optimize your public affairs in China (completed)
  • New priorities in sourcing (sourcing from China and selling to China) (active)
  • Customs/VAT issues (active)
  • HR in a Chinese context (active)
  • Experience sharing; Belt and Road Initiative (active)
  • Experience sharing; Enterprise Standards (active)
  • Experience sharing; How to deal with lack of highly educated specialists (active)

Government Affairs

Although few companies take advantage of it, many Danish cities, regions, and public organisations have strong, long-standing ties to Chinese counterparts. Danish-Chinese Business Forum is working to leverage these ties more systematically, to help our members with their government affairs work. This provides:

  • Official-backed access to the relevant stakeholders
  • Government access points for when problems arise


Our member network is strong because we learn from each other. DCBF offers concrete how-to courses, leveraging our members’ expertise to train specific skills and processes in intensive one- or two-day courses. Recent and planned courses include:

  • B2C e-commerce in China
  • B2B e-commerce in China
  • Intellectual property and trademarks
  • Succeeding with innovation and intrapreneurship in China

Special Themes

In addition to our events calendar, DCBF understands that the Denmark-China trade requires thinking in longer strategic terms. Therefore, we are spearheading the development of initiatives that will contribute to Danish-Chinese growth in the future.

  • Developing an invoice factoring solution for working with Chinese SOEs
  • Digitalising the entire food value chain
  • Removing barriers for system export
  • Facilitating access to the Danish market for Chinese companies

If you have any inputs, wish to start a new working group or join an existing, then contact us here


Hans Henrik Pontoppidan, Secretary General
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Secretary General, Hans Henrik Pontoppidan

Hans Henrik Pontoppidan (1960) has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate Banking (of which close to 10 years abroad), working for Hambros Bank Plc London, Bank of America, Nordea and Svenska Handelsbanken. Mr. Pontoppidan opened Privatbanken A/S (now part of Nordea) in Beijing, China and was responsible for the China operation from February 1989 to June 1993 after which he moved to London where he stayed for another 5 years.

The last 15 years before joining Danish-Chinese Business Forum (DCBF) he was a Partner at Deloitte Corporate Finance, and was among others responsible for the sale of all electricity out of Copenhagen Energy (now HOFOR) and the majority of the shares in Energi E2; basically providing Copenhagen Municipalities their part of the funding for the initial Metro project. Subsequently Mr. Pontoppidan sold 50% of the Danish gas storage and distribution system.

Since July 2016 he became the Secretary General at DCBF of which he was Board Member four years prior to his employment at DCBF. Mr. Pontoppidan passed the Executive Board Education at CBS in August 2016 (with distinction). Mr. Pontoppidan is now a Board Member at DEIF A/S (Dansk Elektronik Instrument Fabrik) owned by Mr. Toke Foss. He also holds a MBA from City University London and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Foreign Trade.

Line Elk Hansen
Project Director, Business Development & Relationship Management (+4520629778)
Sisi Cohrt
Project Director, Business Management & Events (+45 22199768)
Rasmus Sehested Thormann
Communications & Event Assistant (+45 53669778)
Tine Xia Petersen Brusgard
Communications Assistant
Noam David Stern
China Representative ( Shanghai ) (+86 136 1169 1358)