Speakers 2022

Speakers 2021

Emil Fuglsang

Data enabled regeneration
What if green washing was a thing of the past?

Paul Chaney

Creative technology and appropriate automation as a driver of regeneration

Paul has worked as an artist for twenty five years exploring post-consumer futures and alternative concepts of nature. Between 2004 and 2012 he lived off-grid in a self-made cabin and attempted to become self-sufficient using permaculture techniques and hand labor while analyzing the process through his artistic practice. Inspired by these experiences he recently made a career pivot and founded a software company developing computational modelling technologies and decision support tools to help scale up the global transition to regenerative agriculture.


Roberto Flore

Envisioning the future of food systems

Alexander Farsan

Data enabled regeneration
What if green washing was a thing of the past?

Alex has worked on corporate climate action for over a decade.

He currently co-leads the world’s largest business initiative on climate, the Science Based Targets initiative, as WWF’s representative on its Steering Committee. He is also part of the Leadership Team of WWF’s global Climate and Energy Practice.

Prior to joining WWF, Alex worked in consulting and business development roles with the low carbon think tank Carbon Trust, advising businesses from SMEs to global industry leaders in different parts of the world and across a broad range of sectors.


Cyrus Clarke

Biology meets technology
Designing regenerative futures

Richard Georg Engström

Regenerative Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship as as means to realise regenerative visions

Richard is a seasoned entrepreneur in technology and ventures with social and environmental positive outcomes. Since the mid 90’s he has been part of the Nordic and international ecosystem of start-ups and financing. In 2015 Richard founded The One Initiative that matches impact start-ups with a community of 400+ international investors interested in Nordic green tech and other sustainable solutions. Recently, Richard launched Profounders – a climate-focused venture builder based in Copenhagen, enabling individuals to found and own the startups of tomorrow.

Lars Pødenphant Kiær

Workshop: What would nature do?
Nature-inspired ideation for regenerative design

Ingrid Hagberg

(Em)powering a new paradigm towards a future of regenerative energy systems

Ingrid is a strategic advisor to the energy industry, supporting new and old players in developing the visions, strategies and actions needed for creating radically better energy systems. She combines her engineering background with her passion for the new technologies, business models and collaboration models that could entirely redefine how energy systems function. In her work, she brings people together to explore how old and new skills, technologies and infrastructures could meet so that people and planet can thrive together. Ingrid has several years of experience as advisor within strategy and innovation, today as part of DareDisrupt where she leads their work within the energy sector.

Alex Pryor

Guayaki Yerba Mate & market-driven regeneration
Celebrating ancestral knowledge and indigenous wisdom

Emma Louise Foster-Geering

Regenerative intrapreneurship
How do we foster powerful partnerships on the restoration of communities and nature?

Emma is an international expert leading the charge with passion on the topical pursuit of our time: our global health and environmental crisis. A widely recognised voice on the regenerative business movement with a track record of fostering powerful partnerships on the restoration of communities and nature.

Host of the popular regenerative business podcast ‘Sustain This?’, running bi-monthly since April 2020 and featuring a plethora of high-profile guests with the goal of bringing authentic conversations to the world on health and environmental action.

Morten Bove

Turn Waste into Homes

Courtney Holm

Regenerative intrapreneurship

Courtney Holm is Capgemini Invent UK’s newly appointed Vice President of Sustainability Solutions. Her role is to shape the way Capgemini Invent UK creates long term, sustainable value for clients, enabling them with fresh perspectives and digital solutions so that they can play a transformative role in addressing planetary, people and systems challenges.

Courtney has a proven track record of implementing innovative technology solutions for sustainable development and is an expert in facilitating multilateral collaboration around complex sustainability challenges.


Lubomila Jordanova

Data enabled regeneration
What if green washing was a thing of the past?

Britt Wray

Fireside chat: Confronting the planetary health crisis head on
What if emotion is the key to innovation?

Britt Wray, PhD is a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Centre for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Woods School of the Environment, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Mediicine, where she researches the mental health impacts of the climate crisis on young people. She is the author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction (Greystone Books 2017), and a forthcoming book with Knopf about how distressed people can cope with the emotional and psychological repercussions of the planetary health crisis called Generation Dread. She writes the weekly newsletter about “staying sane in the climate crisis” gendread.substack.com and is a TED speaker. Dr Wray holds a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Copenhagen and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, WIRED, among other outlets.


Birgit M. Liodden

Regenerative entrepreneurship


John Elkington

Closing keynote: John Elkington in conversation with Märtha Rehnberg
Green Swans and Regeneration

John Elkington, Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to boards and advisory boards.

John tackles some of the world’s most challenging problems, helping key actors move from the responsibility agenda through resilience to regeneration. He has inspired a number of Volans’ inquiries, including Project Breakthrough, Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry and the Green Swans Observatory. He has worked with an A-to-Z of businesses worldwide, now helping the Volans team guide multinational companies to transform towards a regenerative future.

Märtha Rehnberg

Setting the scene:
Why do we need regenerative visions in the era of planetary decay?

Märtha is a thought leader and an expert on the future of production and global value chains. She advocates for the adoption of digital technology for responsible disruption. She is also co-founder of DareDisrupt and a former member of the ‘High Level Industry 2030 Roundtable’ at the European Commission.

Jan Madsen

Understanding the digital
How does the logic of life connect with the logic of the digital?

Jan is Professor in computer-based systems at DTU Compute at the Technical University of Denmark, Head of the section on Embedded Systems Engineering and Deputy Director of DTU Compute. Jan is driven by exploring the edges of science and technology within Nano, Bio and IT, to build computing systems in hard, soft, vet and living technologies.

Laura Storm

Introduction to regeneration
How can we start and lead truly regenerative businesses?

