Inspirators & facilitators


RÓlvur Djurhuus, Faroe Islands
Faroese Agricultural Agency


Rólvur Djurhuus is head of department and agricultural advisor at the Faroese Agricultural Agency. He will focus on the agricultural status of the islands and the agency's hopes for the future of Faroese food security and self-relience.

Búnaðarstovan (the Faroese Agricultural Agency) is the governmental body handling the administration of public land tenancy, agricultural research and development, administration of public grants for the farming community, as well as various other issues related to the agricultural policy of the government.




Arctic Greens is a new and exiting company based in Greenland. They produce lettuce and micro-greens in shipping-containers using hydroponics. Their produce is currently being sold in shops in Greenland.

Arctic Greens is looking to expand their production and moving into aquaponics. They will be presenting us with their experiences starting up the production of greens and vegetables in Greenland and what the future might hold.

Frisk salat til Paamiutborgere


Ragnheiður Inga Thorarinsdóttir,Iceland
Managing Director, Svinna & CEO, Samrækt


Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir is the director of Svinna-verkfraedi Ltd ( and the founder of Samraekt Ltd ( She holds a PhD in Engineering and MBA. Ragnheidur is former director and deputy director of the National Energy Authority in Iceland. She has a broad experience from various fields of engineering; energy utilization, material science and biochemistry both as a scientist and from administration.

Ragnheidur has been responsible for several R&D and innovation projects. She was the coordinator of the EU-funded EcoPonics project (2013-2016) ( developing commercial aquaponics in Spain, Denmark and Iceland and is currently leading WG3 of the EUAquaponicsHub (2014-2018) ( focusing on commercialisation of aquaponics in Europe. In 2016 together with partners in WG3 she founded the Association of Commercial Aquaponics Companies (ACAC) now joining 22 companies from 12 countries.



Ben Canning,CANADA & Nunavut
Co-Founder, Growing North


Benjamin Canning is an avid social entrepreneur co-founding Growing North, an NGO that address food insecurity in Canada's far North, and co-founding Project Pura, an international water sanitation initiative. His personal mission is to bring about positive systemic change through the use of social entrepreneurship, commerce and technology. 

 Driven by his passion to solve global systemic issues and create a better world for tomorrow, Benjamin is excited to be attending the Green Growth Dialogue conference!

Ben Canning named 2016 student entrpreneur provincial champion

Kale in the Arctic: Inside an igloo greenhouse that could inspire fresh food production in the North




Simon Goddek is working at Wageningen University on modelling multi-loop aquaponic systems as well as the integration of sludge remineralization as well as desalination technologies in decoupled aquaponic systems. Furthermore he is co-founder of the NGO Developonics ( that is registered in Belgium. His objective is to make aquaponics a viable option for large scale food production systems.

According to QS World University Rankings, Wageningen University ranks #1 in the field of Agriculture and Forestry. Additionally, Wageningen is the best university in the Netherlands for Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

Navigating towards Decoupled Aquaponic Systems: A System Dynamics Design Approach

Challenges of Sustainable and Commercial Aquaponics


Oliver KÖRNER, Denmark
Senior specialist, Danish Technological Institute


Oliver is an international educated greenhouse horticultural scientist with special emphasis on energy fluxes, crop growth- and microclimate modelling with about 20 years’ experience in that field. He is the main author of the open-source model project ‘The Virtual Greenhouse’ (VG) that is also used as basis for the commercial and education software with the same name ( With that tool greenhouse structures, equipment and cultivation strategies can be simulated for any location in the world providing climate data as input. The VG will be used to simulate scenarios on various greenhouse set ups for the Arctic regions.

Google Scholar profile

Optimeret planteproduktion - Planteproduktionens miljøbelastning


Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann, Greenland
Post-doc & manager of Innolab, University of Greenland


Aviaja is currently a postdoc at the University of Greenland in Nuuk. She has a PhD in microbiology from Technical University of Denmark and is working on setting up an InnoLab in Greenland, that will focus on food production in the Arctic.

Greenlandic scientist Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann 2014 (YouTube Video, in English)

Grønlandsbloggen (Blog at Danish engineering site Ingeniøren, in Danish)


Siv Lene Gangenes Skar, Norway
Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research


Siv Lene Gangenes Skar holds a position as Research Scientist at NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research, Grimstad/Ås, Norway.

She has her Master science degree (can. agric.) in horticulture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (1996).

Skar’ research areas include agriculture and horticulture science with a national and international approach, in particular concept of sustainable food production the latest 7 years, in close collaboration with stakeholders/companies. Climate change, gender and capacity building is now a growing area of research.

Nye oppdrettsanlegg kan skape ny næring (TV-Interview, in Norwegian)

Fiskeoppdrett og planter i samme system (Article, in Norwegian)


Gilberto Arias, Panama


Gilberto Arias was educated at the University of Virginia (Philosophy, Economics) and Cambridge (Law). A former diplomat, Gilberto was appointed in 2009 Panamá’s Ambassador to the Court of Saint James, in which position he led the Panamanian delegations at the International Maritime Organization and UNFCCC. He has worked with a number of other climate change negotiating delegations, including the Dominican Republic and the Marshall Islands, as well as doing extensive policy writing on climate law, climate change and the international maritime transport sector. At IMO and UNFCCC, Gilberto acted as principal focal point on issues regarding emissions for the international shipping sector on behalf of the world’s Largest merchant marine fleet.

He is also a part of the CleanStart and CleanFish initiative (, which also contains members such as Greenwave ( and HATponics (

Wikipedia article: Gilberto Arias

Profile at International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)