Lisbeth Pilegaard

Global Advisor

  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Consulting
  • Conflict Management

Lisbeth Pilegaard is currently seconded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Humanitarian Affairs Expert Adviser to support the UN High Level Panel for Humanitarian Financing. The Secretary-General of the United Nations has created a High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing which is co-chaired by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva and HRH Nazrin Shah, Sultan of Perak, Malaysia.

Lisbeth is the founder of Pilegaard Consulting – providing technical, managerial and strategic guidance on foreign affairs in conflict settings and fragile states. Lisbeth has over 20 years of civil society experience as managers of several humanitarian organisations and programmes based in Asia, Africa, the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East.

Prior to consulting, she headed the Department for Middle East and North Africa at KVINFO – a leading Danish institution on Gender, Equality and Diversity. Here she led the development of strategic partnerships between Denmark and the MENA region, working with over 90 partners within the public, private and civil society sector and the academic world to help increase women’s economic, social and political participation in the region. From 2005-2011, Lisbeth headed the technical programme Support for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s more than 20 country operations.

Lisbeth has served in various NGO/UN/EU committees and working groups on development and humanitarian aid coordination, coherence and transparency. She was a member of the Danish Delegation in the 2013 UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) and sat in the council of Action Aid – Denmark from 2013-2015 and has been a board member of Transparency International – DK Chapter. Further, Lisbeth is a board member and the Vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the Brussels-based European Endowment for Democracy.

Lisbeth studied English and Rhetoric with a focus on international peace negotiations at the University of Copenhagen, and is a regular speaker at academic and political institutions, including the NATO school in Oberammergau, Germany and Aalborg University, Denmark.

Lisbeth is based in Capital Region, Denmark.