High North Hero

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 during the past year. 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 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

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

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:

  • Director Anu Fredrikson, Arctic Economic Council
  • Professor Laurence C. Smith, Brown University, USA
  • Special advisor Finn Roar Aamodt, 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