President

International ORP Foundation

Mr Hans-Horst Konkolewsky is the President of the International ORP Foundation, based in Barcelona, Spain, which is committed to promoting the quality of work life and innovation at enterprise level to improve safety, health and sustainability.

Following his election in 2005, Mr Konkolewsky served until early 2019 as Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) where he headed an extensive programme of activities focused on strengthening the governance, performance and service quality of social security administration based on the strategic concept of Dynamic Social Security, culminating in the launch of the ISSA Centre for Excellence in Social Security Administration, in 2013.

Mr Konkolewsky pioneered the World Social Security Forum, the ISSA flagship event for social security policymakers and professionals, which has met every three years since 2007. Mr Konkolewsky managed the ISSA’s external relations with other international organizations involved with social protection and economic development, including the International Labour Organization, the World Bank Group, the OECD, the European Commission and the World Economic Forum.

Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr Konkolewsky served for ten years as the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, a tripartite European Union institution located in Bilbao, Spain. Under his direction, the Agency became the major provider of safety and health information for workplaces and a key driver in promoting a prevention culture not only in Europe, but also worldwide.

Mr Konkolewsky, who is a Danish national, also held several senior positions in the Danish Ministry of Employment and served as Deputy Director General of the Danish Working Environment Authority. Mr Konkolewsky holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and has been recognized by a number of international awards and prizes, notably for his achievements in the field of social protection and the prevention of occupational risks.