Vice President, European Government Affairs, Microsoft
Casper Klynge Since March 2020, Casper Klynge is Microsoft’s Vice President for European Government Affairs with responsibility for all of Microsoft’s government affairs and public policy work across the continent. Casper leads a team of government affairs professional based in Brussels and across Europe tasked with strengthening relations with the EU institutions as well as with European governments to ensure Microsoft is a constructive partner in supporting policy makers in Brussels and European capitals achieve their goals. Casper reports directly to president Brad Smith and serves on the senior leadership team of Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Casper had a long career in the public sector serving most recently as Denmark’s (& the world’s first) Ambassador to the global tech industry (2017-2020) heading a diplomatic representation based in Silicon Valley and with staff in Copenhagen and Beijing. Before leading Denmark’s ‘TechPlomacy’-initiative, Casper served as Ambassador to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN (2014-2017) and to the Republic of Cyprus (2013-2014). In 2010-2011, Casper was the Deputy Head of NATO’s Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. From 2003, he worked out of Brussels in various positions under the European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, followed by an appointment as Head of Mission of the EU’s civilian crisis management planning mission in Kosovo (2006-2008).
Casper holds a M.Sc. in Political Science supplemented by executive education from Stanford University. He is a 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow and was in 2018 named among the World’s 100 most influential people in digital government. Casper is married and the father of two sons.