DANISH-CHINESE BUSINESS FORUM – EXECUTIVE NETWORKING FOR BETTER BUSINESS
Independent, non-profit network organisation
Denmark’s largest China-focused network
More than 110 members companies and institutions
Contact to nearly 1000 executives
Established in 2005
2005: Danish-Chinese Business Forum was established by some of the largest export companies in Denmark on the initiative of Nils Foss who convinced 15 other companies to form DCBF. Nils Foss was elected the first Chairman of the Board of DCBF, and Tom Jensen was appointed the first Secretary General of DCBF.
2006: H.R.H. The Prince Consort of Denmark becomes patron of Danish-Chinese Business Forum
2012: Thorkil K. Christensen was elected Chairman of the Board of DCBF
2016: Claus V. Hemmingsen was elected Chairman of the Board of DCBF
2016: Hans Henrik Pontoppidan was appointed as Secretary General of DCBF
2019: Tom Behrens-Sørensen was elected Chairman of the Board of DCBF
2019: H.R.H. Crown Prince of Denmark follows in the footsteps of Prince Henrik and becomes patron of Danish-Chinese Business Forum
Hans Henrik Pontoppidan was appointed Secretary General of DCBF in 2016, following a four-year tenure as a Board Member. Hans Henrik has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate Banking (10 of which abroad), working for Hambros Bank Plc London, Bank of America, Nordea and Svenska Handelsbanken. Hans Henrik opened Privatbanken A/S (now part of Nordea) in Beijing and headed the China operation from 1989 to 1993.
Prior to joining Danish-Chinese Business Forum (DCBF), Hans Henrik was a Partner at Deloitte Corporate Finance for 15 years and was amongst 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 Hans Henrik executed the sale of 50% of the Danish gas storage and distribution system.
Hans Henrik holds an MBA from City University London and a Bachelor of Commerce in Foreign Trade. Hans Henrik also passed the Executive Board Education at CBS in 2016 (with distinction) and has been a Board Member at DEIF A/S (Dansk Elektronik Instrument Fabrik) and of Tradeshift China.