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DCCJ Appoints New Interim Executive Director

The Danish Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the appointment of the new Interim Executive Director Josefine Amalie Lund Praestekjaer, who will take over the position while Executive Director Laerke Steinmann is on parental leave from January 2023.

Josefine speaks Japanese and has previous experience working in Japan and a background in Japanese Studies from Copenhagen University, Copenhagen Business School and Waseda University Tokyo.

She has been working as a Government Official and Communications Officer at the Ministry of Culture for the past three years as lead in a special taskforce unit promoting COVID-19 help packages and handling inquiries from businesses and organisations within the culture industry in Denmark. Josefine has extensive experience with project management and stakeholder communication.

As a long time Board Member at the Denmark-Japan Society, Josefine has also worked with creating engaging events supporting and fostering networks and knowledge-sharing between Denmark and Japan.

Laerke said of the appointment: “The DCCJ has resumed activities after years of restrictions and we have many exciting projects in the pipeline. Therefore finding a capable Interim Executive Director to ensure continued support and value for our members has been a huge priority for the Board of Directors and I. With Josefine, I feel confident handing over the baton knowing she will bring her very best to the chamber."

Josefine said of her appointment:

“It is a privilege to be taking up the role as Interim Executive Director of the DCCJ and carrying on the important work of growing the Danish business community in Japan. I am looking very much forward to the close collaboration with Danish businesses and organisations in Japan”.

Josefine will formerly assume the new position from January 2023, where you can contact her on


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