Programme

People at High North Dialogue 2018

When: April 18-19, 2018

Where: 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 the Nord University and 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.

Sub-themes:

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

Side events

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

Programme:

Tuesday – April 17
Location: SydØst (Torvgata 2, Bodø city center)

19:00: Welcome reception and tapas

  • Frode Mellemvik, Director, High North Center, Nord University Business School
  • Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Thierry Béchet, European Union Ambassador to Norway
Wednesday – April 18
Location: Scandic Havet, Tollbugata 5, Bodø city center

Facilitator: Andreas Østhagen, Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

08:00—09:00: Registration, coffee and mingling

09:00—09:10: WELCOME TO HIGH NORTH DIALOGUE 2018

09:10—10:50: STATE OF ARCTIC GROWTH

Moderator: Andreas Østhagen, Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

  • Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Silje Karine Muotka, Member of the Sámi Parliament Executive Council, Norway  
  • Stefaan Depypere, DG MARE, Director for International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries 
  • Lars Christian Aamodt, Major General and Second in command/Chief of Staff, Norwegian Joint Headquarters
  • Anu Fredrikson, Director, Arctic Economic Council
  • Geir Seljeseth, Regional Manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  • Tomas Norvoll, President, Nordland County Government 

10:50—11:10: BREAK

11:10—12:30: BUSINESS INDEX NORTH

Business Index North (BIN) is a project that contributes to sustainable development and value creation in the Arctic. Read more on BIN’s website. 

Moderator: Alexandra Middleton,  Assistant Professor, University of Oulu

  • Erlend Bullvåg, Dean,  Nord University Business School
  • Erik Lundberg, Finnish Ambassador to Norway
  • Tonje Nermark,  VP Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, Mo Industripark
  • Sergey Vasilev, MGIMO

12:30—13:00: HIGH NORTH HERO

The awards purpose is to honor a person, organization or company that has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North and the Arctic.

13:00—14:00: Lunch

14:00—15:10: TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

Moderator: Otto Gregussen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association

  • Vegard Johansen, CEO, SINTEF Ocean
  • Eero Hokkanen, Communications Manager, Arctia Ltd.
  • Charles Colgan, Director of Research and Editor-in-chief, Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Center for the Blue Economy

15:10—15:20: BREAK

15:20—16:30: CHINA´S FUTURE ROLE IN THE ARCTIC

Moderator: Petter Nore, Professor at the High North Center

  • Liu Jun, Professor and Dean at School of Advanced International and Area Studies of East China Normal University
  • Julia Guifang Xue, Chair Professor at KoGuan School of Law and Director of Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Øystein Tunsjø, Professor, Institute for Defense Studies (IFS)
  • Iselin Stensdal, Research Fellow / Director of the Global Programme, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

16:30 —17:00  THE FORMER HIGH NORTH HERO

Scott Minerd, Managing Partner and Global Chief Investment Officer at Guggenheim Partners (video message)

17:00—17:30: HIGH NORTH YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

Presentations of three innovation projects by young entrepreneurs. The winner will be given an award of 50 000 NOK, financed by Founding Managing Partner at Guggenheim Parners and High North Hero of 2017, Scott Minerd and Nordland County Council.

Projects: The Growcer, NatureUp, Kystens Sjel – Coastal Soul.

19:30—22:00: Dinner at Scandic Havet

Thursday – April 19
Location: Knut Hamsun (A1), Nord University, Universitetsalléen 11, Bodø

Facilitator: Andreas Raspotnik, Senior Fellow at The Arctic Institute

08:30—09:00: Coffee and mingling. Registration for new conference participants

09:00—09:30: HIGH NORTH SCENARIOS: Smart cities

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

09:30—10:40: SMART SOCIETIES

Moderator: Morten Alexander Mossin, Advisor at the Municipality of Bodø

Panelists:

  • Reija Viinanen, Director of Aurora Collaboration
  • Giuseppe Grossi, Professor, Nord University Business School
  • Marianne Bahr-Simonsen, Project Leader of Smart City Bodø
  • Alexander Kholodnov, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Urbanica

10:40—11:00: BREAK

11:00—12:00: KNOWLEDGE-BASED GROWTH IN THE ARCTIC

Moderator: Christin Kristoffersen, Studiesenteret.no 

  • Grete Hovelsrud, Professor, Nord University
  • Lars Kullerud, President, University of the Arctic 

12:00—13:00: TALKING BARENTS – Growth in the Barents region

Moderator: Amanda Åsberg, Communications Adviser at the Barents Secretariat

Panelists:

  • Zhanna Guzenko, Executive Director, Friday Milk
  • Aleksandra Seljeseth, Youth politician, Labour party 
  • Tim Andersson, Barents Press

13:00—13:40: Lunch

13:40—15:20: LOCOMOTIVES IN THE ARCTIC

Moderator: Arne O. Holm, Editor of High North News

  • Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Kenneth J. Braithwaite, U.S. Ambassador to Norway
  • Erik Lundberg, Finnish Ambassador to Norway
  • Artur WilczynskiCanadian Ambassador to Norway
  • Thierry Béchet, European Union Ambassador to Norway
  • Dong Fengming, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Norway
  • Vladimir Isupov, First Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in Norway 

15:20—15:40:   BREAK

15:40—17:10: PLASTIC POLLUTION – from source to recipient

Moderator: Jan-Gunnar Winther,  Director, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic

  • Peter Dauvergne, Professor at University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Wang Juying, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director General at the National Marine Environmental Monitoring Centre and State Oceanic Administration, China
  • Kerstin Magnusson, Reasercher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden
  • Kjersti Eline Busch, Co-founder and CEO of SALT
  • Mona Aarhus, Policy DirectorMinistry of Climate and Environment 

17:10—17:30: ARCTIC GROWTH

  • Michael Byers, Professor at University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Elana Wilson Rowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and Adjunct Professor at the High North Center
Welcome to High North Dialogue 2019!
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