High North Hero

The High North Hero Award is given out every year in connection with the High North Dialogue Conference in Bodø. The call for nominations for the 2018 award will be announced sometime around December 2017.

The first ever High North Hero Award was given to Paavo Lipponen in 2016. The 2017 Award was given to Scott Minerd.



The High North Hero Award is an annual award established by the High North Center for Business and Governance to honour a person, organization or company who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North during the past year. Every year, the public is invited to nominate candidates that have contributed to highlighting the importance of the High North.

The prize consists of a diploma and  50 000 NOK (equivalent to approximately USD 6 000).

For the 2017 Award, the following nomination criteria were applied: 

Citizens from any country in the world are eligible to nominate candidates for the prize and to win the prize. You may nominate an individual, a company or an organization that meets at least one of the criteria below. There is no requirement that the nominee is from the Arctic or resides in the Arctic; the intention of the Award is to highlight the efforts of a man, woman or organization whose work has a positive impact in the circumpolar north. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The following information is required to complete your nomination:

  • The nominee’s name, organizational affiliation, and contact information.
  • A short text (maximum 200 words) explaining why the nominee is worthy of consideration for the prize, explaining the nominee’s significant contributions to encouraging High North development

The nominee must be responsible for an achievement that fulfills at least one of the following criteria:

  • The nominee has significantly contributed to the development of business in the High North or knowledge about business opportunities in the High North.
  • The nominee has significantly contributed to new knowledge about the opportunities for growth and employment in the High North.
  • The nominee is innovative and uses innovative methods to create multilateral cooperation in the High North.
  • The nominee’s contribution is internationally oriented while also having significant local impact.
  • The nominee contributes significantly to the promotion of the High North, nationally as well as internationally.

An international committee will decide and announce the winner during the High North Dialogue conference in Bodø, Norway.