• 2016 -Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • 2015 - Independent advisor on temporary leave from the Danish Foreign Service, resident in Ottawa, Canada
  • 2013 - 2015Ambassador of Denmark to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan (residence in Beirut)
  • 2012 - 2013Ambassador of Denmark to Syria and Jordan
  • 2010 - 2012 Director of Strategy and Policy Planning, MFA (ia Arctic Strategy, Middle East, EU Presidency)
  • 2009 - 2010 Head of Stabilisation Department, MFA
  • 2005 - 2009 Danish Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Head of the Danish Representative Office Ramallah, Danish Representative to UNRWA
  • 2004 - 2005 Deputy Head of Neighbourhood Department, MFA (programmes in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe)
  • 2003 - 2005 External Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (conflict studies, fragile states)
  • 2001 - 2004 Head of Horn of Africa, EU and Transversal Issues Section in the Africa Department, MFA
  • 1997 - 2001 Head of West Africa (Sahel) Section, Africa Department, MFA
  • 1995 - 1997 First Secretary at Denmark’s Delegation to NATO, Bruxelles
  • 1992 - 1995 Head of Section and Deputy European Correspondent in the Security Policy and in the Eastern Europe Departments of the MFA1
  • 1992 Master of Political Science, University of Aarhus1990Supplementary Degree in Arabic Studies, University of Aarhus
  • 1987 - 1988 Military peacekeeping service with UNFICYP (based in Cyprus)
  • 1982 - 1985 Two separate years of security/administrative service at the Danish Embassy, Moscow

Military Career

  • 1982-Officer of the Danish Army Reserve, current rank Major.
  • 2011-2016 Commander of the Foreign Area Capabilities Corps

Has previously served inter alia in UN missions and as a Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) Arms Control Inspector

Other Posts

  • 2015- Expert Adviser, Centre for Empathy in International Affairs (CEIA) (www.centerforempathy.org)
  • 2011-Member of the Advisory Board, Center for War Studies, Southern Denmark University

Selected Articles

  • "Syria – Who Blocks Peace” in The Dispatch, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Volume XIV, Spring 2016: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cdfai/pages/
    97/attachments/original/1458067006/
    Dispatch_-_Spring_2016.pdf?1458067006
  • “Syria – Avoiding a Dangerous Disconnect”, website for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs (CEIA), February 2016: http://www.centerforempathy.org/
    syria-avoiding-the-dangerous-disconnect/
  • “Analyse – har Syrien en fremtid?” in Udvikling, No. 6, December 2015, ISBN 978-87-90656-836-9: http://ipaper.ipapercms.dk/Udenrigsministeriet/Udvikling/
    2015/Udviklingnr62015/
  • “ISIS som magtfaktor i Syrien, Irak og regionen”, in Et farvel til terror? Krigen mod ISIS 2014 – 2015, Carsten Jensen og David Vestenskov, red., Forsvarsakademiet, 2015, ISBN: 978-87-7147-108-3: http://www.fak.dk/publikationer/Documents/
    Et%20farvel%20til%20terror.pdf
  • “Gaza – challenges and adaptation”, in Humanitarian Exchange, September 2009, ISSN 1472-4847: http://odihpn.org/wp-content/uploads/
    2009/10/humanitarianexchange044.pdf
  • “Krig, krise og håb” in Udenrigs,, No. 1, 2009, ISSN 1395-3818: http://udenrigs.dk/
    wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1-2009.pdf
  • “Conflict and Conflict Responses in Africa”, in em>Conflict, Human Security, Governance and Development in the Developing World,, Bjørn Møller ed., Development Research Series, Occasional Papers No. 6, Aalborg University, 2005, ISBN: 87-90874-06-4/ISBN1399-3999: http://www.academia.edu/1647762
    /Conflicts_and_Conflict_Responses_in_Africa

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