New Head of Communications for Nordic co-operation

16.12.21 | News
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Nordic Innovation



Niina Aagaard is the new Head of Communications for the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council. Born in Finland and now living in Copenhagen, she joins us from her role as Operations Manager for Nordic Innovation in Norway.

Niina Aagaard will start her new job at Nordic House in Copenhagen in the new year. She succeeds Mary Gestrin who has left the post after seven years. 

Niina Aagaard takes over the leadership of the communications department, which consists of an interpreting and translation team, a publications unit, a team for digital media, and a group of communications advisors. 

Nordic professional life

Aagaard is trained in communication and rhetoric, and has primarily worked with strategic communication in politically controlled organisations.

“I’ve worked with Nordic co-operation throughout my professional life, in both the private and political sectors. I know just how important Nordic values on education, gender equality, social equality, and the protection of culture are for making us competitive and adaptable,” she says. 

Co-operation will promote the green transition

For a few years now, official Nordic co-operation – which is managed from the Secretariat in Copenhagen – has been focused on realising the vision of making the Nordic Region the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030. 

By investing in joint research and appropriate joint projects, Nordic co-operation will facilitate a green and socially sustainable transition in the Nordic countries.   


“Ambitious vision”

“This is an ambitious vision, because we’re talking about systemic change. I’d like the great work that Nordic co-operation does on a daily basis to be given more attention. Nordic parliamentarians, government agencies and civil society organisations, companies, and individuals spend their days working to solve global challenges,” says Aaagaard.


She is employed on Nordic terms, which means she has a five-year contract with the possibility of a three-year extension.   

Niina Aagard is 48 and has three children. She lives with her family in Copenhagen.