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Outi Snellman
Vice-President Organization

Oversees the UArctic organization, with primary responsibility for supporting UArctic's membership, governance and management structures, as well as internal and external communication. Head of UArctic International Secretariat.

Outi Snellman has worked in international education and the development of cooperation in higher education in the circumpolar region for the past 20 years in her capacity as the Director of International Relations at the University of Lapland (1990- ) and Secretary General for the Circumpolar Universities Association (1992-1998) as well as Vice-President Administration of the University of the Arctic.

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Pierre-Andre Forest
Director of Governance Support

Responsible for supporting UArctic’s governing bodies and corresponding committees, including organising meetings and assisting with the implementation of resolutions; and for directing membership issues such as membership applications, reviews, and obligations (i.e. member fees and reporting).

Of French-Canadian and Métis origin from Manitoba, Canada, and with a BSc degree in Forest Resources Management and an MSc degree in Geography, Pierre has lived in Finland since 1994. Before joining the UArctic International Secretariat, from 1996-2007 he was involved in developing and coordinating international BA & MA education programmes, and undertaking research on the effects of climate change on the Arctic treeline.

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Scott Forrest
Director of Information Services

Overall information management for the UArctic network, including web development and content, online communication, social media, networking support, brand image and print publications.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Scott came as an exchange student to the University of Lapland from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997.  He has been involved since the beginning of UArctic's development at the International Secretariat. Scott's passions include travel, cooking, football, and his new hobby of leatherworking. He has a Master's degree in International Studies from UNBC, and has also worked at the University of Lapland's Arctic Centre as academic coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program.


Pirkko Pulkkanen
International Projects Manager

Pirkko's main responsibilities are the coordination of UArctic international projects, especially focusing on mobility and planning support for UArctic meetings (Rectors’ Forum, Council of UArctic and Board of Governors).

Prior to her work at the UArctic International Secretariat, she worked as a coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland and as a project planner at the Santasport Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Science from the University of Jyväskylä (major in Sport Sociology) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico with concentration on Communications, Sociology and Professional Physical Education. Pirkko loves the Arctic nature especially in winter. Every occasion she gets is spent outdoors and on weekend escapes: biking, hiking, rafting, skiing or running in the wilderness.

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Hannele Palviainen
Communications Coordinator

Content creation for and development of UArctic webpages (including member profiles, student testimonials, Study Catalogue). Member communications, social media, annual Shared Voices magazine.

After graduating from the University of Jyväskylä in late 2012, Hannele started her UArctic career as an intern and has been working for the Secretariat ever since. Most of her duties have focused on developing the new UArctic website, in particular the Education section and its Study Catalogue and member profiles, and she continues to add more content and keep the website up to date as part of her daily routines. With a Master’s degree in English and a love for books, Hannele also acts as the unofficial grammar police of the Secretariat. Her previous work experience is mainly related to international master’s degree programs (University of Lapland) and communications (University of Jyväskylä).

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Lauri Herva
Finance Controller

Secretariat finance issues, UArctic membership fee collection together with the administration, finances of UArctic projects coordinated by the Secretariat, follow-up of the UArctic budget.

Lauri is a graduate of the University of Lapland from late 2014. During his studies he already worked with financial tasks in a global company. Just before his graduation he started working at the University of Lapland as an intern, and immediately after moved to a part-time Financial Secretary of UArctic. Late 2016 he started as a full-time Finance Controller. Financial tasks such as paying the bills and following up on accounts payable and accounts receivable are Lauri’s business. He keeps the lead of UArctic up to date on the economic situation of UArctic and participates in the annual budgeting process.