Speakers

At the Political Festival of Europe, we will set up debates, hearings and speeches with influential politicians and business people. Therefore, we are closely together with MEPs, commissioners and other political figures of Europe. 

The list below contains confirmed speakers, and will be updated continuously as more people sign up. Confirmed speakers will be given a timeslot to speak to the citizens and they will have the possibility to participate in debates alongside other guests as well as hearings with citizens.    

Please note that participants marked with a * are participating virtually.

Representatives of the European Commission

Margrethe Vestager
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Margrethe Vestager*
Executive Vice-President of the European Commission and Chair on “A Europe Fit for the Digital Age”
Denmark

Virginijus Sinkevińćius

Virginijus Sinkevińćius*
European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Lithuania

Elisa Ferreira*
European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
Portugal

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Janusz Wojciechowski*
European Commissioner for Agriculture
Poland

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Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen
Director-General of the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Commission
Denmark

Members of European Parliament

Rasmus Andresen
MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Germany

Pernille Weiss
MEP, Group of the European People’s Party
Denmark

Francisco Guerreiro
MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Portugal

Niels Fuglsang
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Denmark

Mohammed Chahim
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Netherlands

Marianne Vind
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Denmark

Morten L√łkkegaard
MEP, Renew Europe Group
Denmark

Karen Melchior
MEP, Renew Europe Group
Denmark

Christel Schaldemose
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Denmark

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Heléne Fritzon
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Sweden

Margrete Auken
MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Denmark

Marc Angel
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Luxembourg

Jon√°s Fern√°ndez
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Spain

Peter Kofod

Peter Kofod
MEP, Group of Identity and Democracy
Denmark

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Morten Helveg Petersen
MEP, Renew Europe Group
Denmark

Ilhan

Ilhan Kyuchyuk
MEP, RENEW Europe Group & ALDE Party Co-President
Bulgaria

Asger Christensen
MEP, Renew Europe Group
Denmark

Ministers

Flemming M√łller Mortensen
Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation
Denmark

Rasmus Prehn

Rasmus Prehn
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Denmark

Jeppe Kofod
Minister of Foreign Affairs 
Denmark

Gatis Eglńętis¬†
Minister for Welfare 
Latvia

Sundhedsminister Magnus Heunicke (S)

Magnus Heunicke*
Minister for Health
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 09.43.19

Ivan BartoŇ°
Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development
The Czech Republic

Skærmbillede 2022-07-29 kl. 09.16.18

Emilija RedŇĺepi
Third Deputy Prime Minister for Minority Issues and Human Rights
Republic of Kosovo

Ambassadors & Consuls

Mykhailo Vydoinyk

Mykhailo Vydoinyk
Ambassador of Ukraine to Denmark

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Alexandru GrńÉdinar
Ambassador of Romania to Denmark

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Pascal Hector
Ambassador of Germany to Denmark

Elida

Elida Petoshati
Ambassador of Albania to Denmark

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Asser Mortensen
Consul of Moldova to Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.37.25

Emir Poljo
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-06-30 kl. 09.34.34

Radek Pech
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-06 kl. 09.37.54

Antoni FaŇākowski
Ambassador of Poland to Denmark

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Michiel Maertens
Ambassador of Belgium to Denmark

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Christophe Parisot
Ambassador of France to Denmark

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Katherine Dark
First Secretary Political
British Embassy to Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 12.02.58

Nata Menabde
Ambassador of Georgia to Denmark

Politicians

Timmy

Timmy Dooley
Senator & ALDE Party Co-President
Ireland

Henrik

Henrik Bach Mortensen
Co-Founder of CEPOS & ALDE Party Vice-President
Denmark

D√°niel Berg

Daniel Berg
Deputy Mayor, Budapest II &
ALDE Party Vice-President
Hungary

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.18.31

Jan Kristoffersen
Lead Candidate for the European Parliament, National Politician and Political Advisor 
Alternativet | The Alternative
Denmark

Kim Valentin

Kim Valentin
National Politician
Venstre | Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

