Kim Carstensen is the Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council, a position he has held since October 2012.
Mr. Carstensen has a proven track record as a global leader within the environment and development sectors. Prior to joining FSC, Mr. Carstensen managed FairGreenSolutions, an environmental strategy and sustainable development consultancy that, among other things, helped link the concepts of ‘Green Economy’ and sustainable development for clients in the Global South.
His strategic approach to environment and development issues comes from a long history of global leadership at WWF, most recently as the leader of WWF International’s Global Climate Initiative. Here, he led the organization’s development of nationally relevant climate change programmes in the world’s key economies, and WWFs push for global climate action across governments and businesses. Prior to this, Mr. Carstensen was the CEO of WWF Denmark, where he worked on issues related to global environment and development policy, and to environment and development projects in the Global South.
Mr. Carstensen’s broad development experience also comes from his prior role as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Danida (Denmark’s Official Development Assistance Agency), where he participated in broad discussions of development issues in all sectors, and from his academic training as a sociologist.