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Arctic Circle Names Ásdís Ólafsdóttir as its New CEO

Arctic Circle, the largest international platform for dialogue and collaboration on the Arctic, announces that Ms. Ásdís Ólafsdóttir has been appointed the new CEO of Arctic Circle.

At the same time, it accepted the proposal by former CEO Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson that he concentrate his efforts on other aspects of Arctic Circle activities. This change became effective on June 1st.

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Ásdís Ólafsdóttir has served the Arctic Circle since 2018, most recently as the Director of the Secretariat. She holds a Master's degree in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation from Lund University, Sweden and a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Iceland. She has extensive experience in the management and development of new initiatives. Previously she has worked on projects that require special advice/research on climatic issues, resilience, capacity development, adaptation, risk management and current market status.

Ólafsdóttir succeeds former CEO Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson who has been with the Arctic Circle from its foundation. Sveinbjörnsson will continue to serve the Arctic Circle and international collaboration on Arctic affairs in a different capacity and within the domain of the Arctic Circle. The areas of his activities will include geopolitics of climate change and efforts to initiate and sustain regional and international collaboration on ways in which to address climate change and its consequences. This will involve various Arctic affairs as well as clean energy development, ocean resources and other subjects. Furthermore, Sveinbjörnsson will continue to facilitate the involvement in Arctic affairs of countries and institutions from outside the enclave of Arctic Council states, including continuing work on the Third Pole - Himalaya which has been his speciality for a number of years.

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