Singapore 2015 Forum Program

On the occasion of a State Visit of the President of Iceland to Singapore and following the World Ocean Council’s 2015 Sustainable Ocean Summit on the advancement of responsible and sustainable ocean economic activity.

Thursday, November 12

Registration; Opening Session; Sessions: Governance of Northern Sea Routes, The Future of Arctic Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnership and the Arctic Investment Protocol, Science and Research; Dinner Dialog: Advancing Global Cooperation on the Arctic

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

Location: Marina Mandarin Singapore

09:00 - 10:00 Opening Session


  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore


  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Alaska Dispatch; Chair of the Arctic Circle Advisory Board

10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 Session 1: Governance of Northern Sea Routes


  • Mead Treadwell, President, Pt Capital, Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
  • Else Berit Eikeland, Senior Arctic Official of Norway
  • Vitaly Klyuev, Director of Maritime and River Transport, Russian Ministry of Transport


  • Georg Lárusson, Director of the Icelandic Coast Guard
  • Captain Muhammad Segar, Assistant Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


  • Robert Beckman, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:15 Session 2

13:30 - 14:15 Session 2 - Part I: The Future of Arctic Infrastructure


  • Hafsteinn Helgason, Chief Representative of the Icelandic-German Finnafjörður Harbour Project; Director of Business Development, EFLA Consulting Engineers
  • Cynthia Wang, Arctic Program Manager, Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre
  • Thomas Mack, President, Aleut Corporation


  • Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, CEO, Arctic Circle 

14:15 - 15:15 Session 2 - Part II: Public-Private Partnership and the Arctic Investment Protocol


  • Scott Minerd, Global Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Partners


  • Paul Arthur Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Svend Hardenberg, Chairman, Greenland Invest ApS
  • Tormod Cappelen Endresen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Singapore


  • Lisa Oake, Broadcaster, former CNBC Asia Anchor

15:15 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 17:30 Session 3: Science and Research


  • Kim Holmén, International Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Jun Inoue, Associate Professor of Polar Meteorology, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
  • Yoo Kyung Lee, Director of Arctic Research Center, Korean Polar Research Institute


  • Chan Eng Soon, Vice-Provost, National University of Singapore
  • Guðní Jóhannesson, Director General, The Icelandic National Energy Authority
  • Adrian Law, Associate Professor, Director, DHI-NTU Centre, Nanyang Technological University
  • Piotr GÅ‚owacki, Head of Polar and Marine Department, Geophysical Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Chen Xu, Research Fellow, Polar Strategic Department, Polar Research Institute of China


  • Kim Holmén, International Director, Norwegian Polar Institute

17:30 - 19:00 Break

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner Dialog: Advancing Global Cooperation on the Arctic


  • Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iceland
  • Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower, Singapore
  • Chan-woo Kim, Ambassador for Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea


  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland