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Charlotte Slente named new Secretary General for Danish Refugee Council

Charlotte Slente comes from a long career in the Danish Foreign Ministry, where she has held multiple prominent positions, including State Secretary for Development Policy. Her first day as Secretary General will be 1 December 2019.


In her new role, Charlotte Slente will be heading Denmark's largest, and one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers in 40 countries around the globe, and an annual turnover of 3 billion DKK.

Charlotte Slente has worked in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years, holding several influential positions. Among these, she has been State Secretary for Development Policy.

According to the chair of the Danish Refugee Council, Agi Csonka, Charlotte Slente was chosen because of her broad international experience in combination with her strong managerial skills. The board unanimously chose to offer her the position as Secretary General:

“Charlotte Slente is thoroughly acquainted with international humanitarian diplomacy—she knows the Danish Refugee Council well and understands the complexity in our work. In addition, she is a visionary leader embracing a broad array of management tools,” says Agi Csonka. “We hadn’t dared hope we would find all these qualities in one person, but we managed to do so with Charlotte Slente.”

Agi Csonka adds:

“The board is very much looking forward to working together with Charlotte Slente. She is the right person to ensure that the Danish Refugee Council remains one of the best NGOs in the world and continues working for dignified lives for people who are forced to flee.” 

Charlotte Slente also looks forward to heading up one of the world’s largest humanitarian organisations:

“The number of people fleeing war, persecution, and conflict passed 70 million in 2018—the largest number of refugees ever recorded.  Therefore, the Danish Refugee Council’s work—including protection, sustainable solutions, and ensuring a dignified life for refugees—is more important than ever. I look forward to heading up this work. I also look forward to working for the refugee cause together with the many skilled and devoted employees and volunteers who every day represent an immense effort in Denmark and in the world’s hotspots.”

Ms Slente comes from a long career in the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has held multiple senior management posts central to Denmark’s development and humanitarian policy, hereunder State Secretary for Development Policy and Under-Secretary of State for Global Development – heading the Danish International Development Agency DANIDA.

Charlotte Slente has also served high-level diplomatic posts, including Under-Secretary of State for Global Politics and Security, as well as Under-Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. Ms Slente has been Ambassador for Fragile States, as well as Economic Diplomacy and held several senior posts at Denmark’s bilateral Embassies. Ms Slente started her career with UNDP and holds a Master of Science in International Business Administration and Modern Languages from the Copenhagen Business School.

Charlotte Slente was born in 1966 and is married to Alberto, with whom she has two sons, aged 18 and 21.

For further information, please contact the Danish Refugee Council’s press service at +45 28 11 67 27 or [email protected]