H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco - Principality 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. H.S.H. 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.
Aleksi Härkönen - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
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. Aleksi is SAO Chair during Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2017-2019. Härkönen has previously served as the Finnish Ambassador to Estonia (2010-2014); Special Adviser to President Tarja Halonen (2009-2010); Head of Finland's OSCE Chairmanship Task Force (2007-2009) and Finland's representative to the OSCE 2002-2007. Härkönen holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Helsinki.
Markku Kulmala - University of Helsinki
Academician Markku Kulmala directs the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Department of Physics, and since 1996 has served as professor at the University of Helsinki. Appointed by the Academy of Finland in 2002, Kulmala is coordinator for the Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science. Prof. Kulmala is also Project leader of the Nordic Center of Excellence for Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate/ CRAICC, which is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date, aiming to strengthen research and innovation regarding climate change issues in the Nordic and high-latitude Regions. Together with Prof. Pertti Hari, Kulmala is primary inventor of the Stations Measuring Ecosystem Atmospheric Relations / SMEAR concept. According to the ISI Web of Knowledge, M. Kulmala is in first place in Citation Rankings in Geosciences (since 1.5.2011), with an H-factor of 98. Prof. Kulmala has received several international awards such as the Smoluchovski Award (1997), the International Aerosol Fellow Award (2004), the Wilhelm Bjerkenes medal (2007), Fuchs Memorial Award (2010), Litke Medal (2015) and The Wihuri International Prize (2017). In 2015, he was elected as a CASAD member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Together with Prof. Sergej Zilitinkevich, in 2012 they launched the large-scale multi-disciplinary Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) Program.
Anita Lehikoinen - Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
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 - University of Oulu
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.
Gunn-Britt Retter - Saami Council
Gunn-Britt Retter is Head of the Arctic and Environmental Unit at the Saami Council. In this capacity, Retter has been involved in indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge issues related to climate change, biodiversity, language, pollution and management of natural resources. Gunn-Britt was born and raised in the coastal Saami community of Unjárga-Nesseby by Varangerfjord in the north-eastern Norway, and she holds MA in Bilingual studies from University of Wales. She is also a teacher of training from Sámi University College / Guovdageaidnu, in Kautokeino, Norway, and since 2001, Retter has worked with Arctic Environmental issues, first at Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat (IPS in Copenhagen, Denmark) and since 2005 in her present position in the Saami Council. Gunn-Britt is Board member of the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, and has served as Member of Saami Parliament (Norway) for two terms from 2005 to 2013.
Juha Sipilä - Finland
Juha Sipilä has served as a Prime Minister of Finland since spring 2015. His political career started 2011 when he was elected in the Parliament of Finland. Only one year after that he was elected as a Party Leader of the Centre Party and consequently became one of the most well-known politicians in Finland. Juha Sipilä is Master of Science (Technology) by education. Before his political career he has held managerial positions in the fields of technology and investment.
Daniel M. White - University of Alaska Fairbanks
Daniel M. White has served as the University of Alaska vice president for academic affairs and research since March of 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. White has served in several positions at UAF, including director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF associate vice chancellor for research and head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and interim vice chancellor for research. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska.
Yuliya Zaika - Lomonosov Moscow State University
Yulia Zaika has her university specialist degree in Environmental Management (Ecology). As a Doctoral student, Yulia is a Research Associate at the Khibiny educational and research station of the Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Kirovsk, Murmansk region, Russia). Since 2008, and as the part of PPS Arctic IPY Project, Yulia has been the coordinator in sociomonitoring of well-being of residents of Murmansk region, the process shaped within the coupled human-environment system scientific framework. As the research station’s representative, she is involved in the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) project since 2011. Currently, she also serves as Secretary of the International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA), an Advisory Group of IASC, and as Book Review Editor at the Polar Record journal of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Her primary research expertise is within the socioeconomic geography and environmental aspects of extractive industries in the Russian Arctic. In 2016 Yulia has co-authored and launched the project “Arctic webinars” devoted to popularization and outreach of the Russian Arctic research with the broad scientific scope from indigenous people issues to environmental and climate change aspects. Presently, this project has topically covered the whole territory of the Russian Arctic, engaging online audiences from more than 15 countries.