About Daba

We want to reframe the narrative when it comes to doing business in Africa.

The Danish-African Business Association (DABA) was founded in 2020 by 5 prominent members of the Danish business community - all experienced in conducting business on the African continent. We see Africa as a place with untapped and unrivalled economic potential; a growing population, increasingly tech-literate societies, a burgeoning middle class and a vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit all contribute to why over the next decade, Africa will play a much larger role on the international stage.

Despite promising developments, there are still many outdated preconceptions about the African business environment. Our mission at DABA is to change these preconceptions by serving as a bridge between Danish and African business communities, as well as promoting business opportunities on the continent. Through facilitation, information, advisory and advocacy work, we aim to increase trade between Denmark and Africa in a more secure and efficient manner, and in a way that all parties can mutually benefit.

Are you interested in learning more about the first Danish-African business association?

Bridging Business

One Voice

Join a strong and unified community for advocating supportive policies from Danish, *European and African decision-makers. Coordinate your interests with other like-minded Danish voices and be heard internationally.

One Platform

We build a platform packed with practical tools for your daily use. We facilitate networking and provide a knowledge base for the sharing of expert insights, news, experiences, and know-how. Our database of Danish and African businesses allow you to see, and be seen by prospective partners.

One Calendar

Our events are fine-tuned for your needs. Including the Africa Day Summit, Business Seminars, Round Tables, open and closed events and activities with visits from African experts and top-tier Danish-African business leaders.

One Guide

We provide bespoke guidance to all our members in the form of know-how and know-who, supporting them to do better business in Africa.


The Danish-African Business Association Board

Brian Baptista - Chairman

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Brian has 20 years of leadership experience within education (LEGO Education), consultancy (Danaher and Danish Management Group), ICT (Metrocomia), and healthcare (Radiometer Medical). Brian is a specialist in forming international commercial partnerships with private and public institutions all over Africa.

Fie Hansen-Hoeck - Vice Chair

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Food Industry & FOOD TECH business advisor and strategist. Experienced leader with broad knowledge of private and public sector in corporate jobs as well as hands-on start-ups, organisations, institutions and markets under constant change. Been dealing with sourcing and business development on the African continent.

Bolette Christensen - Member

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Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in Business Federation and Non-Profit organization. Skilled in Strategy, Change Management, Leadership, Innovation and Public Affairs. Bolette has professional experience working in Europe and Africa.

Michael Mathiesen - Member

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Experienced Board Member, investor/VC and entrepreneur with more than 400 international, hands on, investments, strategic trade sales and IPO´s. Has worked in Scandinavia, UK, US, Russia, China and Africa. Now mainly focused on building an investment bridge between the Nordics and East- and West Africa.

Bo Koch-Christensen - Secretary General

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Bo holds a strong mix of experience within Venture Investments and Global Business Development. He is currently working with Nordic-African growth companies, entrepreneurs and impact investors.Previously he has been working for Novo Nordisk, ABB, FUHU/UM and TechBBQ.

We asked our board a few questions to understand what motivates them with the Access Africa Project

1.What perspectives and potential do you see in Africa - for Denmark and Danish companies?
Brian Baptista

Africa is still seen as the lost continent by many Danish companies. Their pipelines are typically not filled with sales leads from Africa. Some companies feel that they have “been there and done that” and failed.

However, the Africa of today is a lot different than just 10 years ago. The internet has changed the outlook for many Africans and it has transformed the overall work related skill base and built a larger middle class that is currently driving development.

The purchasing power of this generation is higher than ever and their demands for Danish knowhow, solutions and products is ever increasing. Like in any kind of business, the early bird tends to get the worm.

Fie Hansen-Hoeck

Africa has a booming market which new companies around the world are tapping into every day. Denmark has a lot of opportunities and an unfulfilled export potential for a huge addressable market of growing middle-class consumers demanding products from the food industry.

If we don’t get into the market now we will regret having missed a golden opportunity.

2. Why is it interesting to unite the Danish Business Ecosystem and strengthen the ties between the Danish business community and the African?
Brian Baptista

There is no real obvious place to go to in terms of business in Africa for Danish companies. The multiple organisations and companies working with Africa have different skill-sets and work in multiple different ways.

This makes it difficult to have an overview of knowledge and contacts in Africa. Danish and African companies should have an obvious and independent place to direct them to the right persons and organisations.

Finding the right person is critical and if this does not happen, either the business will never start or it will be unsustainable. Uniting the Danish Business Ecosystem with a champion in form of Access Africa will streamline this process.

Fie Hansen-Hoeck

By connecting African and Danish business communities we bridge to exchange of needed insights, knowledge and relevant networking to build partnerships, save time and prevent expensive failures in future business.

3. How can Danish businesses benefit from better knowledge sharing (know-how) and networking (know-who) when it comes to doing business on the African continent?
Brian Baptista

Like everywhere else in the World, business is conducted between two parties. Finding the right contact is critical on both sides. By sharing experiences with others in a network, it is faster and simpler to find the right contact to work with.

The learning curb for working in Africa can be steep and any learning, experience or contacts will enable companies to minimize the most common problems. Often, the most difficult part of business is getting started. Sharing knowledge with others will get companies faster on the right track.

Fie Hansen-Hoeck

Doing business in Africa is done by the few and yet too complicated for the many. There is a need for a formalized platform offering Danish companies across industries a shortcut to (benefit from) best practice know-how and important know who’s.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about what Access Africa can provide you or your business please reach out using the contact form.

Or email us at:

hello@access-africa.co