Christian Friis Bach is Secretary-General for the Danish Refugee Council. He was previously United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. From 2011-2013 he served in government as the Danish Minister for International Cooperation and from 2011-2014 as a member of the Danish Parliament. He has been Chairman of MS/Action Aid Denmark, International Director in DanChurchAid, Associate Professor in International/Development Economics at the Royal Danish Agricultural University (currently University of Copenhagen). He has had a start-up company and has worked as a journalist at the Danish Radio. Throughout his career he has been a volunteer in a number of civil society organisations, from Amnesty International to WWF, and he was one of the key drivers behind the Danish Fair Trade movement and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative.
Christian Friis Bach is 51 years old and has in his sparetime a small farm with cows and horses together with his wife Karin Friis Bach. Together they have three grown up children.