Founder´s welcome

 

alec

Dear Visitors and Guests,

Let me first welcome you to our extraordinary environment – the picturesque and sunny island of Gotland. To be able to develop the vision in this ultimate enabling environment is a grand privilege of a life time. Our efficient and very professional GotlandRing team has already delivered unforgettable events for global automotive new model launches and driver development services for various clientele. None of this would be possible without our main sponsor Nordkalk and a team of colleagues including management, business partners, volunteers, and last but not least, reliable customers and true friends.

Social and environmental entrepreneurship is what drives and motivates the GotlandRing team and related cluster of partner companies. From the very beginning, Gotland Ring has been in the forefront in terms of vision, execution, and focus on excellence; in some cases, especially with its environmental goals, even too early as the market was not mature for that level of commitment. Now, Gotland Ring is a case study of success as the first ecological/sustainable race & test circuit in the world, as it was introduced at the World Professional Motorsport Expo at the forum seminar for leading experts, track owners, investors, operators, and architects in Cologne, Germany in November 2009 (where I was invited to lecture about “Social & Environmental Entrepreneurship” under the category “Creating and Operating Socially Responsible Circuits”).

The main business focus for Gotland Ring continues to be within international new model launches, corporate high-end and edutainment events, and testing & development. However, the track experiences a tremendous popularity among enthusiasts and trackday operators – both motorcycles and cars. On enthusiast forums one can clearly detect that Gotland Ring is popular because of its combination of driving pleasure and safety – a kind of modern and safe version of the Nordschleife (but a bit shorter for now:)).

In the future, the circuit tarmac will extend far beyond its current 3.2 km. After the planned expansion phase, planned to commence 2017, the circuit will measure 7.4 km, then the longest modern circuit in the world.

The Green Business Campus will host an experimental and modular Smart Energy Road and Traffic System (an energy harvesting infrastructure project), developed by World Ecological Forum and its cluster of companies.

During World Ecological Forum and Almedalen (see http://www.worldecologicalforum.com/), Gotland Ring often hosts zero- and low-emission vehicle workshops. In 2009, Gotland Ring hosted exhibition racing, in benefit for UNICEF with Grand Prix & WRC World Champion drivers, and other champions. Already in 2009, Gotland Ring incorporated electric cars in some of its competitive show case events and especially in driver training, such as Safety & Eco Driving events. Tesla and Renault Zoe RingTaxi vehicles already operate on the circuit during public day driving sessions.

In 2010, the Gotland Ring Motorsport Club (GRMC) organised sports car racing and plan to develop the motorsport activities in the future. Many series organisers – including within car and road racing (motorcycles) – have approached Gotland Ring about organising races on Gotland. However, GotlandRing’s focus is on traffic electrification that also could introduce racing EVs in the future.

To learn more about our vision, goals, and long term development plans, including the co-operation between Gotland Ring and the Green Business Campus and Eco resort project, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Experience the beautiful spring and autumn on Gotland – the island and the track provide a variety of experiences depending on which time of year you visit.

If you visit us summer time, you will be able to witness and experience the very best after race activities in the world. We can guarantee a unique mix of activities and ambience, including exquisite gastronomic experiences (both through our own catering partner and the many splendid partner restaurants).

I look forward to seeing you on our dynamic and picturesque island and Gotland Ring.

Best regards,

Alec Arho Havrén, MIM/MBA
Founder/Circuit Architect/Chief Instructor
alec@gotlandring.com

Follow Alec on Twitter: @AlecArhoHavren

Alec Arho-Havrén, MIM/MBA, Circuit Arcitect, Founder, Chairman of the Board

  • Founder and Chairman, World Ecological Forum
  • Social and environmental entrepreneur
  • Gotland Green Business Campus & Eco Resort and Smart Energy Road and Traffic System inventor/concept developer
  • Circuit Architect, Gotland Ring (world’s first sustainable race and test circuit)
  • Chief Instructor, Gotland Ring
  • Automotive industry expert and consultant
  • Strategy & policy consultant
  • Graduate of California Lutheran University and Thunderbird Global School of Management

Alec is a frequent speaker on subject matters, such as the paradigm shift of the automotive industry, mission specific zero- and low-emission vehicles, traffic safety, entrepreneurship, green leadership, and eco innovation.
Within motorsport (racing formula, touring, and GT cars), the “Flying Finn-Swede” has experienced many wins and pole positions on various international race circuits, including the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife which has inspired his circuit profile design for Gotland Ring. From Racing technique, Alec has also derived unique edutainment driver training courses, such as Safety & Eco Driving and advanced specialised programmes. Additionally, Alec is a top world ranked senior tennis player (many time European Champion –  in singles, doubles, and mixed) on the ITF Senior Tour.

 

Alec Arho Havrén – bakgrund:

Som ung lovande tennisspelare fick Alec Arho Havrén, efter studentexamen i Finland, ett kombinerat tennis- och akademiskt stipendium för att studera i USA. Efter utbildningar i ekonomi och management vid några av världens ledande universitet, arbetade han en tid inom finansmarknaden i London innan hans ursprungliga miljöintresse kunde ta över även på jobbsidan. Redan i mellanskolan och i gymnasiet var miljöfrågorna nära hjärtat och ursprungligen ville Alec bli marinbiolog.

– Mina föräldrar ”konsulterade” mig dock att gå den ”säkrare vägen” och välja business då jag reste till USA som 18-åring för att börja på universitet.

– Mitt första jobb fick jag i London där jag jobbade i ”city” på finansmarknaden. Efter det jobbade jag inom management consulting runt i Europa. Strax efter det så blev jag entreprenör och har jobbat med diverse intressanta projekt, berättar Alec.

Under senaste åren har Alec jobbat med miljöteknik, elbilar och sin egen uppfinning med energivägen, mm. Han konsulterar även olika miljörelaterade projekt i Kina. Nätverket World Ecological Forum – www.worldecologicalforum.com – grundade Alec 2008. Sedan arrangerade han även ett event med miljöexperter från hela världen som samlades strax innan Almedalsveckan i kongresshallen i Visby 2010.

– I framtiden hoppas vi se många elbils- och elmotorcykelrace på Gotland Ring. Om det blir tävlingar med elbilar, så ställer jag själv upp gladeligen som förare, säger Alec Arho Havrén som annars inte har så mycket tid längre för att själv köra tävlingar.

Men tennis spelar han fortfarande. Femfaldig Europamästare i olika seniorklasser med segrar i singel, dubbel och mixed, flera olika titlar utomhus och inomhus. Mixed-dubbel har han vunnit tillsammans med sin fru Lina Havrén – före detta bulgariska tennisproffset (rankad världsetta i seniorsammanhang i singel, dubbel och mixed) flyttade till Visby 2012.

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