Nauja Bianco is a native Greenlander, born and raised in the capital Nuuk in Greenland. It was quite early clear that the rest of the world and international relations sparked her interest. At the age of 17 she was an exchange student in the USA followed by travels to USA, middle and southern America after graduating from high school in Greenland. She attended a trip to Antarctica as part of a larger group of young people celebrating UNESCO’s 50th anniversary that was putting focus on environmental protection, climate change, international cooperation as well as conflict resolution and peace.
As a political science major from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Sciences-Politique in Lille, France, her career has been within government, diplomacy, and international relations. She has worked for the Government of Greenland (in Nuuk as well as Brussels), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the intergovernmental organization of the Nordic Council of Ministers – a cooperation between Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland along with Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland Island.
Ms. Bianco’s area of expertise is cooperation and governance in the Arctic and the Nordic countries. Being a native – but global – Greenlander working for cooperation and added value for the Arctic is always an ambition. She also works for stronger trans-Atlantic bonds.
After 15 years in government and diplomacy, Ms. Bianco became an independent consultant with her own company (Isuma Consulting) and in 2020 she became the director of the Greenlandic House in Odense. She does strategic advisory work within Arctic and Nordic affairs and is a freelance journalist and communications adviser. She focuses on the need of connecting the dots – initiatives as well as people.
Ms. Bianco has lived in in Brussels, Belgium 2006-2010 (working with Greenland’s EU relations) and Toronto, Canada, 2017-2019 (starting up her independent consultancy firm) and she now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, while travelling the Arctic still.
Updated December 2021