Søren Bech (Chairman)
Head of Research, Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen’s area of business focus on R&D and production of high-end AV consumer goods. The company focuses on research and development within multi-modal perception and digital sound technology in general.

Søren Bech leads a group working on descriptive analysis, allowing for a complete sensory description of a product, as well as the individual factors’ influence on the overall preference and/or quality.

Alongside a number of national and international collaborators, he has developed methods to quantify sound quality. Many of these methods were published in Bech & Zacharov “Perceptual Audio Evaluation – Theory, Method and Application” at Wiley.

Nicolai Bisgaard (Vice Chairman)
Vice President External Relations, GN Hearing

Nicolai has a MSc.EE from the Technical University of Denmark and has been at GN Resound since 1978.

From 1991 to 1998 he was Vice President of R&D, as well as Vice President of Product Marketing and Audiology for a year, before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Industry Relations. From 2006 he has been the Vice President of IPR.

Kim Rishøj
Founder, SoundFocus

Kim Rishøj was a co-founder of T.C. Electronics (TCE) in 1976, which today belongs to the Music Group.
TCE has specialised in development and production of high-end digital sound processors for the consumer and B2B markets.

Innovation is a core value for TCE and Kim Rishøj has participated in a number of research and innovation initiatives with universities and other organisations as co-participants.

Birger Schneider
CEO, Chamaj Consult

Birger Schneider has participated in numerous Microelectronics R&D projects, among others under EU R&D programs such as ESPIRIT. Through the years, Birger has also held positions in national and international networks for engineers, including Vice Chairman of Electrotechnical Science, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Chairman of European Wide Computer Aided Design for VLSI Workshop (CAVE), and Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society European Test Technological Committee, etc.

Peter Petersen
CEO, Sound Hub Denmark

Jan Østergaard
Professor, Aalborg University

Jan Østergaard is Professor in Information Theory and Signal Processing and Head of the Centre on Acoustic Signal Processing Research (CASPR) at the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University.

Jan Østergaard has an M.Sc.EE. from Aalborg University and a Ph.D.EE. from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

He has participated in several national and international research projects within the fields of acoustic signal processing, and has 20 years of experience in the fields.

Mads Váczy Kragh
Director, Erhvervshus Sjælland

Cand.Polit. with several years of experience from the private sector and as self-employed.

Former Vice President in Tivoli International and Head of Contacts in VisitDenmark. Additionally, Mads has worked in an investment fund and had his own business.

Author of the book Iværksættersamfundet (The Entrepreneurial Society) (2014) and a regional expert on growth and business development. Also national expert on entrepeneurship.

Claus Demant
Head of New Channel, Bang & Olufsen

Former Head of Global Sales & Marketing in Bang & Olufsen channels at B&O PLAY

With more than 25 years of experience in leadership, strategy, business development and international experience, Claus Demant has made his career in the IT, Electronics and MedTech industries.

He has held a leadership position in Creative Labs, been SVP in Daymen Ltd. (EMEA) and was the Co-Founder og Audientes and Subcuject start-ups.

Claus Blaabjerg
R&D Manager, Brüel & Kjær

Claus Blaabjerg has a M. Sc.EE degree from the Technical University of Denmark, specialized in acoustics and digital signal processing.

For more than 20 years Claus Blaabjerg has been working at Brüel & Kjær mainly in roles relating to research and development including product development, project management, patent management.

Since 2008 Claus has been a member of the R&D Management Team and the manager of the Innovation Team at Brüel & Kjær, responsible of research activities dealing with new ways of solving challenges related to measurement and analysis of sound and vibration, among these EU and national funded projects as well as university student projects.

Eddy Bøgh Brixen
Owner, EBB-Consult

Eddy B. Brixen is the owner and senior consultant at EBB-consult. Since 2002 he is part-time employed at DPA Microphones involved with R&D and applications activities. Since 2015 he is also an Associate Professor at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Major activities include auditorium and studio acoustics, sound design, and audio forensics. He is a guest lecturer at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Central European School for Music and Acoustics (Switzerland), Westerdals (Norway) as well as other schools across Europe.