Tarja Halonen - Finland
Tarja Halonen served two terms as President of Finland from 2000 to 2012. During her presidency, she was co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit, co-chair of the Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. Prior to her election, she served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Minister of Justice, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Over her political career, which began in 1974, President Halonen has paid close attention to issues of human rights, democracy and civil society. Issues concerning social justice and promotion of gender equality have been central themes. President Halonen has also been actively engaged with non-governmental organizations and trade unions. She is also Chair of the Board of the University of Helsinki. After her exit from the office, the TH Global Sustainability Foundation was established in 2012 to promote the work of President Halonen in the field of sustainable development. She continues to work closely with the UN and several NGOs. Among other duties, she is currently member of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, alternate co-chair of the Every Woman Every Child Movement’s Steering Group, UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and UN Drylands Ambassador.
Rebekka Borsch - Ministry of Education and Research of Norway
Rebekka Borsch works as State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Research of Norway. She has been politically active for ten years, and currently she is the chair of the International Committee of Venstre (the Liberal Party in Norway) as well as a board member of Venstre. Borsch is a journalist and political scientist by education. Prior to her current position, she worked seven years as senior adviser to Norwegian Environment Agency, and before her political career she also worked as a journalist. Borsch's professional interests are environmental protection, climate and European politics.
Kirsten Hastrup - University of Copenhagen
Kirsten Hastrup is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a D. Phil. degree from Oxford University, and the degree of dr.scient.soc. from the University of Copenhagen. She was one of the founders of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in 1989, its first Secretary and later its President. From 2008-2016 she was president of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Her most recent anthropological work centres on social and environmental changes in Northwest Greenland, where she has followed the development through repeated fieldworks in a community of hunters over the past ten years. Clearly, in the High Arctic, the challenges of climate change are omnipresent and give rise to both local, national and international concerns. She has analysed this in many articles and a monograph. Earlier, she studied the long-term development in Iceland from the Middle Ages and through the 20th century, also with a keen eye on the mutual implications of social and natural changes. Several books resulted from these studies. The early fieldworks in Greenland were supported through an ERC Advanced grant of which she was the PI, while later work was financed by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Velux Foundations as part of an interdisciplinary study of the North Water Region of which she was also the PI.
Atte Korhola - University of Helsinki
Atte Korhola is Professor in Environmental Change, Vice-Dean and Leader of Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU) at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. He is expert in climate change impacts, aquatic ecosystems, peatland dynamics, carbon cycling, black carbon and long-term climate & ecosystem change, and he has more than 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals on these topics. Professor Korhola is President of the Paleoclimate Commission (PALCOM) of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), Member of the Environment Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and Fellow of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA). He has acted as a consultant and adviser for several companies/enterprises in climate matters and he participates actively in public debate on environmental issues.