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Anders Fogh Rasmussen

A trusted senior international statesman and leader, Anders Fogh Rasmussen offers actionable solutions to global challenges and identifies opportunities for successful cooperation across borders and industries.    
Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014) and Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009)

Expertise In:

  • Leadership
  • Diplomacy
  • Europe
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Government Regulation

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Global Audiences
  • Lecture Series
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Professional Services Industry

A trusted senior international statesman and leader, Anders Fogh Rasmussen offers actionable solutions to global challenges and identifies opportunities for successful cooperation across borders and industries.  

Having been at the center of European and global affairs for three decades, Anders Fogh Rasmussen provides audiences with a new perspective from which to consider our increasingly complex world. During his tenure as Secretary General of NATO, Rasmussen was key to the most important international relationship in the world—the partnership of the United States and Europe. He explores how transatlantic partnerships can help improve the quality of life for citizens and create a globalized market in which businesses can thrive. Rasmussen’s unmatched leadership and insight will help audiences grasp opportunities in a climate that is ever changing and difficult to predict. He places these opportunities at the intersection of multinational business, security and stability, economic growth, innovation, and governance.

In addition to his time at NATO, Rasmussen served as Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and a leading Danish parliamentarian. In his latest book, The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom  (September 2016), he argues that Western democracies with the steadfast leadership of the United States must stand up to authoritarianism around the world.

 

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Speech Topics

The Post-Covid World

Covid-19 has ensured the world can never go back to business-as-usual. The pandemic exposed three systemic crises at once: public health, financial and global governance. Adaptation in public and private lives has brought upheaval in our economies and changed how we think about health challenges. It has made us question the vulnerability of our interdependency and put the security of supply chains under a microscope. Anders Fogh Rasmussen draws on his extensive geopolitical knowledge from his time as Prime Minister of Denmark and his tenure as Secretary General of NATO to evaluate trade policy and global cooperation in light of the pandemic. Bracing businesses for the new geopolitical reality and highlighting the need for stronger EU cooperation, this presentation looks at political and economic life post-Covid-19. 

The Art of Leadership and Negotiation

Drawing on his three decades at the center of European and global affairs, Anders Fogh Rasmussen shares his extensive experience leading international organizations and driving change. In his tenure as Secretary General of NATO, he transformed it into a fitter, faster, and more flexible organization. Audiences will receive unmatched practical insights that will help prepare them for future leadership challenges. Rasmussen’s approach to negotiations includes three specific rules that can be easily applied to any business deal:

  • Active listening: Listen to your counterpart’s side and make them aware you’re listening
  • Empathy: Get an understanding of where they are coming from and how they feel
  • Create winners: All participants in a negotiation must be seen as winners

American Foreign Policy: A Future of Risks and Opportunities

Drawing on his book The Will to Lead, Anders Fogh Rasmussen fiercely defends freedom and the importance of America’s global leadership, offering an astute analysis of current geopolitical events. From the Iranian nuclear deal, to the invasion of Ukraine, to the Arab Spring and turmoil in the Middle East, Rasmussen is forceful but even-handed in his sharp analysis of the decisions made by the U.S. government, comparing those of recent American leaders. Drawing on his own experiences as Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO, he examines the impact of the United States’ overall disengagement from the world stage. He warns against American isolationism, and he explores the geopolitical risks that arise if America does not fulfil its indispensable role in the global fight for freedom. Weaving together wisdom, history, and his personal experiences with American leaders, this presentation will captivate audiences.

A Changing Geopolitical Landscape: Risks and Opportunities for Financial Institutions

Last year brought significant change to the world’s existing geopolitical structures, and this year is likely to increase their complexity even more, causing financial investors to be additionally meticulous. This new climate requires a solid basis for balancing risk and reward. In this presentation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen explores the ever-changing geopolitical environment with a sharp focus on the intersection between multinational business and trade, security and stability, economic growth, innovation, and governance. He describes the impact of changing US Administrations on global cooperation, the growing tensions with China from the US and the EU, the impact of the global pandemic, and the increasing need for a transition to green energy as the climate crisis wreaks havoc across the globe.

Technology: New Frontiers in the Battle for Global Leadership

As the United States and China vie for global influence, technology will be central to the balance of power. 5G and artificial intelligence will bring major geopolitical challenges and present ethical and existential questions that must be tackled, from availability and use of data, to the development of fully autonomous weapons systems.

Drawing on his own experiences as Secretary General of NATO and founder of the Alliance of Democracies foundation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen examines the influence of technology on geopolitics, and makes the case for more cooperation among democracies.

These include:

  • A Technological Alliance of Democracies to set norms and standards and avoid a race to the bottom
  • Stronger cooperation with the private sector and across the Atlantic to counter the challenge from autocracies
  • Strengthening our defense by sharing more data, increasing investments in R&D and speeding up decision-making

As a co-chair of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity – a group he co-founded with Joe Biden – he discusses how technology can be deployed to undermine and divide democracies.

Brexit: The Future Relationship Between the UK, the EU, and the U.S.

The British vote to leave the European Union has led to an uncertain future of the relationship between the UK and the EU—and the United States. Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that Britain would leave the EU single market and made it clear that her fundamental aim is to regain control of immigration and lawmaking. During this presentation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen will share his perspective on the political, societal, and public trends that led to the outcome of the referendum of the British membership of the EU. He will also explore the upcoming negotiations with a heavy emphasis on the subsequent risks and opportunities for companies on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world.

An Increasingly Complex World: Populism and the Core of Truth

We live in an increasingly complex world. Last year alone, we witnessed the British vote to leave the European Union, the election of Donald Trump, and many other geopolitical changes. The coming years—and forthcoming elections across Europe—are likely to bring even more change to the structures of world politics. Drawing on his experiences as prime minister of a coalition government for eight years in Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses these developments and argues that populism is often based on a core of truth. Rather than ostracize populists, establishment parties are often better off welcoming them and working with them. Weaving together current political dynamics, history, and personal experiences, this presentation offers audiences a sharp analysis of current political trends around the world. 

Works by Anders Fogh Rasmussen