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Motivational keynotes 

Here you can find our inspirational speakers who all have been invited because of their professionalisme and dedication to their work which goes well with the topics chosen for this conference. Each of them will have a different touch to development within their field, where sustainability and responsibility according to UN Development Goals are in focus.



Vice President at Lonely Planet, London

Tom Hall is a Vice President at Lonely Planet and is a well-known and respected expert voice on travel and tourism. As well as guiding Lonely Planet's post-pandemic strategy Tom has spent the 18 months writing and speaking on how travel and tourism manages life after COVID. He is a long-time contributor to dozens of publications including Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel book, the new Low Carbon Europe title and the upcoming guide to Train Travel in Europe.


He also writes for The Guardian and many in-flight magazines and websites. Tom is a regular voice covering travel on CNN, BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 5 live and many other national and international broadcasters where he has given advice and context on issues affecting tourism from volcanic eruptions to economic crises.  Tom spoke at SXSW in 2019 on sustainable travel as part of Visit Denmark’s activity at the festival.

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CEO of Aalborg’s Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Knudsgaard is Chairman of the University College of Northern Denmark and CEO of Aalborg’s Chamber of Commerce. As CEO for the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Knudsgaard’s main focus is the development of Aalborg in relation to growth and employment and to create the best framework for starting, running and developing a business.


I addition to this Mr. Knudsgaard is the Director of the Green Hub Denmark office, focusing on the green transition to a more sustainable North Jutland, as well at being chairman of the board at DESMI A / S and a board member at DESMI Pumping Technology A / S and the Network for Sustainable Business Development NordDanmark.


Mr. Knudsgaard will address the importance of the need for a strong and sustainable restaurant and hotel industry in relation to business development in Aalborg and Northern Denmark as a rural area.

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Founder of Tings

In 2019 Thomas and Annette gathered their friends to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The venue was Tings Lisbon - their hotel and latest venture in the Tings-platform they kicked off in 2009 - after more than 20 years in the corporate world. The Tings-project has taken them to Nepal, Myanmar and now Portugal - AND gives them the 'space' to exploit their common as well as individual skills, interests and experiences. “It’s scary how easy it is to get excuses for not doing things. Our friends listed a lot of problems - which we didn’t consider problems - when we told them about our Tings Project.


But we had both achieved what we wanted professionally and personally. And we still wanted to create, develop and achieve things - just in different ways”,  Annette explains. “As the proverb says: If you really want to fly, harness your passion. “


Thomas put it in a different way "It's on the thin ice you find the Drama - and I was bored. Contrary to our friends’ belief we didn’t stop our careers - we continued, just in a different direction. We have survived the Financial Crises, Earthquake & Maoists in Kathmandu and soon the Covid Pandemic. It will be interesting to see what impact it will have on people's travel behavior”.  


Today Annette & Thomas can add Chaos Management to their CV.  

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CEO Aalborg Airport

Mr. Hemmingsen have been CEO of Aalborg Airport since 2020. Before this Mr. Hemmingsen had a long carrier within The Royal Danish Air Force, Scandinavian Airlines as Director for Passenger handling, Vice President for Cabin Operations and Vice President for production and finally COO for Boozt Fashion.

As a dynamic senior business executive with 10 years of experience as the driving force behind top-level organizational strategies for the airline industry combined with 9 years within the fashion industry, this leaves Mr. Hemmingsen with a strong background in logistic handling and services. Combined with his educational background within Management from Harvard and Copenhagen Business Schools, this defines Mr. Hemmingsen’s strong competences within building the organizational architectures needed to ensure seamless operations and performance across complex business environments.

Mr. Hemmingsen will address the importance of a strong and independent infrastructure in a rural area and the need for a strong cooperation with the local industry.

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Associate Professor and Academic Vice Dean

Dr. Henri Kuokkanen is an associate professor and an academic vice dean of Postgraduate programs at Institut Paul Bocuse, France, with expertise in the fields of corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethical consumption, and revenue management. He holds a PhD in CSR from Leeds Beckett University. His industry experience includes treasury and business control management in the global telecoms industry; he has also been a partner in a consulting company focused on transforming CSR into a strategic tool to create stakeholder benefits. His main field of research and publication focuses on the business potential CSR offers from a consumer perspective. He also takes interest in revenue management, with a focus on the potential the discipline can offer in tourism destinations through stakeholder cooperation.

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Vice-chancellor UCN

Peter Møller Pedersen is intermediate vice-chancellor of University College of Northern Denmark (UCN). He has worked as CEO of UCN since 2017 with the overall responsibility of the 37 different programmes at UCN on bachelor and AP degree level.

Peter holds a cand. mag. from Aalborg University (1991) and a Educational Research from Roskilde University (2004). Peter have previously worked as Head of Education at VIA University College and Head of Development and Research at CVU Midt-Vest. Peter has worked with education as a lecturer, researcher and leadership his entire career.

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Director Kunsten and Utzon Center Denmark

Director at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and Utzon Center in Denmark. Kunsten designed by famed Finish architect Alvar Aalto and Utzon Center designed by Jørn Utzon the architect of the iconic Sydney Opera House. My work life is therefore blessed by art and architecture.

Former Head of Urban Design Division at Department of Architecture and Media Technology at Aalborg University. Currently holding an external part time position as associate professor.

Co-Founder of the Utzon(x) project a joint venture between Aalborg University and The Utzon Center.

Co-founder of Art and Technology based entrepreneurship house Platform4 in Aalborg. Owner and partner in a range of architectural and design firms from 2000-2015 amongst others LasseVegas Kontoret Aps and Nulkommafem Aps.

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