Mr Soini is the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He has been serving in his current position since May 2015.
Ms Olga Algayerova is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since April 2017.
Ségolène Royal is the French Ambassador for the Arctic and the Antarctic Poles.
Ms Paula Lehtomäki has held the position of State Secretary to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at the Prime Minister's Office since July 2015.
Tiina Sanila-Aikio (Paavvâl Taannâl Tiina) is the President of the Sámi Parliament of Finland.
Eva Svedling is the State Secretary for Climate at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm Sweden.
Hanne Fugl Eskjaer is Ambassador for Arctic Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark and Head of Department of the Arctic and North America since August 2016.
Lars Andreas Lunde is State Secretary at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway.
Maeve Collins is Ambassador of Ireland to Finland.
Marie-Anne Coninsx is Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs of the European Union since September 2017.
Árni Þór Sigurðsson is Iceland’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs and Senior Arctic Official.
Donna Welton took up her post as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki in August 2016 following a detail to the Department of Defense as the acting Director for Southeast Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy).
Eeva Furman is a member of the working group drafting the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Report, Director of the Environment Policy Centre, Finnish Environment Institute and Chair of Finland's Sustainable Development Expert Panel.
Lars Kullerud is a President of the University of the Arctic and Senior Advisor to GRID-Arendal Managing Director.
Åge Grutle has been Norway's Ambassador to Finland since October 8, 2015, coming from the position of Lord Chamberlain at the Royal Court in Oslo (2009 - 2015).
Aleksi Härkönen is Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs.
Rosa Liksom is a Finnish writer and artist. She won the J. H. Erkko Award in 1985 for her debut novel Yhden yön pysäkki and the Finlandia Prize in 2011 for Hytti nro 6.
Vladimir V. Barbin is the Ambassador-at-large for Arctic affairs, MFA of Russia.
David Scott is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR).
Hannele Pokka serves as Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment. She is the highest-ranking public servant within the Ministry.
Evan T. Bloom is Director of the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Yury Sumarokov is the Head of the department of International cooperation at Northern State Medical University (Arkhangelsk, Russia).
Dr. Michel R. Julien, Eng. (mining – Polytechnique of Montreal), M.Sc. (geo-engineering - University of Minnesota), Ph.D. (mineral engineering – Polytechnique), ASC, is vice-president environment for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (AEM).
Lydia Heikkilä (PhD, Sociology) works as a university researcher in the Sámi Studies Program in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland.
Thomas Nilsen is editor of the Independent Barents Observer.
Rosa-Máren is currently working as an intern at International Barents Secretariat. Earlier she has worked as a journalist and a TV news anchor in Yle Sápmi.
Arja Rautio, research professor, MD, PhD, ERT, has been working in field of circumpolar health and well-being since 2006. She is the Vice-President Research of the UArctic.
Jane George is the senior reporter at the Nunatsiaq News, the Nunavut, Canada-based newspaper, also at Nunatsiaqonline.ca, which covers the Canadian Arctic.
Sardaana Savvina is producer, promoter of Sakha cinema, film scholar and founder and leader of the "Sakha Cinema Club" – Yakutia's Independent Filmmakers' Community.
Dr. Kirk Anderson is the dean of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Dr. Pigga Keskitalo is a Title of Docent at University of Helsinki, and works as an Associate Professor at teacher education at Sámi allaskuvla/Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Guovdageaidnu, Norway.
Anne Ollila is the Executive Director of the Reindeer Herders’ Association, Finland.
Tero Vauraste is the Chair of Arctic Economic Council and President and CEO of Arctia Ltd.
Katri Kulmuni is a Member of the Parliament of Finland, Chair of Finnish Delegation to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region and Chair of UN Association of Finland.
Stephen Mooney is the Director of Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) at the Yukon Research Centre, Canada.
Ms. Sunna Kokkonen is currently studying a Master’s in International and European Law at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, focusing on the Arctic Council’s action against climate change.
Mr Mikkel Näkkäläjärvi is the President at Social Democratic Youth of Finland.
Joan Naviyuk Kane is an Inupiaq Author and Poet.
Esko Lotvonen is the mayor of the City of Rovaniemi.
Dr. Anna Reetta Rönkä has researched experiences of loneliness from childhood to young adulthood among young people born in northern Finland.
Dr. Liisa Rohweder is a CEO of WWF Finland since 2009. In WWF she has had several global responsibilities. At the moment, she chairs the global Arctic Programme.
Niillas Holmberg is a Sámi poet, musician, actor and activist.
Mauri Ylä-Kotola is the Rector of University of Lapland.
Dr. Pentti Hyttinen is the Director General of Metsähallitus - the Finnish State Forest Enterprise.
Daria Matveenkova is a press-secretary and project coordinator of Murmansk regional youth environmental organization "Nature and Youth".
Mika Riipi is the County Governor of the Regional Council of Lapland.
Timo Koivurova is the director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland.
Head of Science Communications at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland
University Senior Researcher
Academic Coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program,
University of Lapland
Pamela Lesser is a researcher of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM).
Pekka Timonen is a General Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and General Secretary of the 'Finland 100 Years' centenary board.
Kaarina Määttä is Professor of Educational Psychology and a Vice-rector of the University of Lapland.
Florian Stammler is research professor for Arctic Anthropology and the coordinator of the anthropology research team at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland.
Mia Landauer is a researcher in the Risk and Resilience Program and Arctic Futures Initiative at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
Professor Tuija Turunen holds the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finland. She leads the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) project: Teacher Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic.
Dr. Kii Korhonen works as Regional Director of Lapland in Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd.
Ulla Aikio-Puoskari is the Education Secretary of Finland's Sámi Parliament.
Antti Kokkonen is an Editor-in-Chief for Lapin Kansa daily newspaper.
Nicolas Gunslay is the head of the science exhibition centre of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi.
Dr. Suvi Sojamo works at the Water and Development Research Group at Aalto University, Helsinki. She currently coordinates the Winland-project funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.
Virpi Alenius, M.Sc. Statistics is working in Natural Resource Institute of Finland (Luke) as a regional customer manager in Northern Finland.
David Hik is a professor of Biological Sciences in University of Alberta.
Päivi Laajala is the Mayor of the city of Oulu.
Diana Hirshberg is the Director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research and Professor of Education Policy.
Lars-Otto Reiersen is the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).
Kyla Kakfwi Scott is a Senior Advisor of the Anti-Poverty to the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories.