The Speakers

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will officially open
The Copenhagen Cultural Children’s Summit.

Karen Ellemann

Karen Ellemann is a Liberal Party member of the Danish Parliament and Minister for Social Affairs and the Interior since 2015. Karen is a qualified teacher and former journalist.

She has been a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party in Greater Copenhagen since 2007 when she became Spokeswoman for family policy, immigration and integration until 2009 when she became Minister of the Interior and Social Affairs. In 2010 she became Minister for the Environment and Minister for Nordic Cooperation. From 2011-2014 she was Spokeswoman for primary school and youth education where after she became Spokeswoman on social affairs until 2015.

Karen was a Member of the Social Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Immigration and Integration Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2009. Member of the Children's and Education Committee, the Social Affairs Committee, the Gender Equality Committee, the Immigration and Integration Affairs Committee and the delegation to the Nordic Council from 2011-2015. 

She was Chairwoman of the private foundation Elleslettegård,a member of the management committee of 'Fonden for Social Ansvar' [The Foundation for Social Responsibility], member of the management committee of 'Foreningen Østifterne', Chairwoman of The Norden Association and member of the board of 'Fonden Frie Børnehaver' [The Associatioin of Self-governing Kindergartens].

Lord Puttnam

Former award-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland delivering interactive seminars on film and other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

In 1998 he founded and chaired the National Teaching Awards until 2008, also serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002. From 2002 to 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK.

He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2006 - 2012) and The Sage Gateshead (2007- 2012), founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Chair of both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years. From 2006-2013 he was Chancellor of the Open University, following ten years as Chancellor of The University of Sunderland.

He is the Republic of Ireland's Digital Champion; President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of the TSL Advisory Board; Chair of the Academic Board, Pearson College; a UNICEF Ambassador, and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. He has also served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the Science Museum, the Thomson Foundation and a great number of other organisations.

In 2012 he was appointed the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In 2016 he was appointed as International Ambassador for WWF.

Jeremy Newton

After graduating in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, Jeremy Newton trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers + Lybrand (now part of PWC) then joined Eastern Arts Association as Deputy Director, becoming Director in 1984. He has since been the founding Chief Executive of the Arts Lottery Fund; the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA); and the Louise T Blouin Foundation. He then joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) as Managing Director, leaving in 2008 to become Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Jeremy is also a Fellow of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and has chaired the Boards of both English Touring Theatre, Youth Dance England and the National Association of Youth Theatres.

Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander is Fellow at Cambridge University, Emeritus Professor of Education at Warwick University and Honorary Professor of Education at York University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, and a Trustee of the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Educated at Cambridge, Durham, London and Manchester universities, he has worked in schools and universities in the UK and other countries and from 2006-10 directed the Cambridge Primary Review, the UK’s most comprehensive enquiry into the condition and future of primary education. He now chairs the Review’s successor, the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. He has researched and written extensively about policy, curriculum, pedagogy and comparative education, and his work has been honoured by awards from, among others, the American Educational Research Association, the British Educational Research Association and the National Union of Teachers.

Peter Vuust

Jazz musician, bassist and composer Peter Vuust, Professor, MSc., PhD is the Director of the Centre for Music in the Brain (MIB) and a Professor of Neuroscience, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University as well as Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark. His research is in the area of brainfunctions when listening and performing music. With his background as a musician and researcher Peter Vuust will talk about how the brain is influenced by music; how music affect a person physiologically, emotionally and linguistically; whether music can influence mentally challenged children and young people. Brain research and investigations point to music releasing a reaction within the brain’s reward system. Can music therefore be a motivational factor during the development of the child?

Paul Collard

Paul Collard leads the International Foundation for Creativity ‘Creativity, Culture and Education’ (CCE), responsible for devising and delivering major creative educational programmes for young people. Before founding CCE, Paul Collard had an extensive career in the arts. He was General Manager of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Deputy Director of the British Film Institute’s South Bank Complex, which included the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Film Theatre and the London Film Festival and has been director of major international arts festivals, including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, just outside New York.

Lene Tanggaard

Lene Tanggaard is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Communication and Psychology, University of Aalborg, Denmark, where she serves as Director of the QS-research group (30 members, VIP), advisor for several PhD.-students, Co-director of The International Centre for the Cultural Psychology of Creativity (ICCPC), and Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Studies, a network of more than 90 professors and researchers concerned with methodology and development of new research tools
She is Regional Editor of The International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education and co-editor of two other research journals (Qualitative Studies and Nordiske Udkast [Nordic Outlines]) and is a member of the editorial board at Nordic Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

Jens Ditlev Lauritzen

Jens Ditlev Lauritzen is Chairman of the Board of Lauritzen Fonden and has been since 2009. He has several years experience within shipping and management.  Member of the Board of FødevareBanken [The FoodBank] and member of the presidium of H. R. H. Crown Princess Mary’s foundation, Mary Fonden.

Lauritzen Fonden is a commercial foundation annually distributing DKK 20-30 mio. to projects focusing on supporting children and youth through cultural, educational and social efforts. The foundation is the parent company of J. Lauritzen A/S and DFDS A/S.

Colin McKerchar

Colin is acting Chief Executive of Sistema Scotland a charity on a mission to create permanent social change in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland.

Sistema use participation in their Big Noise orchestra programmes to change lives by fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children and young people taking part. This enables the children and young people to reach their full potential, leading successful and fulfilled lives. This philosophy has a knock on effect for their families and the wider community in general.

Colin has 10 years experience at senior management Level within the creative industries. His background covers Broadcast Journalism, Radio Production, Talent Management and Organisational development. He is a qualified Executive Coach and mentor with experience in providing developmental supported for individuals and teams from large Corporates, SME's and the Third Sector.