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Susanne Zimmer
National Politician
Fri Gr√łnne | The Independent Greens
Denmark

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Jens Peter Hansen
National Politician & President of the Danish Cyclist’s Federation
Venstre |¬†Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

Maja Torp

Maja Torp
National Politician
Venstre | Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

Marie Bjerre

Marie Bjerre
National Politician
Venstre | Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

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Luigi Zotta
National Politician & Activist
Partito Democratico | The Democratic Party
Italy

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Kathrine Richter
Co-President & National Politician
Volt Danmark
Denmark

Michael Aastrup Jensen

Michael Aastrup Jensen
National Politician
Venstre | Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

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Mogens Jespersen
Mayor in Mariagerfjord Kommune
Denmark

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Jakob Axel Nielsen
National Politician
Det Konservative Folkeparti | Conservative People’s Party
Denmark

Isabella

Isabella Arendt
National Politician
Det Konservative Folkeparti | Conservative People’s Party
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-06 kl. 09.46.06

Anne Honor√© √ėstergaard
National Politician
Venstre |¬†Denmark’s Liberal Party
Denmark

Jens-Henrik Kirk

Jens-Henrik Kirk
National Politician
Det Konservative Folkeparti | Conservative People’s Party
Denmark

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Charlotte Amdi Burgess
National Politician & President of the International Committee
Radikale Venstre |¬†Denmark’s Social-Liberal Party
Denmark

Anke

Anke Spoorendonk
National Politician & Representative of The European Free Alliance
Sydslesvigsk V√¶lgerforening | The South Schleswigian Voter’s Association
Germany

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Kristijonas Bartosevicius
National Politician 
Homeland Union –¬†Lithuanian Christian Democrats¬†
Lithuania

Anne Sophie Callesen

Anne Sophie Callesen
National Politician 
Radikale Venstre |¬†Denmark’s Social-Liberal Party
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 09.03.32

Noah Reinert Sturis
National Politician & IT-Spokesperson
Alternativet | The Alternative
Denmark

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Christian Friis Bach
Founder of Warfair & National Politician
Radikale Venstre |¬†Denmark’s Social-Liberal Party
Denmark

Business, NGO & Institution Representatives

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Vibe Klarup
Chair
Folkem√łdet
Denmark

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Camilla Laudrup
Director
Folkem√łdet 
Denmark

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Françeska Muço
Secretary General
Young Professionals Network
Albania

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Aurora Popova
Senior Officer for Development Assistance – Energy Sector
Office of the Prime Minister
Kosovo

Thor Gunnar Kofoed

Thor Gunnar Kofoed
Vice Chair
Landbrug & F√łdevarer
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.39.43

Esben Sverdrup-Jensen
President
European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO)

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.35.49

Pernilla Rydén
Director of the Challenges Forum International Secretariat
Sweden

Jakob

Jacob Kaarsbo
Senior Analyst
Think Tank EUROPA
Denmark

Mads (2)

Mads Flarup Christensen
Executive Director
Greenpeace Nordic
Denmark

Bente (2)

Bente Sorgenfrey
Vice Chair
Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation
Denmark

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S√łren Rasmussen
Board Member
Eurowind
Denmark

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Rémy Bonny
Executive Director
Forbidden Colours
Belgium

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.32.08

Inge Hansen
Director of Corporate Affairs
TDC NET
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-06-17 kl. 09.46.14

Per Husted Nielsen
CEO
PH Information ApS 
Denmark

Gabriel MVOGO

Gabriel Mvogo
President
Youth Organization for the European and African Union 
France

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Halldor Halldorsson
Head of Branding and Relations
Danish Export
Denmark

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Mads Bunch Larsen
Board Member & Speaker
Atomkraft? Ja Tak
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-06 kl. 10.16.15

Christian R. Spohr
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Eagle Shark A/S
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-07 kl. 09.23.52

Elias Hadjikoumis
Member of IISS 
Senior Research Associate to ISF
Cyprus

Skærmbillede 2022-07-14 kl. 09.25.46

Federico Terreni 
Policy and Advocacy Manager
European Movement International
Italy

