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


  • Blue Economy
  • What opportunities for business exists in the Arctic?
  • Transport and Infrastructure

Wednesday 3 April

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

11:30-12:50: Registration, coffee and mingling

12:50-12:55: Introduction and practical information by fascilitator Andreas Østhagen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute / The Arctic Institute

12:55-13:10: 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
  • 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

13:30-14:25: Sustainable Blue Economy
Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner, Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

  • Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Representative for the Ocean
  • Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior vice president, Equinor
  • Tero Vauraste, CEO, Arctia; Chair, Arctic Economic Council
  • Nina Jensen, CEO REV Ocean

14:25-14:55: Coffee break

14:55-15:05: Launch of project

15:05-16:00: Blue Business in the Arctic
Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner, Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

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

16:00-17:00: 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
  • Anu Fredrikson, Director Arctic Economic Council

17:00-17:30: Break

17:30-18:30: 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
  • Chen Feng, General Director, 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

18:30-19:00: 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.

19:30-22:00: 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: Introduction day two by fascilitator Andreas Raspotnik, The Arctic Institute / The High North Center for Business and Governance

09:05-09:20: Perspectives from Mary Simon, High North Hero 2018

09:20-09:45: High North Scenarios
Presentation by winner(s) of the competition on Tuesday

Introduction by Giuseppe Grossi, Professor, Nord University Business School and presentation by Master’s students.

09:45-10:00: Business Index North
Presentation of BIN report 

  • Erlend Bullvåg, Dean, Nord University Business School

10:00-11:00: 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 at Nord University, researcher at Nordland Research Institute and CICERO and Vice-President in the Norwegian Scientific Acadamy for Polar Research
  • Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, CEO The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  • Michael Sfraga, Director of the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:50: Ambassadors’ Panel
Moderator: Arne O. Holm, Editor of High North News

  • Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs of the European Union
  • Mikael Antell, Finnish Ambassador to Norway
  • Teimuraz Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway
  • Krister Bringéus, Swedish Ambassador to Norway
  • Kenneth J. Braithwaite, U.S. Ambassador to Norway
  • Kenneth Macartney, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Canada to Norway

12:50-13:10: High North Hero 2019
An award of NOK 50 000 to honour a person/ organization/ company who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North/ Arctic.

13:10-13:20: Summary

  • Laurence C. Smith, Professor University of California, Los Angeles

Welcome to High North Dialogue 2020!

13:30: 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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