Speakers

Aaja Chemnitz

Aaja is chairman of the Arctic Parliamentarians and a member of the Danish Parliament since 2015 on behalf of Inuit Ataqatigiit. She is a former member of Inatsisartut, Children’s Spokesperson, director of Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq and Associate Expert at the UN in New York.

Anette Molbech

Anette works as initiator of projects which has the aim of empowering Greenlandic Youth in speaking up for themselves.

She runs Den Rejsende Forfatterskole/the Travelling Writers School in Greenland with author, Niviaq Korneliussen and has initiated Nordrøst in collaboration with RØST.dk Nordrøst teaches youth in the North Atlantic to give speaches in the public.

Anette was a part of organizing UNLEASH Greenland in 2022 and still works with establishing UNLEASH innovation methods in Greenland.

Anette created Arctic Action in 2020 to work for supporting young people in building innovative solutions to dignified lives in community-based projects, mainly in Greenland.

Aurora Motzfeldt

Master’s student in Arctic Social Science and student assistant at Nakuusa.

Aviaaja Barlach Pregaard

Program manager, UNICEF Denmark’s office in Greenland

Graduated in educational sociology from Aarhus University in Denmark. Before joining UNICEF Denmark’s office in Greenland, she worked as an administrative employee in the school and day care area.

Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann


Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann (she/her, West Greenland Inuit) is an assistant professor at Ilisimatusarfik – The University of Greenland, and the University of Copenhagen. Aviaja works to understand the microbiological, cultural, and societal importance of Indigenous foods in Greenland and is leading the process to develop Greenland’s first university education within the natural sciences: SILA bachelor in biology.

Bent Salling

Miki Brøns and Bent Salling took over the management of Polar Seafood Greenland in the spring of 2023. Despite their relatively young age, they have many years of experience both in the industry and in the company. Miki started at Polar Seafood back in 1998, and Bent joined the company in 2013. With 45 and 34 years respectively, they thus bring a combination of experience and freshness to their directorial roles, which they have taken over from their fathers Anders Brøns and Jens Salling.

Christian Elsner

Christian grew up in Nanortalik, and is educated at the business school in Nuuk, majoring in International Trade & Marketing. Since 2001, he has worked in the family business Atlantic Music, which was established in 1990. Christians works widely within the music industry, and is, among other things, responsible for the day-to-day operations of Atlantic Music. The work includes the sale of musical instruments,  physical and digital records, rental of musical instruments, production of music and custody of the musicians intellectual rights. Atlantic Music is also behind the annual Akisuanerit Festival which has become a big event in Nuuk. Christian is, among other things, known from the band Nanook, which has existed since 2008, and toured both in Greenland and abroad. In the 15 years Nanook has been a success in the music industry, the band has released 5 albums that Christian and his brother, Frederik, have been responsible for in terms of writing and performance together with the band.

Emma Kate Hopkins

Emma has been the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark since 2020. She was previously Ambassador in Bulgaria and has a long-standing career in the British government at senior level. She holds a legal degree and has worked on immigration and asylum, human rights, EU justice and home affairs, international criminal law, organised crime, as well as violence against women to name just a few.

Frederik Elsner

Frederik was born and raised in Nanortalik, and educated at the Business School in Frederikshavn with a specialisation in Sales and Service. After graduating, Frederik stayed in Denmark for 7 years and worked in the music industry, before homesickness and the band Nanook brought him home to Greenland.

Frederik Elsner is well known as a musician and has played with many different artists in Greenland. Today he is the lead singer and guitarist for Nanook as well as guitarist for Kimmernaq and guitarist for children’s hero Hinnarik. Frederik has also been an active sportsman and played badminton on elite level, and has won the Greenland Championships and the World Island Games Championship. He has also participated in all WC and EC. Frederik stopped his sports career in 2019 as his priorities now lie elsewhere.

Today, Frederik is interested in writing music for films and documentaries as well as working closely with other Nordic artists and artists in Greenland.

Jens Frederik Nielsen

Chairman, Demokraatit and Member of Inatsisartut

Maria Motzfeldt


Compere

Maria is widely known for being an energetic and well-liked host, facilitator, speaker and general media personality. Her ability to communicate, create engagement and deliver high-quality graphic products is both well-documented and widely appreciated. This has been the case in e.g. the TV productions many know Maria from. She is at home both on stage and in front of the camera. In addition, she is a great capacity in all parts of a project where she can be both a creative idea machine, an opportunity-creating fixer, and a practical capacity in disciplines such as speech, layout, script writing and social media.

Miki Brøns


Miki Brøns and Bent Salling took over the management of Polar Seafood Greenland in the spring of 2023. Despite their relatively young age, they have many years of experience both in the industry and in the company. Miki started at Polar Seafood back in 1998, and Bent joined the company in 2013. With 45 and 34 years respectively, they thus bring a combination of experience and freshness to their directorial roles, which they have taken over from their fathers Anders Brøns and Jens Salling.

Morten Nornild

”He who sleeps in a democracy, wakes up in a dictatorship!”, reads the warning. But what does this mean for the youth and everyday life in Greenland today – and for the future? What is democracy and what role does democracy play in a country’s future and development opportunities?

Be critical and take responsibility – for yourself, your generation and your country. Morten Nornild, deputy head and chief legal officer at Rigsombudsmanden in Greenland, external lecturer at the University of Greenland’s department of law. As a lecturer and chief legal officer, it has been part of Morten Nornild’s task for years to spot and develop the talented lawyers of the future. Morten Nornild has written several legal articles and educational collections for and about Greenland.

Múte B. Egede

Chairman of Naalakkersuisut since 23 April 2021. Chairman of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party since 2018. Member of Inatsisartut since 2015. Mute Bourup Egede studied cultural and social history at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland.

Qupanuk Olsen

Owner, Q’s Effect and influencer, Q’s Greenland

Tina Dam

Program manager at Unicef, board member for Greenland in NFBO, Nordic Association for Preventing  Child Abuse and Neglect.

Master of Arts in Arctic Studies, MBA