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Carl Christian Olsen (Puju)
President, ICC Greenland and ICC Vice- Chair

Carl Christian was born in Sisimiut, Greenland on January 22nd, 1943.

 

His has had an extensive and impressive academic career, attending universities in Denmark, Norway and in the United States. His area of expertise is linguistics.

 

He received his baccalaureate degree from Hong, Denmark. He then attended the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Eskimology (Inuit studies), the University of Alaska and continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago and at Ohio State University, where he pursued his interest in theoretical linguistic. He studied at the University of Oslo and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Copenhagen in 1975. The title of his thesis was Complex Noun Phrases in West Greenlandic to develop it further with Non-participial constructions in West Greenlandic.

 

His career as an academic has been equally impressive, both as co-founder of the University of Greenland, as associate professor in linguistics and literature. He worked as exchange teacher at Barrow High School in Barrow, Alaska.; Knud Rasmussen Folk High School (from where he organized Greenlandic participation in the ICC; professor at Ilinniarfissuaq, the Greenland Teacher College.

 

The current position is the Director of Greenland Language Secretariat; Chairman of Greenland Language Committee; Chairman of Greenland Place Names Authority as well as Chairman of ICC Language Commission.

 

Participated in many national and international venues directed at protecting and promoting Inuit and Indigenous rights and the awareness of the Arctic environmental issues through the Arctic Council, and their language and intellectual property rights in particular through the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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