Speakers

Merete Daniel Nielsen

Merete Daniel Nielsen
Director
Cluster Excellence Denmark

Merete is director at Cluster Excellence Denmark supporting Danish clusters on competence development, professionalization and internationalization. She is an expert on innovation, regional development and clusters having 20 years of experience within the field at an analytical, strategic and policy level both regionally, nationally and internationally. She has worked in the Ministry for Education, in branch organizations and been a driving force behind the national think tank - REG LAB for ten years. Her international experience includes being a certificed ESCA benchmark expert having benchmarked at least 35 bronze clusters, 3 silver and 7 gold clusters both in Denmark and aboard and working closely with Enterprise Europe Network on cluster internationalization organising one of the mayor international cluster matchmaking events in Europe over the last four years.

Danish learning on the public role in regional innovation
The public sector in Denmark both at the local, regional and governmental level is very active in supporting the regional innovation and development. Ten years ago a structural reform lead to the establishment of five regions and 98 municipalities with a stronger commitment for more collaboration. The presentation will share the key learning on how to organisere the collaboration in the best manner especially within areas like regional development, collaboration with knowledge institutions and cluster development. What kind of strategy can support the public/private collaboration in the best manner? What are the key mechanisms to make this happen? What are the implications for roles and tasks for public employees? And is there a limit for the collaboration?

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