Uffe Elbæk

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Uffe Elbæk
Danmarks kulturminister Uffe Elbaek vid Nordiska Radets session 2011 i Kopenhamn.jpg
Minister of Culture
In office
3 October 2011 – 6 December 2012
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded by Per Stig Møller
Succeeded by Marianne Jelved
Member of the Folketing
Assumed office
15 September 2011
Constituency Copenhagen
Personal details
Born (1954-06-15) 15 June 1954 (age 61)
Aarhus, Denmark
Political party Social Liberal Party
The Alternative
Domestic partner Jens Pedersen

Uffe Elbæk (born 15 June 1954) is a Danish politician and educator who served as Minister of Culture 2011-2012 in the government of Helle Thorning-Schmidt and has been a member of the Folketing since 2011. Initially a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, he now represents a new Green party The Alternative, which he co-founded in November 2013. He is also the founder and former Principal of the KaosPilots International School of New Business Design and Social Innovation, located in Aarhus. The KaosPilots school inspired the creation of several international schools located in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.

From 2007 to 2009, Elbæk served as the CEO for the 2009 World Outgames.

In July 2010, Elbæk founded the consulting company Change The Game with focusing on leadership training skills, political campaigning and social innovation concepts. Elbæk served as the special advisor to the leadership team at KaosPilots and as an academic adviser for the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong.

Elbæk won a seat in the Folketing for the Danish Social Liberal Party in the 2011 Danish parliamentary election. On 3 October 2011 he was appointed Culture Minister of Denmark in the government cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt. He resigned his minister position in December 2012 after criticism for holding five official gatherings at the organization AFUK - Akademiet For Utæmmet Kreativitet, where he previously held a chairman post and where his husband was employed.[1] The national audit agency of Denmark later concluded that he had not had a conflict of interest. The ministry was criticized for some other facets related to the case.[2] In 2013 he resumed his work at the Folketing.

Elbæk lives with Jens Pedersen in a registered partnership.[3]


  1. ^ Jesper Hvass: Kulturminister Uffe Elbæk (R) går af efter affæren om artistuddannelsen AFUK. Politiken, retrieved 5 April 2013 (Danish)
  2. ^ Rigsrevisionen frikender Elbæk fyens.dk, retrieved 5 April 2013 (Danish)
  3. ^ QX:Dansk homoprofil ny kulturminister (Swedish)

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