North Atlantic Think Tank
The North Atlantic Think Tank was established as a follow up to the OECD Territorial Review of the NORA Region: The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Coastal Norway, and it discusses regional issues drawing on the OECD report as a starting point.
The Think Tank is a cross-disciplinary and cross-border forum. It is intended to contribute to public debate in the region, by launching ideas and recommendations that can strengthen the region’s development through cooperation between the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Coastal Norway.
There are eight members of the North Atlantic Think Tank, two from each of the countries in the North Atlantic Nordic region. They are nominated by the members of the NORA Committee and as members of the Think Tank act in a personal capacity. This means that they do not represent the interests of any organisations, which they may represent in other contexts. Members are co-opted as ”free thinkers” and deliver independent recommendations that do not represent NORA’s official positions or political line.
The first Think Tank crew delivered four recommendations over the period 2011-2014. These contributed both to debate and tangible results, for example through the establishment of a joint master’s degree in West Nordic Studies involving universities from all four countries in the region. IN 2015 the NORA Committee decided to appoint a new team and the process was completed in 2016 when the new Think Tank crew came together for its first session.
Current Members of the North Atlantic Think Tank:
- Dennis Holm (Faroe Islands)
- Katrin Petersen (Faroe Islands)
- Anne Nivíka Grødem (Greenland)
- Jacob Nedergård Jensen (Greenland)
- Dóra Hlín Gísladóttir (Iceland)
- Vífill Karlsson (Iceland)
- Eivind Sommerseth (Norway)
- Eli Grete Høyvik (Norway)
First Members of the North Atlantic Think Tank:
- Hermann Oskarsson (Faroe Islands)
- Sonja Jógvansdóttir (Faroe Islands)
- Henrik Leth (Greenland)
- Tine Pars (Greenland)
- Halla Helgadóttir (Iceland)
- Karl Benediktsson (Iceland)
- Arne O. Holm (Norway)
- Frank Aarebrot (Norway)