Press release: Healthcare DENMARK welcomes Jakob Skaarup Nielsen as new CEO

Jakob Skaarup Nielsen will take over as CEO of Healthcare DENMARK on March 1.

Denmark is internationally known for having a healthcare system that focuses on digitization and innovation. At the same time, Danish life science and healthcare companies are known for delivering high-quality solutions. In addition to the focus on digitization, the promotion of Danish healthcare strongholds and international cooperation will now be further strengthened with Jakob Skaarup Nielsen as the new CEO of Healthcare DENMARK.

Since 2018, Jakob Skaarup Nielsen has had a position as Consul General at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago. He also has broad international experience from leadership positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from Danish representations in the US, China, Japan, Singapore, and the EU in Brussels.

With Jakob Skaarup Nielsen leading the way, Healthcare DENMARK will have a CEO with extensive international experience who, in the implementation of a new strategy, will, among other things, contribute to strengthening international cooperation with the aim of promoting and increasing awareness of innovative Danish solutions in the life science and healthcare area.

Jakob Skaarup Nielsen states:

I am very much looking forward to starting my new job as CEO of Healthcare DENMARK. I look forward to being part of an exciting organization that has created good results, and which has great ambitions for the branding of Danish life science and healthcare solutions. Denmark is already internationally known for having an innovative healthcare system, where new solutions are constantly being developed and implemented with the patient at the center. I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen international cooperation through increased digitization of Healthcare DENMARK's value proposition and an even closer collaboration with relevant partners in order to increase awareness of innovative Danish healthcare solutions.

International decision-makers show great interest in the development of the Danish healthcare system and in the Danish strongholds within healthcare and life science. The interest can be seen, among other things, through an increasing demand for Danish solutions. The public-private partnership Healthcare DENMARK aims to promote innovative Danish solutions and coordinate delegation visits for international decision-makers and the press, who visit Denmark to see the solutions in practice. This stimulates demand, increases the competitiveness of the corporate sector, and paves the way for new export agreements for Danish companies.

Jakob Skaarup Nielsen begins as CEO on March 1, 2021, and can then be contacted on tel. +45 31 61 91 62 and e-mail address


For more information, please contact:

Jørgen Falkebo Jensen, Chairman of the board, Healthcare DENMARK
Tel.: + 45 40 13 13 22


Jakob Skaarup Nielsen’s CV

2021              Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare DENMARK

2018-2021    Consul General, Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago, USA

2016-2018    Chief Advisor, Department for Strategy, Policy & Quality, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

2012-2016    Head of EU Corporate Public Affairs, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union

2010-2012    Head of Section, Department for Stabilization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

2007-2010    Regional Director Asia, Invest in Denmark, Embassy of Denmark in Tokyo, Japan

2004-2007    Consul & Trade Commissioner, Consulate and Trade Commission of Denmark in Chongqing, China

2000-2004    Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Denmark in Singapore