Christian Friis Bach is DRC's next Secretary GeneralFormer UN Under-Secretary-General and Minister for Development Cooperation in Denmark, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, will take over as Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council on November 1st this year. He will replace Andreas Kamm who has held the position for nearly 20 years.
As Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, Christian Friis Bach will head Denmark’s largest international, humanitarian organization with over 7,000 employees worldwide in approximately 35 countries and a turnover of around 400 million Euros.
The chairman of the Danish Refugee Council, Stig Glent-Madsen, says that Christian Friis Bach was chosen among a very strong group of candidates, and that the final decision was taken by a united Executive Committee.
“It has been crucial to us that the new Secretary General is a leader with solid international experience, a great reputation and strong personal values. These are important prerequisites in order for the Danish Refugee Council to continue addressing the complex challenges we are faced with both in Denmark and globally. I am very pleased that Christian Friis Bach is the one to take over the post in the fall and I simply cannot imagine a better suited candidate for the job.”
Christian Friis Bach himself is looking immensely forward to the work ahead.
“The Danish Refugee Council is a unique organization with tremendous international acclaim, which every day makes a positive difference for millions of displaced people around the world. It is simply put a dream job, which unites all the issues I personally find important and right,” says Christian Friis Bach.
He is both honored and humbled by the work which lies ahead.
“As Secretary General for the Danish Refugee Council, Andreas Kamm has carried out incredible work and in this regard is leaving behind some big shoes to fill. But fortunately Andreas Kamm has made such a great imprint, that it points solidly to an even stronger commitment and effort to aid the world’s refugees in the future.”
Andreas Kamm himself is also very pleased with the successor chosen by the Executive Committee:
“I have of course not been a part of the hiring process myself, but I know Christian Friis Bach well from both the Danish and international arena. I am immensely pleased that he will lead the work of the Danish Refugee Council in the future. His experience is extensive, he commands universal respect in all the important international arenas and he has both the intellectual and personal qualities needed by the Danish Refugee Council. It is therefore with the utmost joy and confidence that I pass the baton on to Christian Friis Bach,” Andreas Kamm says.
Christian Friis Bach has most recently been an Under-Secretary-General of the UN and the Executive Secretary of the UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. From 2011 to 2013 he served as the Minister for Development Cooperation in Denmark and as an MP in the Danish Parliament from 2011 to 2014. Furthermore he is a former chairman of MS ActionAid Denmark, International Director of DanChurchAid and a lecturer of International Economy at the Copenhagen University’s then ‘Faculty of Life Sciences’. He has also worked as an entrepreneur and a journalist.
Christian Friis Bach is 51 years old. In his spare time, he and his wife, Karin Friis Bach, run a hobby farm with cows and horses. The couple has recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and they have three adult children.