Laura is the Founder of Regenerators and has spent her entire career working in the intersection of sustainability, organizational development, climate change policy and the intelligence of nature. She has started and led multiple international organizations focused on the global transformation to sustainability – including Copenhagen Climate Council and Sustainia. She has been awarded the title “Worldchanger” by Greenbiz, is selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, a World Economic Forum Sustainability Expert and serves on many Boards. She runs regenerative transformation processes for individuals and organisations and is the co-author of the much-praised book Regenerative Leadership – the DNA of life-affirming 21st century organisations.

Annemarie Meisling

Regenerative leadership in practice
How might we bring regenerative practices into leading teams and companies through a global pandemic and beyond?

Annemarie is Senior Director of Corporate Affairs in Chr. Hansen –a global bioscience company that in 2019 was recognised as the world’s most sustainable company. She is an international leader and changemaker within sustainability, communication, public affairs and branding and with extensive experience from international companies and institutions, including Novo Nordisk, COWI, IFC, World Bank, the Confederation of Danish Industries, the US Congress and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Leen Gorissen

Understanding Natural Intelligence and
the Logic of Life
How can we innovate like nature?

Leen, Ph.D. in Biology, is specialized in ecology, transition science, regenerative design and bio-inspired innovation. She is the author of the recent book ‘Building the Future of Innovation on millions of years of Natural Intelligence’ and the founder of Centre4NI, a catalyst that helps organizations and businesses to innovate like nature. She is a frequently asked evaluator of innovation projects by the European Commission, a thought leader on innovation-beyond-the-usual, a strategist and business innovation process facilitator. She has worked for a broad range of clients and organized bio-inspired innovation sessions in cities across the world.

Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen

A regenerative entrepreneur’s journey
How can we create regenerative businesses?

Kristoffer is CEO and Founder of Regen Farmer, a Danish startup using technology to accelerate the adoption of regenerative land-use practices. His company has developed an agroforestry planning software for farmers and agricultural advisors. He previously founded a jewelry company leveraging advances within additive manufacturing to bring customized jewelry with a decentralized and just-in-time production.  Kristoffer holds a Msc. Eng. in Design and Innovation from the Technical University of Denmark and is an alumni of Founders of Tomorrow.

Lena Tünkers

Workshop: in transition
Creating space for transformative ideas

As Business Designer & Storyteller, Lena plays in the intersection of futures thinking and radical innovation. She designs and facilitates spaces that activate people’s ability to collectively reimagine the world as it is and enable their ideas to translate into reality. Over the past years, she researched, designed and executed a variety of innovation processes using the approach of Futures Literacy combined with methods from Improv Theatre, Strategic Foresight and Speculative Design. From her work with the UN, Spotify, HelloFresh and Hugo Boss she developed an ambivalent connection to the corporate world and thus, today she hosts the global think tank House of Beautiful Business in Copenhagen to invite beauty into the sphere of business.

Ruth Andrade

Regenerative intrapreneurship
How to transform a business from within into a force of regeneration?

Ruth is a corporate activist in Lush Cosmetics who pushes for carbon drawdown, support organisational development based on living systems and help to develop Lush’s charitable giving strategies. She is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and to leverage the power of a global brand to do good. She is the founder of several organisations for practitioners of next-stage organisational governance and regenerative practices.

Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl

Fireside chat
The potential behind false dualisms

Daniel is a thought-leader of the rising reGeneration and the author of Designing Regenerative Cultures. He works as a consultant, educator and activist with NGOs, businesses, governments and global change agents. Daniel grew up in Germany and has lived in California and Scotland before he moved to Majorca, Spain, to grow roots and deepen his practice of facilitating bioregional regeneration.

Dr. Michael Levin

Fireside chat
Computer science meets biology - the future of regenerative medicine

Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a PhD in genetics. He is Distinguished Professor and Vannevar Bush chair in the Biology department at Tufts University and associate faculty at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, serving as Director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts. His laboratory studies ways in which cells communicate and cooperate toward a kind of collective intelligence that builds and repairs complex anatomies. Using a combination of tools and approaches from developmental biophysics, computer science, and cognitive science, they address basic questions about how different kinds of minds are embodied in different living media, and apply these insights to biomedical problems like birth defects, regenerative medicine, and cancer.

Chan'nel Vestergaard

Sustainability beyond materials

Chan’nel is a textile designer turned biomaterial wizard transforming waste into new materials to recapture carbon and debunking sustainability myths around plastic and recycled plastics. She’s also an international workshop host where she teaches about this via a project called MaterialeX – A biomaterial research kit to explore the ideas of sustainability and design at a hands-on approach that is accessible to anyone without needing a PhD, which has taken me to countries such as Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Finland, the USA, UK and more. Chan’nel is a first cohort fellowship member from CBI at M.I.T. The Community Biotechnology Initiative (CBI) that works at the intersection of community organising and movement building, collective intelligence, social sciences, and accessible biotechnology tool development to activate the global movement around grassroots-driven life sciences, or “Community Bio.” She runs Copenhagen’s only publicly open science space which works at the intersection of H.E.A.T.S and material design and founded Little Pink Maker in 2017.

Speakers 2020

Andreas Mogensen

FIreside chat: Space in eyes of an astronaut

Andreas became the first Danish citizen in space on 2 September 2015 when he was launched on the 10-day ‘iriss’ mission to the International Space Station. While on the Space Station, Andreas worked as a flight engineer, performing experiments in a variety of areas. He also served as a flight engineer on Soyuz TMA-18M during launch and on Soyuz TMA-16M during his return flight.

Before being selected as an astronaut in 2009, Andreas was a research fellow at the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey in the UK. His research focused on spacecraft guidance, navigation and control during entry, descent and landing for lunar missions.

