Our Key note speakers, who will contribute with various presentations, are:

Kim Kielsen, Premier of Greenland, on the government’s political vision for the development of Greenland

Kim Kielsen (b. 1966) is prime minister of the government of Greenland. He is a trained police officer and a member of the Siumut party. His political career took off in 2005 when he was elected to both the municipal council in Paamiut and the parliament of Greenland (now Inatsisartut).

From 2007 to 2009, Kim Kielsen was Greenland Home Rule (now Naalakkersuisoq) member for infrastructure and the environment. In November 2013 he became Minister of the Environment, Nature and Nordic Cooperation, and in October 2014, he also became Minister of Housing.

In October 2014, Kim Kielsen became acting prime minister of Greenland, and was also elected chairman of Siumut.

After the parliamentary elections of 28 November 2014, Kim Kielsen formed a coalition between Siumut, the Democrats and Atassut.

Bo Lidegaard, editor-in-chief of the Danish national newspaper Politiken, on resources in the Greenland-Denmark relationship

Bo Lidegaard (b. 1958 in Nuuk) is a historian and editor of the Danish daily newspaper Politiken. From 2005 to 2011 he was assistant secretary in the Danish Prime Minister's Department, first as head of foreign and security policy, then as head of the climate secretariat,, handling the preparations for the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Bo Lidegaard came from the Danish Foreign Ministry, where he worked from 1984 with UN negotiations, security and development issues both in Denmark and on secondment to Geneva and Paris. From 2003-05 he was head of the office for the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.

In 1996, Bo Lidegaard published his doctoral thesis “I kongens navn” (‘In the Name of the King’), on US interests in Greenland during World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Since then he has published nine books on Denmark’s contemporary history.

Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen, former Danish Ambassador to Canada, now Arctic Ambassador, on Greenland and Arctic co-operation

Ambassador Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen began his post as Danish Ambassador to Canada in 2009. Before this post he served as the Chief Advisor to then Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, on European Union matters, from 2006 to 2009. In 2005, Lorenzen worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of Department of EU Policy. In 2003, he was Head of Department of Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lorenzen has held previous postings at the Danish Embassy in London and at the EU-representation in Brussels. Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen has a degree in political science from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and has studied political science and journalism in the U.S. At the end of his term in Canada in August 2013 he was appointed Arctic Ambassador for the Kingdom of Denmark.

Sara Olsvig, former MP for the IA party, now the party’s new chairman

Sara Olsvig is a member of the parliament of Greenland, Inatsisartut, and chairman of the Inuit Ataqatigiit political party. She holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, and a BA in Social and Cultural History from the University of Greenland, Ilisimatusarfik.


Sara Olsvig has previously been attached to Danmarks Miljøundersøgelser (now DCE – the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy), the Greenland Representation in Denmark, the North Atlantic group in the Danish parliament and the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, ICC.

Torben Möger Pedersen, managing director, PensionDanmark – on the pension funds’ view of investments in Greenland

Torben Möger Pedersen (b. 1955) is CEO of PensionDanmark. PensionDanmark is a labour market pension fund established in 1993. It offers defined contribution pension, insurance and health care products on the basis of collective agreements covering more than 650,000 individuals employed in more than 25,000 companies within the private and public sector. Total assets are 170 bn DKK and growing rapidly.

PensionDanmark has made a number of direct investments in off-shore and on-shore wind farms, biomass power plants and gas and power transmission facilities as well as investments in solar parks, energy storage facilities and other infrastructure assets through funds. Assets under management were at USD 30 billion as of mid-2014.

Mr. Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships including Paradigm Change Capital Partners, Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund I & II and the newly established Danish Climate Investment Fund, which mobilise private climate investments in emerging markets via an innovative private-public-partnership structure.

Furthermore he was in February 2014 appointed as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of UN’s Green Climate Fund and is also a newly appointed member of the World Economic Forum network Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. Previously he has been a member of the Danish Government’s Climate and Energy Growth Team and was named "Environmental Finance Personality of 2013" by Environmental Finance.

Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. Economics from University of Copenhagen (1984) and has attended executive education at Insead Fontainebleau, Insead Singapore, Babson College and Wharton Business School.

Henrik Wegener, vice-rector, DTU – on education as a growth driver

Henrik Caspar Wegener (born 1958) is Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, Provost. Henrik Caspar Wegener is M.Sc in Food Science and Technology from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen (1988), Ph.D from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen (Microbiology 1992) and Master of Public Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2006).

He was appointed Professor in Food Microbiology and Hygiene in 1998, Research Professor of Zoonoses Epidemiology in 1999 and Adjunct Professor of Bacterial Zoonoses in 2002, all at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen. In 2006 he took over the responsibilities as Director of the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU and in 2011 he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at DTU.

Henrik Caspar Wegener is member of the Danish Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Microbiology as well as the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences. He serves as a referee and associate editor of several international journals and he has been supervising a number of Ph.D. projects. Henrik Caspar Wegener is chairman and member of several important international and local scientific boards and committees and he is an author and co-author of more than 100 international journal articles.

Ole Christiansen, former managing director, Nuna Minerals, on the conditions for developing the mining industry in Greenland

Ole Christiansen (b. 1957) has been managing director of Nuna Minerals from 1999 to 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Aarhus. Ole Christiansen has more than 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration in Greenland.

Adam Chamberlain, partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Adam Chamberlain is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto and acts as National Leader of the firm’s Aboriginal practice as well as its northern practice group, Team North. Adam is called to the Bar in Nunavut and Ontario and is a Certified Specialist in the area of Environmental Law.

