Maliina Abelsen, Chairman of the Board
Commercial Director of Air Greenland.
Former Director / General Manager of Arctic Winter Games, 2016, Greenland's largest sports and cultural event so far.
Former Naalakkersuisoq / Minister for Social Affairs and Finance respectively.
Has been employed by the Directorate of Foreign Affairs and as Secretariat Coordinator for MIPI (Knowledge Center for Children and Young.)
Has also been employed by the United Nations Human Rights Secretariat in Geneva, focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples.
Is a graduate and a master in sociology, a certified coach.
Have many years of management, and board experience. Pt. Board member of the Bank of Greenland and Greenland Travel.
Raised and residing in Nuuk, born in 1976.
Anette Grønkjær Lings, Deputy Chairman
Siimuup Aqq 16
Director at Hotel Sisimiut and 67 ° N Tours
Raised in Sisimiut and academy economist specializing in tourism.
Has been director of tourism in Sisimiut over the last 15 years, focusing on tourist and marketing, incoming manager at Air Greenland Travel. Preferences are development, marketing and implementation of tourism activities and "reason to go" for overnight tourism and cruise tourism. Engaging and developing guides for the local area. Branding and business development of the tourist destination.
JOHANNE MARGRETHE BECH, Board member
Dental Technician, hairdresser. Outfitter and professional hunter.
Johanne was born and raised in Sisimiut. She worked as a Dental Technician 1977-85 and as a Hairdresser from 1990-96. She became a board member of Sisimiut Tourist Association in the 1980’ies and a board member of Sisimiut Dogsled Association in the 1990’ies. Started as a professional hunter in 1996. Since 1996 she has worked as an Outfitter with tourists and trophy hunters.
Johanne was 2008-11 board member of Sisimiut Hunters and Fishermens Association and member of the National Council for Gender Equality.
Árni Gunnarsson, Board member
Managing Director of Air Iceland Connect
Árni was appointed Managing Director of Air Iceland Connect in March 2005. He previously worked as Director of Sales and Marketing at Air Iceland Connect, Managing Director at Iceland Travel Bureau/ITB, Managing Director of Iceland Travel and Director of Icelandair Holidays. He worked for the German Tour Operator FTI in Munich as director of Risk Management in 1993-1997. Árni graduated in Economics from Augsburg University, Germany. He was Chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association from 2008 until 2014 and he is a member of the board of ERA, European Regional Airline Association since 2014. Árni is Chairman of the Greenlandic – Iceland Chamber of Commerce since 2015.
SAKIKO DAORANA, Board member
Born: July 25, 1958 in Kyoto, Japan
MA in English language and literature, Ochanomizu University
Independent marketing consultant for Greenlandic tourism actors, and destination management for adventure travel to all areas of Greenland. Experiences of over 20 years in Greenland include marketing coordinator at Air Greenland, manager of tourism for Qaanaaq Municipality, assistant information coordinator at Greenland Tourism, and marketing coordinator for Arctic Winter Games 2002. Before moving to Greenland in 1998, worked 17 years at the advertising department of Suntory Ltd, Japan. Used to be an avid sea-kayaker which brought her to Greenland, now turned into family hunting and fishing in all seasons in the fiords of Nuuk and Qaanaaq.
Erik Bjerregaard, Board member
Born April 3, 1942 in Brønderslev, Denmark
Bachelor of Commerce from Copenhagen Business School
41 years of Greenlandic management experience, including 15 years in Air Greenland, as well as the last 26 years as CEO of Hotel Arctic Ilulissat. Resigned this position 9.1.18
In two previous occasions, been a director (deputy chairman), Visit Greenland.
Is Chairman of INUILI, Greenland School of Hospitality in Narsaq.
Is the Deputy Chairman of Association of Hotel, Tourism and restaurants at Greenland Business
Is a board member of the Greenlandic construction company Atcon / EMJ A / S in Nuuk
Is honorary Italian consul.
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