Alexander Saburov - Student Ambassador Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: History (PhD)
“I believe that cooperation between the Arctic countries and in the Arctic on the whole is of great importance, not only for peaceful development of the region but also for the stable development of international relations in the world.”
Alexander Terentjev - Student Ambassador Syktyvkar State University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian (Komi) -- Studies: Political Sciences, International Relations
“The knowledge I've gathered has helped me realize the amount of issues and problems of the Arctic and its people. They all need to be solved by us, the people living here, who understand these problems and care about our home. I'm sure that the interdependency of problems between the Arctic regions is the background we need to use to build a team of ambassadors. We will become a strong voice for the Arctic and the prosperous future of the region."
Anastasia Chayka - Student Ambassador Murmansk State Technical University
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: IT Management, Northern Studies
"The Arctic has always been a region of seafarers and fishermen. The Arctic waters are our natural home, but this unique resource-rich region with harsh conditions could be easily destroyed because of misunderstanding the ecosystems in the Arctic and how they are affected by the changes going on. All the basic rules of Arctic life must be set by its inhabitants according to international norms."
Anastasia Sokolova - Student Ambassador Siberian Federal University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: International Relations
"Many think that the Arctic is far away and unapproachable. However, the Arctic is very much affected by human activity, leading to ecological problems, global warming, as well as endangered languages and cultures of indigenous peoples. The work of the Arctic Council is a clear sign that states are ready for a constructive dialogue on the Arctic, and fruitful cooperation of countries will lead to solving these major problems."
Andrian Vlakhov - Student representative - UArctic Board of Governors; UArctic Student Ambassador European University at St Petersburg
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: Cultural and Social Anthropology (PhD)
“I believe students’ and young researchers’ voices are often not heard by those shaping the future of Arctic research, and since this future lies in these days’ students, it’s necessary to promote their point of view and make them significant for policy-makers and stakeholders.”
Anna Neustroeva - Student Ambassador North-Eastern Federal University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian (Yakut) -- Studies: Economics
"The Arctic has a diverse and dynamic cultural population. I represent the Yakut culture of Eastern Siberia, and as an inhabitant of this big region I am very curious about the different approaches towards the Arctic. With a wealthy future, the Arctic is home to many ethnic groups and nations. The Yakutian people are known as indigenous people, and we care about future of our language, culture, and self- identity."
Caitlyn Baikie - Student Ambassador Memorial University of Newfoundland
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Canadian (Inuk) -- Studies: Geography, Aboriginal Studies
"The Arctic is home to unique culture, governance, environment, and a future lifestyle that is being impacted by our planet's changing environment. The success of that future will come from equal involvement of stakeholders at every level of the spectrum. Recognition and value of traditional knowledge in policy development is key to strong governance and education system for our Arctic."
Carolyn Kozak Loeffler - Student Ambassador University of Alaska Fairbanks
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: American -- Studies: Arctic and Northern Studies
"I am very interested in forms of national identity and how they affect governing policies and law. The Arctic is an exciting landscape to explore this topic within. It continues, as it has for centuries, to capture the imagination of non-polar latitudes, acting as a stage for nations to flex imperial muscle and assert sovereignty. The histories and cultures of the North are underrepresented and often absent from contemporary discourse. As such, they are at great risk of being lost or undermined as the Arctic warms, resources are developed, and polar territories are disputed."
German Sabirov - Student Ambassador Far Eastern Federal University
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: Law
Heather Bell - Student Ambassador Durham University
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: British -- Studies: Geography
“The future of the Arctic is influenced largely by actions which extend beyond any traditional view we may have of its boundaries. Highly sensitive environments, which are often remote and challenging to operate in, are no longer out of the reach of a growing global demand for resources such as precious metals, minerals, and petroleum. We must take care to promote an awareness of the Arctic which will encourage a sustainable future where the utmost care is applied to an irreplaceable environment.”
