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Ms. Naaja H. Nathanielsen

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MS. NAAJA H. NATHANIELSEN

Minister of Business, Trade, Mineral Resources, Justice and Gender Equality, Greenland

Naaja H. Nathanielsen (born 1975) is Minister of Business, Trade, Mineral Resources, Justice and Gender Equality in Greenland. She was first elected to Inatsisartut (the Greenlandic parliament) in 2009 for Inuit Ataqatigiit. The following 7 years she served on a number of committees, especially the Finance and Fiscal affairs committee and the committee for Trade, Commerce, Mineral and Oil Ressources.

In 2016 she left the parliament and became director of the Greenlandic prison and probation service. She was reelected in April 2021 and became Minister for Housing, Infrastructure, Gender equality and Natural resources. In November 2021 she was appointed to the Ministry of Finance and Gender Equality. In a cabinet reshuffle in September 2023, she was appointed her current position. Nathanielsen holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Copenhagen.

As member of parliament, she successfully proposed a bill to implement gender quotas on public boards and committees, proposed a gender equality law and proposed to establish a center for therapeutic help to violent partners. As minister she is currently updating the gender equality law, the minerals laws and regulations and the framework on business support and promotion.

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Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

Economist | Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult and HerSpace

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders.

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.