New York Climate Week: Build Back Greener


This event is part of Climate Week NYC 2020. The event will be live streamed. 

Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships, is a unique transatlantic event, which aims to create a platform for the discussions around a green economic recovery and the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ commitments to the sustainable transition in the shadow of Covid-19. Instead of simply reinventing an outdated economic model, countries, cities, and companies must look towards green recovery strategies to create sustainable growth that is beneficial for the climate, the economy, and our health. 

This year, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Danish Cleantech Hub, State of Green and the Confederation of Danish Industry invite participants to rethink partnerships as a platform to learn and share insight with the purpose of accelerating the green growth and transition. 



3:00 PM CEST; 9:00 AM EST

Kickstarting sustainability on the back of a crisis - remarks by

  • Dan Jørgensen, Minister of Climate and Energy and Public Utilities 
  • Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, New York State 

3:10 PM CEST; 9:10 AM EST 

Fireside chat I: Partnerships as a way to Combatting Climate Change

  • Kristoffer Böttzauw, Director General, Danish Energy Agency
  • Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to Governor Cuomo & Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance
  • Thomas Bustrup, COO, Confederation of Danish Industry

3:30 PM CEST; 9:30 AM EST

Fireside chat II: Partnerships as a way to support innovation, growth and job creation

  • Jens Birgersson, CEO and President, ROCKWOOL International
  • Doreen Harris, Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA 

3:45 PM CEST; 9:45 AM EST 

Fireside chat III: Partnerships as a way to spur investments in sustainability

  • Allan Polack, Group CEO, PFA
  • Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank 

4:00 PM CEST; 10:00 AM EST  

Thank you and closing remarks

  • Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green

Connie Hedegaard

Chairman of CONCITO and former European Commissioner for Climate Action, and former Danish Minister for Energy and Climate

Connie Hedegaard is Chairman of CONCITO and former European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010-2014 during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. Prior to that Connie Hedegaard was former Danish Minister for Energy and Climate. Currently Connie Hedegaard is chairing a number of foundations and executive boards, including OECD’s Round Table for Sustainability, KR Foundation, Aarhus University, and Denmark’s green think tank, Concito.

Kathy Hochul

Lieutenant Governor , New York State

Since 2015, Lieutenant Governor has served as the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State government. In 2018, she was re-elected for a second term as Lieutenant Governor.Since 2015, she has served as the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State government. In 2018, she was re-elected for a second term as Lieutenant Governor. Across New York, she works to champion policies to help combat climate change and build back better our economy through historic investments in clean energy.

Minister Dan Jørgensen

Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities

Dan Joergensen was appointed Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities on June 27th 2019. He has been member of the Danish Parliament for The Social Democratic Party since 2015. Previously he served as Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries 2013‒2015. And prior to that he was Member of the European Parliament from 2004 – 2013 being among other vice-chairman of European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Dan Joergensen is MSc in political science from Aarhus University in 2004.

Ali A. Zaidi

Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Ali A. Zaidi was appointed Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance in 2020. Mr. Zaidi leads the Governor’s efforts on all aspects of climate policy and finance, including implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, infrastructure and innovation programs, and sustainable finance initiatives. For eight years, Mr. Zaidi served in key economic and environmental policy roles in the Obama-Biden Administration, including as the Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Thomas Bustrup

COO, Confederation of Danish Industry

Thomas Bustrup was appointed Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) in 2008. And COO in 2017. He began working With DI in 1996. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University of Copenhagen and a PLD (Program Leadership Development) from Harvard Business School. Thomas Bustrup holds several board memberships. Thomas Bustrup has worked on the agenda of entrepreneurs and internationalization of Danish companies in the EU and globally. Promoting the bet possible business conditions for growth of companies in Denmark has been at the forefront of all his efforts, as he has assisted companies' access new markets around the world.

Kristoffer Böttzauw

Director General, Danish Energy Agency

Kristoffer Böttzauw has been Director General of the Danish Energy Agency sine 2018. Before that he served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (2016-2018). From 2013 -2016 he was Deputy Director General in Danish Energy Agency, from 2009-2013 Head of Department in the Ministry of the Interior and Health, and from 2008-2009 Special Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office. Kristoffer Böttzauw holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Aarhus University and a Master of Public Governance from Copenhagen Business School and the University of Copenhagen.

Doreen M. Harris

Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA

Doreen M. Harris was appointed acting president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 23, 2020. Ms. Harris has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and engineering companies for more than 20 years.She currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium.

Jens Birgersson

CEO, ROCKWOOL International

Jens Birgersson, a Swedish national, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the ROCKWOOL Group. Before joining the ROCKWOOL Group in 2015, Jens held several senior leadership positions in global businesses in ABB and Imerys in industries such as power technology and automation, software, oil & gas and mining. Jens holds a Masters in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a BSc in Economics from the University of Stockholm. In 2013, Jens attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Alfred Griffin

President, NY Green Bank

Alfred Griffin is an industry leader in developing innovative solutions in support of the financing of renewable energy generation and energy efficiency projects, and brings 25 years of experience in banking and finance to NY Green Bank. As President, Mr. Griffin oversees partnerships with private sector capital providers and other clean energy market participants to address barriers that limit private investment into attractive renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Allan Polack

Group CEO, PFA Pension

Allan Polack became Group CEO in PFA Pension, Denmark’s largest pension scheme, in 2015. Before joining PFA, Allan Polack served as CEO of Nordea Asset Management where he, since his appointment in 2007, contributed to doubling the assets under management from approximately DKK 600 billion to approximately DKK 1,200 billion. Previously, Allan Polack has held several executive positions in the Nordea Group, including CEO of Nordea Liv & Pension from 2002 to 2007.