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Karim Pedersen

Leaders Europe 2023


International Communications Officer, Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya





Karim Pedersen is the international communications officer in the office of Belarus’ democratically-elected leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Karim, a former journalist and educator at a Danish folk high school, became interested in joining the frontlines of democracy building after the winner of the 2020 Belarus elections was forced to flee her country. Karim joined the Danish-Belarusian group Talaka at the time, where he is now vice-chairman, and became active in organizing a number of activities, including demonstrations, workshops, political conversations, and cultural events, to support the democratic forces of Belarus. Karim is also a driving force behind UNLEASH, a 5,000-member global sustainability network. He is deeply committed to securing democracy in Belarus and beyond, believing it to be the most essential mission of our time.