Managing Shared Interests in Arctic Oil and Gas

Organized by Stony Brook University 16. October 2015

This panel builds on ideas and issues that were raised at the 2014 Artic Circle Conference with brainstorming about ways to meet or advance shared interests in Arctic oil and gas. Among topics, the session will consider practices from other industries and regions that may be leveraged to meet objectives. Experts from government, industry, academia, science, and NGOs will participate. Aims will focus on identifying areas of resonance and problem-solving across sectors.


  • Jón Bjarnason, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture 2009-2011, Member of Parliament 1999-2013, Iceland
  • Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Heiðar Már Guðjónsson, Chairman of the Board, Eykon Energy
  • Erik Haaland, Arctic Non-technical Risk, Statoil, Norway
  • Guðni A. Jóhannesson, Director General, National Energy Authority/Orkustofnun, Iceland
  • William Moomaw, Research Professor, Co-Director, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University; Chief Science Officer, Earthwatch Institute
  • Alexander Shestakov, Director, WWF Global Arctic Programme, Canada
  • Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission and Special Advisor to the U.S. State Department on Arctic Science and Policy
  • Tero Vauraste, CEO, Arctia Shipping; Vice Chair, Arctic Economic Council
  • Alexander Vylegzhanin, Professor and Director, International Law Programme, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • David Vincent, Director of Business Development and Renewable Energies, Gaz Metro, Canada
  • Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Gunhild Hoogesen Gjørv, Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway


  • Kathleen Araújo, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University and Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Isabel Barrio, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Iceland