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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – What does it take?

14 January 2021
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What does it take? Key drivers and takeaways from a corporate and academic perspective for future inclusive growth!

14 January 2021
9:30 – 10:45
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In a joint initiative by the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark (BCCD) and the Danish-UK Association (DKUK) we are convening 3 leading international legal firms from Denmark and the UK. Each have made Brexit their areas of expertise and are the forefront of advising both public administrations and private/public companies alike. They are listening carefully to what are the latest updates and  devising ways forward companies can navigate from and continue to trade. The companies are Anglo-Canadian legal firm Gowling WLG and the two Danish legal firms Gorrissen Federspiel and Kromann Reumert.

The UK left the European Union 31st January 2020 and has since been going through a transition period of separation still following EU rules and regulation, but in effect no longer part.

Negotiations have been ongoing since 2016 and as we write these are still ongoing. Many things are in place, the UK has already written many EU regulations into UK law. Some things are complete and out in the open and others yet to be settled.

In both instances’ companies can prepare and adjust irrespective if you are a UK company wanting to continue trading with Denmark/other EU countries, or Danish/EU company wanting to continue trading with the United Kingdom.

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The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to transform our world – but what does this mean in practice?

Join us for the first of a series where we will start with exploring the background and the meaning behind these goals including the role of business, business solutions, academia and the third sector.

The year 2021 is here and the United Nation’s SDG call for worldwide action among governments, business and society means that we need follow up with tangible steps. Everyone is needed to reach these ambitious targets. The creativity, knowhow, technology, and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context, but how do businesses and economic leaders trying achieve this and do they all agree with this approach?

SDG Seminar series

Open for all this series of seminars lead by the Young Professionals (YP) members the Danish-UK Association (DKUK) are partnering up with industry leaders, experts and academics to ask questions and learn about different approaches to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. Together we explore this universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The YPs welcome fellow members and friends to connect if you can introduce leaders and businesses with a strong SDG vision etc. who would be willing to be part of the series.

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Join the debate and learn more about how you or your organisation can take part in the process of reaching these goals

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Tinne Hjersing Knudsen – Moderator

UK Correspondent (Bureau Chief), Danish Broadcasting Corporation Tinne Hjersing Knudsen is a well-known and respected Danish journalist. She has a long career as investigative journalist for various leading news-outlets and has  reported from many parts of the world and is currently The Burau Chief for Danish Broadcasting Corporations office in London. Previously she has been radio host of different programs on leading Danish national Radio24syv, including their award-winning morning show, a daily afternoon show on current affairs and a weekly program exclusively about Brexit. 

Marie Gad

Marie Gad is Director of Global Development and Sustainability at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the largest Danish business association with more than 10,000 member companies.

Marie Gad also holds the position as Vice-Chair of BIAC – Business at the OECD’s Development Committee and is Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group. She is also appointed to the Danish Council for Development Policy.

Prior to her position at DI, Ms. Gad worked in the corporate sector with international trade and business development with a geographical focus on emerging markets and developing countries.

Ms. Gad holds a master’s degree in International Business Studies from Copenhagen Business School and has completed studies at National University of Singapore, London School of Economics and INSEAD.

Shivali Mathur

Shivali Mathur is an electronics engineer with an MBA(Finance). Worked in renewables sector for 15 years. Now an experienced heat network specialist at BEIS who is passionate about the heat sector as part of the multi-vector approach (generation, storage, transport) that can lead to smarter cities. I believe collaboration is key to success in any industry.

Hiba Kahn

Hiba Khan

Hiba is a civil engineer and project manager with more than 7 years’ experience working with the engineering consultancy – Mott MacDonald.

Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy. Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

As part of her role, Hiba has helped to develop irrigation schemes to help increase food security and help farmers earn and living wage in Uzbekistan, Tanzania and Myanmar, reduce flooding and erosion that claims hundreds of metres of land each year in Bangladesh and helped water companies in the UK to reduce leakage.

Hiba is currently leading the development of a breakthrough tool that measures the impact of projects in relation to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Simon Vilms Pedersen, Ph.D.

Simon Vilms Pedersen is a research scientist, inventor and speaker. He currently holds a position as Research Associate at Imperial College London, Faculty of Engineering. He is a member of the Associaion’s YP network.

During his Ph.D. Simon Vilms Pedersen received one of the prestigious EliteForsk Travel Fellowships from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. He became the first Dane to receive the ‘Space for Sustainability’-award from the European Space Agency, and later won the Nordic Energy Challenge hosted by Nordic Energy Research.

A recurring motif in Simon’s research is that of sustainability. From measuring agricultural emissions of ammonia, to developing mathematical models for operation of household biogas bioreactors in remote highlands. Simon has worked closely with the SDG’s, and even their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals.

Simon obtained is Ph.D.-degree from the University of Southern Denmark and have been an active figure in university politics through his roles as co-chair of the Ph.D. Association at the University of Southern Denmark and as vice-chair of the Ph.D. Committee at the Faculty of Engineering.

All times given are in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
09.30Welcome and setting the scene, Søren Jepsen, DKUK YP Council member
09.35Moderated Panel Discussion
Marie Gad,Director of Global Development and Sustainability at the Confederation of Danish Industry
Shivali Mathur, Heat Networks Specialist, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Hiba Khan, Civil Engineer, MEng CEng MICE, Mott MacDonald
Simon Vilms Pedersen, Ph.D, Research Associate, Imperial College London

Moderated by: Tinne Hjersing Knudsen, UK Correspondent (Bureau Chief), Danish Broadcasting Corporation
10.10Open Q&A Session
10.30End of main session – the next part is only for Young Professionals
10.30Young Professional Break out session
We now offer all YP attendees with additional questions to meet the panellists, ask your own questions and get acquainted.
What is a Young Professional in DKUK’s eyes – check out the tab for more.

This session is open for any YP – member or not – but we welcome you to become a member and engage in exiting programmes like this, and to develop your own plans and ambittions with fellow members.

Corporate DKUK members who employ Young Professionals are encourage to let them take part in this session and in general engage!
10.45End of Programme

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