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SECRETARIAT

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Hans Henrik Pontoppidan
Hans Henrik Pontoppidan

Secretary General

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 is now a Board Member at DEIF A/S (Dansk Elektronik Instrument Fabrik) and of Tradeshift China.

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Rasmus Sehested Thormann
Rasmus Sehested Thormann

Communications & Project Manager

Rasmus joined DCBF in 2018 as Communications and Marketing Assistant. He holds a BA and MA in China Studies from University of Copenhagen. During his studies, he focused on international and cross-cultural communication as well as Danish-Chinese business. Rasmus has taken two semesters as an exchange student in China: One in Beijing and one in Hong Kong.

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Rebecca Svantemann
Rebecca Svantemann

Communications & Marketing Assistant

Rebecca is the newest member of the DCBF-team having started at the beginning of 2021. She is currently enrolled at Copenhagen Business School where she is pursuing a B.Sc. in International Business and Politics. Rebecca’s interest in Danish-Chinese relations comes from having lived in Beijing for 10 years while completing her studies.  

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Tine Xia Petersen Brusgard
Tine Xia Petersen Brusgard

Digital Communications & Project Assistant

Tine joined the DCBF-team in 2019 as Digital Communications and Project Assistant. She holds a B.Sc. in Business, Asian Language and Culture (Chinese) and is currently studying for a M.Sc. in Diversity and Change Management (cand.merc.int) at Copenhagen Business School. Tine’s China experience comes from travelling, volunteer work and studies at CBS and abroad.

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Noam DS
Noam David Stern

China Representative, Shanghai

Noam has lived in China since 2005 where he among others has worked for the Nordic Industrial Park in Ningbo and the Trade Council in Shanghai. Today, he is the Co-founder of China-direct.biz in Shanghai that offers practical advice and supporting services to mostly Scandinavian companies with their market access, company establishments and business operations in China. Noam has been the appointed China Representative of DCBF since September 2019.