Industrial Researcher Committee

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The Industrial Researcher Committee has been appointed by the Innovation Fund Denmarks' Board of Directors for the purpose of making professional assessments and making recommendations for decision in connection with applications received for the Industrial Researcher Program.


The criterion for being appointed to the committee is that the member must be a recognized researcher or research expert. The entire committee has also been set up with a view to an equal distribution of both private and public employees, as well as women and men. The aim is also for the chairmanship to represent both the private business community and the universities.

Front person and deputy front person

Front Person, Anita Friis Sommer

Anita is Head of Sustainable Operations at LEGO Group, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability at all LEGO Group's factories. She has previously been a researcher and team leader at the University of Cambridge. Anita has a Ph.D. in Product Development Management from Aalborg University.

Deputy Front Person, Poul Georg Moses

Poul Georg is Research Director for Power to X at Topsoe. He has previously been responsible for Topsoe's explorative development portfolio. Poul Georg holds a PhD in theoretical catalysis from the Department of Physics at DTU followed by post docs at UCSB and Stanford University

Members of the Industrial Research Committee

Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska
Lecturer, Syddansk University, Institut of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Andreas Kjær
Professor og Chief Physician, University of Copenhagen, Biomedical Institute / Rigshospitalet

Anita Friis Sommer (Front person)
Senior Innovation Manager, LEGO Group

Birgit Nørrung
Institutleder, Københavns Universitet, Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrvidenskab

Christian Kapel  
Professor / CEO, University of Copenhagen, Institute of Plant- and Environmental Science/ ParaTech A/S

Claus Leth Bak
Professor Aalborg University, Faculty of Engineering and Science

Esmaeil Nadimi
Professor, Syddansk Universitet, Mærsk McKinney Møller Inst.

Hanne B. Rasmussen  
Senior Director Formulation & Delivery, Novo Nordisk A/S

Henrik Callesen  
Professor, viceinstitutleder, Aarhus University, Institute of Animal Science

Ira Assent
Professor, Aarhus University, Institute of Computer Science

Jakob Strømann-Andersen
Partner, Head of Sustainability Engineering, Hennning Larsen Architects

Jan Østergaard
Professor Aalborg University Department of Electronic Systems

Jan Vang
Professor, Syddansk Universitet, Department of Technology and Innovation

Julie Borup Jensen
Professor MSO, Aalborg University, Institute of Learning and Philosphy

Karin Nikolajsen
Industrial biotechnology

Liisa Välikangas
Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Lise Byskov Herslund
Lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Institute of Geoscience and Nature Management

Marcel A.J. Somers
Adjunct Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Mogens Durup Nielsen 
COO, sales and business development director, Xtel Wireless

Morten Grunnet
Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Poul Georg Moses (deputy front person)
Senior Director, Haldor Topsøe

René Thomsen
Director, Scio+

Sune Christensen
Senior Department Manager, Novozymes A/S

Torben Kristiansen
County Director Environment and Health, Rambøll

Tue Lehn-Schiøler  
Chief Data Scientist, Danske Bank / BrainCapture