Skærmbillede 2022-07-14 kl. 09.43.36

Troels Lindgård 
Partner and Principal Consultant
1DigitalTrust
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-14 kl. 09.49.29

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen 
Head of Policy and Documentation at Amnesty International Denmark | Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Warwick
Denmark

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Philip Sviatchenko 
Strategic Management Advisor & Speaker 
Denmark

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Dorthe Petersen 
CEO
PlanB√łrnefonden
Denmark

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Claus Rehfeld
CEO & Senior Partner
Nordic Healthcare Group
Denmark

Kjetil

Kjetil Kjernsmo
Technology Regulation Expert 
Senior Advisor 
Norad 
Norway

Zoe

Zoe Elkær Nicot
Co-founder of the European Debate Initiative
Denmark

Mircea

Mircea Serdin
Party Community Manager
ALDE
Romania

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Mogens Blicher Bjerregård
Former President for the European Federation of Journalists & International Advisor for Danish Union of Journalists 
Denmark

Rami

Rami Ismail
Postgraduate Program Lead
Danfoss A/S
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 12.32.13

Niels Martin Sunesen
President of North Jutland’s¬†European Movement Division, and Consultant at Green Power Denmark
Denmark

Ann

Ann Nedergaard Frederiksen
Tilbudsleder
Udvikling og kommunalt samarbejde
Region Nordjylland
Denmark

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Hans Jayatissa
CTO & Digitalisation Officer
KMD
Denmark

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Jacob Blasius
International Officer
Danske Studerendes Fællesråd | National Union of Students in Denmark
Denmark

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Lasse Rich Henningsen
CEO
Musikkens Hus
Denmark

Lise

Lise Fuhr
Director General
European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association
Denmark

Sasa

SaŇ°a Kecman
Political Advisor
Ministry of Security
Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Daniela Vancic
European Programme Manager
Democracy International
ECI Ambassador

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Richard Morris
Board Member
European Movement International
United Kingdom

Hass

Lone Hass
Chairperson at Northern Industries A/S & Board Member at Board Women Denmark
Denmark

Bedalli

Eranda Bedalli
Expert of Tradition and Cultural Projects
Ministry of Culture
Albania

Doris

Doris Pasha
Expert of International Relations
Ministry of Culture
Albania

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Anders Kofod-Petersen
Scientist & AI Consultant
Denmark

European Free Alliance
EU

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Patrizia Heidegger
Deputy Secretary-General at the European Environmental Bureau & Board Member of the European Movement International
Germany

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Gabrielle Holly
Senior Adviser
The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Australia

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Benjamin Rud Elberth
Author & CEO
Elberth Kommunikation
Denmark

Daniel Faraci
CEO & Expert on EU/US Relations
Grassroots P.C. LLC
The United States

Susanne

Susanne Andersen
Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility
ARLA Foods Amba
Denmark

Narcis

Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor
Last Week in Denmark
Romania

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 09.35.19

Kristina Fl√łche Juelsgaard
Director of Market Development
Ballard Power Systems Europe
Romania

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 09.57.40

Eik Dahl Bidstrup
President
Krifa
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.11.35

Katrine Evelyn Jensen
Federation Chairman for Social Democratic Youth of Denmark (DSU)
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.20.20

Maksym Skrypchenko
President
Transatlantic Dialogue Center
Ukraine

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 09.23.29
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Viktória Radványi
President
Budapest Pride
Hungary

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 09.32.33

Andreas Nagy
European Migration Liaison Officer to the Western Balkans
Austria

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 09.40.41

Mick Scholtka 
Vice President of Academic Affairs
National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF)

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.31.26

Johannes Nordentoft 
Consultant in International Development
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.33.16

Tonny Jacobsen 
Priest and Vice President for the Danish Council of Churches 
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.43.01

Mikael Wandt Laursen
Secretary General at the Danish Network of Free Churches
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.44.45

