About the Council


Lars Kjaer

Lars Kjaer

Senior Vice President

Lars Kjaer has been with the World Shipping Council since its inception and has during that time dealt with many of the issues before the Council. Currently Lars is involved in issues regarding safety, containers lost at sea, dangerous goods, the CTU Code and pest contamination of containers and their cargoes. He is also involved in the OECD digital tax initiative. 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). 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. 

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. His foreign postings included a four-year term as First Secretary at the Danish Delegation to NATO, in Brussels.