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Claus Haugaard Sørensen

Senior Advisor on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission

Claus Sørensen joined the European institutions in 1988. In the Commission from 1990 he was engaged on the Euro, the reunification of Germany, enlargement, social and labour market issues, climate and the environment, the internal market, the fight against organised crime, agriculture, development and communication.

He has worked in numerous cabinets, from the Delors II Commission, through Santer, Barroso and Prodi to the current Juncker Commission.

As Director-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Sørensen has been involved in crises responses, from Syria, Nepal, Myanmar and South Sudan to Colombia. To cope with the influx of migrants, he developed the new financial tool for assistance to frontline state.

As Director-General for Communication he was engineering outreach to citizens and media, working closely with stakeholders in all member states to promote debate on the future of Europe.

He recently assisted the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs on improving their disaster response, and the World Health Organisation in improving their emergency health interventions following the Ebola epidemic.

Earlier, as a Danish diplomat, Sørensen contributed to work on trade and finances at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organisation.

Sørensen is an economist by training and lectures at King’s College London and the Universities of Lund and Copenhagen. He is a member of the board of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference, the Institut Bioforce in Lyon and the Think Tank Europa in Copenhagen.