La Direction générale du personnel contribue à ce que les différentes directions générales du Parlement européen disposent des ressources humaines nécessaires à l'accomplissement de leur travail.
Kristian Knudsen holds a law degree. He was admitted to the bar (High Court) and worked as a lawyer in Denmark, where he also taught civil law and company law at university. He started his career in the European Institutions as a lawyer-linguist at the Court of Justice in 1991, he worked as a référendaire to the Danish Judge at the Court of First Instance, and joined the European Parliament in 2000. He was actively involved in the setting-up of the Directorate for Legislative Acts of the EP, where he became Head of Unit in 2008 and Director in 2010. In 2014, he was appointed Directorate-General i.a. for DG Presidency, and in 2016 he was Head of Cabinet to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Since December 2016, he has been in charge of the Directorate-General for Personnel, first as acting Director-General and in December 2018 he was appointed Director-General. He speaks Danish, English, French and German.