Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen has been appointed General Secretary of DanChurchAid
For the first time in its history, a woman will lead DanChurchAid based in Copenhagen. Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, 53, has been appointed as the new General Secretary of DCA.
Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, educated in theology as well as leadership, has been Director of the International Department of DCA since 2010. ”I am overjoyed that we have appointed Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen as General Secretary” said DCA Chairman of the Board, Paul Mollerup. “We know Birgitte as a very capable Director of the International Department, and we know that she will be able to successfully embrace and lead all of DCA. Birgitte is a theologian with top management experience and was the strongest candidate in a very strong field,” said Paul Mollerup. Birgitte will lead DCA at a time when the world faces a large number of serious humanitarian disasters. ”Only rarely in modern history has there been such a need to help to people in emergency – combined with the continued need for long term development for the world’s poorest," said Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen. ”I have a long experience with the international aspects of DCA’s work. Now, I am also looking forward to getting closer to our local work in Denmark - the strong Danish backbone of DCA. When we combine the efforts of our excellent employees around the world with the power and dedication of our volunteers and supporters in Denmark, DCA is at its best,” says Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen.. Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen succeeds Henrik Stubkjær who was recently appointed Bishop in Viborg, Jutland. Before coming to DCA, Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen was Director of Social Services and Health in the city of Helsingør. Prior to that she was program manager for Save the Children in Bosnia. She also worked for UNIFEM in Bangkok, where she was responsible for women’s projects in South East Asia, and for UNESCO in Paris. Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen graduated as a Master of Theology from the University of Aarhus in 1991, followed by International Studies at Aalborg University, where she specialised in gender and rights. She was also awarded a Master of Management Development from Copenhagen Business School. She is member of the Board of the global ACT Alliance. Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen lives in Copenhagen with her husband. She has two sons aged 23 and 12.