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19 September 2018 DKUK Event

The Nordic Chambers Business Forum returns to London on the 19 September, this year hosted at Equinor UK in Paddington.

For over five years the Forum has brought together senior business people to celebrate Anglo-Nordic business, share expertise and discuss timely topics.

This year, the focus will be on Business Agility where experts will explain what agility means, how organisations can evolve to thrive in an environment that demands constant change, and what they do to be dynamic and successful. 

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Each Nordic Chamber will have a prominent speaker representing their organisation and network. Apart from these speakers, the aim is to have one expert, “trend master”, to give an overview of Business Agility. After the presentations, there will be a dynamic and thought-provoking panel discussion with active audience involvement, led by a moderator.

We are expecting ca 100 guests; all Nordic Chambers are inviting their respective networks and the event is open for all interested. In previous years, the audience has consisted of senior executives and business leaders from various sectors, entrepreneurs and trend setters of Nordic/UK/global businesses. 


18:00 - 18:30:      Registration and refreshments

18:30:                   Forum begins 

1945:                    Q & A session 

20:00 - 21:00:      Networking, drinks and canapés

Moderator: Elisabeth Braw, Associate fellow at RUSI

Laurent Poncet, Business Model Architecture Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Equinor 

HE Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Icelandic Ambassador to the UK  

Michael Clark, Client Director, Mannaz 

Cormac Whelan, CEO UK & Ireland, Nokia 

Ulrika Axelsson, Partner at Centigo


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Elisabeth Braw, Associate fellow at RUSI

Elisabeth Braw is an associate fellow at RUSI; she directs the new Modern Deterrence programme, which focuses on how governments and business can work together to strengthen national resilience. Prior to RUSI, she worked at Control Risks following a career as a journalist where she reported from the United States, Germany, Italy and other countries. She remains a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Politico, focusing on European defence and security, and frequently speaks at conferences.

Elisabeth has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. A native of Sweden, she attended university in Germany, finishing her Magister Artium degree in political science and German literature with a dissertation on nuclear weapons reduction in Europe. She speaks German, Swedish and English, and gets by in Italian.



Laurent Poncet, Business Model Architecture Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Equinor 

Laurent Poncet is Head of Business Model Innovation at Equinor. His main responsibilities are to build the Company Intrapreneurship Programme and generate innovative growth options.

Prior to this assignment, he served three years as Head of Corporate Strategy Development in Oslo and two years as North America Strategy and Portfolio Manager in Houston.

From 2005 to 2012, Laurent worked at McKinsey & Company, serving energy clients globally. His consulting expertise resided in growth strategies and corporate transformations. Prior to his McKinsey career, Laurent had 5 years of operating experience as petroleum engineer and subsurface team leader with ExxonMobil. 

Laurent holds two Masters degrees (i.e. Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University-UK, and Civil Engineering from École Supérieure des Travaux Publics de Cachan-France). In 2004, he graduated from the London Business School Executive Development Programme. Laurent is currently pursuing the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certification Program at Stanford University. Laurent is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, a Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France, and an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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HE Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Icelandic Ambassador to the UK  

Ambassador Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson took up his position as Ambassador of Iceland to the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017.

Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson is an experienced diplomat and negotiator. His former positions include having served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, as Chief Negotiator in Iceland's accession talks with the European Union 2009-2013, as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, as Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, as Chairman of the Working Group on Russia's accession to the WTO, and as Director of the External Trade Department and the Department of Administration at the Ministry. In 2014, he was team leader with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

He graduated as a lawyer (Cand.juris) from the University of Iceland in 1985.

Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson is married to Halldóra M. Hermannsdóttir and together they have two children.



Michael Clark, Client Director, Mannaz 

Michael is a Client Director with Mannaz, a Danish/International management consultancy specialising in leadership development and project management training.

He has worked within HR and leadership development for over 25 years, both in Denmark and internationally and is currently developing a Business Agility Leadership programme for a major Swedish client.

Michael’s perspective on Business Agility is that for the concepts to succeed, old hierarchical habits and structures have to be replaced – and this requires a shift in the traditional concept of what it means to lead. During his presentation he will explore some of the background to Agile ideas – and some possible ways forward.



