| Bo Lidegaard |
|Born||23 January 1958)|
|Alma mater||University of Copenhagen|
|Parents|| • Mads Lidegaard|
• Else Lidegaard
|Member of||Macro Advisory Partners/Board, Trilateral Commission|
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.
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