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Jens Kramer Mikkelsen is elected new President of IFHP

Jens Kramer Mikkelsen – former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen - elected President of the International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP) at the 2018 Annual Council Meeting.

After an unanimously positive vote at the IFHP Council Meeting Friday, September 21st, IFHP is pleased to announce Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen as its newly elected President in replacement of outgoing President Mr. Flemming Borreskov.


"It is an honour and privilege to be able to contribute to IFHP in bringing its vision of better, greener and inclusive cities to life."  says Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.


IFHP unites a community of more than 2000 individuals from every continent around a shared purpose of creating and promoting understanding of human settlement issues in a changing world on a non-profit basis and on a basis of neutrality on political, religious and race-related matters.


Resting on IFHPs two main pillars, housing & planning, IFHPs contemporary action plan, Social Cities, translates the original purpose of IFHP into an actionable platform designed to improve liveability and social cohesion in the urban environment. Social Cities introduces a scalable and adaptable methodology for measuring, designing and implementing socially sustainable solutions in collaboration with citizens, politicians and corporations.


Funded by Realdania and the Rambøll Foundation, the Social Cities programme is currently under its inaugural testing with five Danish municipalities and is developed in collaboration with Rambøll Management and the London School of Economics & Political Science.


 “IFHPs Social Cities platform enables local governments, planning professionals, public & private organisations and civil society to address and find sustainable solutions to the defining challenges of our time.” says Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.


The momentum for IFHP Social Cities reaches far beyond the Danish municipalities currently involved and IFHP is inviting more cities internationally to be part of the movement.


For IFHP to have a significant sustainability-impact on cities, it needs to scale its programs. Therefore, we are offering our extensive list of members as partners for local governments and developers to make better cities that are designed by people for people.” says Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.


Jens Kramer Mikkelsen takes over from Flemming Borreskov who has served as IFHP President since 2010. Mr. Flemming Borreskov assumed the Presidency at a critical time for IFHP and has been instrumental in the relocation of IFHP’s headquarters to Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as in transitioning the IFHP towards contemporary challenges. After sharing his optimistic outlook on the future of IFHP, Mr. Flemming Borreskov welcomed Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen in his new role.


Jens Kramer Mikkelsen assumes the presidency at a time where IFHP needs competent steering towards the many opportunities at hand. I could not imagine a more qualified person in that capacity than Jens Kramer Mikkelsen.” says Flemming Borreskov.


About Jens Kramer Mikkelsen


Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen comes from a long, successful career within the field of urban development and is a formidable addition to IFHP.


Throughout two decades, Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen transformed Copenhagen from being a deeply indebted, stagnating city into a growing metropolis with continuous development. Since 2004, Jens Kramer Mikkelsen has worked to maintain and safeguard growth and urban development in Copenhagen, in which he has been highly successful. Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen is currently Director of Urban Development at NREP and previous positions include:


  • CEO of CPH City & Port (2007-2018)
  • Managing Director of Ørestad Development Corporation (2004-2007)
  • Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Municipality (1989-2004)
  • Member of Copenhagen City Council for 26 years (1978-2004).  


Mr. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen has a number of honorary positions which include Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador Corps, Chairman of the Board at Danish Fitness & Health Organization (DFHO), and Chairman of The Copenhagen Airport Growth Committee.


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