With so many Danes in shipping company boardrooms around the world, Denmark must be doing something right.

Now, as the industry commits to improving diversity and opening up to candidates who do not already have industry links, is there a winning formula to train, recruit and retain shipping talent?

Martin Jes Iversen, vice dean of international education at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), attributes Denmark’s exports of maritime leaders and talent to a strong partnership and dialogue between universities such as CBS and the private sector.