Niels Lund

Vice President, Novo Nordisk, Global Prevention and Health Promotion

Niels Lund is Vice President for Global Prevention and Health Promotion in Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with more than 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care.

Niels is responsible for the development and implementation of Novo Nordisk’s global partnership strategies within the field of prevention and health promotion, including the global Cities Changing Diabetes Partnership Programme with more than 45 major cities worldwide ( and the global partnership with UNICEF to reduce childhood obesity.

Niels is co-Chair of the Health and Healthcare Strategy Officers’ Council in the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is member of the WEF Global Future Council “Cities of Tomorrow”.

Niels is MSc (Economics) from the University of Copenhagen and MBA (Health Services Management) from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He joined Novo Nordisk in 2007 as a health economist and worked in various functions before being appointed Vice President in 2012. Before joining Novo Nordisk, Niels worked in international development with assignments for UNICEF in India and the World Bank in Washington DC.

In 2022-23, Niels is a Policy Fellow at the Crown Princess Mary Center at the University of Copenhagen with a focus on the private sector in the intersection of climate and health.

Niels serves on the board of several organisations and institutions, including being board chair of Save the Children Denmark.

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