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New Director at The Danish House in Palestine

02.03.2015  12:52
From March 1, 2015 Lone Bildsøe Lassen will take over the post as director at the Danish House in Palestine. Former head of the MENA department at The Danish Refugee Council for several years she is far from a stranger to the region.

Not the first time in the Middle East

It is not the first time Lone Bildsøe Lassen is living in the Middle East. Twenty years ago she worked for UN’s development program UNDP in Jerusalem with securing better access for clean drinking water in Palestine. Her latest recruitment was as Head of the MENA Department at The Danish Refugee Council.
“It’s important to strengthen the relations between Denmark and Palestine. We need to add more nuances to the images Danes and Palestinians has of each other,” Lone Bildsøe Lassen says.

Intercultural relations

Lone Bildsøe Lassen’s last job has mainly been to provide aid to thousands of Syrian refugees in Syria and in the neighbouring countries where she has helped securing the refugees in an uncertain and constantly changing environment.
"There has always been elements of intercultural relationships in my work. In fact, it is precisely what you work with when you help refugees to integrate into a new society. But it is another way to work with it now at The Danish House in Palestine and I am looking forward to learning more,” says Lone Bildsøe Lassen.

Her experience from working with refugees will be useful as the director for The Danish House in Palestine; an organisation facilitating the opportunities for cultural, educational and professional exchange between Danes and Palestinians on individual and institutional levels.

Big changes ahead

Lately The Danish House in Palestine received 9 million Danish Kroner on the Danish Finance Act. Undeniably this means big changes in the structure of the organisation and the projects and resources in the near future.

Since 2010 when the Danish House in Palestine opened its doors for the first time it has managed to establish itself as an institution providing dialogue through cultural projects. The structural changes that the organisation will face in the coming years will add more and bigger projects.
”The Danish House in Palestine is going through a rapid change. The House is growing and we need to secure that we can meet the expectations and interest that we face right now. We have to secure that we got the right organisation and resources behind us to be able to manage new and interesting projects. I am looking forward to fulfil that task,” Lone Bildsøe Lassen says.

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