Independent Board Director, Chairperson and public speaker.

Lise Kingo is currently an Independent Board Director at the French, Fortune 500 Company, Sanofi SA (France), Danone (France), Covestro AG (Germany) and Aker Horizons ASA (Norway). She is also Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Blueprint for Denmark Initiative, and member of the Advisory Board for Humanitarian and Development at the Novo Nordisk Foundation. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Leonardo Centere for Business in Society at Imperial College London. Furthermore, Lise Kingo is a Board Member of the Board Leadership Society of Denmark and a Board Member of the Nordic Boards Impact Forum.

She is a former CEO of the United Nations Global Compact and a former Executive Vice President of Novo Nordisk A/S.


Lise Kingo began her career in 1986 in business-to-business advertising at JP Bureau in Copenhagen and joined Novo Industries (now Novo Nordisk after the merger with Nordisk Gentofte) in 1988, where she remained for 26 years. She served as Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team since 2002, where she was instrumental in defining Novo Nordisk’s sustainable business strategy. Prior to 2002, she held various positions in NovoZymes, Novo Holding and Novo Nordisk, including internal audit, compliance, people & organization, branding and sustainability.

In 2015, she was appointed CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Mon. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative uniting businesses to create a better world through universal principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She is a former visiting professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a longstanding member of HRH Prince of Wales, Cambridge University Advisory Board for Sustainability Leadership, London, United Kingdom. She has received numerous awards, most recently the Thomson Reuters Responsible Business Honoree Award 2020.


A native of Denmark, Lise Kingo holds a bachelor’s degree in Religions and Ancient Greek Art from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics from the Copenhagen Business School and a master’s degree in Responsibility & Business from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, Lise Kingo is certified as a director by INSEAD in France. Throughout her career, she has held positions in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States.