Dorthe Scherling Neilsen

Ex Nike, Vestas, and U.S. Department of State, Independent Board Director & Executive Advisor on Sustainability

  • Former Member of the Global Fashion Agenda Steering Committee
  • Former Member of the We Mean Business: Climate Coalition Steering Committee
  • Co-Founder of Invest FWD and the American Wind & Wildlife Institute

  • 2022  Board Director and Executive Advisor
  • 2022 – Innovation Through Design Thinking Certificate from the London Business School
  • 2022 – Board Member of the Board of Directors for Spectre A/S
  • 2020 – VP of Sustainability & Government Affairs for Hempel A/S
  • 2018 – Board Member of the Board of Directors for Invest FWD A/S
  • 2017 – Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Corporate Affairs for BESTSELLER
  • 2012 – Director of Global Sustainability Policy, Government & Public Affairs for NIKE
  • 2010 – Senior Manager of Environment & Siting, Government Affairs for Vestas Americas
  • 2009 – Board Member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Northwest Project
  • 2008 – Manager of State Policy, Government Affairs for Vestas Americas
  • 2007 – Policy Analyst, Government Affairs for Vestas Americas
  • 2003  Director, Public Affairs Section for the US Embassy in Denmark, Department of State

Dorthe Scherling Nielsen is a distinguished expert in sustainability, government affairs and communication with over 20 years of experience and international exposure.

Dorthe is recognised for being an impact-driven executive with significant experience working for prestigious B2B and B2C companies, across multiple sectors, including renewable energy, industrials and consumer goods. She was previously with Nike, Vestas, Bestseller and Hempel, and her profound experience consulting on and developing sustainability strategies has substantially contributed to her ability to form positive bottom-line results, create future-fit businesses and position companies as thought leaders.

Dorthe also has extensive experience in government affairs, focusing primarily on the EU and the US, and she also spent time with the US Embassy in Denmark working for the Department of State. Furthermore, she has substantial experience engaging with leading NGOs and has co-founded sustainability initiatives such as Invest FWD and the American Wind & Wildlife Institute.

Throughout her career, Dorthe has held several high-profile jobs including Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Corporate Affairs for Bestseller, VP of Sustainability & Government Affairs for Hempel, Director of Global Sustainability Policy for NIKE and she presently serves as an Independent Board Director and Executive Advisor. Moreover, Dorthe was on the Global Fashion Agenda Steering Committee between 2017-2019 and the We Mean Business: Climate Coalition Steering Committee between 2015-2017.

Dorthe’s expertise lies in how organisations can navigate multiple systems and stakeholders to become more sustainable and responsible in line with the expectations of policymakers, NGOs, civil society, and investors. It is more important than ever for organisations to create sustainable business strategies and execute effectively to be competitive and thrive. This is where Dorthe excels.

As a highly sought-after speaker, Dorthe combines her industry experience with her profound knowledge of sustainability, government affairs and communication, and she delivers presentations on the latest trends, impactful strategies and effective implementation to help organisations become future-fit and gain a competitive edge.

To enquire about Dorthe Scherling Neilsen for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.