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Anne Christine Brusendorff began her six-year term at ICES Secretariat 1 February 2012.


Before joining ICES Secretariat, Brusendorff spent 14 years working for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) in Helsinki. There, she latterly 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.

Having been focused on the Baltic region she is now tackling the challenges faced at the international level to promote integrated ecosystem understanding, with the aim to develop integrated ecosystem assessment in regional seas, as a link between ecosystem science and the advice required in applying an ecosystem approach. This necessitates a strong connection between data and information, science and advice, as well as the secretariat – as outlined in the ICES Strategic Plan, 2014-2018​.​

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