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Despite promising developments, there are still many outdated preconceptions about the African business environment.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?
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.
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.
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.
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 - ChairmanLinkedin
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 ChairLinkedin
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 - MemberLinkedin
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 - MemberLinkedin
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 GeneralLinkedin
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?
- 2. Why is it interesting to unite the Danish Business Ecosystem and strengthen the ties between the Danish business community and the African?
- 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?