Andreas is currently serving as the European astronaut liaison officer to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). His duties at JSC include communicating with the astronauts on board the International Space Station as Capcom from Mission Control Center-Houston.

Søren Tranberg Hansen


Søren has more than 16 years of experience in working with Robotics. He holds a Ph.D. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence from the Cognitive Computing Lab at Georgia Tech/Aalborg University.

Søren combines expert knowledge in robotics and artificial intelligence with innovation and business development. He is participating in a number of innovation projects related to task of making robotics operate autonomously in complicated environments.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Søren will hold a session on Robotics displaying state-of-the-art examples of robotics and AI and discuss the impact the technology will have in the future. He will also illustrate how robotics open a range of new opportunities as well as share his insights on the ethical considerations and perspectives of the technology

Jenna Sutela

Holons Within Holons - Art, Technoloy and Space

Jenna works with words, sounds, and other living media, such as Bacillus subtilis nattō bacteria and the “many-headed” slime mold Physarum polycephalum. Her audiovisual pieces, sculptures, and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology.

Jenna’s work has been presented at museums and art contexts internationally, including Guggenheim Bilbao, Moderna Museet, and Serpentine Galleries. She is a Visiting Artist at The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) in 2019-20.

Aslak Aamot Kjærulff

Holons Within Holons - Art, Technoloy and Space

Aslak works on building alliances, experiments and organizations across art, science, technology and industry. He is the co-founder of Diakron, a studio for transdisciplinary research and practice, and Primer, a platform for artistic and organizational development housed in the global water- and biotechnology company Aquaporin.

Aslak is interested in tracing and constructing the contours of a “third field” operating across sectors and specializations. One aim of this work is to explore what 21st century cultural institutions might look like in the face of massive ecological, social and technological changes. Aslak holds a ph.d. degree in action research and mobilities studies from Roskilde University and is currently part of faculty at the MFA program Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. He has developed artistic and strategic projects in partnerships with institutions such as Guggenheim, New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Serpentine Galleries in London.

Roope Takala

Aurora Propulsion Technologies for clean and debris free space

Roope is Chairman of Aurora Propulsion Technologies, a Finnish space technology startup developing portfolio of SmallSat attitude control and orbital manoeuvring solutions. Aurora’s mission is to ensure clean and debris free space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites reducing the need to renew satellites as often as before.

Roope supports companies in developing and implementing innovation and technology strategies. He has experience as Head of Innovation Programs in Nokia Strategy and Business Development, focused on Incubating new businesses and work with Spin-in’s and -out’s. Roope supported the development of the Finnish National Space Program. He is a holder of eight patents, a father and a passionate foil fencer.

Jakob Lange

BIG - Marsian architecture on Earth

Jakob is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a Project Leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental to many of BIG’s largest commissions. He is currently Partner-in-Charge of Mars Research City in Dubai – the first prototype of Martian architecture on Earth, where an exhibitions and learning center will be combined with research facilities for developing new building methods and self sustaining off-grid communities. Mars City in the United Arab Emirates, will represent the start of a Martian vernacular architecture on Earth.

Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with research-based information—Information Driven Design.

Emilie Marley Siemssen

Space Law and Ethics

Emilie is Lead Legal & Space Regulatory Counsel and Launch Director at GomSpace – a globally leading manufacturer and supplier of nanosatellite solutions for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets.

Emilie deals with space-specific legal and regulatory issues related to the planning and execution of nano-satellite missions, including national authorization and registration procedures, satellite frequency filings with the ITU and space insurance. Emilie is also responsible for all launch related topics within the GomSpace Group including procurement of single missions to strategic planning to meet future needs. She is an attorney and holds a Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a Master of Laws degree from University of Copenhagen.

Karina Bergstrøm Larsen

Space entrepreneurship: lessons from the satellite industry

Karina co-founded Satcom1 in 2003. Satcom1’s primary goal was to become a complete global SATCOM solution and airtime service provider for all business jets, VIPs and governmental aircrafts.

In 2008, Karina became the CEO of Satcom1. In this position, she re-evaluated and readjusted the objective of the company to being innovative, technically superior, and to become market leader within SATCOM network design and airtime functionality.

In 2015, Satcom1 was sold to Honeywell Aerospace for more than 80+ million USD.  Today, Karina enjoys her true dedication to the satellite industry, entrepreneurships and mentoring young startups.

Kristian Ullum Vind

A look at Space from Earth: A frank but optimistic look at the promises of decades to come

Kristian was a digital entrepreneur and business-oriented thinker before spending three months at a NASA base in the middle of Silicon Valley, through a technological scholarship. Since then, he has worked with enabling technologies for aerospace and several of the newcomers to the industry like Google Loon. He is the Analyst and Business Developer of Sceye, a company using gigantic stationary airships for connectivity and monitoring in the stratosphere. 

Kristian offers an explorative look at the ways in which space will benefit humans on earth and the technologies and models which companies are currently using -or plan to use- to get there. His business background offers a down-to-earth view on an industry that may seem distant at times.

Tina Ibsen

Earth Observation, opportunities in space and how the space industry has developed over time

Tina is a Danish astrophysicist, author and science communicator. She holds a master’s degree in astrophysics from Copenhagen University, with a research speciality in space weather. In 2013 she became head of science and outreach at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen. During her time at the planetarium she was awarded a European award for her work on inclusion and diversity as part of the development of the exhibition Made in Space.

 In 2019 Tina founded her own science communication company, Tina Ibsen Formidling to help museums, researchers and space agencies with developing educational and public engagement activities as well as launching her own projects. In 2019, she published her first book, Fortællingen om universet, and launched the podcast RumSnak.

