Rethinking Shared Interests in Arctic Oil and Gas – Can We Actually Manage More Effectively?

Organized by Stony Brook University 16. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Esja, Harpa Fifth Level

Recognizing the complex nature of governance and development in sensitive ecosystems, like the Arctic, this brainstorming session returns to the Arctic Circle Conference to explore the topic of shared interests in Arctic oil and gas. 

A number of overarching thrusts frame this discussion. What interests are common to different sectors, regions, and stakeholders? Could interests and resources actually be effectively managed? If so, what practices, authorities, and policies should be involved? This panel builds on insights from previous Arctic Circle panels, aiming to tackle the changing conditions and paths for solutions. Experts from government, industry, academia, science, and NGOs will participate.


  • Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Deputy Premier, Government of Nunavut
  • Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland
  • Tero Vauraste, President and CEO, Arctia Ltd; Vice-Chair, Arctic Economic Council
  • Fran Ulmer, Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission; Special Advisor to the U.S. Department of State on Arctic Science and Policy
  • Heiðar Guðjonsson, Chairman of the Board, Eykon Energy
  • Guðni Jóhannesson, Director General, National Energy Authority of Iceland
  • Bill Moomaw, Research Professor and Co-director, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University; Chief Science Officer, Earthwatch Institute
  • Alexander Vylegzhanin, Professor and Director, International Law Programme, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • Michael Kingston, Maritime Lawyer, DWF Law
  • Brigt Dale, Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute
  • Nils Andreassen, Project Manager, Institute of the North


  • Kathleen Araújo, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, and Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory