Name: Alexia (Lia) Annisius Askelöf.
Position: Digital Marketing – Sales.
Place and date of birth: Stockholm, Sweden, 17th July 1989.
Hometown: Húsavík, Iceland and Norrtälje, Sweden.
Star sign: Cancer.
Education: Elementary school in Norrtälje, two years of upper secondary school directed in animal keeping in zoo parks, and graduated after two more years directed in media (2009). STCW courses; Basic Safety Training and Crowd- and Crisis Management (2008). Authorised dog instructor (2012). BA in Journalism and Multimedia from Södertörn University, Stockholm (2017).
Languages: Swedish (Scandinavian), English and Icelandic.
Experience: I have been at Gentle Giants since 2008, both guiding and doing various work in land, such as ticket sales, updating website, design, training staff, brochure distributions, taking part in sales and marketing, social media, web editing etc.
For two summers I worked as a summer reporter at the local paper Norrtelje Tidning, in Norrtälje, Sweden. Got my diploma as a dog instructor 2012 and have held dog courses. My first job was at Skansen-Akvariet (Stockholm) for five years as a zoo keeper, in the therapy-corner and the entrance/souvenir shop.
Interests: Loads of things! I enjoy nature and outdoor activities as well as being creative in different ways, training dogs, travelling, spending time with family and friends, to see new places and meet new people.
Favourite Icelandic food: Fish freshly caught in Skjálfandi Bay, preferably grilled.
Favourite foreign food: Spanish paella is one of them.
Favourite band / singer: Ásgeir Trausti, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars are some of my favourites, but I can enjoy most kinds of music depending on the mood.
Football / soccer team: May the best team win!