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 Program HND 2016

 Report from HND 2016

Bios of speakers and contributors 

High North Dialogue 2016: The Blue Future of the Arctic

 When: May 24-26, 2016

Where: Bodø – Nord University, Northern Norway

 Why: To discuss and develop ideas for the future of the Arctic region, with an emphasis on blue (marine and maritime) innovation, entrepreneurship and development.

 Participants: 250-300 postgraduates, businesses, academics, policy-makers and politicians.


  • Geopolitics of the Arctic
  • Arctic Innovation
  • Future Arctic Leaders
  • High North Scenarios
Preliminary program:

Tuesday – May 24
Location: SydØst (Torvgata 2, Bodø city center)

18:00: Welcome Reception and Tapas
– Tomas Norvoll, President of the Nordland County Government
– Eirik Sivertsen, Head of Stortinget’s Delegation for Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation
– Edward Bannerman, Adviser to European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen

Wednesday – May 25
Location: Nord University

08:00 Bus transfer from Thon hotel to Nord University

08:00 – 09:00 Registration of participants

09:00 – 09:05: Opening of High North Dialogue 2016
– Frode Mellemvik, Director of High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University

09:05 – 10:30: Session 1: the Blue Future and the Arctic: Political Perspectives
Moderator: Arne O. Holm, Editor in Cheif at High North News
– Edward Bannerman, Adviser to European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen
– Grete Ellingsen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
– Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of Parliament Denmark (Greenland)
– Tomas Norvoll, President of the Nordland County Government
– Tony Penikett, Mediator and Negotiator, and Former Premier of Yukon Territory, Canada

10:30 – 10:50: Break

10:50 – 12:20: Session 2: Politics and Economy of the Arctic
Moderator: Heather Nicol, professor at Trent University, Canada
– Michael Byers, Professor at University of British Columbia – From Extinction Tourism to Extreme Oil: Is Arctic Economic Development Such a Good Idea?
– Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute – Building blocks for a successful development of the Arctic
– Lassi Heininen, Professor at University of Lapland – The Arctic as an exceptional space in international relations – critical reading on IR and Geopolitics
– Frode M. Nilsen, CEO of Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner- Arctic competence for arctic operations
– Anu Fredrikson, Director of the Arctic Economic Council Secretariat – Arctic Economic Council: Sustainable Business Development in the Arctic
– Sven Roald Nystø, R&D Leader at Arran and former president of the Norwegian Sami Parliament –Sami Future Business Development in Squeeze Between Sami Traditional Livelihoods and Global Industrial Marked Enterprises

12:20 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 15:00: Session 3: Blue Potential – Q/A
Moderator: Finn Roar Aamodt, Statoil
– Laurence C. Smith, Professor at University of California – Climate model projections of future Arctic shipping access
– Geir Ove Ystmark, Managing Director at Norwegian Seafood Federation – Aquaculture providing seafood for the world?
– Felix Tschudi, Chairman and Owner of the Tschudi Shipping – Arctic shipping – Has it been put on ice?
– Egil Bergsager, Sr. Advisor, Lukoil Overseas North Shelf, Russia – Petroleum activity in the High North – opportunities and challenges
– Hilde Sjurelv, CEO at Sjurelv AS –  Green Resources – New Opportunities

15:00 – 15:20: Break

15:20 – 17:00: Session 4: Arctic Innovation –Q/A
Moderator: Petter Nore, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
–  Jonathan Read, Phantom Works International Strategy & Programme Development at Boeing – From space to the seabed – Arctic data gathering, processing and dissemination
– Øystein Braathen, Leader Arctic Development Program, Statoil – Statoil – driving the development in the North
– Hege Berg Thurmann, Group leader Arctic at DNV GL – Need for innovation to ensure safe and sustainable exploration in arctic seas
– Ken Coates, Professor at University of Saskatchewan, Canada- The Innovation Divide: The Science and Technology Challenge in the Far North
– Inge Forseth, COO Technology and Software, AKVA Group –  Sustainable Aquaculture for the North
– Pan Xingming, Professor at School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University – China’s Role in Arctic Governance and Cooperation

17:30 – 19:00: Dinner at University
– Bjørn Olsen, Rector of Nord University

19:15 Bus to down town

20:00: Arctic Quiz
Location: Bodø city center, SydØst Restaurant

Thursday – May 26

Location: Scandic Havet, Bodø city center

08.30 – 09:00: Registration (new conference participants)

09:00 – 10:10:  Session 5: Blue Future in the Arctic
Moderator: Elena Dybtsyna, Nord University
– High North Scenarios (students, Indra Øverland and Anatoli Bourmistrov)
– Business Index North (Erlend Bullvåg, Dean, Nord University)

10:10 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 12:00: Session 6: The Arctic and the Blue Dimension
Moderator: Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute
– Tore Hattrem, State Secretary, Norwegian MFA
– Erik Lundberg, Finland’s Ambassador to Norway
– Jim DeHart, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy
– Torgeir Edvardsen, Senior Economist at the OECD
– Helene Tofte, Acting Director National and International Politics, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association
– Elana Wilson Rowe, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI and High North Center
12:00 – 12:30: High North Hero

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

12:30 – 15:00: Session 7: Future Arctic Leaders – Talking Barents
Moderator: Victoria Herrmann, the Arctic Institute
– Synne Bjørbæk, Deputy Mayor of Bodø
– August Sjøvol, Environmental activist, Norway
– Tim Andersson, Journalist, Barents Media, Sweden
– Timothy Hughes, East China Normal University
– Polina Porotova, Northern (Arctic) Federal University
– Barbora Padrtová, Representative from Czech

15:00 – 15:30:  The Petroleum Industry – Perspectives and opportunities for Northern Norway
– Frode Alfheim, vice president at Industri Energi

15:30 – 16:00: Lessons learned: Future Perspectives on the Blue Potential
– Laurence Smith, Professor at University of California
– Pan Xingming, Professor at East China Normal University
– Anatoly Zolotukhin, Professor of the Gubkin Russian State University
– June Borge Doornich, Postdoctoral researcher at Nord University

16:00: Welcome to High North Dialogue 2017!