Carlos Espejel

ispace - in search of water on the Moon

ispace is a Japanese company that has turned its attention to the Moon. They believe that by taking advantage of lunar water resources, we can develop the space infrastructure needed to enrich our daily lives on earth—as well as expand our living sphere into space. Also, by making the Earth and Moon one system, a new economy will support human life, making sustainability a reality. Search for water on the Moon is the first step to achieving that goal for ispace.

Carlos is ispace’s Space Resources Utilization (SRU) Engineer working on projects as; The creation of the Lunar Ore Reserve Standards (LORS), estimation of space resources and reserves, and the optimisation of the SRU Value Chain. He is also a member and one of the leads of the science team at PROSPECT (ESA) which is part of the Luna 27 mission (Roscosmos).

Rune Kirt

Design Fiction for Outer Space, Sci-Fi Thinking And The Power of Visualisation

Rune Kirt is an archipreneur, industrial designer and futurist on a mission to re-engineer the innovation culture through design. In 2011 he co-launched an award-winning design and innovation studio KIRT x THOMSEN that helps imagineer green energy and mobility futures. Rune is also a Board Member at the Design School Kolding and Design Denmark.
During the workshop, Rune will provide you with the tools that will help unite two uncommon bedfellows – design and science. It will be a great opportunity to learn how scenario planning with a sprinkle of science fiction thinking can help space innovations accelerate their ways into the future.

Sebastian Aristotelis

Designing for the Moon: LUNARK and terratech

Sebastian is an architect and co-founder of SAGA Space Architects, a new design practice working on making space liveable for future space travelers by approaching the design of habitats from a human perspective, where mental well-being and social sustainability is part of the life support equation. SAGA is focused on making people thrive in outer space, and not just survive. SAGA is finishing the development LUNARK, a Moon habitat which will be tested in northern Greenland on a simulated moon mission for three months later this year. Sebastian and his co-founder Karl-Johan Sørensen will be the crew during the mission.

Per Lundahl Thomsen

Data from space

Per has more than 25 years experience working with systems engineering, project management and business development for space. His extensive network for this particular industry extends to public entities, universities and industry.

Throughout his career, Per has focused on bringing science and technology together. In spite of difficult technological, economic and organizational boundary conditions, he has managed to lead large international project teams to workable and reliable solutions. Solutions that have contributed to increased knowledge, teaching and exports and increased cooperation between authorities, universities and business. Over the years, these challenges have given him a solid insight into various technological disciplines within reliable and robust electronics, materials technology, robust mechanical systems, automation, reliable embedded and higher level SW, etc.

Lene Rachel Andersen

Human meaning making; Nordic lessons from the previous disruption

Lene Rachel Andersen is a futurist, philosopher and a political thinker. She is co-founder, board member and systems thinker at Nordic Bildung and a full member of the Club of Rome. Since 2005, Lene has worked as an independent futurist, author, philosopher, and publisher. Her latest books are Metamodernity (Nordic Bildung, 2019) and The Nordic Secret – A European story of beauty and freedom (Fri Tanke Förlag, 2017), which she has written together with Tomas Björkman.


In her fireside chat, Lene will draw lessons from historical experiences of societal disruption and relate this to the though experiment of creating a human society on another planet.

Anders Hvid

Introduction to exponentials

Anders Hvid is author, entrepreneur and thoughtleader on future of tech, business and society. He is co-founder of Founders of Tomorrow. Anders also co-founded DareDisrupt with a mission to empower the minds of a million people. Together with his partner Jannick B. Pedersen, he published the book Face the Future. In Denmark he is currently one of the most requested speakers and commentators in the media and press on the topic of emerging technology, disruption and the future of business and society.

In his talk, Anders will discuss how exponential development in technology enables us to create solutions to some of the most pressing problems on this planet and will call upon the participants to come up with radical ideas.

Lars K. Alminde

Entrepreneurship in the age of New Space

Lars K. Alminde is the Chief Commercial Officer of GomSpace and also one of its founders. The company is a specialist in nanosatellites and a major player in the “new space” market working both on the commercialisation of low-earth orbit as well as ambitious exploration projects to asteroids with the European Space agency.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Lars will share his insights from being a space entrepreneur including advice on how to tackle some of the pitfalls that is to be expected if one launches in this direction.

Thomas Bolander

Leveraging Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on this planet and beyond

Thomas is a professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark. His main current research focus is on social aspects of AI: how to make the computers, smartphones and robots of the future socially intelligent, so they can interact in a flexible and socially competent way with humans and robots. Thomas has a broad multi-disciplinary expertise in AI with top-level publications in logic, knowledge representation, automated planning, action learning and philosophical aspects of AI. In 2019, Thomas was awarded the prestigious H. C. Ørsted award for excellence in science communication.

Elizabeth Rankich

Exploring our inner space

Elizabeth believes as technology moves forward, with and around us at lightning speed, there is also an opportunity for us to move forward as better humans by tapping our inner worlds.

Elizabeth has worked in technology and innovation leadership roles in global companies such as LEGO and Unity Technologies, where she experienced first hand that a proper focus on well-being is the only way to maintain energy, creativity and a sustained life balance.  Over the last 5 years, she’s worked with individuals and teams in transformative personal development. Breathwork and Sound meditation are her core tools to support people to deeply relax, let go, heal and importantly unlock personal power.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2020, Elizabeth will transform our space into a cocoon of deep relaxation and inner journeying. Through sight and sound and our own breath, we’ll explore our inner space and finish feeling grounded and ready to head into our Day 5 with more clarity as well as space of course, both mentally and physically.

Speakers 2019

Fernanda Drumond

Keynote: How data can empower us to change the world

Fernanda Drumond is the Head of Operations at Gapminder. She holds a Master of Science degree in Development Studies, with background in International Relations. Demography and frame analysis are her main interests and she believes that understanding global trends is the key to a sustainable future!

