2019 Copenhagen Democracy Summit

The Royal Danish Playhouse, June 27-28

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 will take place at the scenic Royal Danish Playhouse, situated beautifully on the harbor front in central Copenhagen. The Summit will highlight important current issues facing the world’s democracies. As the Foundation recognizes the positive symbiosis between democracy and business and believes democratically elected leaders and global business executives will benefit from a greater level of personal interaction, the Summit successfully brings together more than 500 participants from over 40 different countries having a range of backgrounds from politics, business, academia and journalism. Offering a variety of viewpoints, the discussions will highlight both the challenges for the upcoming elections facing world democracies, but also the opportunities brought forward by technology and trade.

Welcome message by Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen

The Summit 2019


The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 will be a two-day event taking place on the 27-28th of June.

The first day, the 27th of June, focuses on innovating democracy and is dedicated to side events about the foundation programs. These events are organized with partner organizations and will gather young democracy activists and leaders, students, and entrepreneurs from the world’s democracies, especially emerging democracies and post- conflict areas. Participants will be part of a lively discussion forum with speakers such as President of the International Republican Institute, Daniel Twining, President of the National Democratic Institute, Derek Mitchell, Executive Director of European Endowment for Democracy, Jerzy Pomianowski and Senior Program Manager at the Human Freedom and Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Christopher Walsh.

The evening opening reception will celebrate the 30 years of freedom after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

The second day of the conference, the 28th of June, includes panel debates and key note speeches with the following topics:

  • Democracy and technology
  • The state of global democracy
  • European democracy after European Parliament elections
  • Finance and democratic trust
  • US leadership and global democracy

Speakers and Participants

The Summit will bring together political figures from the democratic world, including current and former heads of government, as well as leading business executives, academic experts, and dissidents.

Speakers at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 will among others include Adam Schiff; Member of US Congress, Joyce Banda; former President of Malawi, Maria Ressa; Journalist and CEO of Rappler (Time Person of the Year 2018), Merera Gudina; Ethiopian opposition leader, Sir Nick Clegg; Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, Michael Chertoff; former Secretary of US Homeland Security, Eileen Donahoe; Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator, Indira Lakshmanan; Executive Editor of the Pulitzer Center, Marietje Schaake; Member of the European Parliament, Lars Seier Christensen; Co-founder of Concordium, Nico Jasper; Co-Founder and CEO at Dalia Research GmbH, Dalel Krichen; Fellow at the Bush Center, former Member of Tunisian Parliament, and President of the Tunisian Chapter of the Women’s Democracy Network, Jeanne Meserve; former correspondent at CNN and ABC News, Maia Sandu; Member of Parliament and President of the Party for Action and Solidarity (Moldova), Zainab Sulaiman Umar; youth leader in Nigeria.

If you would like to attend the 2019 Copenhagen Democracy Summit, please email info@allianceofdemocracies.org to register.