As the Leader of Team North, Adam is active in firm initiatives involving Canada’s arctic.  Adam is particularly interested in Aboriginal, environmental and regulatory matters and speaks and writes frequently on environmental assessment, Impact and Benefit Agreements and related issues in the north.

Adam’s Aboriginal and environmental practice brings him to Canada’s arctic regularly. He recently he assisted the Government of Nunavut with the EA processes for the Mary River Iron Mine and also Dominion Diamond (then Harry Winston) in its purchase of the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.

Adam sits on the Board of Directors of several organizations active in Canada’s arctic including the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines.

Karsten Dybvad, managing director, Confederation of Danish Industries (DI), on how growth in the private sector can secure the foundations of the welfare state, and on parallels between Denmark and Greenland

Karsten Dybvad has been  the CEO of DI - Confederation of Danish Industry since 2010. DI is a business organisation and an employer’s association with 10.000 members. In its capacity of business organisation DI ensures that the Danish business community has the optimum basis for competing, developing and manufacturing in Denmark and internationally. In its capacity of employers' association DI is responsible for collective bargaining at the national level and within the individual sector or enterprise. Mr. Dybvad is a member of the Executive Board of BUSINESSEUROPE, which is the umbrella organisation for European business federations. He is also a member of the boards of Novo Fonden (Novo Foundation), Copenhagen Business School, Pension Danmark and PFA Pension & PFA Holding. Previous to heading DI, Mr. Dybvad was the Permanent Secretary of State in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2005 to 2010 and the Permanent Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Dybvad has a degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.


Mads Lebech, managing director, Danish Industry Foundation, The Arctic Cluster of Raw Materials – Innovative and sustainable business projects – Danish-Greenlandic possibilities

Since 2009, Mads Lebech has been CEO of the Danish Industry Foundation, one of the largest business foundations in Denmark. He is also board chairman of Copenhagen Malmö Port and vice-chairman of the board of Tivoli and the board of the development company CPH City & Port Development.

In the Danish Industry Foundation, Mads Lebech has amongst other things worked with clusters, in the same style as the Arctic Cluster of Raw Materials. He is also involved in the project Complex Cleantech Solutions, in which Danish companies jointly draw up bids on major climate adaptation solutions in markets far from Denmark – in such fields as water supply, sewage systems, etc.

In the same vein is the project RuDanEnergo, in which Danish suppliers in the energy industry are working together in Russia. Last year, the Danish Industry Foundation established the Danish Water Technology House, which brings together Danish water companies under one roof in Singapore, where clean drinking water is highly desirable – something that the Danish water solutions can jointly help to deliver.

Mads Lebech was Conservative mayor of Frederiksberg from 2001 to 2009.


Prof. Minik Rosing, geologist, on ‘Greenland Perspectives’: a newly-launched co-operative project between the University of Greenland and the University of Copenhagen, on the possibilities and prerequisites for growth in other economic sectors, and the status of the ‘To the benefit of Greenland’ report.

Minik Rosing is a professor of Geology at the University of Copenhagen and chairman of the Greenland Research Council. Minik Rosing studies the Earth’s earliest life and raw materials, with a focus on those raw materials that are important for the development of society. He was head of the committee behind the report “For the Benefit of Greenland” and is now leading a new initiative: Greenland Perspective, a collaborative project between the University of Greenland and the University of Copenhagen.

Dr Edward Huijbens, director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, on the growth in the Icelandic tourism sector

Edward H. Huijbens, MA, PhD. Geographer and scholar of tourism at the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and professor at the University of Akureyri. Edward directed the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre from 2006 till end year 2014 through the greatest boom period in Icelandic tourism. Edward works on tourism innovation, landscape perceptions, marketing strategies and health and wellbeing. He is author of articles in several scholarly journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Geographies and has published monographs in both Iceland and internationally and co-edited three books. 

Robert Sheldon, director, Business Development, Venture North 

Robert Sheldon facilitates infrastructure and related operating business development in Alaska, Iceland and Greenland.  Mr. Sheldon is a frequent commentator on high latitude capital formation and is presently the Director of Business Development for the Venture North Group. The Venture North Group is the only Alaskan based full service merger and acquisition as well as capital raising firm.


Mr. Sheldon has allocated capital, structured finance and championed economic development for both public and private organizations.  He was a founding principal of the second largest Alaskan SEC Registered Investment Advisor firm. Previous to this he was an officer at the Trust Department of an Alaskan bank, where he oversaw the employee profit sharing plan, assisted in management of the common investment fund, was a member of the Trust Investment Committee and a partner in the bank’s Investment Unit. 


Mr. Sheldon served the past four governors of Alaska in various official capacities. He is currently a commissioner for the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct. Previously, he was a director for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a director for the Alaska Energy Authority, and a convener for several Alaska international trade efforts. Additionally, he has served as a director for several Alaskan remote logistics and service corporations including jet air service, air-motive, fuel distribution & sales, hotel and grocery. His extensive business experience, coupled with his passion for global finance and economics, has led to a wide-ranging network of global contacts and transaction flow.


A lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Sheldon earned a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Economics from Colorado State University. 


Peter Beck, consultant, Ministry of Finance, on Greenland’s debt crisis in the late 1980s: What have we learned from it?

Born 1951, MSc in political science 1978. Has been employed by the government of Greenland since 1988.

Peter Beck was appointed director of finance for the then Greenland Home Rule in September 1988. His first major task was to raise foreign loans to solve the liquidity crisis of Greenland Home Rule and draw up proposals for the 1989 budget, with a profit.

Since 2008, Peter Beck has been a special adviser to the Ministry of Finance, and has also participated in the work of managing the government’s borrowing and its debt and investment strategy.