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

Inger Johnsen

AEC Chair, Norway

Ms. 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.

Q&A with Ms. Inger Johnsen

Evgeniy Ambrosov
Evgeniy Ambrosov

AEC Vice-Chair, Russian Federation

Mr. Ambrosov served 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.

Katrine Ruby Bødiker

AEC Vice Chair,  Denmark

Ms. Katrine Ruby Bødiker is Director of the Executive Secretariat at DI – Confederation of Danish Industry

Ms. Bødiker studied International business, economics, politics and French from University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, and London School of Economics and Political Science, Beijing.

Ms. Bødiker has worked primarily with international relations, focusing on development cooperation, business environment, responsible business conduct and supply chains – in a combination of international project management, policy advocacy, public-private partnerships and business networks. Also worked with organisational and strategic development and governance structures in DI as a business membership organisation.

Lillian Hvatum-Brewster

AEC Vice Chair, Canada

Ms. Lillian Hvatum-Brewster is Chair of ATCO’s Indigenous Advisory Board and has a background in Education (Behaviour Change) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Lillian has been with ATCO for 30 years, which includes working in all the Global Business Units across ATCO in Indigenous Relations (IR), business development and training north and south of 60. Lillian chairs the IR Committee and the IR Steering Committee to ensure adherence to ATCO’s Indigenous Practice, provides and advises coaching to business units and project teams; the focus centering on relationship building.

The areas in which Ms. Brewster works includes the three territories, Labrador and South of 60°, working  from a variety of locations over a 30-year span, including Inuvik, Yellowknife, Ottawa and now Calgary.

Ms. Brewster experience with participating as a director on boards include internal and external, some of which include Indspire, Northwestel, ConocoPhillips Stakeholder Relations, Arctic Economic Council and many more.

Q&A with Ms. Lillian Hvatum-Brewster

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.