Summarizing the first year of IAKS Nordic Lars Hjorth Baerentzen presented the Annual Report to the General Assembly on 23 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consisted of two board meetings, a growing membership base (currently 27 members in Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Island, Norway and Sweden), 16 members participating in the IAKS Congress 2017 in Cologne, Germany, and the participation of IAKS Nordic in other international events. At least one more board meeting will be held in 2018 focusing on the future of IAKS Nordic as well as future events in 2018 and 2019. Initial steps are planned to create a Nordic expert circle for outdoor grounds. Anyone interested in joining the expert circle, also from outside Nordic, is kindly requested to contact Sidsel Hye-Knudsen at email@example.com for more information.
The IAKS Nordic General Assembly elected Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities CEO Esben Danielsen to be new president of IAKS Nordic. Former president Lars Hjorth Baerentzen made a career change to new premises outside the sports and leisure facility industry.
Esben (45 years) has been CEO of the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities since 2015. Since the early 1990’s Esben has been involved in grassroot organizations of the music industry. Esben has been the Art Director of the regional music venue Gimle in Roskilde, Denmark for eight years. In 2010 Esben became Head of Development for the Roskilde Festival where his work consisted of “city planning of a temporary city for 130,000 inhabitants”. As Head of Innovation of the special unit ‚Roskilde Festival Orange Innovation‘ he developed new experiences, events and products for the whole Roskilde Festival group.