Alice Bah Kuhnke

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Alice Bah Kuhnke
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Vice-Chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Co-chairs Ska Keller
Philippe Lamberts
Serving alongside Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
Bas Eickhout
Terry Reintke
Molly Scott Cato
Alyn Smith
Ernest Urtasun
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Constituency Sweden
Minister for Culture
In office
3 October 2014 21 January 2019
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth
Succeeded by Amanda Lind
Minister for Democracy
In office
3 October 2014 21 January 2019
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Birgitta Ohlsson
Succeeded by Amanda Lind
Personal details
Born
Alice Bah

(1971-12-21) 21 December 1971 (age 49)
Malmö, Sweden
Political party Green Party
Spouse(s) Johannes Bah Kuhnke
Website Alice Bah Kuhnke (mp)

Alice Bah Kuhnke (born Alice Bah; 21 December 1971) is a Swedish politician who served as the Minister of Culture and Democracy From October 2014 to January 2019. Before going into politics, she was a television presenter. She also helped found the think tank Sektor3. [1] [2]

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She was elected Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 European Parliament election in Sweden. [3]

Biography

Bah grew up in Horda in Småland, Sweden, the daughter of a Gambian father and a Swedish mother. She attended a track-and-field-oriented high school in Växjö and was one of the country's best female sprinters in the late 1980s, with the 200-meter dash her speciality. [4] [5]

Television career

Bah's television career began with SVT's "Disney Club" in 1992. Between 1998 and 1999, she had her own talk show at TV4 [6] and many other television assignments, including the current-event show "Kalla fakta". [7]

Political career

Already in 1994, Bah campaigned actively for her country to join the EU in a referendum. [8] After leaving television to study political science, she headed a philanthropic fund at the Swedish insurance company Skandia. [9] From 2004 to 2007, she worked as Secretary General of the fair trade organization Rättvisemärkt. [6]

Bah was a member of the Swedish Church synod from 2006 until 2010, [10] a member of the board of the Royal Dramatic Theater, [11] and Vice President of YMCA-YWCA Sweden. [12]

In September 2009, Bah took the position of manager of environmental quality and corporate social responsibility at ÅF. [13] Alongside that job, she served on the board of a small [14] internet design firm, Doberman. [15]

On 3 October 2014, Bah was appointed Minister of Culture in the Löfven Cabinet. [16] In addition to her role in government, she served as the Green Party's representative at the European Green Party from 2016.

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present

Alice Bah Kuhnke presenting herself in a video produced by Heinrich Böll Foundation/Green European Foundation.

In 2019, Bah stood down as minister to lead her party's list for the European elections. [8] In parliament, she has since been serving as deputy chairwoman of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group, under the leadership of co-chairs Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts. [17] She also joined the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

In addition to her committee assignments, Bah is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights [18] and the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. [19]

Personal life

In her late teens, Bah was engaged for two years to long jump Olympic finalist and World Silver Medalist Mattias Sunneborn. [20] In 1998, she married TV personality Henrik Johnsson, from whom she was divorced in 2002. [21] The following year, she married actor and singer Johannes Bah Kuhnke, [21] with whom she has three daughters. [20]

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References

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  2. "Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP) är ny kulturminister". SvD.se. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. Final results from European Parliament elections in Sweden Archived 21 September 2019 at the Wayback Machine Read 2019-05-31 (in Swedish)
  4. Sverige-bästa 1986, Svenska Friidrottsförbundets officiella friidrottsstatistik (Sweden's best 1986 – official statistics of the Swedish Athletics Federation) (in Swedish). CEWE-förlaget. 1987.
  5. Sverige-bästa 1988, Svenska Friidrottsförbundets officiella friidrottsstatistik (Sweden's best 1988 – official statistics of the Swedish Athletics Federation) (in Swedish). CEWE-förlaget. 1989.
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  8. 1 2 Charlie Duxbury (May 23, 2019), Big names aim to swap national politics for EU career Archived 25 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine Politico Europe .
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  13. "ÅF recruits Alice Bah Kuhnke as VP Sustainability & CSR" (Press release). Ad Hoc News. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
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  18. Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
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  20. 1 2 "Sunneborns okända förlovning – med Alice Bah Kuhnke". Expressen. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth
Minister for Culture
2014–2019
Succeeded by
Amanda Lind
Preceded by
Birgitta Ohlsson
Minister for Democracy
2014–2019
Succeeded by
Amanda Lind