Bo Lidegaard

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Person.png Bo Lidegaard  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, spoook?)
Bo Lidegaard.jpg
Born23 January 1958)
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen
Parents • Mads Lidegaard
• Else Lidegaard
Member ofMacro Advisory Partners/Board, Trilateral Commission
RelativesMartin Lidegaard
Danish editor and diplomat

Employment.png Politiken/Editor-in-Chief

In office
2011 - 2016
Preceded byTøger Seidenfaden
Editor-in-chief at the Danish newspaper Politiken

Bo Lidegaard is a Danish historian, diplomat, author and editor in chief of daily broadsheet newspaper Politiken.

Early life and education

Lidegaard is the son of authors Mads Lidegaard and Else Lidegaard, and is the brother of Danish political figure Martin Lidegaard. Bo Lidegaard graduated from Gentofte Statsskole in 1976, and became cand. phil. in history at the University of Copenhagen in 1984. He received his Ph.D. after completing a dissertation on the Danish ww2 diplomat Henrik Kauffmann in 1997.


Lidegaard has authored a number of books on Danish history, especially security policy, forming the public conversation in these matters.

Lidegaard started his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. He served at Danish representations in Geneva and Paris, before leaving the foreign service in 2000.

On his return to Denmark, he was a research scientist at the Danish Royal Library before being head of the Department for the Middle East, the Gulf States, North Africa and Latin America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2003 and 2005 - during the War on terror, the Danish troops in Afghanistan and support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

He was then Permanent Under-Secretary of State in the rank of Ambassador for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the office of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and then from 2007 to 2011 Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, with rank of Ambassador. During the build-up to COP 15, he headed the Danish overarching coordination secretariat, he proposed the development of what would become the controversial "Danish Text". In April 2011 Lidegaard accepted the offer to succeed deceased Tøger Seidenfaden as editor-in-chief of Politiken, and stayed there until 2016.

From 2016, he is managing director in Macro Advisory Partners.

He is a member of the Trilateral Commission


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