H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


Albert II, Prince of Monaco is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco since 2005. In June 2006, H.S.H. the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. It encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places man at the centre of its projects. It supports the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three broad areas: climate change, water and biodiversity. H.S.H. Prince Albert II has proved to be particularly concerned with the Principality’s economic development in a spirit of ethics and transparency.

H.S.H. Prince Albert is committed to carrying out an exemplary policy in his country in terms of the environment, by favouring the development of public transport, ecological vehicles, renewable energies and high environmental quality buildings. In the field of Human Rights, several important legislative modifications emerged during his reign.

HSH the Prince participated in five Olympic Games, from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002, as a member of the national bobsleigh team. A member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985, He is President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee. He is also Honorary President of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon and the International Athletics Foundation; Member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee; Patron of the International Organization Peace & Sport; Patron of the World Olympians Association; and Chairman of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission.


Sue Dockett

Sue Dockett is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Sue started her career as an early childhood teacher, working in both preschool and early years of school settings, before entering the tertiary sector in 1988. Since then, she has undertaken a wide range of teaching and research roles. Much of Sue’s research has focused on educational transitions – in particular, transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. This research has been published widely, and has had substantial impact on policy, practice and research. Complementing her research around educational transitions is research that incorporates children’s perspectives, engages with families in diverse contexts, reflects upon the practices of educators, and explores the importance of working with communities.


Anita Lehikoinen

Ms Anita Lehikoinen was appointed Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Culture on 1 May 2013. She is head of operations of the Ministry in cooperation with the Minister of Education and the Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport, and leads the implementation of the Government programme within the Ministry´s administrative sector. She supervises the internal functions of the Ministry and plays a significant role in preparing the Ministry to respond to future challenges. Anita Lehikoinen has been employed with the Finnish Ministry of Education since 1989. Prior to her current position, she served as Director General in the Ministry, in charge of higher education and science policy development. She has also worked in the field of higher education, and was responsible for the implementation of the Bologna process in Finland and internationalisation strategy for higher education, among other things. She has also been involved in work to reform the steering system of Finnish universities. Ms Lehikoinen has served in many national and European committees in the field of higher education, research and internationalisation. Ms Lehikoinen holds an M.A. degree from the University of Helsinki (1987).


Arja Rautio

Arja Rautio, MD, PhD, ERT, is Professor in Arctic Research, University of Oulu, and Vice-President Research, University of the Arctic. She has been working in the field of circumpolar health since 2006 at the Thule Institute and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu. She has led international Master’s and Doctoral programs, and Summer Schools and workshops for young researchers. Dr Rautio is a member of the Human Health Expert groups of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme and Sustainable Development Working Group (and Co-Chair during Finnish Chairmanship 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. Her research interests are on health and wellbeing of populations living in the changing Arctic, marginalization, Indigenous health and wellbeing, and human-environment relationships. Currently she is acting as co-leader of the One Arctic – One Health project, a partner in the research projects of Indigenous research ethics and Nunataruyk: Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, and science for socio-economic adaptation (Horizon 2020). She has participated in multidisciplinary research projects concerning effects of climate change on food and human security and human health (ArcRisk, Kolarctic-ENPI), and has published around 140 scientific papers and 20 book chapters and articles for the general public.


Petteri Taalas

Petteri Taalas has been Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization since January 2016. Previously he acted as Director General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2007 to 2015. From 2005 to 2007, he was Director of the WMO Development and Regional Activities Department in Geneva. He is also Finland’s permanent representative in the WMO and was a member of the Executive Council between 2008 – 2015. Taalas studied meteorology, physics, physical chemistry and international development at the University of Helsinki.  He also pursued management training at Helsinki University on Economics in 1998 and 2004 as well as public sector management in 2003. Prior to that he studied International management at Leonardo da Vinci University in Paris in 1996.He has authored about 50 publications on global climate change, satellite methodologies and atmospheric chemistry.


Timo Vesala

Timo Vesala has published 304 peer-reviewed papers, including four in Nature, two in Nature Communications, one in Nature Geoscience, three in PNAS and one in Physical Review Letters. His h-index is 59 and the number of citations without self-citations is close to 18 000. He has contributed to seven books and co-editored one, and has about 200 other publications. Timo has supervised 27 master students and 29 PhD theses on physics, meteorology, forest ecology and environmental science. The present size of his research group is 15 persons. He has organized 15 international workshops/conferences since 2008 and five international summer schools. Timo has received three awards, the Finnish Aerosol Award 1991; Väisälä Award for meteorological research 2003; and the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award 2004. He is the member in The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He is a principal investigator in various EU projects and has an active and visible role in the research community. He was Deputy Director General of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), and acted as Review Editor of IPCC Assessment Report: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (WGI AR5), Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles.  He is Vice-director of the national ‘Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biolocigal processes to The Global Climate’.