About the Council


Lars Kjaer

Lars Kjaer

Senior Vice President

Lars Kjaer has been with the World Shipping Council since its inception and currently manages the WSC's activities in Europe, working closely with the European Community in the pursuit of its supply chain and cargo security policies. Additionally, he serves as the industry representative on a number of committees of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization of Standards (ISO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Prior to joining the World Shipping Council, Lars served as the Washington Representative for the Council of European and Japanese Shipowners' Associations (CENSA) from 1999 to 2000.

Before joining CENSA, Lars was counselor at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1993-98). During that tenure he was also chairman of the Cotton Club of foreign transportation counselors in Washington. At the Royal Danish Embassy, Lars was responsible for transportation matters, in particular shipping policy, and for bilateral and regional trade issues, including the GATS (services) negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Lars joined the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. While with the Foreign Service of Denmark, his assignments included: principal head of section in the Middle East Political Department, and chairman of various working groups of the European Union's Foreign Policy Cooperation. His foreign postings included a four-year term as First Secretary at the Danish Delegation to NATO, in Brussels..