|Lykke Friis at COP15 in Copenhagen|
|Minister for Climate and Energy|
|Prime Minister||Lars Løkke Rasmussen|
|Preceded by||Connie Hedegaard|
|Succeeded by||Martin Lidegaard and Ida Auken|
|Minister for Equal Rights|
|Born||27 October 1969|
Lykke Friis (born 27 October 1969) is a Danish politician for the party Venstre and former Minister for Climate and Energy and equal rights. Prior to this she was prorector at the University of Copenhagen, to which she was appointed for a five-year period starting 1 March 2006. Prior to her appointment as government minister, she was not a member of Venstre.
Lykke Friis is the daughter of a Danish father and a German mother. She graduated from Øregaard Gymnasium and has studied political science at the University of Copenhagen. Lykke Friis obtained her M.Sc. in Economics and Political Science from London School of Economics in 1992, followed by a M.Sc. in political science from University of Copenhagen in 1993. She got a PhD in international politics from the University of Copenhagen in 1997. Eisenhower Fellowships selected Lykke Friis in 2002 to represent Denmark.
She has worked as an academic in the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, and as a researcher in Dansk Udenrigspolitisk Institut. From 2003-2006, she was head of European Politics in the Confederation of Danish Industries. She has taught at both the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Social Sciences and at Copenhagen Business School in international relations.
She has contributed to newspapers, radio, TV, and seminars on EU-related issues, and has written a number of articles and books and such subjects. Her ability to make the EU-material accessible secured her the Danmarks Radio Rosenkjærprisen in 2008.
|Minister for Climate and Energy
Martin Lidegaard and Ida Auken
|Minister for Equal Rights