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Rikke Rønholt Albertsen

Founder, Zaratu Projects

Biography

Graduate of Florida State University (BSc International Affairs) and Australian National University (MA International Law)
City: Copenhagen
Heritage: Danish/Ghanaian
7 years in private sector as a management Consultant at Implement Consulting Group, working with leadership development, project management and project design.
from 2013-2015 I was at World's Best News -a Danish multisector news-platform, owned by Danish NGO’s, the Danish aid Agency (DANIDA) and the UNDP Nordic office. It produces constructive journalism about development issues, tracking the progress on the MDG's and now the SDG's. Here I was given mandate to internationalise the campaign, which now has franchises in Netherlands (Funded by the B&M Gates foundation), Ireland and Norway, and was syndicated to all EU countries as part of the 2015 European Year for Development. I also initiated and ran our partnership with Project Everyone as part of the global campaign to launch the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which reached 3.2 billion people in the first week after the goals where signed at the UN in September last year.
In 2016 I am a member of the steering committee, chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mobilise Danish civil society around the Women Deliver conference in May.
I founded Zaratu Projects, a sustainable impact accelerator and investment fund, because I saw a need for a more proactive and hands-on approach to making the business case for sustainable business practices in emerging markets. I fear, that the expected positive impact of private sector on sustainable development in emerging markets will at best happen way too slowly, and at worst remain theoretical. Our first focus area is Ghana, and the dream vision is to help create a rolemodel for the region.
Bonus info: Former professional Track and Field athlete, mother of two boys and science fiction/fantasy nerd.