About the Fund
The board, experts and the secretariat are the three central parts of the organisation. Together, we will perform knowledge-based and qualitative work with high legitimacy.
The Secretariat takes care of the daily duties of the Nordic Culture Fund at Nordens Hus in Copenhagen. The secretariat is led by a director who is appointed by the board of the Nordic Culture Fund. The daily tasks include every aspect of processing the applications and supporting the board and the experts. The secretariat also works with the Fund’s partnerships, networks and general development tasks. The secretariat consists of a director, four advisors, a project manager and a student assistant.
The 13 members of the Board are appointed by the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers for a two-year period. Each Nordic state has two members; the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland have one each. The chair is for a term of two years and rotates between the five states.
Chairman: Gunilla Carlsson, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Ann-Sofie Alm, Member of Parliament
Vice Chairman: Kajsa Ravin, General Director, Swedish Arts Council
Substitute: Teshome Wondimu, founder and manager, Selam
Board member: Henrik Møller, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Lean Milo, Member of Parliament
Board Member: Lasse Horne Kjældgaard, Director, Carlsbergfondet
Substitute: Sanne Kofod Olsen, Vice Chancellor, Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
Board member: Erling Eidesgaard, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Johan J. Dahl, Member of Parliament
Board member: Veronika Honkasalo, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Heidi Viljanen, Member of Parliament
Board member: Tapani Sainio, Senior Advisor, The Ministry of Education and Culture (on study leave through november 2023)
Substitute: Kirsi Väkiparta, Special Advisor, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE)
Board Member: Claus Kleemann, Head of Legal Department, Department of Education, Culture, Sports and ChurchJustice department
Substitute: Pia Lynge, Acting Head of Department for the Department for Culture, Sports and Church, Department of Education, Culture, Sports and Church
Board member: Hafdís Hrönn Hafsteinsdóttir, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Guðmundur Ingi Kristinsson, Member of Parliament
Board member: Arnbjörg María Danielsen, Director, curator and producer
Substitute: Þorgeir Ólafsson, Producer
Board Member: Kathrine Kleveland, Member of Parliament
Substitute: Helge Andre Njåstad, Member of Parliament
Board Member: Elisabeth Lier Haugseth, Head of expedition, Ministry of Culture and Equality
Substitute: Henning Henriksen, assistant secretary general, Ministry of Culture
Board Member: Yvonne Törneroos, Cultural Planner, Education and Culture Department
Substitute: Pia Sjöberg, Antiquarian, Education and Culture Department
Today the Nordic Culture Fund has a budget of around 36 million DKK. The Fund’s grants comes from the budget of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and is approved by the Nordic Council.
The Nordic Culture Fund uses experts to assess applications and provide the Fund with a basis for artistic quality and other cultural policy assessments. The Fund’s experts come from all over the Nordic region and are experts in the various fields of art and culture. The Fund’s director appoints the experts on the basis of proposals from the national cultural authorities and organisations.
Denmark: Torben Hansen, Ulla Schaltz, Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen, Christiane Finsen
Finland: Minna Vainikainen, Anni Järvelä, Jimmy Pulli, Olli Kortekangas
Faroe Islands: Andrea Heindriksdóttir
Greenland: Arnajaraq Støvlbæk
Iceland: Brynjar Leifsson, Brynja Sveinsdottir, Halla Helgadóttir
Norway: Helle Siljeholm, Aesha Ullah, Amund Sjølie Sveen, Sigve Knutson
Sweden: Helen Sigeland, Tanja Mangalanayagam, Petra Gipp, Eli Frankell
Åland: Fredrik Erlandsson
Globus: Jimena Lara (MX), Pooja Sood (IN), Hild Borchgrevink (NO), Farai Mpfunya (ZW), Ouafa Belgacem (TN/ EG/ FR), Steven Loft (CA).