From activist to secretary general

Tim Whyte, new Secretary General in Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke from 1st of September.

From activist to secretary general

New Country Director appointed in AA Denmark.

From 1st September 2016 ActionAid Denmark has appointed Mr. Timothy Whyte as the new head of the organization. He will take over the position from Frans Mikael Jansen, who has been the Secretary General in Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke / ActionAid for the past 10 years. He will continue to represent ActionAid Denmark in the international strategy drafting team n AAI until the end of 2016.

Coming with a strong record of activism, development work and leadership Tim Whyte will soon be able to add Secretary General of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (Country Director of ActionAid Denmark) to his business card.

41 year old Tim Whyte is currently the deputy director of Save the Children’s programme operations in Bangladesh but for years he has had the global activism running in his veins. As a child he lived for a while in Kenya and during university studies in the US, he traveled to Nepal to write a thesis about bonded labour - an issue which he also pursued when supporting local campaigners in their successful fight for the abolition of bonded labour and for Nepal’s ratification of ILO Convention 169.

Nepal was also his address during the almost four years that he served as a development worker and consultant for MS (ActionAid Denmark) in Nepal.

Tim Whyte has been the leader for Denmark’s biggest student-run charity “Operation Dagsværk”, a consultant for the ILO in Nepal and Head of Communications in the forestry conservation organisation “Forests of the World”.

Tim Whyte says:

”I look enormously forward to return to ActionAid Denmark. The organisation has become a lively hub for youth activists who are committed to change the world into a more just and democratic place. I am very excited that I will get the chance to lead the way. Both globally and locally in Denmark we are facing tremendous challenges, conflicts, refugee crisis and climate changes. More than ever we need to find new ways of working for international solidarity.”

The chairwoman of the board in AADK is equally excited about the appointment which she has revealed to employees, members, supporters, partner and the public today:

“Tim is young, experienced and highly recognised from his work in a number of Danish and international NGOs. In every way, he is a global person with a strong sense of justice, solidarity and direction and he stands out as a visionary and innovative leader who is capable of turning big, creative ideas into results. He will be able to direct and further develop our work in AADK,” says Helle Munk Ravnborg.

“ActionAid Denmark has gone through a strong transformation and we are very successful in mobilising youth to stand up on global issues like climate change, conflicts, refugee crisis and injustice. Our aim is to nourish democracy from beneath and support citizens, movements and organisations in their fight for human rights and the right to better livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries. 

Due to his unique blend of experiences in activism, his strong analytical skills and his leadership experiences, I am convinced that Tim is the perfect person to spearhead ActionAid Denmark in facing these challenges,” she adds.

Tim Whyte was born in Copenhagen. His parents are American. He went to primary school in Copenhagen and completed high school and college in the USA, where he received a B.A. in liberal arts with a major in colonial history from Wesleyan University. Tim Whyte has since added a degree in journalism and is bilingual in English and Danish as well as fluent in spoken Nepali and proficient in Bengali. 

Tim Whyte is now going to replace the daily buzz of Dhaka with the ease of living on a floating house boat in the centre of Copenhagen together with his wife and their three children.

Tim Whyte will take over the position from Frans Mikael Jansen by the 1st of September.

For further information, please contact Head of Press Mikala Rørbech at + 45 60 43 43 21

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