Mr. Friis Bach was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in August 2014.
Previously, 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 holds a Ph.D. in International Economics (1996), an MSc in Agronomy (1992) from the Royal Danish Agricultural University in Copenhagen. In addition, he is Honorary Professor of International Economics and Development at the University of Copenhagen (2009-2014) and has been Associate Professor in International Economics and Development Economics, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (1999-2005).
Mr. Friis 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).