Christian Friis Bach
Christian Friis Bach is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nordic Impact Fund and act as a lecturer and consultant.
He has been Secretary-General for the Danish Refugee Council and before this came from a position as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He was previously Member of the Danish Parliament and Head of the Parliamentarian Group for the Danish Social/Liberal Party.
He served as Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation (2011-2013) and Special Advisor to the European Union Commission for the United Nations Global Sustainability Panel (2010-2011). He has been Honorary Professor of International Economics and Development at the University of Copenhagen (2009-2014) and Associate Professor in International Economics and Development Economics, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (1999-2005) (currently University of Copenhagen).
Mr Bach has a long history with civil society, notably as the International Director for the DanChurchAid (2005-2010) and as Chairman of the Danish Association for International Cooperation (1997-2001) and he was one of the key drivers behind the Danish Fair Trade movement and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. He also has private sector experience from running two start-up companies and has worked as a journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Mr Bach holds a Ph.D. in International Economics (1996), a MSc in Agronomy (1992) from the Royal Danish Agricultural University in Copenhagen and a supplementary degree in Journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Born in 1966, Mr Bach is married with Karin Friis Bach and they have three grown-up children. The family lives on a small farm outside of Copenhagen with cows and horses.