Program 2021

High North Dialogue 2021
Business in the Arctic – Perspectives of the young

When: April 20 – 22, 2021

Where: Online and Stormen Library, Bodø, 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: Three-day conference with breakout sessions, and Master and PhD courses for the whole HND week

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

Conference host: Andreas Raspotnik, Research Fellow, High North Center

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Program

Overview of the program

Tuesday April 20 - Norwegian High North Whitepapers

Time

Panel

17:00-17:10

Welcome to High North Dialogue

17:10-18:05

Opening Discussion

18:10-19:20

Norwegian Strategies for Arctic Development

Wednesday April 21 - Norway in the High North

10:00-10:10

Opening

10:10-10:50

Local and Global Perspectives

11:10-12:10

Coexistence of Ocean Industries in the Arctic - Cooperation or Conflict

13:10-14:10

Living in the Arctic - Is the Arctic Successful? What Does it Mean?

14:40-15:40

Hydrogen - The Northern Examples

16:00-16:30

High North Young Entrepreneurs

Thursday April 22 - The Global High North

08:30-09:30

The Geoeconomics of Arctic Development

10:00-10:30

Business Index North - Arctic Demographic Index

10:35-11:00

High North Scenarios

12:00-13:15

The Role of Arctic Cooperation - Icelandic, Russian and Norwegian

13:45-15:00

Ambassador’s Panel

15:30-16:00

High North Hero 2020

16:00-16:10

Summary and HND 2022

Detailed program

This year’s topic is “Business in the Arctic – The Perspectives of the Young”. Our focus is on what happens in business and societies in the Arctic and what this means, especially for young people. During the conference, we will engage stakeholders in a dialogue around the Norwegian and international perspectives on Arctic issues and development.

Tuesday April 20 – Norwegian High North Whitepapers

Venue: Online and Stormen Library, Bodø

Main host of the day: Andreas Raspotnik, Research Fellow, High North Center

15:30-16:45: Registration

17:00-17:15: Welcome to High North Dialogue

Hanne Solheim Hansen, Rector, Nord university
Frode Mellemvik, Director, High North Center Nord university

17:15-18:05: Opening Discussion

The panel debate will be introduced by a moderated talk between The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the Leader of the Opposition Labour Party Leader Jonas Gahr Støre, and two members of the Youth Panel on the Norwegian White Paper on the High North. The moderator will be Editor in Chief of High North News Arne O. Holm.

Panel:

  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Jonas Gahr Støre, Leader of the Labour Party
  • Nicole Natalie Furnes, Member of the Governmental High North Whitepaper Youth Panel
  • Øyvind Johan Olsen, Member of the Governmental High North Whitepaper Youth Panel

18:05-18:10: Digital break

18:10-19:20: Norwegian Strategies for Arctic Development

Moderator: Andreas Raspotnik, Research Fellow, High North Center, Nord University

Panel:

  • Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament
  • Tomas Norvoll, President of the Nordland County Council
  • Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen, Regional Director, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies/International Relations and Security StudiesCentre for Peace Studies (CPS), The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Fan Gao “Alice”, Student, Partnership program with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), East China Normal University (ECNU) and Nord University
Wednesday April 21 – Norway in the High North

Venue: Online and Stormen Library, Bodø

Main host of the day: Andreas Raspotnik, Research Fellow, High North Center, Nord University

09:00-09:45: Registration

10:00-10:05: Opening

10:05-10:50: Local and Global Perspectives

Moderator: June Borge Doornich, Vice Dean, Nord University Business School

Panel:

  • Gry Alsos, Dean, Nord University Business School
  • Sergey Vasiliev, Director of MGIMO’s Odintsovo campus, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
  • Zhang Xin, Deputy Director, School of Advanced International and Area Studies of East China Normal University.
  • Laurence Smith, Professor, Brown University

10:50-11:10: Break

11:10-12:10: Coexistence of Ocean Industries in the Arctic – Cooperation or Conflict

Introduction: The New Ocean Narrative

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

Panel:

  • Bilal Saab, Fisheries guide, Big Fish Adventure
  • Hannah Mary Goodlad, Area Development Manager, Renewables, Equinor
  • Jan Roger Lerbukt, General Manager, Hermes AS
  • Anette Davidsen, Communications Manager, NovaSea

12:10-13:10: Lunch

13:10-14:10: Living in the Arctic – Is the Arctic Successful? What Does it Mean?

