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Climate Thursday: Policy and panel debate

Christian Ibsen, CEO of CONCITO, with a background in environmental economics and experience in the Danish Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Climate and Energy, will discuss Danish climate policy as part of a panel debate. Peter Møllgaard, Dean at the University of Southern Denmark, will present a lecture on Danish climate policy in another segment of the panel debate. His expertise lies in competition policy and regulation, particularly in energy markets. Henrik Wenzel, a professor at the University of Southern Denmark, will also participate in the panel debate, bringing his knowledge of environmental system analysis and optimization of infrastructure systems. Sebastian Mernild, a Professor in Climate Change and Glaciology at SDU, will join the panel debate as well, with a wealth of experience in climate research. Additional panel participants will be announced later.

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Friday 17 November 2023,  at 13:30 - 15:00



13.30 - 15.00

Christian Ibsen

Christian Ibsen is the CEO of CONCITO. He is MSc in Economics with a special focus on environmental economics. He worked for many in the Danish Ministry for the Environment and the Danish Ministry for Climate and Energy with a focus on the Danish and international climate agenda. 

In the years leading up to 2009, Christian Ibsen was responsible for coordinating Danish positions on the substantive elements of the climate agenda of COP15 in Copenhagen. In 2010-2014 just before joining CONCITO, Christian Ibsen was Director of Climate Planning in the Danish Municipality Fredensborg from 2010-2014. Part of his responsibilities included issues related to climate adaptation, urban development and the implementation of a joint climate and energy vision for the Greater Copenhagen area. 

Christian will give a lecture an Danish climate policy review I and participate in the panel debate.

Peter Møllgaard

Peter Møllgaard is Dean at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, the University of Southern Denmark and chair of the Danish Council of Climate Change.

He holds a MSc degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen as well as MSc and PhD degrees from the European University Institute in Florence. He has previously worked as professor, head of department and dean of research at Copenhagen Business School for 22 years. Before this he was assistant professor at the University of Aarhus, and he also has experience from the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economics and Business Affairs. He is a member of several international advisory committees and boards, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (The GRLI) and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). His research focuses on the application of industrial organization on competition policy and regulation, often to energy markets.

Peter will give a lecture on Danish climate policy review II and participate in the panel debate.

Henrik Wenzel

Henrik Wenzel is professor at the Center for Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Green Technology at University of Southern Denmark.

His research focuses on environmental system analysis and system design aiming at optimizing large infrastructure systems such as energy systems and waste management systems in a holistic perspective. He has studied a large variety of alternative fuels for future transport including both biofuels and so-called electrofuels made from CO2 and hydrogen and has worked in close collaboration with key partners in aviation and shipping. 

Henrik will participate in the panel debate.

Sebastian Mernild

Sebastian Mernild, Professor and Head of SDU Climate Cluster. 

Sebastian Mernild, Professor in Climate Change and Glaciology at SDU, PhD and Dr. Scient. Author on the IPCC AR6 and AR5 Working Group 1 Climate Report. He has worked in the US for seven years at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and three years as senior research scientist/research leader at Centro de Estudios Científicos in Chile. Further, he has worked in Norway as full professor in Climate Change and Glaciology and as Director of the Nansen Center in Bergen. 

Sebastian will participate in the panel debate. 

More participants in the panel debate will be added later.