Has overall responsibility for UArctic's operations and oversees the senior administration.
Lars Kullerud has held the position of President of UArctic since May 2002. Throughout his UArctic Presidency, Lars has continued to foster an academic interest in the northern environment and development issues and published several academic papers on the issue in addition to representing UArctic. Before joining the UArctic team, he was the Polar Programme Manager for GRID-Arendal which serves as UNEP's (United Nations Environment Program) key polar centre. His academic background is in Precambrian Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, geostatistics, petroleum resource assessments, as well as assessments of the Arctic environment.
Gerald Anderson - Vice-President Indigenous Memorial University of Newfoundland
Has the strategic leadership for ensuring the indigenous perspectives within UArctic, and for ensuring that UArctic contributes to the well-being of northern indigenous communities.
Gerald Anderson is a beneficiary of Nunatsiavut (Labrador Inuit) and has worked with indigenous groups in Canada’s north for over twenty-five years. Working with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University Gerald is responsible for all liaison with northern communities and indigenous groups. He has extensive experience working in the Canadian Arctic with communities developing sustainable commercial fisheries. His work includes assisting with training programs, research and development.
Sheila Downer - Vice-President Finance, Development and Engagement Memorial University of Newfoundland
Provides strategic leadership for UArctic’s economic development.
Sheila Downer has been a strong advocate for the development of rural and northern communities in Canada for more than 30 years. She has a strong background in regional development and her work has built strong connections with municipal, business, education, health, tourism, crafts, and regional development sectors. She has been the lead for major ICT initiatives, involving indigenous communities, private sector companies and governments. These partnerships resulted in the development of local knowledge, skills and effective tools to support the way people live, work and do business in northern communities.
Marina Kalinina - Vice-President Interregional Cooperation Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Provides strategic leadership to ensure that UArctic activities stay circumpolar and oversees broad cooperation between members on multiple levels of faculty, institutional leadership and international collaboration
Marina Kalinina has been professionally involved into the processes of internationalization and modernization of higher education, international cooperation, university development strategies and institutional capacity building since 1993 when she was appointed the lead of the Norwegian-Pomor University Centre in Arkhangelsk. Her professional and research interest include higher education internationalization perspectives, academic international cooperation, democracy and gender as well as circumpolar cooperation and regional models interaction. In her capacity of BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research chair (2011 – 2015) Marina Kalinina promotes international cooperation between educational institutions in the Barents Region, addresses the challenges of the region with the consideration of needs and calls on the global, national and regional levels.
Pål Markusson - Vice-President Mobility UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Provides strategic leadership for all of UArctic's mobility related activities.
Pål (Paul) Markusson has been working in higher education in the north for more than 30 years. He started his academic career as a lecturer in social science, but was elected into office as rector of Finnmark University College, later as director, and after the merger with UiT The Arctic University of Norway a position as faculty director. Pål has been interested in higher education in sparsely populated regions of the North, in developing flexible modes of teaching and in international cooperation in the north.
Provides strategic leadership for all of UArctic's academic activities.
Dr. Michael Castellini earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1981 and has been a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1989. He was the founding Science Director for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, the Director of the Institute of Marine Science, Associate Dean and then Dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Dr. Castellini is now the Interim Dean for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School and a member of the UAF Center for Arctic Policy Studies team. His research focuses on how marine mammals have adapted to life in the sea and he has participated in many public outreach programs discussing climate change, the Arctic and Antarctic, including how animals at those locations are critically dependent on sea ice.
Outi Snellman - Vice-President Organisation University of Lapland
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 25 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 Organization of the University of the Arctic.
Arja Rautio - Vice-President Research University of Oulu
Develops and oversees UArctic’s research strategy. Support the current collaboration and actions of the Thematic Networks.
Arja Rautio has been working in the field of circumpolar health since 2006 at the Thule Institute and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu. Her research interests are on health and wellbeing of populations living in the changing Arctic, marginalization, indigenous health and wellbeing, research ethics and human-environment relationships. She has been the Lead of international Master’s and Doctoral programs. Dr Rautio is a member of the Human Health Expert groups of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme and Sustainable Development Working Group (Co-Chair 2017-19), Social and Human Sciences Group of the International Arctic Science Committee, a board member of the International Union of Circumpolar Health and Chair of the Nordic Society of Circumpolar Health.