Cormac Whelan, CEO, UK & Ireland, Nokia 

Cormac is currently the CEO for the UK & Ireland at Nokia, having taken up this role in January 2016. In this role he leads all operations for the UK & Ireland markets including sales, business management, delivery and operations. 

As a senior executive over more than two decades in a number of global blue-chip organisations, Cormac has extensive experience is sales, marketing and business development. 

In addition he has proven expertise in strategic planning and driving transformation and change management in large scale businesses.

Prior to his current position Cormac led the Alcatel-Lucent business in the UK & Ireland. Earlier positions included senior roles at BT, the largest telecommunications operator in the UK, and international roles at UUNET and Motorola.

Cormac is originally from Dublin in Ireland where he obtained his degree from Trinity College before moving to the UK in 1987. Throughout his career he has travelled extensively and has worked in the USA, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic. 

He is a former advisory board member of the South East Area Board of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and lives in Sussex, UK with his wife and daughter, where he tries to indulge his passion for golf.



Ulrika Axelsson, Partner at Centigo

Consulting top players within the Financial Services of the Nordics, Ulrika leads a team that makes change happen in a transforming industry.

  • Agility in Mind
  • Arena Pursuits Ltd
  • Centigo AB
  • Danske Bank
  • EPConsult Energies Ltd
  • Equinor
  • Five Nordic Swans Ltd
  • Gigstr Ltd
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Goodwille
  • Hellon
  • Home House
  • IPM Global Mobility Limited
  • Kalliolaw
  • Logos
  • Mannaz
  • Mackrell Turner Garrett Solicitors
  • Merryhill Accountancy Services Ltd
  • Nokia 
  • Reshape Sverige
  • Royds Withy King
  • RUSI
  • Telltale Research
  • Transition Dynamics
  • Wots Hot Energy


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Brexit immigration update for Europeans: permanent residence or settled status?

20 September 2018 Members Event

Please join the North Star Law Immigration team for a detailed discussion on the impact Brexit is and will have for Europeans living and companies doing business in the UK. 

North Star Law's specialist immigration lawyers will take you through the UK government's plans for the Brexit transition period and beyond. They will help you identify the steps you can take to live and work in the UK post-March 2019.This includes explanation on:

  • the current permanent residence regime
  • nationality applications
  • plans for the new 'settled' status
  • why you might still want to apply for permanent residence now and then convert it to settled status.

It will be followed by hands-on stories of how the process works in practice. 

Drinks and canapes will follow a Q&A.

* Note! This event is not a DKUK event, but one we have kindly offered to publish on behalf of our network. DKUK cannot be held liable for anything related to this. Thus any comments, questions or reclamation please contact the organiser directly.

British GT Race Day at Donington Park

23 September 2018 DKUK Event

The DKUK Association is partnering with fellow member and racing driver Jan Jonck and would like to invite you to join us at Donington Park as Jan competes in the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship driving an Aston Martin with fellow team mate Tom Wood. As VIP guests you will experience first hand and close up the drama and excitement of high calibre motorsport with Jan and the Academy Motorsport, Aston Martin Racing Team. We encourage members and friends to bring along clients, colleagues and families. VIP passes and car passes along with full hospitality in the SRO Club along with pit garage visits to see Jan and the team preparations as well as during the race.



08:00 Arrival for Breakfast

09:35 British GT Warm Up

10:00 Garage visits to meet Jan and the team and see the cars close up for a pre race briefing.

11:55 Pit Lane walk about and autograph session.

12:15 Lunch in SRO Club

13:05 Grid Walk

13:30 British GT Race (2 Hours, grandstand seats with garage visits available for pits stops)

15:30 Podium Celebrations

16:00 Afternoon tea

Depart at leisure


The VIP Race Day includes:

  • British GT Race Day VIP Hospitality and Paddock Pass
  • Reserved Car Parking.
  • Breakfast on arrival and Afternoon Tea in the SRO Club Facility
  • Pit Lane Walk About to view all the cars and drivers.
  • Garage visits to Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Racing to view the team preparing for the race.
  • Buffet Luncheon served in the SRO Club Facility
  • Meet the teams drivers.
  • Grid Walk before the Race start.
  • Watch the race from Grandstand and visit the garage to view the pits stops.
  • Souvenir Programme.
  • Post race debrief in the teams garage.
  • Hosted throughout.



