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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.
Research Coordinator PhD, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki
Hanna K. Lappalainen, PhD, Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) Program Secretary General, works currently at PEEX Headquarters, at the University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR). She is the lead editor of the PEEX Science Plan together with Academician Markku Kulmala and Prof. Sergej Zilitinkevich. Hanna Lappalainen has a long-term experience of coordinating large-scale research projects and funding applications and has been working as a research coordinator of the large scale projects EU-FP7-IP EUCAARI (2007-2011) and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Meteorology of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change (2012-2013). She has received NASA Goddar Team Award EOS-AURA satellite OMI-Team in 2005 and an International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS) Silver medal in 2015. Since 2014 Lappalainen has been a representative of Finland in the Sustainable Arctic Observing Network (SAON) Data working group, a Future Earth - iLEAPS Steering Group Member and starting from 2017 as a national delegate of the International Arctic Science Committee (ISAC) - The International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA). She obtained her PhD. from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland and has been engaged in analysis of the atmospheric concentration of the Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOCs) and plant phenological time series and modelling.
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, AFI
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., Program Director, Advanced Systems Analysis, IIASA
Elena Rovenskaya is the Program Director of the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program. She is also a Research Scholar at the Optimal Control Department of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. Her scientific interests lie in the fields of theory of optimal control, ill-posed problems and economic-environmental modeling. Dr. Rovenskaya graduated in 2003 from the Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She received her PhD in 2006 from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. The title of her PhD thesis was "On solving the problem of finding the optimal compatibility parameter value for a class of equations in a normalized space." In 2005, Dr. Rovenskaya participated in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program and since 2006, she has been collaborating with the Dynamic Systems Program and later with its successor, Advanced Systems Analysis Program. In 2013, she was appointed Acting Program Leader for the ASA Program and in 2014, she became the Director of the ASA Program. Dr. Rovenskaya's current research is focusing on modeling of optimal forest management, exploring systemic risks in ecological networks, modeling economic growth with environmental constraints and agent-based modeling of regional development.
Dr., Head of Division, Science and Policy department, UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Alexander Shestakov was the Director of the Global Arctic Program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) 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.
Last edited: 28 May 2019
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