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Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard

Personal details

  • Danish
  • Born September 15, 1960, Holbæk, Denmark
  • Married
  • 2 children

Current duties

  • European Commissioner for Climate Action as from 2010

Political career

  • Minister for The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
  • 2007 – 2009: Minister of Climate and Energy
  • 2008 – 2009: Member of The Danish Governments Coordination Committee
  • 2004 – 2007: Minister for Environment, 2005 – 2007 also Minister for Nordic

Cooperation

  • 1984 – 1990 and 2005-2009: Member of Parliament, the Conservative Peoples Party.

Professional career

  • 1998 – 2004: Anchor at current affairs magazine “Deadline” on DR2, Danish

Broadcasting Corporation

  • 1998 – 2004: Columnist at Danish national newspaper “Politiken”.
  • 1994 – 1998: Head of News Bulletin Service, Radioavisen, at the Danish Broadcasting

Corporation

  • 1990 – 1994: Journalist at Danish national newspaper ”Berlingske Tidende”.

Other activities

  • Chairman of the Evaluation of the education of journalists at the Danish School of Journalism, 2004
  • Chairman of the Children’s film festival “Buster”, 2002 - 2004
  • Chairman of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs’s Development Foundation (Kulturministeriets udviklingsfond), 2004
  • Board member of the “Year 2000”-foundation (År-2000 Fonden), 2000
  • Chairman of the Centre for Cultural Cooperation with developing Countries (CKU), 1998-2001
  • Board member of the Danish National Centre of Technology Supported Learning, 1995 - 1998
  • Member of the Committee on Public Information Policy (Udvalget om offentlig informationspolitik), 1996-1997
  • Board member of the Democracy Foundation, 1990-95
  • President of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders, 1985
  • Chairman of the Conservative Students’ National Organisation, 1983-84

Publications

  • “Da klimaet blev hot”, by Connie Hedegaard, 2008 (Book on climate debate).
  • “The 20th century – the 100 most influential people in Denmark”, by Connie Hedegaard and Claus Hagen Pedersen, 1999.
  • Contributions to a number of books and anthologies

Awards

  • National Press Club of Denmark Award (PUBLICISTPRISEN), 2003
  • People’s Education Association Culture Award (FOF’s kulturpris), 2002
  • Christian Listeners and Viewers Association Award (KLF’s hæderslegat), 2001
  • Ebbe Munck Award (Ebbe Muncks hæderspris), 2001

Education

  • Masters degree in Literature and History from University of Copenhagen
  • 1979: Graduated high school (Stenhus Gymnasium)
  • 1967-1976: Primary School (Holbæk Private Realskole)

Languages

  • Danish: mother tongue
  • English: excellent
  • German: basic
  • French: basic
 
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