Poul Michelsen, leader of the Progressive Party (Framsókn), was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the 15 September 2015. In addition to Faroese foreign and trade relations, the Minister is also responsible for Nordic cooperation and a wide range of business and industrial sectors, ranging from aquaculture, maritime services and petroleum exploration to IT, communication and tourism.
Poul Michelsen was born on 22 July 1944. He is married to Sólrún Michelsen. Together they have three children.
Poul Michelsen was the Mayor of Tórshavn from 1981-1992. He was first elected time to Parliament in 1984, and remained an MP until 1990. He was re-elected to Parliament in 2002. In Parliament Poul Michelsen has held several offices, including having been twice elected Speaker as well as Chairman of the Parliamentary Audit Committee. Paul Michelsen has also been a member of the West Nordic Council and the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs. From 2002 to 2015 he was also the Finnish Consul in the Faroe Islands.
In 2011 Poul Michelsen established the Progressive Party (Framsókn), a liberal independent party and he has been Party leader since.
Jón Tyril is a serial entrepreneur. His career started with the formation of the band Clickhaze. He then moved on to become the driving force behing musical performance cooperative Tónleikasamtakið Grót, world famous music festival G! Festival, micro-concert festival HOYMA, and HOYMAbit.
Tyril was the main driver behind the G! Festival between 2002-2014, and his main focus is now on developing HOYMA og HOYMAbit.
In 2012 she moved back to her native islands after 20 years abroad and took up the position of Director of Visit Faroe Islands where her main task is, quite simply, to put the Faroe Islands on the world map as a must-see tourist destination. In recognition of her achievements so far in leading her small team to develop a successful new marketing strategy for Faroese tourism, Guðrið Højgaard received the 2016 Public Leader of the Year award. Also Visit Faroe Islands won the Faroese Prize Initiative of the Year (Ársins Átak) 2016 and several international marketing awards like Golden Lions in Cannes, Clio Awards, Epica Awards and World Media Awards.
From 2018 Guðrið will also be director for the internal tourism development on the islands.
Dr. Auður H Ingólfsdóttir is a researcher at the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre (ITRC). Her research interests are in the field of sustainable tourism and include topics such as climate change and tourism, nature based tourism and CSR within the tourist sector.
Lisbeth Nebelong lived three years in Tórshavn as a child and young adult and frequently visits the Faroe Islands. Besides the travel book, marketed at Danish and Norwegian tourists, she is also the author of three novels, taking place in the Faroes, 'Færø Blues Trilogien' (The Faroe Blues Trilogy).
Óluva Zachariasen is journalist at Kringvarp Føroya, the national broadcasting company of the Faroe Islands. In addition to being a journalist, she has a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.
She is often chairman of debates and conferences. She is also a regular guide in the Faroese mountains for both Faroese and foreign travelers.
Luis Pellecer Jr.
Luis is the manager of Mikkeller Tórshavn – one of the few establishments in the Faroes that has a zero-plastic tolerance.