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Erik Bisgaard Madsen

Erik Bisgaard Madsen

Associate dean for Trade and Government Collaboration

  • SCIENCE Faculty Management

    Bülowsvej 17

    1870 Frederiksberg C

    Phone: +45 35 33 20 11Mobile: +45 40 45 08 83

Curriculum vitae

for Erik Bisgaard Madsen

Date of birth

9 February 1955

Work address


Danish Agriculture and Food Council
Axeltorv 3
1609 Copenhagen V


Home address


Henrik Thomsens Vej 10

3460 Birkerød



Mobile +4540450883


Personal information


Married to Helle Staberg

Three children (aged 24, 21, 18)




GCE, A level, 1974

DVM, 1980

PhD (Lic. med. vet.) 1984

BCom, financing, 1990

Diploma in management: Mannaz-VL, Copenhagen, 1999-2000, Wharton Business School, 2004, University of Cape Town, 2007


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Vice-dean of Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, April 2010 -

Member of The Faculty Management.


DANSKE SLAGTERIER (Danish Bacon & Meat Council – DBMC)/Danish Meat Association (DMA)/Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) 1995-2010

Director and member of the Board of Directors since 1995. At first with responsibility for the department of Veterinary and Food Advisory Service (incl. research activities and health control). Deputy CEO of the DBMC and the DMA since 2005. Director of Departments for Food Safety and Politics & Communication since 2006. Direct responsibility for 100 employees and a budget of 140mDKK. Areas of responsibility included strategic planning, R&D strategy, food safety, food legislation, risk assessment, retail & foodservice, international activities, export and markets aspects. Furthermore responsible for contact to national and international authorities.


Results: Development of food safety and control schemes as well as contingency planning. Ensuring market access via negotiations and lobbying activities. Trouble shooting in relation to export problems. Development of research strategy for food safety and a priority proces for research themes. In 2005, I played a central part in merging the activities of the Danish Bacon & Meat Council, the Danish Livestock and Meat Board, and the Danish Poultry Board into the new organization Danish Meat Association (DMA). Furthermore, I played a central role in the preparation of an entirely new strategy for the Danish Meat Association (DMA) with focus on societal acceptance, generation of knowledge for the benefit of farmers and member companies, and maximum market access.


From June 2009 I took a position as director for a new unit for food safety and veterinary issues in The Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) which is a merger of The Danish Agricultural Council, Farmers Union, Danish Dairy Board, Danish Pig Production and Danish Meat Association.


I am responsible for all food safety matters in relation to Danish agricultural food products and for handling of the the veterinary contingency planning. Furthermore I am key account manager for our member companies in the Danish pork industry. Focus is to create value for money by means of business plans. Furthermore responsibility for the pork related applications to the research fund “Svineafgiftsfonden”.


In summary I have several years of experience in the management of strategic science, cooperation in international research, preparation of scientific programmes and assessment of scientific applications.


Kvæggruppen, Veterinary Counseling 1992-95

Cofounder and -owner. Veterinary counseling in animal health, and training as well as information in the same field. Contact and cooperation with research institutions like the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen), the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (now the Tehchnical University of Denmark), the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (now University of Aarhus). Arrangement of several seminars with international guest researchers.

Results: Annual turnover of 2mDKK, organizing of appr. 100 course days for veterinary practitioners, and 100 herd health advisory visits/services per year.


Dyrlægedata, 1990-92

Director. Management of outstanding accounts for 200 general practitioners, and development of software programs for the management of debtors and veterinary counseling, including considerable input of Danish and international research results.

Results: Annual turnover of 35 mDKK, development of new IT platform for management of debtors and veterinary counseling.


Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (now Technical University of Denmark)1985-1990

Senior scientist and advisor. Research in the prevention of cattle diseases and extension service for farmers within the same subject. Considerable connection and cooperation with scientists from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen) and the Danish Agricultural Sciences (now university of Aarhus); also international liaison, in particular with Dutch and American scientists.

