The High North Hero Award is an annual award established by the High North Center for Business and Governance to honor a person, organization or company who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North. The award is handed out during the High North Dialogue Conference in Bodø. Every year, the public is invited to nominate candidates.

The nominee must have contributed to an achievement that fulfills at least one of the following criteria:

The nominee has significantly contributed to business development, societal development, growth or employment in the High North.

The nominee has significantly contributed to new knowledge about 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

The first-ever High North Hero Award was awarded in 2016. The previous High North Heroes are:

2020 – Felix Henry Tschudi

2019 – Robert Corell

2018 – Mary Simon

2017 – Scott Minerd

2016 –  Paavo Lipponen

The prize consists of a diploma and  50 000 NOK (equivalent to approximately USD 5 500).

The following international committee will decide and announce the winner:

Executive Director Anu Fredrikson, Arctic Frontiers

Professor Laurence C. Smith, Brown University, USA

Project Manager, Knut Harald Nygård, Equinor

Professor Indra Øverland, NUPI, Norway

Rector Elena Vladimirovna Kudryashova, NArFU, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Vice-President Interregional cooperation, University of the Arctic, Marina Kalinina

Director Sergej Vasiliev, MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia

Editor in Chief, Arne O Holm, High North News, Norway