Introduction: Linda Hofstad Helleland, Norwegian Minister of Districts and Digitalization

Introduction : Freyr – Batteries in the High North

Moderator: Stein Vidar Loftås, Chief Communications Officer, Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge

Panel:

  • Ingelin Noresjø, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Transport
  • Tom Jensen, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Freyr
  • Odd-Roger Enoksen, Chief Executive Officer & President, Andøya Space Center

 Video: Bodø/Glimt – Winners of the national football championship 2020

  • Frode Thomassen, Managing Director, Bodø/Glimt football team
  • Aino Olaisen, Chair of the Board, Nova Sea
  • Filip Shulha, Student, Partnership program with Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Nord University

14:10-14:40: Break

14:40-15:40: Hydrogen – The Northern Perspectives

Introduction: Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS)

Moderator: Petter Nore, Professor, High North Center and Nord University Business School

Panel:

  • Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
  • Heidi Wolden, Chief Executive Officer, Norled
  • Frida Eklöf Monstad, Senior Advisor, Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor
  • Ulf Eriksen, Vice President Hydrogen, Statkraft
  • Stein Mathisen, Communications Director, Varanger Kraft
  • Aleksandra Seljeseth, Member of the Governmental High North Whitepaper Youth Panel

15:40-16:00: Break

16:00-16:30: High North Young Entrepreneurs

Introduction: The videos of the three finalists

Moderator: Bjørg Helene Jenssen, Department Manager, Innovation Norway

Thursday April 22 – The Global High North

Venue: Online and Stormen Library, Bodø

07:30-08:15: Registration

08:30-09:30: The Geoeconomics of Arctic Development

Introduction: Arctic Economic Council (TBC)

Moderator: Andreas Raspotnik, Research Fellow, High North Center.

Panel:

  • Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum
  • Irina Gayda, Managing Director, Energy Center Moscow Business School Skolkovo
  • Felix Tschudi, Chairman and owner, Tschudi Group
  • Mads Qvist Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council
  • Filip Lešťan, Student, Partnership program with MGIMO, ECNU and Nord

09:30-10:00: Break

10:00-10:30: Business Index North – Arctic Recilience

Introduction: Business Index North

Moderators:

  • Bjørn Olsen, Professor, Nord University Business School
  • Erlend Bullvåg, Associate Professor, Nord University Business School
  • Andrei Mineev, Researcher, High North Center, Nord University Business School

Panel:

  • Mari Sundli Tveit, Chief executive for the Research Council of Norway 
  • Eirik Sivertsen, Member of the Norwegian parliament, and Head of The Delegation for Arctic Cooperation
  • Anders Oskal, The Secretary General at the Association of World Reindeer Herders, and the Executive Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry 
  • Merete Nordheim, CEO Bodø Næringsforum 

 

What is hidden behind the numbers?

10:30-10:35: Break

10:35-11:05: High North Scenarios

Moderators:

  • Elena Dybtsyna, Associate Professor, Business School & High North Center, Nord University
  • Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor, Nord University Business School

Performance from the student group with the best scenario

The Award is handed over by Leonid M. Surguchev, Managing Director, LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf

11:05-12:00: Lunch

12:00-13:00: The role of Arctic Cooperation – Icelandic, Russian and Norwegian Perspectives

Introduction:

  • Video from Arctic Council
  • Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs (video)
  • Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs (video)

Moderator: Elana W. Rowe, Research professor, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs/ Professor, High North Center, Nord University

Panel

  • Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador at Large and Senior Arctic Official, Russian Federation
  • Ida Maria Pinnerød, Mayor of Bodø Municipality and Arctic Mayors forum
  • Olga Nikolaeva, RAIPON’s youth council
  • Anu Fredrikson, Executive Director, Arctic Frontiers
  • Kseniia Onufrienko, Student, Partnership program with MGIMO, ECNU and Nord

13:00-13:45: Break

13:45-15:00: Ambassadors’ Panel

Moderator: Arne O. Holm, Editor in Chief, High North News

  • Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Michael Mann, Ambassador at Large for the Arctic, European Union
  • Mikael Antell, Finnish Ambassador to Norway
  • Teimuraz Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway
  • Cecilia Björner, Swedish Ambassador to Norway
  • Jim DeHart, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region
  • Patrick Parisot, Canadian Ambassador to Norway
  • Ingibjörg Davíðsdóttir, Icelandic Ambassador to Norway
  • Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Danish Ambassador to Norway

15:00-15:30: Break

15:30-16:00: High North Hero 2020

Introduction: Previous High North Heroes

Moderator: Anu Fredrikson, Executive Director, Arctic Frontiers

We are proud to announce the High North Hero of 2020

16:00-16:10: Summary and HND 2022

Presenter: Laurence Smith, Professor, Brown University

16:10-16:15: Goodbye

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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