Fernanda likes to lecture about Dollar Street, showing how people really live across different income levels. She also talks about the mega misconceptions that skew people’s worldview in lectures and workshops to companies, universities, schools and non-profits.

Ida Auken

Circular Economy as a way to address the 1.5°C Challenge

Auken is Member of Parliament for the Danish Social Liberal Party, former Minister of Environment of Denmark (2011-2014) and currently the party’s spokesperson on the environment, climate, energy, business and IT. She has been acknowledged as one of Europe’s most promising young political leaders and is known both domestically and abroad for her work on climate, circular economy and new technologies.

Together with the Danish Society of Engineers IDA, Ida founded  the SIRI-Commission, which, among other things, aims to identify how Denmark can benefit from developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and digital disruption. At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Ida will talk about the potentials of circular economy to address the 1.5°C Challenge.

Nikolaj Sorgenfrei Blom

Being a disruptor in the quantum biology space

Nikolaj is a science adventurer, water bridger and quantum biologist. He is currently a senior researcher at Center for Energy Resource Engineering, DTU Chemical Engineering.

Nikolaj’s main curiosity revolves around understanding life – in particular in relationship to electromagnetic fields, DNA and new properties of water. He is currently establishing a research group around this emerging – and controversial – field, by some called quantum biology or bioresonance. Understanding and exploring a new, quantum coherent phase of water, similar to laser light and graphene, is a cornerstone in this endeavour.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Nikolaj will talk about being a scientific disruptor and pursuing new discoveries that might help solve parts of the 1.5ºC Challenge.

Britt Wray

Emerging biotechnologies and ethics

Britt is a broadcaster and author researching the science and ethics of emerging biotechnologies, such as synthetic biology, personal genomics and gene-editing. She has a PhD from the University of Copenhagen in science communication and describes herself as a “science storyteller”. 

Britt is co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World. Her first book, Rise  of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction was published by Greystone Books in collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Britt can also sometimes be found hosting Canada’s national science television program CBC The Nature of Things, Canada’s national science radio show CBC Quirks and Quarks, and BBC Radio 4 documentaries. 

In her talk, Britt will give an overview of some of the emerging biotechnologies, such as CRISPR, that are redefining how humans can design living systems. The narrative she weaves will raise important environmental and ethical questions that such technologies force our societies to face.

Charles Marcus

Quantum Computing

Charles is Director of the Center for Quantum Devices, a Center of Excellence sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation, and Director of Microsoft Quantum Lab – Copenhagen.  He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 1990 and in 2016, he joined Microsoft as Principal Researcher while remaining as Professor at The Niels Bohr Institute.

Marcus’s research interests focus on quantum mechanically coherent electronics, quantum bits, and topology in condensed matter systems. The long-term research goal is to build and explore large-scale interconnected quantum coherent systems with applications in quantum information processing.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Charles will give an introduction to quantum computing and how this developing technology could help to solve the 1.5oC Challenge.

Lone Juul Dransfeldt Christensen

Hacking the Challenge

Lone is an ethical hacker driven by the intellectual challenge of bypassing limitations. She currently works as a security architect for Bang & Olufsen.

In her fireside chat at Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Lone will share her insights into how hackers find alternative ways around obstacle and how hackers form movements to address problems and defend what they believe in. She will also inspire the participants with thoughts on how a hacker’s way of thinking and dealing with challenges can help to solve the 1.5oC Challenge.

Thomas Bolander

Artificial Intelligence

Thomas is an associate professor in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Denmark. His main current research focus is on social aspects of AI: how to make the computers, smartphones and robots of the future socially intelligent, so they can interact in a flexible and socially competent way with humans and robots. The application areas of interest include intelligent personal assistants, mobile robots and intelligent learning tools.

Thomas has a broad multi-disciplinary expertise in AI with top-level publications in logic, knowledge representation, automated planning, action learning and philosophical aspects of AI.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Thomas will talk about the opportunities presented by AI for tackling the 1.5°C Challenge.

Märtha Rehnberg

Digital Manufacturing: why matter really matters again

In her talk at Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Märtha will explore the promise of digital manufacturing: that one day, the material, shape and size that currently make up our material world no longer is defined by a few. But by all of us.

Just discuss design with your AI software. Just press print on your 3D printer. Just drag and drop your robotic arm.

Märtha Rehnberg is Co-Founder of DareDisrupt, expert on the future of production and global value chains, and member of the ‘High Level Industry 2030 Roundtable’ at the European Commission where she advocates sustainable and disruptive production.

Anders Hvid

Responsible disruption

Anders Hvid is author, entrepreneur and thoughtleader on future of tech, business and society. He is co-founder of Founders of Tomorrow and of DareDisrupt where he is CEO. He has been appointed member of Research, Innovation and Science High Level Expert Group for the European Commission to support commissioner Carlos Moedas (research, science and innovation). In Denmark he is represented in the Siri-commission headed by Ida Auken and as advisor to the Minister of Education on future skills.

In his talk, Anders will discuss why responsible disruption of some existing structures are needed for solving global challenges.

Lene Rachel Andersen

Human meaning making; Nordic lessons from the previous disruption

Lene Rachel Andersen is a futurist, philosopher and a political thinker. She is co-founder, board member and systems thinker at Nordic Bildung. Since 2005, Lene has worked as an independent futurist, author, philosopher, and publisher. Her latest book is The Nordic Secret – A European story of beauty and freedom (Fri Tanke Förlag, 2017), which she has written together with Tomas Björkman.

In her fireside chat, Lene will draw lessons from historical experiences of societal disruption in Europe. She will discuss how the Nordic countries managed to go through industrialization and the structural changes relating to modernity peacefully creating some of the richest, most stable and happy countries in the world. What did the Nordics do right, and is there a Nordic secret that can be re-applied as we face disruption of societal structures again?

