Per Callesen


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Per Callesen

Governor as per 1 February 2011

Born 9 November 1958

Married, two children (1985, 1992)

Theoretical background
Master of Science (Economics), University of Copenhagen 1984

Previous positions

  • Head of section and part-time student, Confederation of Danish Industry 1979-1986
  • Special adviser and head of section, Ministry of Finance 1986-1991
  • Visiting fellow, ESRC Modelling Bureau, University of Warwick 1991
  • Head of division, Ministry of Finance 1991-1993
  • Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance 1993-2010
    Macroeconomic policy 1993-2003
    International economic policy 2003-2009
  • Executive director, International Monetary Fund 2010-2011


Board of memberships

  • Member of Economic Policy Committee (EPC), European Union, 1993-2003
    Vice President and Chairman of working-group "Country-examinations" 1999-2002
    Chairman of Labour Market Working Group 2002-2003
  • Member of OECD's Working Party 1 1993-2003, Vice President 1999-2003

  • Member of OECD's Economic Policy Committee 1996-2009

  • Member of EU's Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) 2003-2009 and 2011-
    President of the Alternates of the EFC 2005-2009
    Chairman of the EFC High Level ad hoc Group on Financial Stability Arrangements 2006-2008
    Chairman of the EFC Working Group on procyclicality 2009
  • Chairman of the Working Group on Climate Financing 2009
  • Chairman of the Nordic Baltic Monetary and Financial Committee, member 2003-2009 and 2011-2015
  • Co-chair the Regional Subgroup on Europe, Financial Stability Board (FSB) 2013-2015
  • Member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund, (GCF Korea) 2011-2014
  • Member of the Danish Economic Council 2011-
  • Member of the Systemic Risk Council 2013-
  • Chairman of the Danish Economic Society 2014, Member of the Board 1997-2000 and 2011-2014
  • Chairman of the Danish Payments Council 2015-
  • Member of the board of Bruegel (Bruxelles, Think Thank) 2012-2014
  • Chairman, EU/EFC High Level Working Group on Regulatory of Sovereign Exposures 2015-2016


  • Assistant lecturer, Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen 1984-1988
  • External associate professor, macroeconomic planning, University of Copenhagen 1988-1993
  • ESRC Modelling Bureau, University of Warwick, UK 1991