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Ambassador, Special Advisor to the Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IIASA
Ambassador Hannu Halinen is Special Advisor to IIASA DG and CEO, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Arctic Futures Initiative. He is member of the Arctic Yearbook Editorial Board. Ambassador Halinen has a Master of Law degree from the University of Helsinki (1973). He served in the Foreign Service of Finland 1973-2015, and was Ambassador of Finland in Germany, Hungary, Egypt and Sudan. He served at the United Nations Mission of Finland in New York, and was the Permanent Representative of Finland to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and International Organizations in Rome, as well as UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Hannu Halinen was Director of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat in Stockholm, Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, and 2009-2014 Arctic Ambassador and Senior Arctic Official for Finland to the Arctic Council.
Professor Dr., University of Lapland, Finland
Dr. Lassi Heininen is a Professor of Arctic Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland (Finland). He also has several other academic positions, for example Adjunct Professor at Trent University in Canada), Director of International Summer School in Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University (Russia). He is also Head of Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security Studies and the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, for example. Prof. Heininen teaches and lectures regularly abroad and supervises students from Arctic countries. His research fields include International Relations, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Northern / Arctic Studies, and Political History. He is the author of circa 300 scientific publications. Prof. Heininen is actively involved in and invited to speak at numerous international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as organizing both academic gatherings and those implementing the interplay between science and politics, e.g., Calotte Academy, NRF Open Assemblies, Arctic Circle Assembly.
Professor Dr., University of Bremen, Germany
Peter Lemke, Professor of physics of ocean and atmosphere at the University of Bremen and head of the Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research, received his PhD in meteorology from the University of Hamburg in 1980. He has more than 30 years of experience of working in climate, sea ice and atmospheric research. Lemke has participated in eight polar expeditions with the German research icebreaker “Polarstern”. On six expeditions he acted as chief scientist. His special interests are observation and modelling of high-latitude processes, especially the interaction between atmosphere, sea ice and ocean. Lemke served on many national and international committees. Until 1999 he was a member of the Scientific Steering Group of the Arctic Climate System Study (ACSYS) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and the chairman of the ACSYS Numerical Experimentation Group which co-ordinated international atmosphere-sea ice-ocean modeling activities. From 1995 to 2006 he was a member of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme and served as its chair from 2000 to 2006. In 1991 Lemke received the German Polar Meteorology Award (Georgi-Preis) and in 2005 he became an Honourable Professor of the China Meteorological Administration, Beijing. He was the Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 4 (Observations: Changes in Snow, Ice and Frozen Ground) of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007. For this activity Lemke received recognition of a substantial contribution to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for IPCC in 2007. Since 2009 he coordinates the Climate-Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change) of the Helmholtz Association (HGF), in which eight centres of the HGF are collaborating. In 2010 Lemke received the Bayer Climate Award. Lemke has been associated with IIASA as the German representative in the Council since 2003. He acted as Chair of IIASA’s Program Committee from 2004 to 2008 and is the Chair of the Council since 2009.
Dr., Deputy Director of Programs, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)
Makhmutov, Timur Ph.D. in Political Science, Deputy Director of Programs, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Graduated from MGIMO-University, School of Political Science, with qualification of Specialist in international relations and political science.
Defended thesis on political behavior analyzed through the marginalization conception. His research interests include public and expert diplomacy, impact of socio-economic processes on international cooperation, global governance. Author of more than 40 publications including two books (“Marginality in Social Transformations” (2003), and “Elections as a Political Census” (2007) published in Russia).In 2007–2011 worked at MGIMO-University. Conducted several courses related to political management and business communications at Political Theory Department. In 2011 Dr. Makhmutov took a position of Deputy Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Among many other duties he supervises RIAC Arctic program. In 2012 on behalf of RIAC he directed a Summer School on international cooperation in the Arctic organized in Arkhangelsk with assistance of the Arctic Federal University. In 2013 he coordinated drafting and editing of RIAC anthology “The Arctic Region: Problems of International Cooperation”. He is an author of infographics to the anthology.
Dr. Makhmutov is a participant of a number of international conferences. Among them International Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development” (Moscow, 2016), moderator; Raisina Dialogue (Delhi, 2016), speaker; Belgrade Security Forum (2015), speaker; International Forum “Arctic: the Present and the Future” (St. Petersburg, 2013), speaker; ISA Annual Convention (San Diego, 2012), speaker.
