A national of Denmark, Ms. Susanne Pedersen has 25+ years of professional experience from both international organizations, an innovation community, industry associations, consulting engineering firms. She has also held board positions and international honorary posts in Korea, Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark within sustainability, climate and innovation. She has senior-level managerial experience having worked internationally as an Executive Director, board member, senior manager, and strategic advisor with P&L responsibility. Furthermore, Susanne has experience with internationalization and acquisition of companies, including having set-up international daughter companies, established new functional and service areas, and managed large-scale teams and projects.
Prior to joining UDP, Susanne worked as Assistant Director-General and Head of the Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD) & Member of the Executive Team at the Global Green Growth Institute – a treaty based intergovernmental organization based in Korea with 38 Member States. Her responsibilities included the establishment of partnerships, outreach, strategic planning, resource mobilization as well as managing the work of GGGI’s Thematic sector teams & Green Investment Services. Under her leadership, a Climate Action & Inclusive Development unit was set up in GGGI to devise policy solutions addressing the global challenges of inequality, inclusive growth, and equal opportunity as well as advising countries on drafting their NDCs, LEDs and other obligations under the Paris Agreement.
For 5 years, Susanne served as the Managing Director of Climate-KIC Nordic Aps, where she was responsible for building up the Nordic Region under the Climate-Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) which is Europe’s largest public-private partnership on climate innovation toward a low-carbon future. She was also a member of the Executive Board Committee of Climate-KIC Europe responsible for managing the company’s affairs across 24 country offices. The Nordic Region in Climate-KIC underwent a major ramp-up phase going from no staff to 38 staff members and from no turnover to 6 MEURO very quickly and Susanne built a partnership centered around cities across 5 countries with universities, companies, and NGOs as paying partners. Amongst the achievements, the Nordic office pioneered the design & implementation of open-innovation business models across Climate-KIC in Europe and we also became the engagement partner for the mega-city network, C40 on their Reinventing the Cities competition soliciting 180 innovative city solutions from 16 global mega cities.
In addition, Susanne has worked for 20+ years as a director of international daughter companies, departments, and programmes in the consulting engineering sector as well as for the European Commission and the European Chambers of Commerce in Brussels. She has managed multi-disciplinary, large-scale, dispersed teams withinclimate, energy, and environment mostly in Europe & emerging economies. As a consultant, Susanne has provided high-level advisory services to governments, regions, and municipalities as well as to international organizations and philanthropies.