Prof. Dorte Olesen received her MSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Copenhagen in 1973. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics as well as a Doctorate of Science, and has received the Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen. In 1992, she was awarded the Cross of Knight of Dannebrog by HM Queen Margrethe II, and in 2000 awarded the Cross of the First Degree.

Dorte Olesen joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark in 2011, after having been Director General of the Danish IT-Centre for Research and Education, UNI-C, from 1989-2011. Prior to that she had a university career as a professor of mathematics, holding also leadership positions such as being Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of  Copenhagen.

Since 1988 she is President of the Danish Association for the Advancement of Science, in Danish “Selskabet for Naturlærens Udbredelse”, under the patronage of HM Queen Margrethe II.

In 1987-93, she was a member of the Danish Council for Research Policy, an advisory council to the Danish Government and Parliament, and among other tasks headed a national evaluation of the health sciences which led to a national strategy for the health sciences. In 1991-93 she chaired a Committee on technology supported learning formed by the Danish Minister of Education. She was appointed member of the steering Committee for the Norwegian Scientific Computing Initiative NOTUR from 2000-2004 by the Norwegian Research Council. 

Since 1991, she has been a member of numerous Expert Groups for the EC, starting with the High Performance Computing and Networking Advisory Committee of the European Commission, where she chaired its Networking Subgroup (The LINKS group). Other groups include the Task Force Human Resources Group of National Experts 1992-96, the DELTA Review Board 1993, the working group planning the “Telematics for research” programme and the “Strategic Requirements Board for the Fifth Framework Programme”. For the years 2001-2005, she was a member of the EC “Expert Group on ICT in Education” under DG Education & Culture, in 2010-11 a member of the “High level expert group on the future of GEANT” under DG INFSO and in 2013 a member of the “Expert Group on the Implementation of the ERA Communications” for DG Research.

In 2003 she was elected President of TERENA, the Trans-European Research and Education Networks Association, a post she held for the maximum term of 6 years. In 2012, she was elected Chair of the NREN Policy Committee and the GN3Plus (GEANT) Partners Assembly, and in 2014 she has been elected member of the Board of Directors of the newly formed GEANT Association.

In 2011 she chaired the Data Transport Expert Panel for the Square Kilometer Array project.

From 2004-08 she Chaired the Board of Roskilde University, and was Member of the board for the Royal Danish School for Educational Studies 1992-2000 and for the Danish Pharmaceutical University 2003-2004 as well as Member of the Danish Defence Research Council from1998-2008.

She is since 1990 Member of the board of the Politiken Foundation and since 2003 also Member of the board of the Politiken Holding Company. Politiken is a major Danish newspaper/media house.