Jens Martin Skibsted

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Skibsted at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012

Jens Martin Skibsted (born 28 June 1970) is a Danish designer, entrepreneur and author. He is a partner at Manyone A/S. He has founded or co-founded companies such as Biomega, Skibsted Ideation, Actics, KiBiSi and Ogojiii.[1]

He has won several international awards and holds a number of board memberships.


In 1998 Skibsted co-founded Biomega with former university classmate Elias Grove Nielsen. In 1998 Skibsted Ideation was founded. Actics was founded in 2005.[2][3] In 2009 Skibsted co-founded KiBiSi with Lars Holme Larsen and Bjarke Ingels. In 2015 Skibsted founded the printed design magazine Ogojiii in Johannesburg, South Africa.[4] In 2018 Skibsted was a co-founder of Strategic Design Group alongside Søren Lehmann Poulsen and ex-Designit partners David Fellah and Lasse Jensby Dahl. In September 2019 Strategic Design Group was transformed into Manyone. Signaling that the bureau is one joint consultancy with one culture and one process.

Board memberships and Think tanks[edit]

  • Young Global Leader, (2009-2014)
  • Chairman, Danish Design Council[5] (2014-2018)
  • Co-chair, World Economic Forum’s think tank on entrepreneurship[6]
  • Council Member, World Economic Forum's Future Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization[7]
  • Bitten og Mads Clausens Fond, (2012–present)[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • His Puma bicycle is in the MoMA[9] and the SFMoMA collection.
  • Included on the 2006 I.D. Forty list[10]
  • Included in the European Centre's 2014 40under40 list[11]
  • Wallpaper Design Award 2019: Best Power Trip[12]
  • Good Design Award for Biomega NYC (2014)[13]
  • Good Design Award for Biomega PEK (2016)[14]
  • iF Design Award for Kallista Taper by KiBiSi (2018)[15]

Early life and education[edit]

Jens Martin Skibsted was born in Sønderborg, Denmark. Shortly after his birth his father was killed in a car crash.[16] He mainly grew up in Francophone countries. After spending a year in Paris, he founded the Av-Art art association in Copenhagen. It was a combined art gallery, record label and venue for experimental music and poetry readings.[17]

He then returned to Paris to study at the École supérieure d'études cinématographiques film school, graduating in 1994. After that he went back to Copenhagen to study philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, finishing his bachelor's degree in 1998. After that he took a degree in Business Management from University of California, Berkeley in 2000.[18]


Skibsted is the author of three books, Kavesom (2003), Instant Icon (2008) & Tilbage til virkeligheden (2013). He regularly contributes with blogs and opinion pieces to international publications such as Huffington Post,[19] Fast Company,[20] World Economic Forum[21] and Harvard Business Review.[22] He occasionally writes for Danish business publication Børsen.[23]


  • Kavesom. Attika 2003. ISBN 978-87-7528-530-3[24]
  • Instant icon. Gyldendal Business 2008. ISBN 978-87-02-07134-4[25]
  • Tilbage til virkeligheden(Back to Reality). ISBN 9788702130072[26]


  1. ^ "Jens Martin Skibsted | Gyldendal - Den Store Danske". (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  2. ^ ", the "Ethical Facebook"". TreeHugger. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  3. ^ "Actics: Aligning Ethics with Actions". for what it's worth. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  4. ^ "Pan-African magazine, Ogojiii launches at WEF Africa". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  5. ^ "Jens Martin Skibsted ny formand for Designrådet". Forbundet Arkitekter og Designere (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  6. ^ "Authors". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  7. ^ Final Report - Network of Global Future Council's
  8. ^ "The Board - Bitten & Mads Clausen's Foundation". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  9. ^ McGrane, Sally (2011-06-20). "Two-Wheel Appeal". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  10. ^ "The I.D. Forty". I. D. Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-16.[dead link]
  11. ^ "The European Centre". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  12. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (2019-01-14). "Biomega SIN electric concept car wins Wallpaper* Design Award". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  13. ^ "Biomega NYC wins GOOD DESIGN Award". Kilo. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  14. ^ "PEK wins Good Design Award". Kilo. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  15. ^ "KALLISTA Taper: iF Awards 2018 product design winner". Kohler Designful. 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  16. ^ "Idésælgeren". (in Danish). 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  17. ^ "av-art". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  18. ^ "Blød innovation bag succes for dansk designercykel (in Danish)". Ingeniøren. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  19. ^ "Jens Martin Skibsted | HuffPost". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  20. ^ "Jens Martin Skibsted". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  21. ^ "Authors". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  22. ^ "Search jens martin skibsted". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  23. ^ Skibsted, Jens Martin (2019-06-18). "Kronik: Den globale førertrøje i biodesign er stadig indenfor rækkevidde". (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  24. ^ "Kavesom". Gyldendals Internetboghandel. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  25. ^ Instant Icon : Om produkter der skaber exceptionel værdi og hvordan de bliver til. Skibsted, Jens Martin., Aagaard, Sune. Gyldendalske boghandel, Nordisk Forlag. 2008. ISBN 9788702071344. OCLC 465095202.CS1 maint: others (link)
  26. ^ Tilbage til virkeligheden : sådan skabes værdi i en verden, hvor alle ved alt. Bech Hansen, Rasmus., Skibsted, Jens Martin. (1. e-bogsudgave ed.). Gyldendal Business. 2013. ISBN 9788702130072. OCLC 865000265.CS1 maint: others (link)

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