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Career-defining phone call led financial analyst to help create Denmark's first ESG wave

Career path: After spending almost 20 years in sustainable investments, Susanne Røge Lund from ATP's ESG team tells AMWatch how one phone call during maternity leave spurred her ESG career, prompting her withdrawal from financial analysis – but she admits sometimes missing the spreadsheets.

"Many young people have a very clear plan for their career, and they tend to see their careers as very linear. I tell them that in the long run, it's important be curious, to keep an open mind and to grasp the opportunities that comes your way. Maybe something pops up that you did not know existed. I, for one, did not know that ESG existed when I was a student," says Susanne Røge Lund. Photo: PR/ ATP

Which career path did you imagine for yourself when you were younger?

"I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I grew up in the Northern part of Jutland in Denmark and it wasn’t exactly in the cards that I would be studying at business school. But I was good at math and numbers and a girl I knew wanted to move to Aarhus (the second largest city in Denmark, -ed.), so I followed along and started studying economics at Aarhus Business School. I moved to Copenhagen and finished my master’s in finance and accounting in 2002.

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