Who We Are
At the Institute of the North, we are a community of professionals championing responsible care and management of commonly owned lands and resources, in Alaska and beyond. We are policy experts, scientists, business leaders, conservationists, storytellers and students. We share a passion for Alaska and wise decision-making concerning the future of the Arctic. As a team, we combine our individual expertise to create a more comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities present in this unique region of our world.
Nils has a degree in Peace and Development from the University of Bradford in England and his background in rural and international development, Alaska and Arctic policy issues fit well within the Institute’s mission to inform public policy as it relates to natural resource development, and specifically to result in improved living and economic conditions for northern residents. Nils has been involved with the Institute of the North since moving to Alaska in 2003 and has led the organization as Executive Director since 2012.
Hanna Eklund Program Coordinator
Hanna Eklund was born and raised in Finland, and moved to Alaska in 2007. She studied Environmental Management and Engineering at the Tampere Polytechnic and has a Master’s in Human Geography from the University of Eastern Finland. She has been the Honorary Consul of Finland in Alaska since 2012. She is a mother of two little boys and enjoys outdoors and camping with her family and friends.
A highly committed Board of Directors governs the Institute of the North. In addition to fiscal and strategic oversight, board members represent and demonstrate a diversity of opinion in articulating a vision for Alaska and the Arctic that bridges and balances development, conservation and indigenous perspectives.
Mike Sfraga, Chair – The Wilson Center Polar Program
Jon Isaacs, Vice Chair/Treasurer – AECOM
Teresa Imm, Secretary – ASRC
Drue Pearce, Past Chair – Holland and Hart
Walter J. Hickel
Admiral Tom Barrett – Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Matt Ganley – Bering Straits Native Corporation
Rand Hagenstein – The Nature Conservancy
Jack Hickel – Southcentral Foundation
Ira Perman – Atwood Foundation
Brit Ashleigh Galanin – Element Agency
Hans Neidig – ExxonMobil
Shirley Marquardt – Division of Boards and Commissions
Craig Fleener – Arctic Policy Advisor, Office of the Goveror – ex officio
As a research organization, the Institute of the North regards its Fellows Program as a key component on which we are able to build our programs and accomplish our mission. The Fellows Program provides a wealth of knowledge, experience and historical background to the Institute of the North’s work. Each of the Institute’s Fellows brings a high level of expertise in one or more fields that together form an interdisciplinary team.
The Institute of the North’s Fellows program provides a platform for Alaska- and internationally-recognized researchers and advocates to conduct mission-related projects and programs that compliment their work and interests. Fellows come from a wide array of backgrounds and with diverse experience in Alaska and Arctic issues. Some have served since the Institute was founded; many bring fresh approaches to the Institute’s work.
- Senior Fellows – are long-time associates of the Institute of the North and invested heavily in the Institute’s mission and core programs. Senior Fellows are strongly aligned with the Institute’s mission and therefore make broad intellectual contributions (chairing panels, authoring scholarly papers, compiling best practices, presenting at symposiums, etc.) on behalf of the Institute. Senior Fellows meet annually with the Board of Directors and staff to set the research agenda for the coming year. Working together to identify key issues on which the Institute aims to make advancement, the shared agenda will inform decision-making regarding research topics and projects.
- Visiting Fellows – are brought on for a limited term to meet the needs of the Institute. Potential Visiting Fellows apply to fulfill specific research or program needs or propose projects that fit within the current research objectives of the Institute. A Visiting Fellow retains his/her status with the Institute for the duration of the project, until such time as the agreed upon product is delivered. Often relatively new to the Institute, Visiting Fellows bring knowledge and experience that compliment the mission and legacy in Alaska and the Arctic.
To lean more about the Fellows program please contact Nils Andreassen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907 786-6324.
The views expressed by Fellows are the sole responsibility of the fellow and do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of the North. The contents of their work are the sole responsibility of the fellow(s). The Institute of the North will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in their work.
Arctic Infrastructure and Policy
James R. Hemsath
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Project: Fast Changing Arctic Project (FCAP)
Dr. Lawson W. Brigham
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