Chairperson Connie Hedegaard brings two decades of experience in international and domestic executive policy to the Round Table on Sustainable Development. She concurrently holds several key positions in support of a low-carbon and green economy, including Chair of the Board for the KR Foundation, a large Danish climate and sustainability foundation, and Chair of the Danish green think tank CONCITO. She has also been appointed Public Investigator for the Norwegian government’s Project on Green Competitiveness.
Ms. Hedegaard was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which time 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.
She served as Danish Minister for Climate and Energy in 2007-2009 (hosting the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen) and as Minister for Environment in 2004-2007. She was an elected Member of the Danish Parliament from 1984-1990 and again in 2005-2009.
Ms. Hedegaard is educated in literature and history and has a professional background as a journalist at the Danish National Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and a number of Danish national newspapers. She has also authored and contributed to several publications and columns.