Prof., Council for Research for Productive Forces, Russian Academy Of Sciences
1987-1997 work at the North-East Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Magadan. First as the junior research associate, then senior, and finally head of the laboratory of economics. Work with regional authorities on the issues of economic reform in gold mining and fishing industries. Preparation of reviews on the world experience in the Northern economic development: special case of the State of Alaska, USA, Canadian Northern Provinces. Numerous business trips to the Institute of Social and Economic Research University of Alaska Anchorage during the three-year Eurasia project “Utilising Alaskan experience for the Russian North” (Russian co-director of the project). Work with colleagues at the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Canada, and at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, Great Britain.
1997-2000 work at the Federal Committee Responsible for the Northern Development (Goskomsever), Moscow, as the head of the Economic Department. Preparation of the reports on the situation in the North for the Federal Government, participation at the northern conferences, expertise of the northern projects, elaboration of the new Concept of state policy in the Russian North (Federal Decree # 198 of March 7th, 2000).
2001 – 2005 - senior research associate at the Council for research of productive forces (SOPS), work with regional authorities on the issue of interregional equalization, links between the organization of the regional authorities and the rate of economic development. Reports on this topic. Work with vertically integrated oil and mining companies on the issues on the Northern economic and political development.
2005 – up present – Director of the Center of Arctic and Northern economies at the Council for research of productive forces (SOPS), elaboration of regional strategies and programs, programs for the Natives. Policy-relevant research
Head, German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Dr. Volker Rachold is the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). His functions include guiding and overseeing IASC´s activities, representing the organization on various international committees and at international meetings, facilitating the planning and organization of the annual Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) and other international conferences, directing IASC´s communications and managing the IASC Secretariat. Dr. Rachold graduated as a geochemist from Göttingen University in Germany, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1994. Before moving to the IASC Secretariat in Stockholm in 2006 and in Potsdam from 2009, he worked with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. His research focused on land-ocean interactions in the Siberian Arctic and he led several land- and ship-based Russian-German expeditions. He is author and editor of numerous scientific papers and serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and funding agencies.
Dr., Guest Research Scholar
Anni Reissell is currently Science Coordinator at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a research scholar at IIASA. She holds a PhD in atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile organic compounds. Her background includes radiopharmaceuticals, natural radioactivity, air quality measurements of inorganic and organic compounds, analytical chemistry. Previous positions include research scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, a research chemist at the Air Pollution Research Center, University of California, Riverside, and Executive Officer of the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS). Dr. Reissell’s research interests are broad and include integrated land-ecosystem atmosphere processes in relation to climate change and global change. She has 20 years’ experience in chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and global change research, and with international global change research programs and policies.
Dr., Director, WWF Global Arctic Program
Alexander Shestakov is the Director of the Global Arctic Program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is based in Ottawa, Canada. His diverse background includes working for academia, NGOs, government and industry, giving him a broad understanding of conservation issues. With a law degree and a PhD focused on environmental management and conservation, Alexander is at home in the arena of international environmental issues. He has been an expert to the Russian Parliament on environmental law, member of official Russian delegations to the Convention on Biodiversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Alexander has authored more than seventy publications including 'The World Map of Ecological Problems' and 'Biodiversity legislation in Russia', and has taught a course on environmental management at Moscow State University.
President and CEO of Arctia
Tero Vauraste is CEO and President 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. Tero Vauraste has worked as a vessel master and in several other positions in Finnish Coast Guard. Prior to joining Arctia in 2009, he has long experience in senior executive positions within the traffic and logistics service clusters. Arctia Group provides icebreaking, ice-management and oil combating services with eight icebreakers serving the customers, and Arctic multipurpose icebreakers operating globally to assist in various offshore-related services in the Arctic and other areas. 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.
Professor Dr., CUNY Adavanced Science Research Center
Dr. Charlie Vörösmarty's research centers on human-environment interactions. He has led several teams that have executed interdisciplinary studies using earth system models depicting the Northeastern U.S., developed and analyzed databases of reservoir construction worldwide and how they generate downstream coastal zone risks, and assessed global threats to human water security and aquatic biodiversity. In addition to his dedication to mentoring CUNY students, Dr. Vörösmarty routinely provides scientific guidance to a variety of U.S. and international water consortia. He was a founding member and long-term Co-Chair of the Global Water System Project and serves on the planning team for its next phase as the Sustainable Water Futures Programme. More recently, he was appointed scientific Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) by the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. He has served on a broad array of national panels, including the U.S. Artic Research Commission (appointed by Presidents Bush and Obama), the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, the National Research Council Committee on Hydrologic Science as Chair, a member of the NRC Review Committee on the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science Program Committee. Before coming to The City College of New York, Dr. Vörösmarty was a Research Full Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire, where he was founder and director of its Water Systems Analysis Group
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