Chief Executive Officer

Jóhanna Lava Køtlum was appointed director of Firum in 2016. Jóhanna is a certified biologist from Tromsø University / Aarhus University, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Assessment from the University of Aalborg. She has previously worked at the Faroese Food and Veterinary Authority, head of department and director at the Faroese Environment Agency, and head of the Greenland Fisheries Department in Nuuk.

The director of Firum is responsible for the professional, strategic and financial operation of Firum. She is also responsible for all in-house transactions in connection with activities, assets, relations with the authorities and the industry, in addition to personnel matters.


The General Administration Office

The administration office is responsible for a number of internal services as well as relations with exterior parts.

The tasks at hand include regular reception and other contacts addressed to Firum. Other tasks include:

  • Supervision and implementation of general requirements and certifications.
  • Staff expertise training and scheduling training programmes.
  • Agreements and communication with suppliers.
  • Company purchases.
  • Secretary to the Safety and Security Committee.

The office also co-ordinates activities and external relations, and participation in various projects, organisation of conferences and events. Other tasks include:

  • Website administration, information and news service.
  • Membership of EURAXESS.
  • Development cooperation.

The office oversees the company’s assets, i.e. buildings, equipment and transport vehicles, to ensure necessary maintenance, updates and repairs.


Name Position Telephone Email
Amanda Vang Head of Department, Cellular Biologist, PhD +298 774 767
Annette Spange Davidsen Administrator +298 77 47 63
Erna Lava Olsen Head of Department, Oceanographer, MSc +298 77 47 59
Jógvan Fríðálvur Hansen Engineer +298 77 47 30
Jóhanna Lava Køtlum CEO, biologist, MSc +298 77 47 47
Kirstin Eliasen Head of Department, PhD +298 774 703
Tróndur Kragesteen Head of departement, engineer, PhD +298 77 47 36