Keynote Speakers



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Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard is Chair of the Board for the EU Commission’s Mission Board on Adaptation to Climate Change including societal change. She holds several key positions in support of a low-carbon and green economy, including Chair of OECD Round Table for Sustainable Development, member of the Board of Directors of Danfoss, BBVA and Kirkby Holding. Connie Hedegaard was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014. She served as Danish Minister for Climate and Energy in 2007-2009 (hosting the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen) and as Minister for Environment in 2004-2007.





Johan Kuylenstierna 

Johan Kuylenstierna is Director General at Formas – A Research Council for Sustainable Development. Johan has a degree in geosciences with a research focus on paleoclimatology. He began his career with research in the Polar regions and as a university teacher but changed tracks to international environment and development cooperation and has worked at United Nations agencies in New York, Geneva and Rome with water, climate and sustainability. He has also served as the CEO of the Stockholm Environment Institute. Johan has also held the position as Vice Chair and later Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council and as Guest Professor & Senior Advisor on Sustainability to the President of the Stockholm University. Johan also served on the boards of Axfoundation, Gothenburg university, MISTRA Research Foundation, Sveaskog and WWF Sweden. He has been an active lecturer and moderator and worked over 4 years with national Channel 4 morning programme with “Klimatkollen”. He was appointed “Sweden's Most Environmentally Powerful person” by the magazine Miljöaktuellt in 2014 and was a summer host in Swedish National Radio P1 in 2017. He is a fellow of the Royals Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA).



 Thomas Fabian    

Thomas Fabian

Thomas Fabian is Chief Commercial Vehicles Officer at the European Automobile Manufacturers'​ Association (ACEA). Thomas Fabian holds a degree in engineering (Dipl.-Ing) from Technische Universität Berlin. Thomas Fabian has a long career in the automotive industry, having served as Head of Department Commercial Vehicles at VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie); Secretary General at CLCCR (International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry), and, in previous roles at the German Airports Association (ADV) and the German Federation of Industries (BDI)

ACEA is the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. ACEA unites Europe’s 15 major car, truck, van and bus makers.




 Nina Porst    

Nina Porst

Nina Porst is the Executive Director for Climate, Environment and Security at Danish Shipping. Nina Porst has previously held the position of Head of Division at the Danish Ministry of Environment. Her focus is on environment, sustainability, and the green transition. Nina Porst's role in Danish Shipping is to support the pledge of the industry to become a climate neutral industry by the year 2050, turning the shipping industry from ‘blue’ to ‘green’ 





Jens Holmboe

Jens Holmboe is chair of Nordisk Vejforum (NVF) and Director General at the Danish Road Directorate. Jens Holmboe has worked at the Danish Road Directorate since 1992 and has worked in various positions within the organisation. Since 2016, he has held the position of Director General and was recently re-elected to continue in the position. He graduated from the Danish Technical University with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Since 2020 he has served as chair of Nordisk Vejforum, and will end his tenure in July 2024, when the chairmanship will be passed on to Finland.





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Anna Kadefors

Anna Kadefors is Professor of Real Estate Management at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on trust and collaboration in inter-organizational relationships, both in construction and in facility management. Other key research areas involve processes of learning and innovation in the built environment, especially related to procurement and sustainability. From 2014 to 2021, she had the position as Project Leader for the Swedish Strong Research Environment ProcSIBE, Procurement for Sustainable Innovation in the Built Environment, which was financed by Formas.




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Nina Groes

Nina Groes has more than 15 years of national and international experience regarding developing and implementation of strategies of diversity as well as societal communication. She is the director and founder of Divérs. Formerly, she has held the position of director of Kvinfo, the Danish Knowledge Center for Gender and Equality, and has been the head of analysis at the Center for Growth Analysis. Nina Groes is member of several Thinktanks, Expert groups and Advisory Boards which specialise in diversity and equality. She is the President of the Diversity Council within the Danish Football Association (DBU) as well as UN Women Nordic.





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Luc Hellemans  

Luc Hellemans is CEO of Lantis, a public limited company commissioned by the Flemish government. Lantis builds connections that make the city and region flourish. Lantis is responsible for the realization of one of the largest infrastructure programmes in Europe “the Oosterweelverbinding".  Overall, the program is expected to significantly enhance the quality of life for residents of Antwerp and the wider community, while also supporting economic growth and sustainable development in the region. Luc Hellemans has over 30 years of experience within the construction and real estate industry in Europe and has held several senior management positions in both private and public organisations. 




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Henrik Vincentsen  

Henrik Vincentsen is CEO of Femern A/S, a Danish state-owned company tasked with planning, constructing and operating the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt between Denmark and Germany. The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel is the largest construction project in Danish History and it will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel. The construction of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will remove a transport bottleneck between Scandinavia and Central Europe and pave the way for a new greener traffic corridor in Europe. As a result, the Fehmarnbelt project has been designated a priority project by the European Commission, which has granted significant support to the project through the CEF-Programme. Due to its strategic location and the great potential of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, the European Commission considers the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel to be one of the most important infrastructure projects in Europe.

     Updated: 15/02/2024
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