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.
Outi Snellman - Vice-President Organisation University of Lapland
Has strategic leadership for UArctic as a membership organization.
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.
Kari Laine - Vice-President Research University of Oulu
Develops and oversees UArctic’s research strategy
Professor Kari Laine worked as the director of the Thule Institute. He has a PhD in Botany and Plant Ecology, and has previously worked as a scientific director in the focus area of Environmental Science and Technology. His areas of expertise are environmental ecology and ecological problems in the north, including Global Change aspects. In his research, Kari Laine focuses on issues around northern ecosystems and their vulnerability, especially in regard to environmental changes with a multidisciplinary approach.
John Eichelberger - Vice-President Academic University of Alaska Fairbanks
Has strategic leadership for UArctic’s academic affairs.
John has had a varied career in research, education, and administration following an education in geosciences at MIT and Stanford (PhD ’74). Seventeen years of volcano and geothermal research based at US national laboratories in the State of New Mexico were followed by sixteen years as volcanology professor and leader of the Alaska Volcano Observatory at UAF, the latter interrupted by a half year at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. Next came five years as Program Coordinator of the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazard Program headquartered in Virginia, after which John returned to Alaska to be a UAF dean and later a UArctic Vice President. His starting point in volcanology gradually broadened to collaborations in research and education with Alaska’s neighbor Russia, and then to international Arctic education and research in general. One of his more peculiar and better-known activities is drilling volcanoes. John and his wife Liudmila, also a geologist, enjoy the Arctic life of kayaking, hiking, skiing and most of all, dogs.
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.
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.