Lisbeth Pilegaard has numerous years of management experience from a variety of Danish and international organizations. She thereby enters the position with a large international network and through understanding of strategic program management.
“Democracy is the most stable form of government, and the Danish parties are capable of contributing with a lot, especially, in times of populism, polarization and anti-democratic tendencies. Democracy is the foundation of state development and the path out of poverty, inequality and violations of human rights. On this matter, the institute can a make a difference, and I’m looking forward to be a part of this important task, together, with the skilled DIPD staff and the projects partners”, says Lisbeth Pilegaard.
Lisbeth Pilegaard is chair member and president of the European executive committee democracy fond “European Endowment for Democracy “. She is former director of Danish/Norwegian Refugee Council and KVINFO, and she has consulted for the UN and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her appointment at DIPD, she was president of “Project Outside”, which works with assisting homeless citizens.
Lisbeth Pilegaard admits to the position on November 15th where she replaces former director and, newly elected member of Parliament, Rasmus Helveg.
The general election also resulted in an appointment of Kasper Sand Kjær as president of the DIPD board, after former director, Mogens Jensen, was appointed Minister of Fishery, Gender Equality and Nordic Cooperation. The new board director comments on the employment of Lisbeth Pilegaard:
“The board and I are very pleased that Lisbeth has agreed to lead the further development of the institute. We have great potential to support and inspire international democratization, and Lisveth Pilegaard is just the right person to fulfill this potential”, says Kasper Sand Kjær. Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy was established by Parliament in 2010. The institute has an annual budget of 30 million kr. and works towards strengthening democracy and political parties in 16 countries. The board consists of representatives from both civil society and the parliamentary parties.
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Kasper Sand Kjær, 61 62 58 61.
Lisbeth Pilegaard, 60 12 22 75.