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With glamorous supercars racing bumper-to-bumper, ground-shaking noise, breath-taking speeds and all the drama of pit stops and driver changes, the British GT Championship is one not to be missed. Quoted as probably the country's best kept secret, it provides a perfect platform for teams and sponsors to entertain guests. The growing pedigree of the championship with live coverage through streaming vai YouTube and Facebook plus magazine programs on Channel 4, BT Sport and Motors TV ensures each race weekend has a real sense of occasion, enabling VIP guests to be treated to a level of luxury associated with international motorsports.

The 2018 season comprises of 10 races around the UK including one overseas trip to Spa in Belgium. The series runs a 2 class structure of GT3 and GT4 Cars from manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Mclaren, Nissan, BMW, Porsche, Ginetta. The races are generally 2 hours with fuel stops and driver changes.



  • The Association’s Premier Membership—The Advisory Board
  • DKUK General Membership
  • Colleagues, clients and close network relations
  • Open for all interested business professionals
  • UK/Danish/Global/Nordic business connections
  • Business professionals
  • Anyone prepared to cheer along in friendly banter
  • Children and families are welcome



Networking can be very effective during informal events, such as motorsport events, as during any other event. We believe this is acknowledged throughout the business world and amongst our members. Danes have always been supportive of its’ Racing Drivers and we are very keen to support Jan Jonck and follow his motorsport career. Please view his profile on the DKUK website.



To make these enjoyable days, we welcome corporate sponsors as Official Event Partners. This is a great audience to be

with in a friendly atmosphere—You get the branding on Jan’s Car and in the SRO Club for this event—we the Association

make it an enjoyable day for your guests, the membership and friends.

We are looking for :

  • Official Event Partners

Confirmed Partners

  • Jonck Performance
  • Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Racing
  • British GT




International Wine, Spirits & Beer tasting at Chelsea FC

25 September 2018 DKUK Event

Join the international Chambers of Commerce in London, for an evening where you can sample a variety wines, beers & spirits from around the world taking place this year at Stamford Bridge - the home of Chelsea FC.


18.00: Welcome and registration

Tasting of Wine, Spirits and Beers representing the at least 14 trade organisations. 

We are pleased to announce that Kongsgaard Gin, DKUK member will represent the association by providing tastefull samples of their outstanding gin! 


21.00: Carriages 

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This event is generously supported by DKUK fellow member Kongsgaard Gin.  

*Fees: Members can invite guests along at members' discounted rate. If paying by credit card via Eventbrite, the ticket prices for non-members are subject to a registration fee levied by Eventbrite. Payment via BACs can be arranged - please call the office +44 207 259 6795 for more on this.

The Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam - 26 September 2018

26 September 2018 Members Event

Digitalisation is re-shaping the business world and is increasingly important for competitive edge. Transformational concepts, together with the evolution and development of new platforms, are providing unparalleled opportunities within shipping and the related transport and supply chain infrastructure.

If Industry 4.0 is to be truly realised, then shipping must embrace a new approach to the traditional supply chain. Moving your cargo from A to B involves, on average, 30 different actors and 200+ interactions - delivery of goods has never been more transparent, nor more complex. So, what can digitalisation do to streamline and integrate shipping with the broader supply chain?

At the same time, the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, number of devices used and larger ships but fewer crew. We will investigate current business cases, detection systems and policies already in place, and we will discuss collaboration in the industry to establish safe on-board pathways.

Digital Ship's Annual Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam will investigate how we can harness all these opportunities and will debate which are going to stick and really make a difference.  Through 3 clearly defined plenary sessions, an innovations & ideas Lunch, and informative question and answer panel sessions, we will focus on practical methods and will bring together representatives to discuss the future of digitisation in the industry.

