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Who we are

The Alliance of Democracies Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Denmark. The vision of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation is to become the world’s leading “megaphone” for the cause of democracy. The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe and runs three programs:

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit

An annual conference bringing together political and business leaders, including current and former heads of government, from the world’s democracies. The goal of the Summit is to be the top international forum for analysis on the security and economic challenges facing the democratic world as well as a forum for analysis on the interplay between technology and democratic norms.

The Expeditionary Economics Program

The program supports successful entrepreneurial projects in emerging democracies and post-conflict areas, proving the universal appeal and potential of democracy and entrepreneurship. The purpose is to solidify at-risk democracies through locally driven economic growth.

The Campaign for Democracy

The Campaign for Democracy engages supporters of democracy worldwide and builds a powerful intellectual movement for the cause of democracy through online presence, media engagement, and moral support for dissidents. The program includes a Transatlantic Commission that works to prevent election interference.

Why fight for democracy?

Since the end of World War II, the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia have established an international order dominated by democracy and market-based economies. This order has proven highly successful - facilitating unprecedented levels of prosperity, security, and freedom for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Yet the world’s democracies and the very ideal of democracy have come under increasing pressure in recent years. Domestically, the world’s democracies are marred by self-doubt, internal divisions, and a stifling political correctness. 

Internationally, the democratic world is under threat from rising autocracies and terrorist organizations, rolling back the global expansion of democracy that took place after the fall of communism. Established democracies are challenged by slow economic growth and mass migration.

The need for creative solutions and new vitality is clear and urgent, yet most of the leading democracies in the world are deeply split over how we move forward.

The Alliance of Democracies Foundation seeks to meet the urgent need for strengthening the spines of the world’s democracies. The overarching purpose is to revitalize the world’s democracies and to bring them together in an alliance for peace, prosperity, and the advancement of democracy around the world.

Our logo

Circles are used as symbols of alliances. When circles are formed, the hexagon occurs. The hexagon is formed when circles are gathered and occur naturally and often in nature, just as we believe that democracy should occur naturally in the world. Visually, the hexagon expresses strength, solidity and action - the core of the conditions for democracy. Democracy is maintained and developed in alliances and is expressed as life among people (the round outer). A classic inspired typography conveys an alliance acting seriously and includes it as a natural part of history.

Leadership

The Foundation has a board of directors, chaired by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a political advisory board with former heads of government from democratic countries, and a business advisory board of business executives and economists from democratic countries.

The members of the advisory board will participate in the annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit and engage with the Expeditionary Economics Program and the Campaign for Democracy in ways suitable to each individual advisory board member.

Mentor 3 – Ashish Jaiman

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS - MICROSOFT

Carlo Anthony Zensus

Election Integrity Project Associate

Mentor 4 Lars Thinggaard

FOUNDER - TECH FOR LIFE

Mentor 2 Sahra-Josephine Hjorth

CO-FOUNDER & CEO – CANOPYLAB

Mentor 5 Nima Tisdall

FOUNDER - BLUE LOBSTER

Mentor 6 Daniel Dudas-Schwarz

FOUNDER & CEO - LIV

Mentor 1 Alexander Aghassipour

CO-FOUNDER & CPO - ZENDESK

Speaker Jørn Larsen

FOUNDER & CEO - TRIFORK

Speaker – Nico Jaspers

CEO - LATANA & DALIA RESEARCH

Speaker Niklas Marschall

CEO - KMD VENTURES

Supporters

Our supporters play an indispensable part in enabling the Foundation to fulfill its mission. We would like to thank each of them their contribution to our important work.