Patrik Gallen is a futurist with a background in law, politics, and public administration. Patrik began working at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies in August 2018, where he had the opportunity to explore his interest in healthcare policy and administration by contributing to the Institute’s Reciprocity Baseline project, which laid out a vision for the future of healthcare. Patrik has also helped design and facilitate the Nordic Health 2030 process, a series of workshops across the Nordic countries that gathered over 30 experts across the healthcare value chain to discuss, envision, and shape the future of sustainable health in the Nordics and beyond. Most recently, he has contributed as a researcher, writer, and editor to the final report on the Nordic Health 2030 process, the Nordic Health 2030 Magazine freely available in print and online from mid-October 2019.

Research Highlights

Patrik helped form the basis of the health-related work at CIFS since 2018: the Reciprocity Baseline, which informed the Nordic Health 2030 workshop series and a number of other health-related projects. He has also contributed to reports on the future of pharmacies in Denmark and a precision medicine development roadmap for Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries.

Education and Career

Patrik has an MSc in International Public Administration from Roskilde University and Politics and a BA in Politics and Law from the New School in New York City. Accordingly, he has both academic and professional interests in the future of welfare states and the future of law and regulatory policy.

August 2018 – December 2018: CIFS Health Intern

December 2018 – September 2019: Research Assistant

September 2019 – Present: Project Consultant

Before starting at CIFS, Patrik worked as an archival and legal researcher in New York City and taught introductory courses on American constitutional law.

Bonus Info

Patrik was born and raised in the United States but went to high school for one year in Silkeborg, Denmark. He fell in love with Denmark as a teenager, learned to speak Danish fluently, and vowed to return and start a life here – which he did in 2017. Patrik now lives permanently in Copenhagen, where he spends his free time trying to master the art of Nordic cuisine.


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