Jan Madsen

Setting the Scene: Understanding the digital

Jan Madsen is Professor in computer-based systems at DTU Compute at the Technical University of Denmark, Head of the section on Embedded Systems Engineering and Deputy Director of DTU Compute. Jan is driven by exploring the edges of science and technology within Nano, Bio and IT, to build computing systems in hard, soft, vet and living technologies. It is at these scientific crossroads that he contributes to the new perspectives so pertinent for tackling the big issues of our time.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Jan will not only facilitate Day 2, he will also give a talk linking the past and the future of digitalisation to the 1.5ºC Challenge.

Niels Fibæk-Jensen

Matter - a new way to invest in sustainability and impact

Niels is CEO & co-founder of Matter, a Danish startup that specializes in sustainability and impact investments in the pension space. Niels is an alumni of Founders of Tomorrow (formerly called Danske iDeer).
Prior to founding Matter, Niels worked for the Danish UN mission in New York, and the United Nations in Copenhagen. He holds a MSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School.
At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Niels will talk about the importance of investment for sustainability and new ways of creating impact within the Sustainable Development Goals and the 1.5ºC Challenge.

Christine Spiten

Drone Technology and Empowerment of New Ocean Explorers

Christine Spiten is co-founder of Blueye Robotics, the company that has developed Blueye Pioneer underwater drone and takes you down to the depths, with full control from your own smart-phone. She has also been named by Forbes Magazine for ’30 during 30 most important Tech Founders ‘and’ World’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018 ‘ among other achievements.

She is a Co-Captain at EntrepreneurShipOne, lives in a sailboat and struggles to take care of the ocean by democratizing the access to exploring, experiencing and learning about the sea using technology – based on “you take care of what you are interested in”.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Christine will be teaching participants about the creative possibilities within robotics.

Lars J. Nilsson

Setting the scene: The 1.5°C Challenge and decarbonisation transitions

Lars has 30 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy and transport systems, as well as energy and climate policy analysis. Recent research has been on different aspects of low carbon transition policy strategies and governance in the context of multi-objective strategies for sustainable development.  He is currently coordinating the EU-H2020 project REINVENT (Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation).  He teaches on climate science and politics, energy policy and governance at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Lars will provide an overview of the different aspects of the 1.5°C Challenge to set the scene for creative solutions.

Esther Sorgenfrei Blom

Living an engaged life in balance

Esther is a clinical researcher at Center for Mental Health Promotion at the University of Copenhagen, a psychologist, certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Zen practitioner, practice leader of the Boundless Way Zen Copenhagen group.

For more than 20 years Esther has been devoted to integrating Buddhist and Yoga psychology and Western science, in her work and everyday life. Her interest has always evolved around the human capacity to self-regulate through awareness and relationship.

In developing and implementing a large-scale, integrative approach toward stress-related illness in people of sick-leave in the Capitol Region, as well as years of supervising and training professionals, a particular topic lies at her heart: how to prevent, treat and rehabilitate exhaustion and clinical burnout in highly engaged people who have a great (and possibly all-consuming) passion for what they do.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Esther will introduce us to meditation and awareness-practices as skill-full means to living an engaged life in balance.

Matias Seidler

Climate-conscious Virtual & Augmented reality

Matias Seidler is engaged on several frontiers exploring the convergence of technologies and our human experience. He currently does this at Khora, the largest Virtual Reality production and development house in the Nordic region. Furthermore, he is a researcher for PlatoScience, the maker of the world’s first neurostimulation headset for cognitive enhancement and the host of IDA Podcast, published by the Danish Society of Engineers.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Matias will address how VR technology can and should be used to address the 1.5ºC Challenge. Matias will explore how we may expect developments within Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the next ten years to engender a ‘Blurred Reality’, that can transform our human experience, foster empathy across borders, and heighten our ecological sensitivity. If done right.

Troels Plenge

Collaborative Organisations

Troels is co-author of the book “A Collaborative Planet” and co-creator of WeOU.org, a social lab experimenting with emerging technologies. Their aim is to challenge social constructions like money, energy, hierarchy and ownership to discover a more sustainable society. He has a background as a Serial Entrepreneur where he co-founded PC-let, AidOnline and Wasoko, while he also served as CTO with nemlig.com. He is also a FoT alumni.

Troels believes that one important path to solving issues like global warming and wealth inequality is that we learn to collaborate better and build more organisations taking advantage of working with others in the public domain. 

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Troels will address how collaborative organisations are changing our society and how we perceive ownership, fundraising, governance and organisations. 

Carsten Ohm

You, We and the 1.5°C Challenge

Carsten Ohm is a research-based reflection activist, ‘future-senser and -midwife’. He is dedicated to his heart and curiosity, and trying to give something back. He is founder of Unfolding Fields, Folkevandringen and the Re:new conferences. After 25 years in Copenhagen, he and his family recently discovered the nature, silence and people of the island of Møn, from where he is now unfolding his passion for hosting Walk & Talks for leaders, organisations and the civil society.

In the special designed Walk & Talk at Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Carsten will invite the participants into an immersion and reflection and connection with oneself and each other around the 1.5°C challenge, the deeper meaning of participating in FOT and the skills & competences that each one is bringing to the group.

Jørn Smedsgaard

Sustainable nutrition in a changing climate

Jørn is professor at DTU Food, where he strives to contribute to trust and transparency of our food by challenging analytical technology to provide crucial chemical insight in food based on reliable data. With a background in chemical trace analysis, Jørn and his group is doing research and extensive consultancy to Danish and European Food Authorities on chemical food control, traceability and analytical technology. This including role as Danish National Reference Laboratory and as European Reference Laboratory for the EU commission.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Jørn will be taking a trip from the dawn of time and strike down on selected challenges and possibilities in the food system and daily life to impact 1.5°C Challenge.

