Kjeld B. Olesen

Kjeld is a Danish EU Consultant specializes in supporting projects from “cradle-to-cradle”.


From an industrial and academic perspective, he has been involved in all steps of project development. This involves innovative brainstorming for new products, technologies or business development, project development through the identification of partners, building the necessary consortium, and leading the project from a descriptive to a competitive proposal.

Kjeld has more than 25 years broad experience in applying for and leading projects under the EU Multiannual Financial Frameworks (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, Horizon2020, CIP, and COSME), Nopef (Nordic Project Export Fund) Vækstfonden (The Danish Growth foundation), EUREKA, DANIDA – B2B Programme, the Danish Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe, and other nationally funded programmes.


There is an extensive list of sectors where he has written successful proposals which include:

  • Food processing (quality control and optimisation of use, treatment and preparation to best possible quality and nutrition).
  • Agriculture (sustainability and environmentally friendly primary production. E.g. Mechanical treatment in vegetable production, use of waste products, vegetation protection around water resources, etc.).
  • Health (include both public health, health care, healthy independent living and active healthy ageing.
  • Environment, waste management, wood processing machinery industry, textile design and production, metal processing, logistic systems, nanomaterials, energy including renewable energy, energy efficient consumption, and ICT.

With ICT being a cross-cutting enabler of Horizon 2020, Kjeld has worked on, amongst other topics, mobile and wireless communication, computer science, robotics, intelligent transport systems, health projects on integrated care, and independent living.


Apart from managing contract negotiations with supporting authorities or preparing and assisting other parties for contract negotiations, his experience varies from project administration and evaluation to follow-up on the completed project, guaranteeing that the project’s aims are never out of focus.

He was employed as Project Manager of “MAGNET”, and “MAGNET Beyond”, which at that time was the largest EU project in Denmark, involving 42 partners from Asia, North America and Europe. It received EU financial support of EUR 20,3 million and involved a total budget of approximately 34 million EURO.