Helle Thorning-Schmidt – Keynote Speaker

Former Danish Prime Minister and Former CEO of Save the Children

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Specialist Subjects

  • Inclusive Leadership
  • The future of Denmark, Europe, EU
  • Women in Business and Politics
  • Trust in society; Trust in Governments; Trust in Leadership
  • Leadership
  • How has COVID changed the workplace?
  • Social Networks


  • English


Helle Thorning-Schmidt secured herself a place in the history books when she became the first woman to hold the post as Leader of the Danish Social Democrats and in 2011 as Prime Minister of Denmark. In her latest position as CEO of Save the Children International, she held an international leading position in an organisation with an annual turnover of more than DKK 10 billion and 17,000 employees in 100 countries.

As of the summer 2019, Helle Thorning-Schmidt plans to spend time on her board roles and advisory activities as well as the international think tanks she is part of. In 2020, Helle joined Facebook’s Oversight Board as Co-Chair. The board helps set policy for the social network.

She is known to be a courageous woman with a strong charisma and a forceful personality; maybe because her father told her that: ”Girls can do anything – also become the prime minister”, and during hard times, she reminded herself that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt is an incisive, honest and direct speaker.

Thorning-Schmidt has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. Born in Copenhagen, she is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.

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