Susan Barr
Susan Barr       

Susan Barr is a British citizen and has lived permanently in Norway since 1973. After her PhD in historical archaeology at the University of Oslo she became the first cultural heritage officer for the Norwegian Arctic in 1979, organising her own 10 weeks of field work each summer in Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and now works at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage as the senior polar advisor, concerned with the management of Norwegian polar heritage. She is President of the International Arctic Science Committee, was founding President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites’ Polar Heritage Committee and is member of several other polar related organisations. She has had extensive field work in the Arctic and Antarctic and has published several books and articles related to polar history and cultural heritage management.

Terry V. Callaghan
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Terry Callaghan has worked in the Arctic for 49 years on plant ecology, ecosystem science and environmental change. He developed several scientific fields and contributed to major arctic and global organisations and environmental assessments including IPCC. He led the Abisko Scientific Research Station (Sweden) and developed a network (INTERACT) of 77 research stations. Terry published over 430 scientific papers and is a “Most Cited and Influential Researcher” on the Web of Science. He has been recognised by Honorary Ph.D.s from Sweden, Finland and Russia, medals from the King of Sweden and Queen of England, and the joint award of the Nobel Peace Prize to IPCC in 2007.

Artur Chilingarov



Artur Chilingarov is a famous statesman and political figure, explorer of the Arctic, Antarctic and World Ocean, a scientist and oceanographer, author of scientific papers and books on the development of the Russian arctic territories. Chilingarov is a Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic; member of the State Commission for the Arctic Development, the President of the Association of Polar Explorers, member of the Marine Board of the Government of the Russian Federation. He is a Doctor of Geography, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society and President of the Polar Academy. Artur Chilingarov is the Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of the Russian Federation. Member of many scientific societies, such as the Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) and the Explorers Club (USA). Chevalier of the Order of "Legion of Honor" (France),Order of Bernardo O`Xiggins, Order of Grimaldi (Monaco), holder of a gold star for his merits to the Republic of Austria, etc.

David Hik
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David Hik is Professor of Biological Sciences, at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research interests are focused on the ecology and dynamics of Arctic and mountain terrestrial environments; determinants of social-ecological resilience; and the interface between science and policy.  Currently serves as on the Advisory Boards of Polar Knowledge Canada; Arctic Centre (Rovaniemi); Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting Agency; Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (Yukon); and is Visiting Guest Professor, Polar Research Institute of China.  He was President of the International Arctic Science Committee from 2010-2014.

Aleksi Härkönen

Aleksi Härkönen has served as Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs since 2014. Operating under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador for Arctic Affairs manages Finland's participation in international arctic cooperation, for example, as a member of the Arctic Council. Härkönen has previously served, for instance, as the Finnish Ambassador to Estonia (2010-2014), a Special Adviser to President Tarja Halonen (2009-2010), and the Head of Finland's OSCE Chairmanship Task Force (2007-2009). Härkönen holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki.

Alexander Sergunin

Alexander Sergunin is Professor of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russia. He holds a Ph.D. (history) from the Moscow State University (1985) and Habilitation (political science) from the St. Petersburg State University (1994). His fields of research and teaching include International Relations Theory, Russian foreign policy thinking and making, Arctic politics. His most recent book-length publications include: Russia in the Arctic. Hard or Soft Power? (Stuttgart, 2016) (with Valery Konyshev); Explaining Russian Foreign Policy Behavior: Theory and Practice (Stuttgart, 2016); Russian Strategies in the Arctic: Avoiding a New Cold War (Moscow, 2014) (with Lassi Heininen and Gleb Yarovoy); Contemporary Military Strategy (Moscow, 2014) (with Valery Konyshev); Contemporary International Relations Theories (Moscow, 2013) (with Valery Konyshev et al.); The Arctic in International Politics: Cooperation or Competition? (Moscow, 2011) (with Valery Konyshev).


Peter Sköld


Peter Sköld


Peter Sköld is a professor in history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University, Sweden. He is the director of the Centre for Arctic Research. Sköld’s research profile includes historical demography, population statistics, indigenous health transitions and northern cultures. He has an extensive list of publications, and is the editor of fifteen books and author of five monographies. He was one of the authors of Arctic Human Development Report II and this year he was co-author of an article on indigenous health that was published in The Lancet. Peter Sköld has an active engagement in Arctic research planning, in stakeholder cooperation, and international collaboration. Sköld is president of International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), vice chair for WG Human and Social Sciences in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). He is also a member of the Arctic Council Culture, Economy and Geography Expert Group. In 2015 Peter Sköld was appointed Honorary Consul of Västerbotten to Latvia and this year he became official Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten.

Shinichiro Tabata



Shinichiro Tabata is a Professor and Director at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University, Japan. He is simultaneously working as a Professor at the Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University that was established in 2015. He is a principal investigator of the theme “People and Community in the Arctic: Possibility of Sustainable Development” which was one of the eight sub-programs included in Japan’s national project, “Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS)” (2015-2020), adopted by the Ministry of Education and Science, Japan. Professor Tabata has studied the Soviet and Russian economy since the 1980s. He has edited a number of books, including Eurasia’s Regional Powers Compared - China, India, Russia (Routledge, 2015), Energy and Environment in Slavic Eurasia (Hokkaido University, 2008) and Dependent on Oil and Gas: Russia's Integration into the World Economy (Hokkaido University, 2006).

Jörn Thiede

Jörn Thiede, born German in 1941, studied geosciences at the universities of Kiel, Vienna and Buenos Aires. 1967-1982 he worked in junior to senior academic positions at the universities of Aarhus/DK, Bergen/N, Oregon State University in Corvallis/ US, Oslo/N and learned to sail the worlds oceans attempting to understand the history of their shape, waters and life. In 1982 he moved to Kiel University/ Germany and persued the foundation of a new research institution in marine geosciences (GEOMAR). GEOMAR  was established in 1987 and he became its founding director. Before moving again to Denmark, where he was 2008-2011 a professor for “Geology and Climate” at the Geocenter Danmark, he became the director of the German Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (1997-2007). As lead scientist of a Russian government megagrant (2010-2012) he was invited to join the St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) where he is now a professor.

Tero Vauraste 

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Tero Vauraste is President and CEO of Arctia Ltd and Vice-Chair of Arctic Economic Council (AEC). His educational background includes M.Sc. in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from Leicester University and Naval officer exam from Finnish Naval Academy. He has served as a vessel master and in several other positions in Finnish Coast Guard. His current military rank is Lieutenant-Commander. Prior to joining Arctia in 2009, he has long experience in senior executive positions within the traffic and logistics service clusters. Arctia provides icebreaking, ice-management, oil combatting and polar research support services with eight icebreakers on the Baltic Sea and Polar waters. Tero Vauraste holds several positions of trust, including Chairman of Finnish Maritime Weather Advisory Group, member of the Board of Finnish Arctic Society and member of Advisory Group of Finnish Lifeboat Institution to name a few.