Danmission appoints new General Secretary

Danmission appoints new General Secretary

Kristian Sloth Petersen has solid management experience and deep insight into development cooperation. As a child of missionaries and later as an envoy he has gathered experience of working abroad. Taking this further he will now reinvigorate Danmission's work as the General Secretary.

Danmission has appointed Kristian Sloth Petersen as new General SecretaryIn him, the Evangelical Lutheran Church missionary organization will get a competent manager with solid experience within development, economyinnovation and public engagementAs a child of missionaries and an envoy the 48-year-old Master of Political Science is well acquainted with the reality and context in which the local church and Danish organizations work in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East 

 It was a unanimous decision by the Board of Danmission to appoint Kristian Sloth Petersen and we are fully confident that Kristian will be able to create positive changes and innovation while building on the special historical contribution of Danmission as a faith-based organization regarding strengthening churches, interreligious dialogue, and improvement of people’s livelihood” says Flemming Christensen, Danmissions Deputy Chairman. 

Kristian Sloth Petersen has among others been in charge of complex change processes in Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke when the organization became part of Action AidAnd he was Managing Director during the establishment of the big private Bestseller Foundation which was created to combat poverty through economically sustainable impact investments 

Regarding his future assignment Kristian Sloth Petersen says: 

”Danmission should reach the population more broadlyIt requires renewal, which at the same time responds to the challenges of the present as well as continues to build on onto the amazing 200-year old history of the organization.”  

Danmission is Denmark’s oldest and largest missionary organization. Danmission’ work is financed by private gifts and surplus from the 75 second-hand shops around Denmarkbut it also receives substantial funds not least through its Strategic Partnership Agreement with Danida, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and through support from the EU. The new General Secretary will be overall responsible for Danmissions projects abroad but also for strengthening the large network of volunteers in Denmark. And here he will be able to use his own experience from voluntary organizational work. 

To Tanzania as a 6-year-old 

When I was 6 years old, I moved to Africwith my parents. I think my sense of justice was sharpened already there and I have used my grown-up life in transforming it into concrete work for a more just and peaceful world,” Kristian Sloth Petersen says. 

It has always been paramount to me that the means you as an organization are entrusted with from both private donors, as well as big donors, are used in the best possible wayIn the voluntary work during my studies as well as during my later employments I have focused on both how to improve the livelihood for poor people and how to ensure responsible management of tasks and trust funds in an organization,” Kristian Sloth Petersen says 

Kristian Sloth Petersen with his parents and sister on their way to Tanzania, 1977.

Kristian Sloth Petersen, like Danmission, is strongly connected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and is a natural part of his local parish church. But he is also to be found at the local old boys football team. Football fascinates him, among other things because you need to be aware of both strategy, tactics, physical strength, fellowship and the joint effort. 

About Kristian Sloth Petersen: 

  • Born 17th of November 1970 in Noerrebro in CopenhagenAs a child, he lived in Faarevejle in Western Sealand, in Hammerum near Herning, in Birmingham in England, in Tanzania and in Bangladesh. 
  • Holds a MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. 
  • Employment: Partner in Grow Consult, Directoof Bestseller Foundation, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (posting as development worker in Kenya and Country Director in Tanzania and Mozambique) and UN’s Development Programme, UNDP. Furthermore, he has been chairman of the Danish Youth Council (DUF), and been a member of the board in DanChurchAid as well as in the Danish Missionary Society’s Development Department (DMR-U) etc 
  • Lives in Bagsvaerd, a suburb of Copenhagen with his wife Dorthe Skovgaard Mortensen and their two teenagers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Carsten Villadsen