Kurt Mosgaard is the CEO and owner of Mosgaard Consulting – Peace and Security.
Kurt Mosgaard started his military career in the Danish Army. He moved from conscript in 1974 up through the military system in various position like company commander. He was promoted major in 1987. From 1987 to 1991 he was staff officer NATO logistics and NATO infrastructure i Headquarters Baltic Approaches.
From 1993 to 1994 he was selected by Mercury Urval and the City Council to be the vice managing director of a Danish municipality with responsibility for infrastructure, muncipality planning, environment, economy and tax. During this period he was granted leave from the army.
Kurt Mosgaard was promoted lieutenant colonel and commander of an armoured infantry battalion in 1994.
In 1995 he was deployed to Crotia as deputy and chief of staff for the Danish battalion in UNPROFOR. During the fighting 18-19 September 1995 along the Una River between Croatia and Bosnia he was the acting battalion commander.
In 1996 Kurt Mosgaard was deputy and chief of staff for the first Danish battalion with the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia. After his return to Denmark he was appointed chief of the Army International Operations Branch.
From 1997 to 2000 Kurt Mosgaard was working for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DANIDA and deployed to Zimbabwe and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to build up the regional peacekeeping training centre (RPTC) in Harare, Zimbawe and foster SADC peace and security cooperation. As the senior military peacekeeping advisor with the rank of colonel he participated in the training of more than 500 African peacekeeping officers, diplomats and police officers. He worked extensively with the UN (DPKO and UNITAR), the Organization of African Unity (OAU), ISS (Institute for Security Studies), ACCORD (African Centre for the Constructive resolution of Conflicts), ICRC (International Red Cross on the promotion of Law of Armed Conflicts), the Norwegian funded “Training-for Peace” programme, African universities, including Witwatersrand and Harare and more during this period.
From 2000 to 2001 Kurt Mosgaard was deployed to Bosnia and HQ SFOR (NATO Stabilization Force) as the head of Information Campaign.
From 2001 to 2003 Kurt Mosgaard was the Military Advisor in the Danish Permanent Mission to UN in New York. Besides the military cooperation with the UN and other member states he was responsible for reporting on all armed conflicts to the Danish authorities. He was a member of C-34 (Special Committe on Peacekeeping Operations) and chair of the EU C-34 group during the Danish EU presidency.
During his stay in New York the World experienced the attack on the World Trade Center. Kurt Mosgaard was involved in the UN and Danish follow up actions and he developed security and evacuation plans for embassy staff and other Danes.
From 2003 to 2005, 2007-2009 and 2012-2014 Kurt Mosgaard was the Commander of the Jutland Dragoons Regiment in Holstebro, Commander of the Jutland Battle Group (Brigade) and deputy of the Danish Division. He was responsible for and involved in the training of soldiers and units for service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He visited the soldiers in the combat zones several times each year. He was also responsible for the information to relatives of soldiers. Kurt Mosgaard had to deliver the worst possible message to the families of fallen and severely wounded soldiers on several occasions.
In 2005 Kurt Mosgaard was appointed Force Commander for the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and promoted Major General. The military component included some 225 military officers from 27 countries with various cultural backgrounds and training. Until his redeployment after the end-of-contract in 2007 he worked hard to raise the capacity and value of MINURSO with tests on arrival, staff training, organizational improvements, staff evaluations, conduct and discipline, underlining UN impartiality vis-a-vis the two parties, POLISARIO and Morocco. Several officers were repatriated as they did not meet expectations but the result was evident as the operational capacity of the MINURSO military component went up considerably. In 2005 MINURSO had still not developed an operational plan, in 2007 this was normal business for the staff and well implemented by the 10 team-sites located in various corners of Western Sahara. Kurt Mosgaard took the initiative to combat the presence of mines and un-exploded ordnance in the region and established MINURSOs own, integrated mine clearing centre. Institutional support came from UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in New York, funds for mine clearing from Princess Dianas Fund. The programme is now an official UN activity managed by UNMAS. From 2006-2007 Kurt Mosgaard was the acting Head of Mission with additional 250 civilan employees including administrative staff and political advisors.
From 2009 to 2012 Kurt Mosgaard was head of the African Task Force in the Danish Defence Command and also Commander of SHIRBRIG, the international brigade for rapid UN deployments. During this period he worked extensively on international relations, defence attache´s, comprehensive approach (the cooperation between several actors in the field), military capacity building in Eastern Africa especially Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia and Somalia and on weapon control measures.
Kurt Mosgaard has lectured on various universities, including in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany, Norway, Copenhagen, Aarhus, the Defence Academies in Denmark and Ethiopia, EU and Nordic parliaments.
His training and education includes the Danish General Staff Course, the Nordic UN Senior Management Seminar, the UN Staff Course (Germany), the Danish Security Policy Course and the UN Executive Course on Leadership and Mediation (Boston 2007)
Kurt Mosgaard has held a number of civilian posts. Chairman of a children garden, city council member, chairman of local development, chairman of business council and more. Presently he is the country chairman of the Prince Life Regiment Soldiers Association and a member of steering board for the Danish UN Association.
His off-duty activities include sea-kayaking, hunting, fishing, rifle shooting and jogging. He is writer/blogger at “globalnyt.dk”. He is the head of mission for the Danish national military shooting teams and has served as member of national military and civilian shooting teams at Nordic and World Campionships. He owns a forest in Denmark and spend much appreciated time with his tractor and chainsaw. He has done the New York Marathon.
Kurt Mosgaard is married to Anette and has grown-up children.
Kurt Mosgaard has been awarded a number of medals including the UN Peace Medal. He is Commander of the Order of Dannebrog.