Julie Garfieldt Kofoed is the Head of Human Rights at the UN Global Compact, the United Nations’ corporate sustainability initiative. In this capacity, she leads UN Global Compact’s engagement with businesses, Governments, law firms and associations, civil society, and the UN system to promote the Global Compact’s human rights principles and support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with a view to enhancing the corporate responsibility to respect and support human rights at the global and local level.
Before taking up this position, Ms. Kofoed served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, most recently as the Senior Human Rights Policy Adviser with the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York (2012 – 2019). She has extensive experience in United Nations negotiations on, inter alia, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the rights of indigenous peoples and has led numerous negotiations on General Assembly resolutions on the prevention of torture.
Ms. Kofoed has held a number of positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark including Head of Section, EU Law Department, Center for Legal Services (2011-2012) and Human Rights Adviser and Attaché to the Permanent Missions of Denmark to the UN in both Geneva and New York (2010). Ms. Kofoed has furthermore worked as an attorney and assistant attorney with a Copenhagen-based corporate law firm (2003-2010).
Ms. Kofoed holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Copenhagen.