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Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman (since 2012)

Nationality: Danish
Year of birth: 1952
Appointed (until): 2005 (2019)

Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2012 and Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Board of Directors of the Carlsberg Foundation (Chairman as of 1 January 2012) and property companies affiliated to the Carlsberg Foundation, and member of the Board of Directors of Unisense Holding 2 A/S and three of its subsidiaries.

Chairman of the Board of Carlsberg Laboratory, the Tuborg Foundation, Aarhus Vand A/S and UNLEASH, Vice Chairman of Innovation Fund Denmark and member of the Board of the Danish Management Development Organisation CfL Center for ledelse. He was the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, from 2002 to 2012. He has extensive experience of managing large knowledge-based organisations and has strong competences relating to innovation, research, CSR and sustainable development. He is the executive manager of Besenbacher Consulting ApS.

Flemming Besenbacher is Professor Honoris Causa at 10 international universities and has received many international awards, including the Friendship Award and the Highest International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China. Most recently appointed as Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which advises the Chinese government on major scientific decisions.