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Participants & Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Picture of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie

Her Royal Highness, Marie Agathe Odile
Princess of Denmark

HRH Princess Marie was married to HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark on 24 May 2008, and, in connection with the wedding, became HRH Princess Marie, Countess of Monpezat.

HRH Princess Marie is patron of a great many national organisations, institutions, and foundations, and is an honorary member of various associations and societies.

HRH Princess Marie is among others the patron of The Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival, the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and the DanChurchAid.

Esben Lunde Larsen
Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark

Esben Lunde Larsen was appointed Minister for Environment and Food 29 February 2016 by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Prior to that Esben Lunde Larsen served as Minister for Higher Education and Science.



Laura L.P. / HdGPhotography
Laura L.P. / HdGPhotography

René Redzepi
Head Chef, NOMA, Denmark

René Redzepi is the founder of MAD, a non-profit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change. Redzepi is also the chef and co-owner of restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the establishment of the restaurant in 2003, Redzepi has developed a cuisine that draws from the area's landscape and culture. Using a wide yet intimate network of farmers, foragers, and other purveyors, Noma celebrates the region's ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that expresses its location and the seasons.

Carolyn Steel
Architect and Author

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives is an international best seller, and her concept of ‘sitopia’ (food-place) is widely recognized in the emergent field of food urbanism. Carolyn has taught at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, London School of Economics and Wageningen University. She is a director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects, London

Flemming Besenbacher
Chairman of the Board, Carlsberg-Fonden

Professor dr.scient Flemming Besenbacher is Chairman of Carlsberg A /S, The Carlsberg Laboratory, and the board of the Tuborg Foundation. Founder of the organization UNLEASH, a global innovation lab that brings together people to transform personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Marcus Gover
Chief Executive of WRAP

Marcus Gover is Chief Executive of WRAP, a not-for-profit that works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably. He has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years, in the UK and abroad. During this time, he has held a wide range of roles including managing a water engineering company, running an outsourced waste management operation and setting up an office in China. Prior to joining WRAP, he was the Commercial Director of a start-up renewable energy company.