Transforming The Food Economy
3-5 November, 2017 | Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India


Mr. Knud Ostergaard

Mr. Knud Ostergaard

Designation : Head of Department

Company : Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

Speaking in : Plenary Session 2 One Nation, One Food Law : Enabling Regulatory Environment for Investment in the Food Sector

Personal Profile :


  • Master degree in Political Science and Public Administration, University of Århus Bachelor degree in Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Working experience

  • Administration of Medical Schools, State Budget contributions, budget coordinator, legislation on medical drugs, EU health policies (coordinator)

Coordinator of international work in the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, i.e

  • Policy development, planning and prioritising of Danish food safety activities in international organisations of relevance to food and veterinary safety, i.e. the Nordic Council of Ministers, the European Union, Codex Alimentarius, OIE, OECD, FAO and WHO
  • Extensive experience as Danish delegate in international negotiations
  • Spokesman and chairman of Nordic High Level Group on food safety
  • Chairman of working groups in the European Community
  • Organiser and coordinator of food safety and veterinary activities during Danish Presidencies in the European Community in 1993, 2002 and 2012
  • Danish delegate to several international food conferences

Head of the Secretariat to the minister on International Cooperation, including EU-policies in all its aspects, including

  • Drafting of proposals for government policy decision
  • Drafting of documentation for Danish Parliament debates and decisions on EU food safety legislation proposals.
  • Preparing minister attendance in EU Council meetingsMember of the Danish Crisis Management Group.
  • Worldwide communication on detected safety problems in Danish exports of food, animal products and live animals Worldwide bilateral contacts with other countries, reception of foreign delegations, member of the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries delegations to other countries.
  • Responsible for organising Strategic Sector Cooperation programmes between Denmark and Colombia, China, Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam respectively.  Capacity building: Responsible for organising and coordinating other capacity building projects in developing countries in the food and veterinary area. 

Codex Alimentariu

  • Vice-Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, 2009 - 2011
  • Overall responsible for Denmark’s Codex Alimentarius activities

  • National Event Partner

Associate Ministries & Departments

Associate Regulatory Authority

Banking Partner

Sector Partner

Airline Partner

Knowledge Partners

Institutional Partners

Supporting Associations