About Town: Mutual interests down under

The newly-established Danish-Australian Business Network (DABN) held its inaugural event on October 2 at EY, where 70 participants enjoyed welcome drinks, networking, a light buffet and an introduction to the network from its co-founder Lauren Morrissey, an Australian who works for EY in transaction advisory services and was earlier this year featured on the Weekly Post’s Workplace page (see cphpost.dk).

She was followed by Australian ambassador Damien Miller, who gave a presentation on economic diplomacy in Denmark, and Lars Sandahl Sørensen, the group director and COO of SAS who spoke about his role at SAS and his Australian business experience. Pictured right are (left-right) Morrissey, Sørensen and Miller. The other co-founder of DABN is Rebecca Marshall, the second officer at the Australian Embassy.



Indian ambassador Niraj Srivastava is bidding farewell to these shores, and on October 8 a great many members of the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries gathered at his residence in Hellerup to wish him well in the future.

Among those present were Russian ambassador Mikhail Vanin (top), who presented the ambassador with a Matryoshka doll, and actress Vivienne McKee (right), who took on the role of mistress of ceremonies. Also in attendance were (below: left-right) Belgian ambassador Pol De Witte, Srivastava and his wife, Moroccan ambassador Raja Ghannam and Turkish ambassador Mehmet Donmez and his wife.


Lily Li-Wen Hsu (left), the head of the Taipei Representative Office in Denmark, hosted a reception to celebrate her country’s national day on October 7 at Børsen, the old stock exchange building, with speeches and a stunning spread of food (right). Among those present were (below) former ministers Svend Erik Hovmand, who is now the chairman of Dansk-Taiwanesisk Selskab, and Søren Gade.

Norwegian ambassador Ingvard Havnen and his wife were among those in attendance at the premiere of ‘Playing Cards: Hearts’ at Østre Gasværk Teater on October 14. Directed by Robert Lepage, its run ended on October 19.

The new Swiss ambassador is Benedikt Wechsler. Bienvenue, willkommen, benvenuti and allegra! On October 16, he presented himself to the queen after travelling to Amalienborg on a Swiss vintage army bike.

Professor Danny Shechtman, an Israeli Nobel Laureate, delivered a lecture on quasi-periodic crystals at the Royal Academy of Science on September 16. Shechtman has been tipped to be a future president of Israel.

All photos (c) Hasse Ferrold