Ursula von der Leyen
Speaker at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2024

Ursula von der Leyen is a proud European, a mother of seven, and she is running for a second term as President of the European Commission. A medical doctor by training, Ursula von der Leyen has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to public service. From 2005 to 2019, she was federal minister in charge of family and youth, then labour, and defence, in Germany.

She took the helm of the European Commission in 2019, where she steered the EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s war against Ukraine and the energy crisis. At the same time, she kept working to achieve the goals she set at the beginning of her mandate: a clean energy future, a digital decade and fair and competitive Europe, that leaves no one behind.

Talks at Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2024