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Oslo, Norway

Featuring in Norwegian Innovation Magazine is an exclusive interview with Louise Kjaer and the work of KJAER ADVICE in brokering innovative partnerships that maximize business potential while yielding better social solutions.

Invited as a member of the Open Innovation Advisory Board Louise will be offering an executive workshop for Norwegian business leaders in early 2018.

Read full interview here: 


Copenhagen, Denmark

Outthinking migration challenges

Tech-giant IBM and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) are discussing innovative solutions to better forecast and respond to the global phenomena of mixed migration.

Brought together as the result of a KJAER ADVICE ideation process, the two partners have over the past 6 months been discussing how to blend their respective competencies and co-create forecasting models that can predict future mixed migration flows and the drivers of the same: The purpose is to be able to prepare better and preventive measures.

The partnership is building upon IBM’s position as world-leaders within predictive analytics and machine learning, i.e. making sense of multiple data sources ranging such diverse data sets as weather forecasts, news, social media or country specific statistics on a scale that would normally be out of reach of human analysts.

DRC’s presence on the ground in 40 refugee producing countries across the world provides first-hand data about drivers and consequences of migration.

A design-thinking workshop took place on August 9th at IBM’s premises to explore potential longer-term collaboration models.

Washington, D.C.

Louise Kjaer invited as Strategic Partnership Advisor to the Urban Institute, Washington D.C

While there are high levels of private sector interest in providing solutions to the over 50 million refugees, low levels of actual involvement are the reality due to regulatory, economic and logistical reasons.

The Urban Institute has been commissioned by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to conduct research into a number of cases of business-humanitarian partnerships, currently unfolding in Africa, Asia and the MENA region, with the aim to respond to the following: Under what circumstances should companies participate in collaborations benefiting refugees? Should business development, technical, or CSR professionals within companies lead such arrangements? What is the medium to short term value proposition for companies to engage with humanitarian partners?

To assist in answering these questions Louise Kjaer has been invited to provide her expertise as Strategic Partnership Advisor.

During fall 2017, the Urban Institute will host a convening in Washington D.C. of business leaders, multilateral agency officials, bilateral donors and thought leaders to reflect on the landscape of such partnerships. The expected outcomes will be to offer concrete recommendations to UNHCR and host government on ways to better harness the private sector’s financial and human/innovation resources, and to support private sector partners’ quest to become more effective collaborators for benefiting refugees.

The Urban Institute is a Washington D.C. based research institution working on social and economic policy topics, including aspects of the global refugee crisis. Read more about the project here: Harnessing the Power of Businesses in Responding to Refugee Crises: A Blueprint for Improved Humanitarian Private Sector Collaboration.

New York, US

Louise Kjaer presented her work as strategic partnership advisor to the Danish Refugee Council at this year’s Shared Value Leadership Summit 2017 in New York. Louise spoke on building a new strategic approach whereby the Danish Refugee Council will engage with businesses of different sectors to enhance job opportunities and foster local economic activities in refugee producing regions. The case of sustainable water provision in the world’s largest refugee camp in Uganda – unfolding in a partnership with the Danish water pump producer Grundfos – was highlighted and caused great attention in a Lab Session jointly delivered with our partner in Norway, Stine Bratsberg.

The Shared Value Leadership Summit 2017 gathered more than 400 international business leaders in New York eagerly engaged in turning the world’s complex challenges into opportunities. This year’s Summit gave specific attention to the unprecedented refugee crisis that our societies are facing today. Please click for more information on the Shared Value Leadership Summit 2017 and the Shared Value Initiative.

New York, US

Shared Value Leadership Summit 2017

Louise Kjær is invited to co-organize and run a Lab Session at this year’s Shared Value Leadership Summit taking place on May 9-10, 2017 in New York.

The Lab Session on “Shifting the challenge of refugee migration into opportunities – how to maintain safe, inclusive and sustainable societies for all” will feature among other the innovative cross-sector partnership conceptualized by KJAER ADVICE that is on-going between the Danish water pump company Grundfos and the Danish Refugee Council.

The Summit will focus on the issues that are front and center in the minds of business leaders across the world in today’s turbulent times – be it the refugee crisis, climate change or corporate equity. Attendees from around the world will together explore how business and its partners can use shared value to tackle these pressing challenges.

You can follow the summit via live stream or on social media.

London, UK

Staying ahead of the game with Creative Business Solutions

KJAER ADVICE assists the new alliance between Stylus Media Group and the Creative Business Cup (CBC) working to boost innovation and stay at the forefront of global trends.

As a London-based trend forecasting agency Stylus predicts consumer behavior in everything from fashion to financial services. Yet, still more companies have difficulties to meet these fast-paced global trends. CBC, on the other hand, accelerates innovation in creative industry start-ups.

The alliance with CBC allows Stylus to draw on an extensive ecosystem of innovative start-ups in the creative industries around the world. In essence, the new alliance offers to source in creative thinking the companies’ need for innovation.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Strategic partnership development at CPH Municipality

On February 21, 2017, the Copenhagen Municipality and KJAER ADVICE celebrated the achievements of a 1.5-year journey of enhancing strategic partnership efforts in a final workshop. KJAER ADVICE has assisted the municipality’s designated partnership division: Our work has spanned from brokering multi-partner collaboration projects to giving strategic advice and internal training of employees.

During the workshop, we together with the team of partnership advisors evaluated the municipality’s broad partnership portfolio and deciphered key learnings from the respective partnership projects. As pointed out by John Pape, Service Area Manager, “The many experiences and learning obtained by the partnership division can now be shared and hopefully multiplied with the larger part of the municipality.” KJAER ADVICE, therefore, wrapped up the workshop by brainstorming new partnership ideas to kick off Copenhagen Municipality’s next partnership phase, moving thus from a pilot stage towards more consolidated strategic efforts.

Copenhagen, Denmark

KJAER ADVICE assists DJØF in new perspectives on partnership collaboration.

At the annual DJØF Executive Management Seminar late February, KJAER ADVICE incentivized new ways to create partnerships between sectors, industries, and businesses and thereby, bring more value to DJØF customers and members.

Louise Kjær presented the participants an assessment of challenges and opportunities inherent to cross-sector and cross-organizational partnerships –and facilitated a debate about change potential within the organization and in respect of new collaboration initiatives with external partners.

DJØF is the labor association for academics in the field of law, business, economics and social sciences. With over 90.000 members it is Denmark’s largest advocates for academics working in the public and private sector.

Copenhagen, Denmark

In Rwanda, a Silicon Valley based tech start-up is delivering blood samples to rural areas with drones. Can Danish companies also develop solutions that are affordable, sustainable and high-tech at the same time? This was the question at the “High-tech low–cost road to SDG innovation” event – hosted by the Confederation of Danish Industries, the Danish Foreign Ministry the Danish Technical Univeristy – and the short answer is yes!


While many companies at the event were interested in tomorrow’s technologies so were participating NGOs and international organisations. Danish Red Cross, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UNDP pointed towards specific ways technology can drive new solutions for their beneficiaries. Meanwhile, NGOs also called on companies to engage local talent that might be poor, but are nevertheless looped into the digital age and can help companies create innovative solutions. Louise Kjær, Strategic Partnership Advisor to the Danish Refugee Council pointed towards refugees in the Middle East region as an example.


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