Louise Opprud Jakobsen

New ways of thinking

Louise Opprud Jakobsen’s field of expertise is new technology, digitalization, NeuroScience and innovation culture – and she has a take on The 21st Century mindset: how do we gear to stay relevant?

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Louise will host a fireside chat, to answer this question she will take you for a journey that leads into the Science of the Brain and our gut bacteria to see our minds in a whole new light.

Tomer Shalit

The 1.5ºC Challenge visualized through innovation

Tomer is an Entrepreneur and well-renowned expert in agile who decided to quit all his current engagements and shift his focus to the climate challenge. In 2017 he founded MapLauncher, a tool created to accelerate the transition to a fossil-free economy.

As nations, businesses and cities are creating roadmaps on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions, MapLauncher makes these roadmaps actionable through visualization, collaboration, and KPI tracking.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Tomer will share the story of how he transformed his climate anxiety into an innovative solution and how, today, MapLauncher is working together with the Swedish government and pioneering organizations such as WWF and Vattenfall to address the 1.5ºC Challenge.

Chan'nel Thomas

Storytelling - Life beyond the Pitch

Chan’nel Thomas aka Littlepinkmaker is the founder of a S.T.E.A.M based learning platform based here in Copenhagen working with multinational companies and also the citizens of Denmark, Originating from the UK. Her main focus is within material science, and the cross inter disciplinaries in which ethics, sustainability and materials all match. And how we tell this via creative and engaging storytelling.

Chan’nel has recently returned from MIT where she spoke about ethics, pitch perceptions within 21st-century startups and how to capture the audience on the other side.

Cyrus Clarke

Blockchain workshop

Cyrus is a designer, educator, artist and researcher. He loves thinking, exploring and making in futuristic scenarios, and then designing experiences that people can step into, bridging digital and physical realities. Working at the intersection of art, science and technology, he creates tangible experiences, prototypes and tools that explore the big questions and challenges of the future. He is passionate about building a bridge between humans, tech and nature, always seeking better ways to understand the world, and striving to provide imaginative, diverse and inclusive visions for desirable futures.

Kamila Kunrath

Life after Founders of Tomorrow

Kamila is CEO and Co-Founder of the danish startup BlueBenu, which is developing a technology for recovering mixed plastic waste from the environment. She holds a PhD in Management Engineering from DTU, and a technical background in Materials Engineering with polymers and product design. As an entrepreneur, she works on bridging the gap between technology development and creating socio-economic value through circular business models.

At Founders of Tomorrow 2019, Kamila will join a panel of FoT Alumni and give insights on how to ​bring one’s learnings from FoT into the real world after the program, and how to create change as a start-up, scale-up and an intrapreneur.

Speakers 2018

Britt Wray

Emerging technologies and ethics

Britt is a broadcaster and author researching the science and ethics of emerging biotechnologies, such as synthetic biology, personal genomics and gene-editing. Britt is co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World, exploring big questions about the future as it is created by new technologies. Her first book, Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction was published in 2017 by Greystone Books in collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation. Britt is currently directing an interactive documentary series with the National Film Board of Canada about personal genomics and human genetic modification.

Deanna MacDonald

Blockchain for impact

As an advocate of open-source technology and governance, Deanna was an early adopter of blockchain technology and regularly holds educational talks and developer workshops. She is the co-founder and CEO of BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) with the mission of providing a global platform for co-creating blockchain solutions for the benefit of society, and is a prominent member of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN). Deanna is also an alumni of Founders of Tomorrow (formerly called Danske Ideer).

Linda Liukas

Storytelling is magic!

Linda is a programmer, storyteller, illustrator and the founder of Hello Ruby, a children’s book on technology, computing and coding.

Linda is a central figure in the world of programming and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. Linda is a Codecademy alumni and the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. Having never really outgrown fairytales, Linda sees the web as a maze of stories and wants to hear more diverse voices in that world.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Linda will share her experiences and tips on how to bring alive technologies by using stories.

Louise Opprud Jakobsen

Your thoughts under the microscope

Louise has more than 8 years of experience helping companies into the digital paradigm. She works with a global horisontal outlook, experiences from front-running companies and pioneers, and the tools needed to revamp existing realities. Louise is authoring a book about the 21st Century Mindset. In the book she features interviews with key-figures from the world’s most innovative companies and combines it with her core fields of expertise, including Performance Science.

In the Tech&Humans panel on day 2 of the camp, Louise explores how recent findings in neuroscience and the study of the human biome can help us to achieve the right state of mind for creativity and great ideas.

Christian Erfurt

Inside the mind of a Nordic Entrepreneur

To Christian, entrepreneurship is a way of life. He started his first company in his early teens, he has coached numerous entrepreneurs and advocates purpose-driven innovation across the world. Today Christian is most known for his role as co-founder and CEO of BeMyEyes – a company that connects more than 60 thousand blind and low level people, to almost 1 million volunteers trained to help them navigate their everyday.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Christian will share his thoughts of what defines a successful founder. He will talk about the power of positive thinking, how to thrive from hardship, and why critical thinking makes the Nordics entrepreneur unique in the global arena. It is a talk about purpose, cancer, and about trustingly tumbling in the dark.

Jan Madsen

Fireside chat - Quantum Computing

Jan is Professor in computer-based systems at DTU Compute at the Technical University of Denmark, Head of the section on Embedded Systems Engineering and Deputy Director of DTU Compute. Jan is driven by exploring the edges of science and to unite fields that normally don’t talk together. It is at these scientific crossroads that he contributes to the new perspectives so pertinent for tackling the big issues of our time.

Jan is one of those people, whose CV extends what is normal for one lifetime. It’s like he lives in a quantum world…

It therefore seems quite natural, that he will be the one to provide us with a glimpse into the future of Quantum Computing in a fireside chat. For decades have we been saying that it will come. Finally it seems, that decade is here and we must start preparations.

