Niels Christian Nielsen
CEO and President
Niels Nielsen is and has been a board director for more than 25 companies (nine as chairman) including Codan, Unimerco, JyllandsPosten, Prophet, Unumed, 2M Invest, DAI, and Quantumwise. Throughout his career, he has been part of around 100 merger and acquisition transactions. Over the years he has initiated or advised a number of large-scale strategic projects around the world, contributing to innovation, competitiveness, and green growth, often in the form of public-private partnerships. In the 1990s, Niels was a key member of the team that created the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), an industrial research and development and technology consulting company, through a sequence of mergers and acquisitions, and took the company through a significant turnaround toward its current status as one of the larger and more profitable companies in its sector in Europe. He was the Chairman of 2M Invest A/S from 1995 until its successful initial public offering in 2000. Niels also was behind the creation of the Danish government’s Learning Lab. After his work with DTI, Niels created Catenas, a global network of specialist consulting firms, and Q Network, a group of internationally recognized thought leaders. Niels has written extensively on knowledge, innovation, and networks, and on international competitiveness and the future of education. He is an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.