Building Capacity for the Future

På Carlsbergfondets initiativ mødtes førende nordiske forskningsfinansierende fonde for første gang på dansk grund for at diskutere fondenes rolle i samfundet. Det skete på konferencen ”Building Capacity for the Future”, der blev afholdt på Carlsberg Akademi i København.

Internationalt anerkendte eksperter i fondsledelse kom fra hele verden for at dele deres viden og erfaringer med repræsentanter fra de nordiske forskningsfinansierende fonde. Sammen diskuterede de, hvordan fonde kan spille en aktiv rolle i løsningen af de udfordringer, verden står overfor i dag. Ud over de private forskningsfinansierende fonde var der også repræsentanter fra større offentlige fonde, private virksomheder og danske universiteter med til konferencen.   

Når jordens befolkning vokser fra 7-10 milliarder, medfører det enorme belastninger på kloden. Det skaber konsekvenser som mangel på rent drikkevand, behov for bæredygtig energiforsyning, voksende miljøproblemer og hungersnød. Her står fonde i en unik position til at kunne hjælpe med at løse disse store udfordringer. I modsætning til andre samfundsaktører kan fonde tage finansielle risici og investere i innovative projekter, som måske viser sig at være netop de projekter, der fører til banebrydende løsninger.

Hvis fonde i stigende grad skal påtage sig denne aktive rolle i samfundet, har de brug for at opbygge stærke kapaciteter. Derfor arrangerede Carlsbergfondet konferencen for at give forskningsfinansierende fonde kollektiv ekspertise til at bidrage strategisk og økonomisk til forskning, som kan være med til at løse the Grand Challenges i det 21. århundrede.

Keynote speakers

- Welcome and introduction by the Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation
Professor Flemming Besenbacher  

Flemming Besenbacher is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of the Carlsberg Foundation and Carlsberg A/S and professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University.
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- How can research foundations add value to the European societies?
Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher

Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher is Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Mr. Burtscher assists the Director-General of DG Research in running the Directorate-General, which employs 2000 staff and is tasked with managing the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, which has a budget of more than €53bn over seven years.
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- Visions for the future - research foundations and the Grand Challenges
Dr. Volker Then

Dr. Then has since 2006 been the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Investment at Heidelberg University in Germany. Previously, he worked at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany, where he served as Director, Philanthropy and Foundations. Dr. Then has extensive experience from North American and European foundations.
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- Ethical and strategic implications facing research foundations and how to tackle these implications
Dr. Wilhelm Krull

Since 1996 Dr. Krull has been Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany, which is the largest private funder of basic and strategic research and one of the major foundations in Germany. He is also former Chairman both of the European Foundation Centre (2006-8) and the Association of German Foundations (2008-14).
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- Strategic thinking – the role of the brand for research foundations
Dr. Nathalie Laidler-Kylander

Dr. Nathalie Laidler-Kylander is lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s John f. Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations in USA. Her prior work experience includes several senior marketing positions in the private and nonprofit sectors.
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- Collaborating with the government – how can we ensure a collective impact?
Mrs. Sofie Carsten Nielsen

Sofie Carsten Nielsen is the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science. She has been member of the Danish Parliament for the Social Liberal Party since September 2011.
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- Strategy formation – how research foundations can best develop and adapt strategies to achieve their goals while managing organizational change for implementation
Dr. Zia Khan

Zia Khan joined the Rockefeller Foundation in New York 2009. As Vice President for Initiatives and Strategy, Dr. Khan oversees the Rockefeller Foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. He also provides direction for the Rockefeller Foundation’s commitment to supporting new innovations and capacities in the sector.

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- Research foundations - leading in collaboration and partnership
Mr. Jed Emerson

Originator of the concept of Blended Value, Jed Emerson has extensive experience leading, staffing and advising funds, firms, social ventures and foundations pursuing financial performance with social/environmental impact. Based in the US he is an internationally recognized Thought Leader in sustainability and sustainable finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy.
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- Telling the story - raising public awareness of the importance of research foundations
Mr. Mark Henderson

Mr. Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust in the UK and one of the UK’s leading science journalists and commentators. He has worked at The Times since 1996 where he became a Science Correspondent in 2000 and was promoted to Science Editor in 2006. He has won several awards for his journalism and his latest book, The Geek Manifesto, explores the relationship between science and politics.
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