Confirmed speakers include:



Cyber Security in an Unsecure Age

A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk

This expert lead session will look at how the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, number of devices used and larger ships but fewer crew. We will discuss cyber hack prevention, penetration and detection systems, mobilising internal commitment and collaboration in the industry.


The Connectivity Evolution

Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime

Cloud, IoT, big data, remote monitoring…. Digitalisation is moving at a fast pace. Autonomous shipping is not far away. How can we harness all digital developments to make our own businesses smarter, safer and more sustainable? In this session we will investigate key drivers for a successful implementation. What are the most recent developments, how should we use them and what are the benefits and pitfalls? We will look at the best practices and learn from the best.


The iShipping Revolution

Streamlining the supply chain

The rise of digitalisation and advanced technologies such as IoT, blockchain autonomy, AI and VR, promise a faster, safer and more scalable supply chain for all parties and better business outcomes and increased supply chain transparency? But these massive opportunities mean massive complexities too, so which are the right tools to use in this industrial revolution? This session will break down some of these enabling technologies and discuss how they can be used - and what are the benefits and pitfalls to watch out for.

For more information on speakers and agenda please contact: ankie@thedigitalship.com or cathy@thedigitalship.com

Telephone: + 44 7956 965 857
Fax: +44 20 7251 9179
Website: https://www.rotterdam.thedigitalship.com/

* Note! This event is not a DKUK event, but one we have kindly offered to publish on behalf of our network. DKUK cannot be held liable for anything related to this. Thus any comments, questions or reclamation please contact the organiser directly.

The Digital Ship is a highly-valued member of the DKUK. Feel free to check out their member profile. 


Møller HRD Forum: September 26

26 September 2018 DKUK Event

Happy and engaged workplaces are more profitable, have a higher share growth, and lower costs. Teams have higher staff retention, less sickness and are more productive.  September's Forum will include members of the Danish-UK Association’ The Human Capital and Organisational Development Network – HCOD – a special professional interest group run by the Danish-UK Association.

We know through the Møller Institute’s Danish heritage that the Danes are consistently ranked as one of the world’s happiest workforces.  This session will be led by Møller Associate Ruth Berry and will feature contributions from Danish organisations.  More details to follow.  Places are limited, register here now to be sure of your place.

Happiness HRD Forum

Møller HRD Forum: Approaches to Leadership Development

‘If you want one year of prosperity grow grain, if you want ten years of prosperity grow trees, but if you want 100 years of prosperity grow people.’ Chinese Proverb.

This is an invitation only Forum developed by the Møller Institute team at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, for a select group of HR Directors and, facilitated by Møller Institute leadership development specialists to discuss approaches to the development of leaders within their businesses and organisations.

We explore new and current approaches, best practice, the typical challenges we face and how we can best design and deliver high impact programmes and interventions that will bring about real change and demonstrate a return on investment for the business.

We plan a series of interesting discussions, inform each other around what works and what doesn’t – and participants will leave with some new connections and sources of help and some good ideas to take forward into our future work. All events take place at the Møller Centre, Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.

Previous forums have focused on employee engagement, viral change and mindfulness.

The HR Forum takes place in the Study Centre at the Møller Centre, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS.

Forum outline:

09:30 – Registration
10:00 – Welcome and introduction – Cathy Butler
10:15 – Session 1
11:15 – Break
11:30 – Session 2
12:30 – Lunch and networking
13:30 – Session 3
14:10 – Break
14:20 – Session 4
14:50 – Close and thanks – Cathy Butler


  • Aarhus Business College
  • Adder Technology
  • BDO
  • Cambridge University pass
  • Capita Plc
  • City Pub Group
  • Cummins
  • Eriksen Consulting Ltd
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Fujitsu
  • Gate One
  • Genie Ventures
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Improve Your English International LLP
  • International TechneGroup Limited
  • IPM Global Mobility Limited
  • ITW
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Kymab
  • Maersk
  • Mannaz
  • RAF
  • RAND Europe
  • Salem consultants
  • Scandinavian Airlines System
  • Sysdoc
  • Taylor Vinters
  • Tees
  • The MTC
  • Trustonic
  • TTP Labtech Ltd.
  • Wilson Wright LLP
  • Xaar



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