What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

The Team

Arctic Basecamp is made up of a small team of part time and pro bono scientists, data experts and communications staff. If you would like to contact a member of the team please email info@arcticbasecamp.org

Executive Team

Professor Gail Whiteman

Executive Director, Arctic Basecamp
Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Gail Whiteman is the founder of Arctic Basecamp and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School (UK).

She is an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Frontier Risk and was a scientific keynote speaker at WEF’s 2020 session at Davos “What’s at Stake: The Arctic” alongside panelists including Finland’s Prime Minister Sanne Marin and Former US Vice President, Al Gore.  Since 2012, she is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is actively involved in building science-based targets collective business action, including those for a future low-carbon economy.  Her research utilises organisation theory on information flows to analyse how a range of actors (companies, civil society, and local communities) make sense of ecological risk, and how these actors transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.  She has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including in prestigious journals Nature, Nature Communication, and the Academy of Management Journal. Her PhD is from Queen’s University and her field work was conducted in the subarctic region of Canada.  She is regularly interviewed by the press. You can follow her @GenerationCO2

 

Lovro Valcic

Dr. Lovro Valcic

Director of Operations, Arctic Basecamp
Founder & CEO, Bruncin Ltd.

Dr. Lovro Valcic is the founder and CEO of Bruncin Ltd, an agile and dynamic company with an outstanding team of R&D experts, working closely with scientists to develop custom solutions, systems, and sensors to facilitate fieldwork and research in the Polar regions.

Bruncin Ltd participates as a partner in various EU and USA funded research projects and field campaigns, providing a wide variety of solutions and support in hardware, communications and software.

Science Team

Professor Julienne Stroeve

Professor Julienne Stroeve

UCL Earth Sciences

Professor Stroeve is Professor of Polar Observation & Modelling at UCL, with wide-ranging research interests in the Arctic, including atmosphere-sea ice interactions, synoptic climatology, sea ice predictability, climate change and impacts on native communities.

Dr. Jennifer Francis

Dr. Jennifer Francis

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Francis is a senior scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center. She has studied the Arctic climate system and how rapid Arctic change is affecting areas beyond the Arctic, particularly extreme weather in the northern hemisphere. She is regularly interviewed for radio and TV news programs, and is often quoted in major media outlets.

Professor Alun Hubbard

Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Alun is a glaciologist/climate scientist who’s passionate about icy environments. Over 30 years, he’s worked across the planet – Antarctica to Greenland, often off his sailboat – to understand how the cryosphere is melting, flowing and shrinking faster, thereby raising global sea levels. He has also popularised science in BBC’s “Frozen Planet“, Netflix’s “Our Planet“, “Chasing Ice” and other gong-winning documentaries on TV, internet and radio.  

Science Associates

Professor David Hik

Chief Scientist and Executive Director - Programs, Polar Knowledge Canada

For the past 37 years, David’s research interests have focused on the ecology and ecosystem dynamics of Arctic, mountain and arid environments; impacts of climate variability and change on biodiversity and Earth system processes; determinants of social-ecological resilience; and the interface between science and policy.  He is currently conducting research in northern Canada and Iceland.

Dr. Susan Natali

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr Susan Natali is an Arctic ecologist whose focus on permafrost thaw is motivated by an acute awareness of the risks it poses. She leads Woodwell Climate’s Arctic Program, which investigates the drivers and consequences of rapid Arctic change. Her research examines the effects of permafrost thaw and fire on the storage or release of carbon, and thus, on global climate. 

Johan Rockström

Professor Johan Rockström

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is an internationally recognised scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. He helped lead the internationally renowned team of scientists that presented the planetary boundaries frameworkas fundamental in maintaining a “safe operating space for humanity.”

Professor Eddy Carmack

Dr. Eddy Carmack

Institute of Ocean Sciences

Dr. Eddy Carmack, O.C. is an Emeritus Senior Scientist,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has conducted pioneering science around icebreakers and led on international oceanographic work.

Dr. Zachary Labe

Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University

Dr. Zachary Labe’s research includes signal-to-noise problems, especially to improve our understanding of climate variability and extreme events in a warming world. Specifically, he has concentrated on linkages between Arctic climate change and mid-latitude weather. In addition to academic research, he is very passionate about improving science communication, accessibility, and outreach through engaging data visualizations.

