Mette Gjerskov is the former Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. A post she held from October 3rd 2011 to August 9th 2013. She is currently a Member of Parliament for the Danish Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) and she is the Social Democrat spokesperson on development cooperation. She is appointed to the DIPD Board by the Minister of Development Cooperation.
Mette Gjerskov holds a Master degree in Agronomics from the Royal Danish Veterinary and Agricultural University from 1993. Previously, she has been the Chief executive of the Volunteer Center in Denmark (2004-2005), Head of section BioTIK secretariat at the National Consumer Agency of Denmark (2001-2004). She has also held the position as Head of section at the Directorate for Food, Ficheries and Agro Business (1999-2000), as well as head of section at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries(1995-1999). Mette Gjerskov has also served as Vice President of the Danish Red Cross (1999-2004).
She will attend the first ordinary board meeting on September 16th where the First and Second Deputy Chairmen will be elected. The Chairman, Henrik Bach Mortensen, was elected on August 1st.
The Board is the supreme decision-making body of DIPD. Of the 15 members, 8 are appointed by the Danish Parliament representing all 8 Danish political parties represented in the Parliament. Hence, the remaining 7 members are representing the Danish Youth Council, the Danish umbrella organization NGO FORUM, The Danish Centre for Human Rights, the Danish universities and one is a special appointment by the Minister for Development Cooperation. The Chairman is elected by the members and they also elect 2 vice chairmen among themselves. The members are appointed for a four-year period.