Industrial Researcher Committee

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The Business Research Committee has appointed the Innovation Fund's Board of Directors for the purpose of making professional assessments and making recommendations for decision in connection with applications received for the Business Research 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 pre-personality 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, René Chester Goduscheit

René is a professor at the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University. He has previously been a professor at the Center for Integrative Innovation Management at the University of Southern Denmark. René has a PhD in network-based innovation from the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg 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

Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk
Professor, Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry

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

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

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

Karin Nikolajsen

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

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

Niels Henrik Pontoppidan  
Research Area Manager, Oticon A/S

Philip C. Kjær  
Chief Specialist, Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Poul Georg Moses
Senior Director, Haldor Topsøe

René C. Goduscheit (deputy front person)
Professor, Aarhus University, Institute of Business Development and Technology

René Thomsen
Director, Scio+

Sune Christensen
Science Manager, Novozymes A/S

Susan Stipp  
Professor, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Institute of Physics 

Torben Kristiansen
County Director Environment and Health, Rambøll

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

Ulrik Niels Lassen
Head of Clinic, professor, Rigshospitalet, Oncology Clinic/ University of Copenhagen, Institute of Clinical Medicine