Nicolai Peitersen

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BornMay 1970 (age 54)
Alma materThe University of Copenhagen
  • Entrepreneur
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  • economist

Nicolai Peitersen (born 1970) is a Danish economist, author and entrepreneur.[1] Previously an economist at the Central Bank of Denmark, and later J.P. Morgan & Co. in London, Peitersen was co-founder of British ethical social media platform Actics. He is currently the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Wikifactory.[2][3][4]


Peitersen provided the research for the paper Decisionmaking for European Economic and Monetary Union (published by the Group of Thirty, 2000) while at the Central Bank of Denmark, before joining J.P. Morgan & Co. in 2000 as an economist, predicting future market trends in the eurozone.[5]

In 1999, he formed Kesera in Copenhagen; an interdisciplinary think tank that brought together scientists, artists and philosophers to contribute to a “deeper understanding of man, society and the universe”.[6] The think tank was hosted by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.[6][7][8]

In 2005, Peitersen co-founded the company Actics with Jens Martin Skibsted - an online rating tool for the ethical standing of corporations.[9]

Peitersen co-founded Wikifactory in 2015, a business-to-business social media platform for collaborative product development.[10]

China Policy Development

Peitersen was the co-founder and vice chairman of the 1st (2012) and 2nd (2013) Hanwang Forum in China, an annual conference series intended to launch a platform on sustainable development, held at the Diayutai State Guest House.[11]

Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Lead Expert and Coordinator of the EU CHINA Urbanisation Leadership Program, a program hosted by the Chinese Academy of Governance.[11]

He is a member of the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee (CIUDSRC) under the department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development|Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China.[11]

Peitersen is a member of the China Thinkers Bureau.[12]


In 2014, Peitersen received an Award for his Outstanding Contribution to China’s Development, handed by State Councillor 王秉忱 (Wang Bing Chen) and CIUDSRC.[11]


Peitersen – along with Adam Arvidsson – is co-author of the book The Ethical Economy - Rebuilding Value After the Crisis, published by Columbia University Press in 2013, and by CITIC Press in Beijing in 2014.[13][14][15]

Selected Publications

  • Peitersen, N, “Loadsamoney”, The World Today, December 2001, Vol 57, Pages 26–27
  • Arvidsson, A., Bauwens, M. & Peitersen, N., “The Crisis of Value and the Ethical Economy”, Journal of Futures Studies, May 2008, Vol 12(4), Pages 9–20
  • Peitersen, N, “Business with Feeling”, HRIMA magazine, May 2010, Issue 362
  • Arvidsson, A. & Peitersen, N., “Ethical Economy – Rethinking Intangible Value”, European Financial Review, October/November 2013
  • Peitersen, N, “New Emerging Model”, China Policy Review, April 2017


  1. "Summit for the Future". Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  2. "Chengdu's 3D future". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. Pescovitz, David (2007-10-25). "Actics: social networking for "ethical" businesses". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  4. "Tips on business management during the Coronavirus from entrepreneurs in China - Daxue Consulting - Market Research China". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  5. "Group of 30 :: Publication Details". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Københavner bag tænketank med vokseværk". 8 March 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. Katz, Miriam (2000-10-14). "Vindue mod fremtiden". (in dansk). Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  8. Jørgen, Nielsen (29 April 2002). "Children play with quantum physics". Information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Join the Actics revolution aligning actions and ethics | Onrec". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. "China's tropical island, Hainan, wants to be the top spot for foreign tech startups". VentureBeat. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "东湖创客汇|产联网最大玩家开讲:"未来新工厂"让生产更自由". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  12. "personcontent-他山石演讲者智库". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  13. Arvidsson, Adam; Peitersen, Nicolai (2013-09-01). The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-52643-2.
  14. "Enter the Renaissance Forum". Retrieved 15 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Necessity indeed is the mother of invention". SHINE. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

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