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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."