Kristian Hart-Hansen

Cultivating new tech for better healthcare

Kristian is the CEO of LEO Innovation Lab, an independent unit of LEO Pharma, established to focus on cultivating new technology to better understand health, and to enable patients to prevent, detect and manage chronic skin conditions. LEO Innovation Lab’s mission is to harness the power of data, to help patients lead happier lives.

Under Kristian’s leadership, LEO Innovation Lab has built several innovative digital platforms in two years, focussing on a wide range of healthcare areas – from the automization of clinical trial recruitment, to a functioning artificial intelligence that can aid clinical recommendations. Kristian’s vision is to nurture a clinical journey that is more adaptable, patient-driven, and most importantly, more efficient.

Kristian will be discussing his vision, insights and experiences in the Tech&Humans panel on Day 2 of the camp.

Erik Kristiansen

Building solutions of tomorrow

Erik is an awarded innovator. He has +20 years of experience on managerial and operational level within “innovation through education” programs in a co-creation between universities, private and public companies. His terrain is EU, Asia and Africa.

Erik has executed +27 international innovation camps and summer school programs in collaboration with a.o. MIT, Google, Samsung C&T, Grundfos, Danfoss, Ikea, Vestas, Bang & Olufsen, Siemens Wind Power, CNTtech, Andritz AG and Innovation Center Denmark China and – South Korea. Erik is also a mentor for Finnish and Kenyan start-up companies.

Erik will be guiding the participants of Founders of Tomorrow in building impactful solutions to problems identified in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sune Lehmann

Complex Networks and Core Technologies

Sune’s work focuses on the dynamics of complex networks as well as processes unfolding on such evolving networks. He is an associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark, an adjunct (full) professor at University of Copenhagen’s Department of Sociology, and an adjunct associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute (Department of Physics, University of Copenhagen). Sune is the associate director of the Center for Social Data Science at University of Copenhagen.

Sune is the author of multiple highly cited papers and his work has received world-wide press coverage.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Sune will take part in the Core Tech panel discussing complex networks.

Lisbeth H. Jørgensen

Get your voice heard

As a trained actress, Lisbeth has specialized in using the theatre’s deep experience in stepping into character and conquering the room and the audience. She also has science-based knowledge as a voice and speech therapist and rhetorician from the University of Copenhagen.

The best way to achieve improvement in performing is practical experience under professional guidance. Lisbeth has developed her own effective method to train pitching and verbal communication.

Lisbeth will share her most efficient tools with the Founders of Tomorrow participants to make sure that they will get their voices heard when sharing their impactful ideas.

Gry Hasselbalch

Data Ethics

Gry is co-founder of the European thinkdotank DataEthics.eu and coauthor of the book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage (Hasselbalch, Tranberg, 2016). For over a decade, she has worked with the industry, policymakers, NGOs and end users in the cross field of technology and ethics/human rights.

Previously in European internet governance as manager of an EU Aware Centre on youth and tech, currently as an independent data ethics advisor. Still with one foot in the policy field as a data ethics expert for the European Commission’s Horizon2020 and the ERCEA, Gry also works closely with the people who designs the systems e.g. via the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems as vice chair of the P7006 standard on personal AI agents. Gry is also one of the members of the Danish government’s newly established data ethics expert group.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Gry will be sharing her insights in data and ethics.


Hebocon: don't fear the fail

Hebocon is a crappy robot workshop and tournament for anyone – even those without the actual technical skills to build robots. It is also for those who want a challenge. Each robot is fueled by their creators’ imagination and skills to use a glue gun. Learning by doing is our mantra at Hebocon. During the session, you will learn the tools of prototyping and iterative design by jumping right into the action of building.
At Founders of Tomorrow the Hebocon workshop will help the participants to develop their ability to work with minimum viable products as a mindset in the iterative design process.

Chris Minh Doky

Music, Presense, Creativity and Collaboration

For more than two decades, Chris Minh Doky has consistently been one of the world’s most sought after and renowned jazz soloists.

He is well known for his unique and innovative approach to his instrument, the double bass. His approach as a soloist, producer, orchestral director and artistic director has also made Chris Minh Doky a sought-after lecturer, both in the business sector, the public sector and in educational institutions and associations.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Chris will inspire the participants to understand what music can teach us about presence, creativity and collaboration.

Jannick B. Pedersen

Insights on impact and financial sustainability

Jannick is the co-author of “Face the Future”, co-founder of DareDisrupt and a speaker on exponential technologies and their impact on our future. He is an impact investor with passion in helping to release the potential of individuals and organisations to create greater impact and results through innovation, leadership and strategy development.

Jannick believes that startups can be an effective tool to health create positive change in the world – in a financially sustainable way. He has helped co-found and lead several startups, including DanEduc, FranklinCovey Nordic and Vigga.US.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Jannick will share his insights on impact investing, demonstrating impact and the interconnectedness of impact and financial sustainability of a startup venture.

Søren Tranberg Hansen


Søren has more than 16 years of experience in working with Robotics. He holds a Ph.D. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence from the Cognitive Computing Lab at Georgia Tech/Aalborg University.

Søren combines expert knowledge in robotics and artificial intelligence with innovation and business development. He is currently participating in a project developing autonomous service robots for way-finding tasks in airports, hospitals and other logistic hotspots. The project has been supported by the the Danish Innovation Fund with 13 millioner kroner.

At Founders of Tomorrow, Søren will take part in the Core Tech panel on Day 2, displaying state-of-the-art examples of robotics and artificial intelligence and discuss the impact the technology will have in the future. He will also illustrate how robotics open a range of new opportunities as well as share his insights on the ethical considerations and perspectives of the technology.