CopenhagenNordic Edge Expo

Visions for Healthy Nordic Cities


What are the dilemmas facing Nordic cities after COVID has disrupted our urban strategies? What is Copenhagen’s perspective on a healthy city, and how does it relate to trends for other cities in the Nordics and beyond? Join Copenhagen’s City Architect, C40 and Novo Nordisk for a look into the future.

10:15 – 10:50 Panel debate

Moderator: Per Boesgaard, CEO, City Facilitators

Camilla van Deurs, Chief City Architect of Copenhagen
Simon Hansen, Director of Regions, C40
Niels Lund, Vice President, for Global Prevention and Health Promotion in Novo Nordisk

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Former Sector Counselor within Sustainable City Development in China, Partnership Manager CPH2025 (The Copenhagen 2025 Climate Plan) and experienced Head of Program and Coordinator, Per has developed strong skills in portfolio and project management, process and facilitation of PPI projects and strategic partnerships, across sectors, borders and cultures in Denmark, Scandinavia and globally. He is CEO at City Facilitators, an International Research and Consulting Agency which helps improve cities and communities through cutting edge research, strategies and financial models.

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Camilla van Deurs is the City Architect of Copenhagen. Camilla holds degrees as an Architect MAA and a Ph.D. in urban design focused on the outdoor spaces of urban residential areas. Camilla is working to shape a more livable capital in one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Previously Camilla was a partner at Gehl, advising clients around the world.

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Simon Hansen is the C40 Director of Regions, where he is responsible for the management of C40’s Regions and Cities team. Before joining C40, Simon served as Deputy Director in the City of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration, as well as head of its City Development Department, where he oversaw strategic planning, including the delivery of Copenhagen’s ambitious climate plan for the city to be carbon neutral in 2025. Simon has also served as chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office. Prior to his involvement in city administration, Simon was head of a section in the Danish Finance Ministry and policy advisor at the UK Cabinet Office. Simon has been a frequent lecturer at the University of Copenhagen with courses on City Governance and Urban Strategy. He holds an MA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen and the New School University in New York City, and a BA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen.

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Niels Lund is Vice President for Global Prevention and Health Promotion in Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care.

Niels is responsible for the development and implementation of Novo Nordisk’s global partnership strategies within the field of prevention and health promotion, including the global Cities Changing Diabetes Partnership Programme with more than 25 major cities worldwide ( He is also engaged in the partnership with UNICEF to reduce childhood obesity.

Niels is co-Chair of the Health and Healthcare Strategy Officers’ Council in the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a contributor to WEF’s Agenda blog platform.

Niels is MSc (Economics) from the University of Copenhagen and MBA (Health Services Management) from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He joined Novo Nordisk in 2007 as a health economist and worked in various functions before being appointed Vice President in 2012. Before joining Novo Nordisk, Niels worked in international development with assignments for UNICEF in India and the World Bank in Washington DC.

Niels serves on the Board of Save the Children, Denmark.

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