Lars Kullerud - President GRID-Arendal
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.
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.
Diane Hirshberg - Vice-President Academic University of Alaska Anchorage
Provides strategic leadership for all of UArctic's academic activities.
Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage. She also serves as Associate Vice President Academic for UArctic, and sits on the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. Board and the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, co-authored the Education chapter for the Arctic Human Development Report II, and co-edited “Including the North: A Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North.” Dr. Hirshberg currently teaches in the Master of Public Policy Program in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley.
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.
Kirsi Latola - Vice-President Networks University of Oulu
Responsibility areas: Main contact point for UArctic Thematic Networks and Institutes. from planning to proposal and establishment and operation of the network. Supports Thematic Networks in their activities including strategies for fundraising. Promotes Thematic Networks and their activities to the wider public.
Over the past fifteen years PhD Kirsi Latola has worked in several Polar coordination actions and holds a positions of research coordinator at the Thule Institute at the University of Oulu, Director of University of the Arctic Thematic Networks and Chair of the European Polar Board. She has managed several national and international projects on Arctic research and coordination, knowledge sharing including organising several international events and graduate education. As a Director of Thematic Networks she has managed the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Networks strategic area since 2005. I addition to her work for UArctic and supporting the Arctic research conducted at the University of Oulu, she is leading the transnational access work package and acts as a Transnational access Watch Dog in INTERACT - International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (H2020 2016-21, 2020-24) and leads a work package on stakeholder engagement in the EU-PolarNet 2 project on coordinating and co-designing the European Polar Research area (H2020, 2020-2024). Her expertise in the project is a stakeholder engagement which follows the work and white paper she completed during the first EU-Polarnet (2015-20).
Rebecca Mearns
Rebecca Mearns - Vice-President Indigenous Nunavut Arctic College
Strengthens Indigenous perspectives within the network, and ensures that UArctic contributes to the well-being of Northern Indigenous communities.
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.
Outi Snellman - Vice-President Organization 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 over 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.