Frigg Jørgensen

Executive Director

Contact information:

Phone: +47 79 02 11 11
Cell phone: +47 913 90 554
E-mail: frigg(a)


Frigg joined AECO in 2006. As AECO’s executive director (ED), based in Longyearbyen, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of AECO and is the manager of the Secretariat. The ED is the treasurer of AECO and serves as a contact between standing committees, all members and partners. Together with the assistant director, the ED is responsible for implementing AECO’s action plans and ensuring that activities are aligned with the organization’s objectives and strategies. The ED is also AECO’s primary spokesperson, representing members and advocating on their behalf. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, Frigg’s focus areas are Svalbard, search and rescue (SAR), marine issues, and project management.

Frigg comes from Northern Norway and has lived in Svalbard and worked in polar tourism since 1992. After completing a college degree in tourism, she started as manager for what today is called Visit Svalbard, building up the local tourist office in Longyearbyen and coordinating the establishment of the Svalbard Tourism Board. From 2001 till 2006, she worked as the first tourism adviser at the Governor of Svalbard office. Frigg has been project manager for the development of “The Svalbard Guide Courses”, “General guidelines for tourism in Svalbard”, “Clean up Svalbard” and “The Governor’s strategy for tourism and outdoor recreation”. Since she joined AECO, she has been responsible for several of AECO’s numerous projects. Frigg speaks Norwegian, English and some German.

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Edda Falk

Communications Manager


Cell phone: +47 476 32 550
E-mail: edda(a)


Edda has been AECO’s communications manager since May 2017. She is based in Oslo, working from a home office, but periodically works from AECO’s office in Longyearbyen. Her focus areas include AECO’s communications and outreach, including media relations, web presence, social media and member resources. She also contributes to AECO’s strategic planning and advocacy efforts.

Edda is Norwegian, and her background includes language studies, communications and international relations, specializing in Arctic issues. She has previously worked for the Norwegian Embassy in Havana, the Canadian Embassy in Norway and as an arctic advocacy officer for the Canadian International Arctic Centre in Oslo, where she coordinated the promotion of Canada’s Arctic interests abroad. She has also held the position of communications adviser at the High North Center for Business and Governance in Bodø, which focuses on business and innovation in the circumpolar Arctic. Edda speaks Norwegian, English, Spanish and French.

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M. Florencia Becherini

Administration and Finance Officer


Cell phone: +47 468 08 917
Phone: +47 79 02 11 11
E-mail: florencia(a)


M. Florencia (Flor) is AECO’s administration and finance officer. She joined the Secretariat in September 2015. Flor works with accounting, administration, archives, event planning, general inquiries and member service. Flor assists members and ships with administrative and membership issues, including AECO’s Cruise scheduler and vessel contact list. She is based at AECO’s head office in Longyearbyen.

Flor comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she grew up and spent most of her life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade with specialization in international economy and worked more than twelve years as an account manager both in an Argentinean bank and in the biggest newspaper in the country. After completing her studies in 2012, she moved to Norway, where she learned Norwegian. Florencia also speaks English and has Spanish as a mother tongue.

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Ilja Leo Lang

Assistant Director 

Contact information:

Phone: +45 26 24 95 92
E-mail: ilja(a)


Ilja joined AECO in January 2012 and works as assistant director from AECO’s office in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ilja works closely with AECO’s executive director and the other members of the Secretariat to advance the interests of AECO’s members. Ilja’s focus areas include Canada, Russia, and marine issues.

Ilja grew up in Denmark, and has lived in Germany, England, Australia, Norway and Greenland. He has a master’s degree in social science from the University of Copenhagen and a journalist diploma from the Danish School of Journalism. In 2007, he wrote his master thesis about Greenland – which has also been published as a book. Ilja has worked as a lecturer at the University of Greenland, and with expedition cruise operations in Greenland for different companies. Ilja speaks fluent Danish, English and German.

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Sarah Auffret

Environmental Agent


Cell phone: +47 407 47 075


Sarah joined AECO in May 2018 and is based in Tromsø. Sarah hold a project position as AECO’s environmental agent and is responsible for AECO’s Clean Seas initiatives. Sarah leads AECO’s efforts to drastically cut back on single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise vessels, as well as enhance cruise passengers’ involvement in regular beach clean-ups.

Sarah grew up in France and has lived in the UK, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Japan, Norway and Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula. She holds a BA in European Studies and German from the University of Plymouth. Sarah has worked as a polar guide, expedition leader on cruises in Svalbard, East Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula and as base leader of Port Lockroy. She has a long-standing passion for environmental issues. In 2010, she initiated a coastal cleanup movement in Naruto, Japan. Sarah is a native speaker of French and English, speaks Spanish and German and has a basic understanding of Japanese and Norwegian.

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