The innovation fund's specialist committee gets new members

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In 2024, Innovation Fund Denmark welcomes 15 new members of the fund's expert committee, who help assess applications to the Fund. Innovation Fund Denmark also thanks the outgoing members for making their time and expertise available in the work to promote the innovative ideas that Denmark must live on in the future.




Most of the Innovation Fund's programs have specialist committees set up by the fund's board.

In collaboration with the Innovation Fund's secretariat, the specialist committees assess applications for the various programs and contribute here with professional expertise, experience from various sectors, an understanding of business development and a focus on the commercialization of knowledge and innovation.

- The innovation fund's expert committee plays a significant role in supporting Danish companies, entrepreneurs and researchers in turning knowledge into value for society. A very big thank you must go to the departing members for their contribution to promoting Danish research and innovation. At the same time, we now welcome a number of new, competent members, with whom we look forward to collaborating on the important task going forward, says Anders Eldrup, head of Innovation Fund Denmark.

In January and February 2024, the Innovation Fund's board of directors has appointed a total of 15 new committee members who will contribute to the assessment work in the Panel Committee for Innobooster and the Business Research Committee, respectively.

During the past year, six new members of the Professional Assessment Committee for Innofounder have also been appointed.

The new and outgoing members of the specialist committees are the following:



Per On 1 January 2024, the following ten newly appointed members will join the panel committee for Innobooster.


The chairmanship of the panel committee for Innobooster

Made up with effect from 1 January 2024 of:

  • Foreperson Natasha Friis Saxberg , CEO, IT branch, appointed until 31 December 2025
  • Deputy Chairman Christian Møller Dahl , Professor of Economics, SDU / Co-founder & COO, Rooftop Analytics, appointed until and including 31 December 2025
  • Deputy Chairperson Thea Larsen , CEO, Danish Gas Technology Center, appointed until 31 December 2026


The following members are stepping down from the panel committee for Innobooster:




As of 1 February 2024, the following five newly appointed members will join the Industrial Research Committee:

  • Jan Østergaard , Professor Aalborg University Department of Electronic Systems
  • Claus Leth Bak, Professor Aalborg University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.
  • Liisa Välikangas , Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Technology, Management and Economics
  • Morten Grunnet, Adjunct Professor University of Copenhagen, Vice President and Head of Neuroscience, Lundbeck
  • Marcel AJ Somers , Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

The chairmanship of the Industrial Researcher committee

Made up per 1 February 2024 by:

  • Foreperson Anita Friis Sommer , Head of Sustainable Operations at LEGO Group, appointed until 31/12 2024
  • Deputy Chairman Poul Georg Moses , Senior Director, Haldor Topsøe, appointed up to and including Poul Georg up to and including 31/1 2025

The following members resign from the Business Research Committee

Terminates as of 31 December 2023:

Terminates as of 31 January 2024:

  • Current deputy chairman René Chester Goduscheit , Professor, University Aarhus, Department of Business Development and Technology
  • Philip C. Kjær , Chief Specialist, Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Susan Stipp , Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics
  • Ulrik Niels Lassen , Head of Clinic, Professor, Rigshospitalet, Oncology Clinic / University of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Medicine


During 2023, the professional assessment committee for Innofounder has also welcomed a number of new members, and several have also left.

New members of the professional assessment committee for Innofounder in 2023 and beyond

Outgoing members of the professional assessment committee for Innofounder in 2023 and onwards


Photo: Picture from the latest meeting of the Industrial Research Committee