Nicolai Peitersen is a Danish economist, author and entrepreneur. Previously an economist at the Central Bank of Denmark, and later J.P. Morgan & Co. in London, Peitersen was co-founder of British ethical social media platform Actics. Peitersen – along with Adam Arvidsson – is co-author of the book The Ethical Economy - Rebuilding Value After the Crisis, published by Columbia University Press in 2013, and by CITIC Press in Beijing in 2014. He is currently the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Wikifactory, a networking system for 3D printing based in Chengdu, China. He is a member of the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee (CIUDSRC) under the department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China. He is also a member of the China Thinkers Bureau.
Peitersen provided the research for the paper Decisionmaking for European Economic and Monetary Union (published by the Group of Thirty, 2000) while at the Central Bank of Denmark, before joining J.P. Morgan & Co. in 2000 as an economist, predicting future market trends in the eurozone. In 1999, he formed Kesera in Copenhagen, an interdisciplinary think tank that brought together scientists, artists and philosophers to contribute to a “deeper understanding of man, society and the universe”. The think tank was hosted by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. In 2005, Peitersen co-founded the company Actics with Jens Martin Skibsted - an online rating tool for the ethical standing of corporations. Peitersen co-founded Wikifactory in 2015, a business-to-business social media platform for collaborative product development. He was the co-founder and vice chairman of the 1st (2012) and 2nd (2013) Hanwang Forum in China, an annual conference series intended to launch a platform on sustainable development, held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Lead Expert and Coordinator of the EU CHINA Urbanisation Leadership Program, a program hosted by the Chinese Academy of Governance.
In 2014, Peitersen received an Award for his Outstanding Contribution to China’s Development, handed by State Councillor王秉忱(Wang Bing Chen) and CIUDSRC.