When: April 3-4, 2019

Where: Scandic Havet, Bodø, Northern Norway

Why: To discuss and develop ideas for the economic development of the Arctic region, with an emphasis on future scenarios, development cross sectors and governance needed in order to ensure sustainable growth.

How: Two-day conference at Scandic Havet, Bodø.

Participants: More than 350 students, businesses, academics, policy-makers, politicians and other stakeholders come together to increase their knowledge and to discuss the future of the Arctic.


High North Dialogue 2019
Business in the Arctic


  • High North scenarios
  • What opportunities for business exists in the Arctic?
  • Smart societies in the Arctic

Wednesday 3 April

Venue: Scandic Havet (Tollbugata 5, Bodø city center)

12:00-13:00: Registration, coffee and mingling

13:00-13:10: Welcome to High North Dialogue 2019

  • Frode Mellemvik, Director, High North Center, Nord University Business School
  • Eirik Sivertsen, Head of the Storting’s Delegation for Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation (tbc)
  • Hanne Solheim Hansen, Rector, Nord University

13:10-13:30: Opening Speech

  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

13:30-14:30: Sustainable Blue Economy
Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner, Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
  • Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior vice president, Equinor
  • Tero Vauraste, CEO, Arctia; Chair, Arctic Economic Council

14:30-14:45: Coffee break

14:45-15:45: Blue Business in the Arctic
Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner, Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

  • Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry (tbc)
  • Ingelin Noresjø, Executive of Economic Development, Nordland County Government
  • Mead Treadwell, Lt. Governor, Alaska, 2010-2014
  • Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament (tbc)
  • Otto Gregussen, Secretary General, Norwegian Fishermen’s Association (tbc)
  • Andrey Krivorotov, Secretary of the Board of Directors, Shtokman Development AG

15:45-16:45: Blue Economic Growth
Moderator: Petter Nore, Professor, High North Center and Nord University Business School

  • Jan Gunnar Winther, Director, Center for the Ocean and the Arctic
  • Siri Espedal Kindem, Senior Vice President Operations North, «Equinor – creating values and growth in the north»
  • Marius Ytterstad, CEO, Ytterstad Fiskeriselskap
  • Suzanne Lalonde, Professor, University of Montreal
  • Alf Håkon Hoel, Professor Norges fiskerihøgskole (tbc)

16:45-17:00: Break

17:00-18:00: Arctic Transport and Infrastructure
Moderator: Malte Humpert, The Arctic Institute

  • Kjell Stokvik, Managing Director, Centre for High North Logistics
  • Bent-Ove Jamtli, General Director, Joint Rescue Coordination Center of North Norway
  • Andreas Hildenbrand, Commander German Navy, Program Director European Security Seminar North, George C. Marshall Center
  • Cai Meijiang, Deputy General Manager, Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers CO., LTD (tbc)
  • Lise Falskow, President of the Alaska World Affairs Council
  • Elise Chen, Managing Director, Norwegian Chinese Chamber of Commerce

18:00-18:30: High North Young Entrepreneurs
Presenter: Bård Borch Michalsen, Associate Professor, High North Center for Business and Governance.

Presentations of innovation projects by young entrepreneurs. Winner will be given an award of 50 000 NOK.

19:00-22:00: Conference Dinner
Venue: Hundholmen Brygghus, Tollbugata 13, Bodø City Center.

  • Welcome by Frode Mellemvik, Director at the High North Center for Business and Governance

Thursday April 4

Venue: Scandic Havet (Tollbugata 5, Bodø city center)

08:30-09:00: Coffee and mingling
Registration for new conference members

09:00-09:05: Welcome to Day Two

09:05-09:30: High North Scenarios
Presentation by winner(s) of the competition on Tuesday

Introduction by Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor, Nord University Business School and presentation by Master’s students.

09:30-09:45: Business Index North
Presentation of BIN report 

  • Erlend Bullvåg, Dean, Nord University Business School

09:45-11:00: Regional Economic Development
Moderator:  Elana Wilson Rowe, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and Adjunct Professor at the High North Center

  • Ann Karin Olli, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernization
  • Anders Oskal, Executive Director, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)
  • Grete Hovelsrud, Professor, Nord University
  • Thierry Béchet, The European Union Ambassador to Norway
  • Mikhail Pogodaev, Executive Director, the Northern Forum
  • Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, CEO The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  • Michael Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute

11:00-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:40: Ambassador’s panel
Moderator: Arne O. Holm, Editor of High North News

  • Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Danish Ambassador to Norway
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs of the European Union
  • Mikael Antel, Finnish Ambassador to Norway
  • Teimuraz Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway
  • Krister Bringéus, Swedish Ambassador to Norway
  • Kenneth J. Braithwaite, U.S. Ambassador to Norway (tbc)

12:40-13:00: High North Hero
An award of NOK 50 000 to honour a person/ organization/ company who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North/ Arctic.

Deadline: 15.02.2019.

Welcome to High North Dialogue 2020!

Grab´n go lunch

Side events

In addition to the conference program, a number of side events will take place in Bodø in conjunction with High North Dialogue.


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