Peter Ditlev N√łdbak¬†
CTO and Co-Founder
ioTrace Aps

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.51.55

Constantin Dedu
President
Imago Mundi Association

Romania

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.08.48

Helle Borup Friberg
CEO
Organic Denmark | √ėkologisk Landsforening

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.13.57

Ole Nors Nielsen
Vice-President
3F Aalborg

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.24.38

Thomas Krebs 
Engineer and Senior Adviser to the board of the AIRC International
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.30.39

Nima Sophia Tisdall  
Founder
Blue Lobster
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.34.06

Olga Aivazovska
Head of the Board of the Civil Network OPORA NGO
Ukraine

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.39.53

Michael Andersen
Leadership Philosopher | Data Hostage Negotiator |   
Advisor in Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.44.44

Lisbeth Pilegaard
Executive Director
Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD)
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 11.50.54

Mikael Ekman
Director of Policy and Strategy
Microsoft Denmark & Iceland
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-19 kl. 09.16.33

J√łrgen Madsen
Head of Energy Policy
√ėrsted

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-19 kl. 09.20.48

Marie Busck
CSR- and Sustainability Manager
Dansk Mode & Textil

Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-23 kl. 11.42.57

Nayla Glaise
President
Eurocadres
Belgium

Skærmbillede 2022-08-23 kl. 11.46.14

Nina Hedegaard
Chief Consultant
Akademikerne
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-23 kl. 11.47.39

Lisbeth Lintz
Chair
Akademikerne
Denmark

Danske Rederier 
Maria Bruun Skipper

Maria Skipper Schwenn
Executive Director, Climate, Environment & Security
Danish Shipping
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-24 kl. 17.09.41

Charlotte Green
Chief Physician and¬†Parliamentary Candidate for The Conservative People’s Party
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-24 kl. 17.13.28

Jens A. Christiansen
Secretary General for Sydslesvigsk Forening (SSF)
Denmark

Researchers

J√łrn S√łnderholm

J√łrn S√łnderholm
Professor at the Department of Culture and Learning
AAU
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-07 kl. 09.36.45

Anders Henten
Professor at the Department of Electronic Systems, and the Technical Faculty of IT and Design
AAU CPH
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-07-07 kl. 09.33.00

S√łren Dosenrode¬†
Jean Monnet Professor
AAU
Denmark

Karen Nielsen Breidahl

Karen Nielsen Breidahl
Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

Malayna Forsker

Malayna Raftopoulos
Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

Jens Myrup Pedersen

Jens Myrup Pedersen
Professor in Cyber Security
AAU
Denmark

Dominik Schraff

Dominik Schraff
Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

Anders forsker

Anders Horsb√łl
Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Psychology
AAU
Denmark

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√ďscar Garc√≠a Agust√≠n
Professor at the Department of Culture and Learning
AAU
Denmark

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Thessa Jensen
Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Psychology
AAU
Denmark

Lise forsker

Lise Rolandsen Agustín
Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

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Tamirace Fakhoury
Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 09.14.20

Rune Hartmann
Professor of Innate Immunology at the Department of Molecular Biology
AU
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-11 kl. 10.08.15

Thomas Bredgaard
Professor at the Department of Politics and Society
AAU
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.23.20

Lisbet Christoffersen
Professor of Law and Religion at Roskilde University and pH.d of constitutional law
Denmark

Skærmbillede 2022-08-18 kl. 10.37.31

Uffe √ėstergaard
Jean Monnet Professor in European Civilisation and Integration and Professor of European and Danish History 
AU and CBS
Denmark

Artists & Singers

Emmelie De Forest

Emmelie De Forest
Singer and Songwriter
Winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Denmark

Activists

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Natalie Lanzalaco
Activist & Student Politician
Norwich University of the Arts Students’ Union
United Kingdom

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Krenar Shala
Activist 
Kosovo CSR Network
Kosovo

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Bernarda Radoncic
Activist, Member & Chairman of Levizja VETEVENDOSJE Denmark
Denmark

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Benjamin Haxha
Activist, Member & Board Member of Levizja VETEVENDOSJE Denmark
Denmark

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Ilias Siddiqui
Activist, International Coordinator at World Youth Bank
Bolivia