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther

Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic, Norwegian Polar Institute

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther, is Director of the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic, Nofima, and Specialist Director, Norwegian Polar Institute. He is an experienced polar researcher and expedition leader, and serves on a large number of national and international committees.

Professor Bruce Forbes

Professor Bruce Forbes

University of Lapland

Professor Bruce Forbes is based at the Arctic Centre | Arktinen keskus, University of Lapland, and has conducted fieldwork in the Arctic for 33 years. His research is interdisciplinary and his participatory approach aims for co-production of knowledge with regional stakeholders.

Professor Craig Lee

Professor Craig Lee

University of Washington

Professor Craig Lee is a physical oceanographer at University of Washington. He specialises in observations for ocean research. Part of this work involves identifying advances that could be achieved through novel measurements and developing instruments to meet these needs.

Professor Konrad Steffen

Professor Konrad Steffen - In Memoriam

Swiss Federal Institute

Professor Konrad Steffen was Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. He researched processes related to climate, cryospheric interaction, and sea level rise in Polar Regions based on in-situ and satellite observations. Konrad passed away in August 2020 whilst conducting fieldwork in Greenland. We will be forever grateful for his passion and research. 

Arctic Risk Platform Support

Ewout Mante

Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence

“Applied technology strategy” is Ewout’s focus. He has 20 years experience with Data, AI & Machine Learning. Currently, Data Governance, Semantics, and Linked Open Data are a strong area of interest.

Ewout’s working life started as a McKinsey consultant and spent the next 15 years building disruptive companies in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley. Developing and implementing strategies means, you are equally likely to find him in a code review, at a client, or in the board room. Idea to implementation tends to take about three years. He still writes software. This keeps him current and it greatly informs his thinking on technical and corporate development.

Arctic Portal Team

Back end UI (user interface)

The Arctic Portal team, Halldor, Fanney, Anseok, Aevar, Magnus and Mateusz, represent ArcData – Arcticportal.org based in Akureyri in northern Iceland. The team consists of experts in IT development, data management and visualization, communication and outreach,  operate www.arcticportal.org – the Arctic Gateway, and support numerous websites and portals of Arctic and Global importance.

The AP team are specialists in Arctic and Northern issues and have for decades  actively contributed to and  facilitated increased understanding and knowledge exchange among Arctic and Global stakeholders for the benefit of the environment and the people.   

Moon Rabbit

Front end UI and UX (user interface/experience)

Moon Rabbit are a group of proudly misfit individuals who have found a home where they can be themselves.

Moon Rabbit is an independent agency created by a rare breed of people who aren’t satisfied with being conventional. Who know that creative license is worthless without true freedom of expression. Who are proudly misfit and consider the title a badge of honour.

Because if there’s something the world could use more of, it is genuine individuals who instinctively thrive to be authentic and inventive.

Communications & Coordination Team

Helen Clay

Communciations Manager

Arundeep Singh

Project Coordinator

Melina Turčinov

Project Manager

Daniela Solis

Youth Coordinator - Davos

Executive Volunteers

Gwen Yu

Executive Volunteer

Gwen is a leader in sustainable finance. Until recently she was Head of Sustainable Business Strategy and Innovation at BNP Paribas where she set the bank’s global sustainable finance strategy, oversaw R&D projects in sustainable finance including the creation of a natural capital & local development impact fund, and built programmes to upskill all 200,000 BNP Paribas employees on sustainability. She represented BNP Paribas as a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance on the data and usability subgroup and served as an alternate in the informal workgroup that helped set up the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

Prior to this, Gwen worked for various parts of the BNP Paribas Group including Corporate and Institutional Banking and Retail Banking Services. She has been with BNP Paribas since 2010. Before joining BNP Paribas, she worked in North America and Asia providing market entry strategies, intellectual property valuation, corporate philanthropy, and brand management for clients in financial services, tech, FMCG, automotive, and pharmaceuticals on behalf of several professional services firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edelman and Deloitte & Touche. Gwen is a UC Berkeley alumna.