Hager Ernst is a Washington, DC consultancy working with local and international partners from a large professional network.

We tailor team and advisory services to the opportunity, combining senior Nordic and American expert resources on assignments. Our mission is to provide focused key select differentiating solutions instead of a non-transparent “blanket” approach to problem solving. Our pricing is based on a fully transparent fee and incentive structure. 

Built on more than 50 years of combined international strategy consulting and business development experience, and an acute conceptual understanding, we assist clients with high-level decisions necessary to support new ventures, enable market growth and, as applicable, facilitate exit strategies.
We deliver real change that far exceeds the general expectations of management consulting.




Pernille Hager (Founder and Principal)

Background: Pernille Hager brings with her over 25 years of senior management consulting and business development experience in Europe and the US, including serving as Vice President, Business Development for a ‘next-generation’ advanced biofuel company building a platform for producing sustainable transportation fuels from waste. 

Specializing in trans-Atlantic marketing and business development, Pernille has assisted numerous firms in various industries with strategic expansion across the Atlantic. 

Prior to that, Ms. Hager served as the Commercial Liaison at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC, representing Danish commercial interests in the U.S. and acting as a facilitator to the international development community. 
She has held top management roles in Europe with a division of the Anglo American group and with a renowned German management consultancy. In 2008, she founded the Danish School of Washington, DC and served as its first president.

Ms. Hager graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration & Economics from Copenhagen Business School. 


E. Christian Hager  (Co-Founder and Senior Advisor)

Background: With over 25 years of experience in banking, finance, mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and business development, Mr. Hager has specialized in transatlantic business development, especially growth strategies, in both the US and European markets, working for over 14 years in Europe.

He served as special liaison to the Governor of Virginia for matters of economic development and building relationships with European companies having commercial interests in Virginia and the US. Christian has assisted numerous European companies across various industries with the expansion of their operations or manufacturing in the U.S. He has also led and managed significant international acquisitions and investments in the telecoms and satellite industries. He has extensive experience in growing start-up companies operationally and in direct sales management roles. Most recently he has assisted several technology and medical startup firms on both sides of the Atlantic expand their international reach.

Christian holds a Master in Business/Political Science from The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.



John D. Pilznienski  – Independent Legal Advisor 

Throughout his career, John has worked for AmLaw 200 law firms in Washington, DC and has experience in launching startup companies, including: corporate formation, organizational structure, and membership agreements.

Applying his extensive knowledge of information governance, information management, and data analytics, John is currently supporting startups such as FinTech companies with formulating data retention policies and procedures. He has experience in the Communications and Media industries, as well as experience in international arbitration, antitrust litigation, investigations, and litigation involving major class action proceedings.

He holds a JD from American University, The Washington College of Law, and is a member of DC, Maryland State, and Federal bars.