Hilkka Kemppi - Student Ambassador University of Lapland
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Finnish -- Studies: Art Education, Political Science, Arctic Studies, Cultural Policy
"The Arctic region is not only rich in natural recourses and beautiful scenery but also rich in people – not in number but in culture and variety. By strengthening the voice of the Arctic as well as the world’s understanding of the Arctic, we can make our future sustainable. We need circumpolar understanding, mobility and cooperation."
Ian Lee - Student Ambassador University of Washington
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Singaporean -- Studies: Geophysics
“We all acknowledge the fact that the Arctic is not the sole responsibility of the eight Arctic Nations, but rather the responsibility of the World and thus everyone is going to have to start taking responsibility. The Arctic is a beautiful place which tragically only captured the attention of the world at its most dire stage. I want to raise worldwide awareness of and educate people on various issues surrounding the Arctic and its inhabitants.”
Ilmir Valiakhmetov - Student Ambassador Yugra State University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian (Tatar) -- Studies: Civil Engineering
"The future of the Arctic region depends on cooperation of all the northern countries and people living here. Only interaction, mutual respect and willingness to come to a compromise will make the region prosperous and blooming."
Kamila Faizieva - Student Ambassador Industrial University of Tyumen
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: Earth Cryology (Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology)
"Today the Arctic is a subject for discussion at different levels of scientific and social thought. Problems of ecology and natural resources, shelf exploration, the Northern Sea Route, a unique social environment – all these things make the Arctic a special region and require a balanced approach and a constructive dialogue. I am sure that cooperative activity, mutual support and respect between countries and between people can make the future of the Arctic better."
Laura Yrjölä - Student Ambassador University of Lapland
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Finnish -- Studies: Political Sciences
"The Arctic is very attractive as it provides us with many opportunities and possibilities. However, we should be careful and consider what may be the cost of using all the opportunities as the arctic environment is incredibly fragile. This is a dilemma we must tackle. You could say that the Arctic is both an opportunity and a challenge."
Naoki Kumano - Student Ambassador Hokkaido University
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Japanese -- Studies: Tourism (Regional Management/Local Business)
"The Arctic is currently facing significant environmental and social changes, and peoples in the Circumpolar North are at the forefront. I believe the Arctic can be the center for creating a desirable sustainable future through cooperation."
Ulunnguaq Markussen - Student Ambassador Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: Danish/Greenlandic (Greenlandic Inuit) -- Studies: Social Science
"The world today is under the pressure of globalization, and in general the Arctic, including Greenland, has a lack of profitable competences or transferable skills. I believe that increasing investment in research can be a part of developing economic sustainability in the Arctic regions. Personally, I feel that it is important to include the people of the Arctic in this, as there are a lot of things at risk if development focuses only on Western ways of civilization."
Valeria Vasilyeva - Student Ambassador European University at St Petersburg
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Russian -- Studies: Anthropology (PhD)
"The Arctic is a vast region with its own history and features. Diverse social actors live in the area, and their life strategies, ways of using the territory and perceiving the environment vary significantly. Therefore the North is important for scientists from many points of view. The dominating discourses lie in several spheres: cultural, political, economic, and others. That makes the Arctic a very interesting subject to investigate."
Valerie Young - Student Ambassador Nunavut Arctic College
Term: 2016-2019 -- Nationality: Canadian (Inuit) -- Studies: Nursing
"The Arctic is home to many northern people, including Inuit. Competing global interests make it doubly important for Inuit to be involved to conversations about the future of the Arctic. With the support of agencies such as Kativik School Board, Inuit from Nunavik are able to pursue education through post secondary studies. Education is the driving force that allows Inuit voices to be heard on an international stage, and education unites all Arctic people in advocacy for the place we call home."
Zachary Anstey - Student Ambassador Memorial University of Newfoundland
Term: 2014-2017 -- Nationality: Canadian -- Studies: Psychology, Sociology
"The Arctic faces dynamic and rapidly evolving challenges that continue to increase in the face of globalization and climate change. In the face of these challenges, it is highly important to focus on the environment, on nature, and on the preservation of traditional ways of life, so that sustainable development frameworks do not neglect these aspects when dealing with the increase in large-scale projects in the Arctic environment such as mining and oil and gas."