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Anne Christine Brusendorff joined the ICES Secretariat in February 2012.

During her term she has been promoting integrated ecosystem understanding, with the aim to develop integrated ecosystem assessments in regional seas. This requires a strong connection between data and information, science and advice, and as the head of the Secretariat she has been working to facilitate the communication within the organization, as well as engaging with external partners to fulfil the objectives of ICES Strategic Plan 2014-2018. Currently she is contributing to the development of further linking ICES activities to relevant processes to ensure the data, science, and advisory outputs are contributing effectively to the knowledge base used for ocean governance.

Before joining ICES Secretariat, Brusendorff spent 14 years working for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) in Helsinki, Finland. There, she led the organization as Executive Secretary, but also served as Deputy Executive Secretary and Professional Secretary (in maritime matters). Before moving to Finland, Brusendorff was the Head of Section at the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy, Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

Brusendorff studied maritime and environmental law at the University of Copenhagen and London School of Economics and Political Science, before completing her PhD  in International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law at the University of Copenhagen.

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