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Claus Haugaard Sørensen

fmr. Director-General, EU Humanitarian Aid and civil protection, DG ECHO

The Humanitarian Imperative is Non-Negotiable


While at ECHO Mr. Sørensen mobilised European humanitarian response in places like Syria, Nepal, Myanmar, South Sudan, DRC, CAR, Haiti and Colombia and addressed pandemics such as Ebola and SARS.

He developed the migration assistance tool for frontline EU states and helped UN OCHA and the WHO to strengthen their disaster response.

Claus addressed fragility and vulnerability by introducing resilience policies as well as the peace, development and humanitarian NEXUS into the EU policy framework. Based on his experience with famine in the Horn and the SAHEL, and in the framework of the IPC, Claus is presently involved in strengthening the response to structural and chronic food insecurity.

As Board member at the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Dubai International Humanitarian and Development forum, CTG, the Institut Bioforce in Lyon, and Chair of the Global Executive Leadership Initiative Claus is actively engaged in development and humanitarian affairs.

Since the Delors 2 Commission and as Director General and Head of Cabinet, Claus has contributed to a variety of EU policies, such as Economic Governance, Agriculture, Environment, Social affairs, Migration, Fight against organised crime and Justice and Home affairs. He was also involved in successive enlargements of the EU and in Communication.

Claus, Danish by birth but European at heart, lives with his greek wife, Maria, in Brussels or Athens and has two children and two grandchildren.