Sustainia Living

The Royal Danish Opera House, Copenhagen – 8th Feb 2017

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Founding partners

What is Sustainia Living?

We invite you to participate in the story of a sustainable tomorrow

Your choice is our future. These five words encapsulate the challenges and opportunities we all face right now. Rather than being part of the problem, we all have the chance to be part of the solution for creating a sustainable society for ourselves, our children, and generations to come.

On the night of February 8th, the Royal Opera House will be transformed into a beautiful indoor arboretum, overflowing with greenery and setting the tone for an exciting evening featuring Danish and international keynote speakers, entertainers, and entrepreneurs who will share inspiring stories of how sustainable innovations create new opportunities and business ventures. These stories all share one thing in common: they highlight how some of the biggest global risks can be turned into sustainable lifestyle opportunities.

The centrepiece of the night will be the launch of the global initiative SUSTAINIA LIVING. Sustainia Living demonstrates and communicates how your choices today – including how you live, how you eat, and how you dress – build the world of tomorrow. This initiative puts a human face on the Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing how they look in practice and telling the story of how they resonate individually with all of us.

Your guides of the night

The evening of February 8th will be the launching pad for Sustainia Living and the start of a movement that will turn the Sustainable Development Goals into the people’s goals.

  • Nikolaj Koppel
    Nikolaj Koppel Host

    The evening is tied together by the famous Danish pianist, TV-host and Tivoli Vice President Mr. Nikolaj Koppel.

  • Claus Meyer / Keynote Speaker
    Claus Meyer / Keynote Speaker Culinary entrepreneur, food activist, author, professor and TV host

    Claus Meyer is a gastronomic entrepreneur. For the past 30 years, he has worked in research, consultancy, communication and entrepreneurship to create opportunities and improve the quality in Danish food culture.

    In 2003, Claus Meyer co-founded the gourmet restaurant NOMA with René Redzepi. NOMA was voted best restaurant in the world four times. In 2012 Claus Meyer established the food school and the restaurant Gustu in collaboration with the Danish NGO IBIS.

     In 2016 Gustu was voted South America’s 14th best restaurant and Executive Chef, Danish Kamilla Seidler, was voted Latin America’s Best Female Chef. Next initiative is currently unfolding in Brownsville, Brooklyn in New York City.


  • Connie Hedegaard
    Connie Hedegaard Fmr. Commissioner for Climate Action and Sustainia Award Committee member

    Former European Commissioner for Climate Action (2010 – 2014). Prior to her position as Commissioner, she was Minister for The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (2009), Danish Minister of Climate and Energy (2007-2009), and Danish Minister for Environment (2004-2007). Presently Chair of and Board member in various organizations and committees.

  • Lise Kingo
    Lise Kingo Executive director of the United Nations Global Compact

    The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.

    Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S.

  • Bjarke Ingels
    Bjarke Ingels Founding Architect of BIG

    Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative, as they are cost and resource conscious.

    Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Ivy League universities and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

  • Jesper Nygård
    Jesper Nygård CEO of Realdania

    Realdania is a private philanthropic organization based on investment activities and Jesper Nygård has been the CEO since 2013. Prior to joining Realdania Jesper Nygård was CEO of KAB (large Danish non-profit social housing association), 1996 – 2013

    Presently Chair of and Board member in various organizations and commitees.

  • Livia Firth
    Livia Firth Founder and creative director, Eco Age

    Eco Age specializes in enabling businesses to achieve growth and add value through sustainability. As an Oxfam Global Ambassador, Livia has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, connecting with the people at the beginning of the supply chain.

    Livia is a UN Leader of Change and has been awarded with several awards for her commitment and outstanding achievement in sustainability.

  • Evie Evangelou
    Evie Evangelou Founder of Fashion4Development

    Founding Partner of Sustainia Living

    F4D builds upon the core leadership principles of the 4Es: Educate, Empower, Enhance and Enrich, and activates partnerships that promote the fashion and textile industry, advance economic and social development activities, preserve culture and empower women.

  • Lene Dammand Lund
    Lene Dammand Lund Rector of the schools of architecture, design and conservation at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

    KADK dedicates the next three years to develop design and architecture that can contribute to a more sustainable world. In cooperation with Sustainia, KADK wants to show how UN´s 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be realised in practice while providing the foundation for new growth, driven by innovative solutions to national and global problems

  • Erik Rasmussen
    Erik Rasmussen CEO and Founder of Sustainia

    Erik Rasmussen has exerted great influence on business, politics, and the public debate in Denmark as well as internationally.

    He has been appointed by World Economic Forum as one of the 100 most influential media leaders in the world.

  • Andreas Bogh
    Andreas Bogh Exhibition & Scenography

    Andreas Bogh is responsible for the artistic elements of the Sustainia Living event. As the creative mind behind both exhibition and stage design, Andreas has created a scenography inviting the audience to be part of the journey already when they enter the foyer of the Opera House. 

    Andreas is currently undertaking his Master degree studies in Production Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

  • Sustainable Pioneers
    Sustainable Pioneers

    Meet the winners of Sustainia Community Award and Sustainia Award 2016

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The venue

The Royal Danish Opera House
Ekvipagemestervej 10
1438 København K