The work of the Arctic Economic Council is guided by the members of the Executive Committee:

Evgeniy Ambrosov
Evgeniy Ambrosov

AEC Chair, Russian Federation

Mr. Ambrosov serves as the Arctic Economic Council’s Chairman during the Russian business community’s chairmanship (2021-2023).

Evgeny Ambrosov is deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Director of Maritime Operations, Shipping and Logistic of NOVATEK. He has been working in the Russian shipping industry since 1979.

Mr. Ambrosov has worked for nearly 30 years in Russia’s Far Eastern Shipping Company, rising from the position of Cargo Officer on board of liner vessels to President & CEO of the FESCO Transportation Group. He held executive position in Sovcomflot. In 2009, he joined the company with responsibility for commercial fleet operations and new business development, including a sophisticated fleet operating in the harsh environments of the Far Eastern and Arctic seas, and for developing the potential of the Northern Sea Route for large tankers’ transits.

Heidar Gudjonsson
Heidar Gudjonsson

AEC Vice Chair,  Iceland

Heidar Gudjonsson

Mr. Gudjonsson is the CEO of Sýn hf. (Vodafone), vice-chairman of HS Utility and chairman of the first infrastructure investment fund in the Arctic, Innviðir fjárfestingar slhf. (2015). Gudjonsson has been working in business in the Arctic for the last 20 years. After finishing his economic studies at the University of Iceland business led him to work in New York, London and Zurich, for close to two decades, but always with one foot firmly set in Iceland. Gudjonsson has built hydropower plants in the area, invested in infrastructure through electricity and water utilities and founded a Norwegian Icelandic oil exploration company. He is the Chairman of the Icelandic Arctic Chamber of Commerce, is on the Advisory Board of the Arctic Circle and author of the “Arctic Push” (2013), a bestseller in Iceland.

Tero Kiviniemi
Tero Kiviniemi

AEC Vice Chair, Finland

Tero Kiviniemi is the President and CEO of Destia. He is a Chair and Member of the Management Team from the 1st of July, 2018. Tero Kiviniemi holds an M.Sc. in Engineering and Executive MBA. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harward Business School.

Previously Tero Kiviniemi was working as an Executive Vice President at YIT Corporation. He was also a Head of the Business Premises and Infrastructure segment, Head of YIT’s Construction Services (Finland segment), a Division Manager at Structural Engineering and Regional Infra Services, and Business Unit Manager. From 1996 to 2005 he also worked in various positions at the YIT Construction.

Thomas Mack
Thomas Mack

AEC Vice Chair, Aleut International Association (AIA)

Mr. Mack is the CEO of the Eyak Corporation (TEC). At the AEC Mr. Mack represents the Aleut International Association.

In his role as CEO of The Eyak Corporation, Mr. Mack is responsible for delivering on TEC’s mission to return financial benefits to present and future shareholders through the development of economic opportunities and growth of assets while protecting the ownership of ANCSA lands and Native cultural heritage. He actively promotes TEC’s positions on culture, education, and economic development issues. He conveys policy recommendations to government and community leaders on TEC-related legislation and policy issues.

Mr. Mack was raised in King Cove, located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, and is an original shareholder of both The Aleut Corporation and King Cove Corporation. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Alaska Pacific University, a Master’s of Science degree from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Mr. Mack also completed numerous executive leadership programs at Stanford University, the University of Chicago Booth and Harvard University.

Inger Johnsen

AEC Vice Chair, Norway

Inger Johnsen holds a position in the executive committee of the Arctic Economic Council as incoming chair when Norway takes over the chairmanship in May 2023.

Ms. Johnsen is head of communications at the energy company Troms Kraft. Ms. Johnsen has a master’s degree in language from the University of Bergen, with marketing, organizational theory and management as well. She has long experience with communication and project management from both communication agency and business organizations.