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Ms. Helveg Petersen has extensive experience in most sectors and overall economic and development issues. In recent years she has specialised in energy: financial and economic aspects of the sector, pricing, subsidies and tariffs, institutional/financial structure and pitfalls, renewable energy and rural electrification institution building. Ms. Helveg Petersen combines a solid comprehension of economic aspects of technical and institutional issues with insight into the sector’s role in the overall economy. Another expertise is public financial management issues (budget execution and tracking systems, how to combine input and results-budgeting, treasury functions, controls and government’s revenue side). In addition, during her career she has worked with private sector and SME development, finance, agriculture, water and transport, often in combination, and all aspects of the project and programming cycle.



  • solid administrative skills based on thirteen years with international development organisations

  • proven ability to work in difficult institutional and political circumstances

  • capacity to operate in diverse linguistic and cultural environments

  • a critical approach that attempts to synthesize from the specific country situation to the general so as to be able to draw adequately on experiences gained elsewhere.



Ph.D. in Economics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, 1979.  Field of specialisation: International Finance. Dissertation, An Asset Market Model of Exchange Rate Determination: Capital Market-Exchange Rate Interactions

Master's Degree in Political Science, Aarhus University, DK, 1969.

Studies and Courses:

  • Summer school/diploma course in Econometrics at Copenhagen University Economics Department, The Cointegrated VAR (Vector Autoregressive) Model: Methodology and Applications (RATS-CATS software), August 2006

  • Russian language at George Washington University, 1990.

  • Courses in Economics and Finance in Washington DC:

                                                -     Financial Management and Advanced Investment Analysis (The American University MBA programme), 1988-89.

                                                -     Benefit-cost Analysis (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), 1987.

  • Studies in Philosophy and Political Economy, Frankfurt/M, Germany, 1969-71.



Danmarks Jurist- og Økonomforbund (Danish Lawyers and Economists)



Armenia, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Costa Rica, Denmark, DR Congo, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Paraguay, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

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