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Leaders of the Mareano Programme Group and the Executive Group hands over the baton

During last week there was a change in leadership within the Programme Group (executive heading) of Mareano when Signe Nåmdal (Norwegian Environment Agency) replaced Aksel Eikemo (The Directorate of Fisheries). The group has the superior responsibility regarding implementation of the different activities in Mareano. Also the Executive Group (doing the daily operations in Mareano) did alter its leadership and here Sten-Richard Birkely took management in the group replacing Børge Holte (both from the Institute of Marine Research).

Retiring and newly appointed leaders in Mareano (from left: Aksel Eikemo, Signe Nåmdal, Børge Holte and Sten-Richard Birkely.

Signe Nåmdal is department manager of Industry and Marine Environment at the Norwegian Environment Agency and comes with experiences from broad background of disciplines. Among other, Nåmdal has worked towards regulation of industry at various levels.

- I’m looking forward to lead the Programme Group of Mareano with fearful joy, Nåmdal said when handed the baton from Eikemo.

Newly appointed leader of the Executive Group, Sten-Richard Birkely, is a marine biologist and has experience from the field of benthic ecology (among other with an almost seven years long stay at UNIS, The University Centre on Svalbard). He has also some experience within other scientific disciplines such as aquaculture industry and environmental monitoring in the North Sea.

Geir Klaveness from the Steering Board of Mareano welcomed the newly appointed leaders.

- The Steering Board wish to welcome the new leaders with joy, and it is not fearful, he added with reference to Nåmdals comment.


Leader Programme Group:
Signe Nåmdal
+47 415 45 228

Leader Executive Group:
Sten-Richard Birkely
+47 917 22 577

Communication advisor:
Beate Hoddevik Sunnset
+47 908 21 630