With two decades of experience in international and domestic executive policy making Connie Hedegaard is today assuming several key positions in support of a low-carbon and green economy. Connie Hedegaard is the Chair of the Board for the KR Foundation, a large Danish climate and sustainability foundation operating globally. She is also Chair of the Board for the green think tank, CONCITO; Chair of the Board for the EU Commissions Mission Board on Adaptation to Climate Change including societal change; Chair of the Board for Berlingske Media, DPG Group; the current Chair of OECD’s Round Table for Sustainable Development; and Chair of the Board of Aarhus University. Furthermore, Connie Hedegaard is a member of the Supervisory Board of Nordex; member of the Supervisory Board of Danfoss A/S; and member of the Sustainability Council of Volkswagen.
Ms. Hedegaard was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. As EU Commissioner, she was also responsible for the 2050 Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy and represented the EU in the international climate negotiations.
Prior to the appointment as EU Commissioner, Ms. Hedegaard served as Minister for Climate and Energy in 2007-2009 and as Minister for Environment in 2004-2007. She was elected Member of the Danish Parliament from 1984 to 1990 and again in 2005-2009.
She is educated in literature and history and has a professional background as a journalist at the Danish National Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and at a number of Danish national newspapers. She has also authored and contributed to several publications and columns.