Results: Organizing a new extension service “Rådgivningstjenesten vedrørende kvægsygdomme”, appr. 100 thorough analyses of herd health problems per year, and engaged in joint research programmes.


The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen), 1982-1985

A PhD-student specialized in calf diseases. PhD thesis “Diseases in the specialized calf production”. After exam employed with the Agricultural and Veterinary Board of Health. Research cooperation in particular with Danish Agricultural Sciences (now University of Aarhus) and the Danish Veterinary Institute (now the Technical University of Denmark), but also contact with several international scientists.

Results: PhD thesis, and joint research activities


Ansager Animal Hospital 1980-82

Assisting veterinary practitioner with main emphasis on dairy cattle and trotting horses.

Results: As one out of six veterinarians I took part in the therapeutic and consultancy businesses. Development of a database-counseling system.


Relevant work experience

Manager of the post graduate course for veterinary practioners “Kvægfagdyrlægeuddannelsen”, Danish Veterinary Association, 1987-1994

Member of the Food Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (2001-2010)

Board member of The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (2004-2006)

Board member of the board of The Technical University of Denmark (2006-2010)

Chairman of the technical committee for Health, Food and Welfare in The Danish Strategic Research Council (2006-2010)

Member of the Food Control Committee under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (2006-2010)



Position of trust Chairman of the board in the pension fund “Pensionskassen for Jordbrugsakademikere og Dyrlæger”



Networking group Membership of VL67 since year 2000 (networking group for education and knowledge exchange in management)



Leisure time sports Biking, tennis, skiing



Publications Blom, J.Y., Madsen, E.B., Krogh, H.V., Numbers of Airborne Bacteria and Fungi in Calf Houses, Nord. Vet.-Med., 1984, 36, 215-220

Madsen, E.B., Bisgaard, M., Mutters, R., Pedersen, K.B., Characterization of Pasteurella Species Isolated from Lungs of Calves with Pneumonia, Can. J. Comp. Med. 1985, 49, 63-67

Madsen, E.B., Nielsen, K., A Study of Tail Tip Necrosis in Young Fattening Bulls on Slatted Floors, Nord. Vet.-Med. 1985, 37, 349-357

Jørgensen, R.J., Madsen, E.B., Grønvold, J., Heje, N.-I., Akut respirationsvejslidelse blandt permanent opstaldede ungtyre, Dansk VetTidsskr., 1985, 68, 358-363

Madsen, E.B., Health aspects of welfare research in fattening cattle. In: Schlichting, M. C. & Schmidt, D. (eds.), Welfare Aspects in Housing Systems for Veal Calves and Fattening Bulls. Commission of the European Communities, Brussels, Belgium, 1987, pp. 131-138

Madsen, E.B., Thysen, I., Ingvartsen, K., Østergaard, V., Health and production of young bulls at different stocking rates on slatted floors. Report 628 (English abstract), Nat. Inst. Anim. Sci., Copenhagen, Denmark, 1987, pp. 209-218

Feenstra, A., Madsen, E.B., Friis, N.F., Meyling, A., Ahrens, P., A Field Study of Mycoplasma Bovis Infection in Cattle, J. Vet. Med., 1991, 38, 195-202

Friis, C., Erhardsen, E., Madsen, E.B., Nielsen, P, Raun, K., Respiratory tract distribution and bioavailability of spiramycin in calves, Am. J. Vet. Res., 1991, 52, 1269-1273

Madsen, E.B., Parasitforebyggelse på græs – uden medicin, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 337-339

Madsen, E.B., Krogh, K., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Hvordan ruster man sig til de nye udfordringer, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 839-840

Madsen, E.B., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Kalvesundhed, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 922-924

Madsen, E.B., Rudebeck, K., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Fordøjelses-/stofskifteproblemer, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 1086-1091

Madsen, E.B., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Økonomisk vurdering af nøgletal, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 1186-1190

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