october, 2016

sat22oct18:0023:45DCCC: Business Person of the Year 201618:00 - 23:45 Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road Pudong, Shanghai Event Organized By: Danish Chamber of Commerce in China Shanghai Country:ChinaCity:Shanghai


Event Details

Who’s Next?
Time to Nominate Your Candidates for
Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award laureate Carsten Boyer Thøgersen, Business Person of the Year 2015 George Kahwati and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Nikolaj Schnoor

(Photo by Nebojsa Markovic)

Dear Members and Friends!

Once again you have the great opportunity to nominate your candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year in China. The Selection Committee relies on your input to identify the right candidates – your help is crucial! You and the candidates don’t have to be members of the DCCC.

Please send your suggestions by replying to this e-mail (mail@dccc-shanghai.com) with names, e-mail addresses and a note stating if the nomination is for Business Person of the Year or Entrepreneur of the Year. The candidates will later be asked to submit a detailed profile themselves.

The winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

Business Person of the Year

  • A Candidate will have achieved significant results for his/her company and/or organization, representing continuity over a significant number of years (with attention being paid particularly to the last 3-5 years)
  • A Candidate – respected in the Danish and Chinese business communities – has contributed to the understanding between Denmark and China and as such has acted as an ambassador for Danes and the Danish business community in China
  • A Candidate going beyond their formal job duties to represent new ingenious ideas, which have – or will – benefit Danish ways of doing business.

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • A Danish or Chinese national, located in China or Denmark who has made a substantial mark with a new important contribution and impact to Denmark and/or China during the last year(s)
  • The Candidate should have endured personal risk to achieve success be it financial or otherwise
  • The Candidate should be able to demonstrate a certain unique idea, knowledge, talent, or business concept with identifiable Sino-Danish elements which should be sustainable and have potential for growth and/or scalability
  • The age of the Candidate is not decisive, but younger candidates and those who have reached early achievement should be favored
  • The Candidate could be a business person, creative person, scholar or an artist.

Please note that the present sitting members of the selection committee and the members of the three DCCC Boards are excluded from nomination. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Anneli Vilu at mail@dccc-shanghai.com.

The winners will be celebrated at the gala party on Saturday, October 22nd 2016 in Shanghai at Kempinski Hotel. We are flying in the great Danish media celebrities – Monte Carlo hosts Esben Bjerre Hansen and Peter Falktoft – to conduct the evening and entertain our guests.

Business Person of the Year

2015 – George Kahwati – ECCO Business Management (Shanghai) Co. Ltd
2014 – Jens Eskelund – Maersk China
2013 – Peter N. Rasmussen – Asia Base
2012 – Steffen Schiottz-Christensen – NTS Logistics Management/A.P. Moller Group
2011 – John F. Christensen – Prime Cargo/Wagas
2010 – Hans Michael Jebsen – Jebsen & Co.
2009 – Morten Bay Jensen – Ecco
2008 – Zhen Jian Guo – Former Chinese Ambassador to Denmark
2007 – Allan Warburg – Bestseller China

Entrepreneur of the Year

2015 – Nikolaj Schnoor – LINDBERG Asia
2014 – Kasper Leschly – D:Fuse
2013 – Jens Purup – Access People
2012 – Casper Tollerud – Genuine China Tours
2011 – Simon Lichtenberg – Trayton Group
2010 – Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen – China Soft
2009 – Anne Charlotte Lembye – Lukou

Lifetime Achievement Award

2015 – Carsten Boyer Thøgersen 

The History Behind the Awards

Many people show outstanding performances in the development of Danish business in China. These achievements often go relatively unnoticed over several years by the general community and are typically performed by very dedicated, but also very modest individuals.

In 2007, the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on behalf of the Danish Chambers in China therefore instituted the “Business Person of the Year” award to celebrate these individuals with deserved attention. It was followed by a second award “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009.

Every year, a nomination process will lead to a selection of the winners of the the two awards and they will be announced and celebrated at the awards ceremony.

At the award ceremony, the winners receive the “Vilhelm Award Statuette”. The statuette is named “Vilhelm” after the famous and industrious Danish entrepreneur Vilhelm Meyer who lived and worked in Shanghai from 1900 to 1935. The statuette is designed by the famous Danish designer Carsten Jorgensen and it represents the Nightingale from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.

Venue Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai
Address 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Starts Sat Oct 22 2016, 6:00pm ACT
Ends Sat Oct 22 2016, 11:45pm ACT


(Saturday) 18:00 - 23:45


Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

1288 Lujiazui Ring Road Pudong, Shanghai


Danish Chamber of Commerce in China ShanghaiTian An Center 338 Nanjing Road West, 4th Floor Shanghai 200003 P.R.C.