Name: Grøn, Helene Rask
Date of birth: 31 07 1959
Passport holder: Danish
Residence: Pretoria, South Africa
Master of Science in Economics with major in: Development studies; Regional economics; Cooperatives and public-private partnerships from Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration (Sep. 1983 – June 1986
Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration (Sep. 1979 – June 1982)Present position: Partner and Senior Consultant in Baobab Legal, Economic and Engineering Solutions cc since January 2006
More than 24 years of extensive experience in design, appraisal, review, monitoring, evaluation and management of development Programmes and Projects in Denmark, Eastern Europe, Asia and more than 12 year extensive experience from Southern Africa.
Worked in the field of economic development, climate change, and transformation throughout the career with a special emphasis on agriculture, renewable energy, energy efficiency, institutional capacity building and national finance mechanisms.
Maintaining the highest standard for integrity and sound public practices acquired through years of practice in Public Administration in Denmark and abroad especially in Asia and Africa. Distinct qualifications in the management, partnership liaison and stakeholder networking and profound experience in the Asian and African development agenda.
Capacity building and institutional development are core competencies latest also documented through the placing of energy efficiency and renewable energy on the South Africa agenda. Work with a strong focus on holistic development to include cross cutting goals including job creation while establishing and achieving institutional goals.
Worked mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa including in China, Indonesia and Nepal as well as Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.
As team leader, manager and project member on international development programming assignments for more than 23 years solid experience has been gained in working with multicultural teams. Extensive experience working with multiple donor agencies including the UN.
Managing Director and senior consultant at Baobab Legal, Economic and Engineering Solutions cc. from 2006 and current
Project Manager (part time) for an EU Funded Baltic Sea Programme 2008-2009 covering Denmark, Sweden, Poland and part of Germany. Based at Bornholms Regions Kommune, Denmark
Chief Technical Adviser August 2001 – December 2005, Danida financed Capacity Building programme in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy based at Department of Energy in South Africa.
Assistant Team Leader August 1999 – July 2001 for EU funded Labour Market Skills Development Programme based in South Africa
Technical Specialist and Adviser January 2006 – August 1999 in Danida covering Infrastructure, Finance and Cooperatives. Main regions Asia and Africa.
Head of Section, July 2003 – December 2005, Export promotion and enterprise development, Danish Ministry of Industry
MATCOM Liaison Officer, January 1988 – July 2003 International Labour Organisation, Indonesia
Head of Section, 1986 – 1988, Export Credit Division, Danish Ministry of Industry