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 an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment, the founder of Arctic Basecamp and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School (UK). 

Since 2012, she is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  She is a past member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risk and was a scientific keynote speaker at WEF’s 2020 session at Davos “What’s at Stake: The Arctic” alongside panellists including Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Former US Vice President, Al Gore.  In 2023 she was also a panellist and speaker at the 2023 WEF session in Davos – Unpacking the Polar Crisis

Professor Whiteman is an experienced moderator at events including Reuters Impact in 2022 and the World Economic Forum in Davos. She 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 and in 2023 launched a new Reuters series – Arctic Warning alongside Reuters Editor-at-Large, Axel Threlfall.  You can follow her @GenerationCO2

Professor Julienne Stroeve

Professor Julienne Stroeve

Chief Science Officer, Arctic Basecamp
UCL Earth Sciences

Julienne C. Stroeve received a PhD in geography from the University of Colorado Boulder, in 1996, for her work in understanding Greenland climate variability. 

 Afterwards she became a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder. More recently she was a Professor at University College London and recently was awarded a Canada 150 Excellence Research Chair at the University of Manitoba. 

Her Arctic research interests are wide-ranging, and include sea ice forecasting at seasonal, decadal and longer term time-scales, climate change and impacts on native communities. She has participated in several field campaigns in Greenland and the Arctic Ocean, including the year-long German-led Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition from 2019/2010. 

Efforts over the past decade have increasingly focused on trying to make sense of the rapid environmental changes being observed in the Arctic and what these changes will mean for the rest of the planet. She is part of Arctic Basecamp, an annual event during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Stroeve’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and news reports, radio talk shows, and TV documentaries. She has given keynote addresses around the world on Arctic climate issues and briefed former Vice President Al Gore and Congressional Staff. Dr. Stroeve has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to several national and international reports on climate change.  Stroeve has been named by Clarivate Analytics as one of the most highly cited researchers several years in a row.

Dr. Cathy Sorbara

Deputy Director

Dr. Cathy Sorbara is a neuroscientist who worked for 10 years as a researcher in Canada and Germany, studying neurodegenerative diseases. Since then, she has worked across academia, start-up and the non-profit sectors, including Greenpeace International, where she specialised in governance and strategic planning. She also volunteers locally for Project Fearless, an after-school space for girls in the Netherlands to get hands on and create an impact. She coaches an Artvism (art + activism) course teaching kids about climate change and helping them explore finding their creative voice as they do. 

Lovro Valcic

Dr. Lovro Valcic

Director of Operations & Founder, Bruncin Ltd.

Dr. Lovro Valcic is a builder of Polar bear toys as the founder and former CEO of Bruncin Ltd, an agile and dynamic team of outstanding R&D experts, working closely with scientists from across the world to develop custom solutions, systems, and sensors to facilitate fieldwork and research in the Polar regions. Lovro currently serves as the Director of Operations and heads the Data & Development Team at Arctic Basecamp Foundation. His work is mostly focused on the sustainable scale-up of the foundation and on the development of impactful digital tools in the global climate risks space, aiming to inspire and accelerate global climate action.

Helen Clay

Communications Director

Helen has wide-ranging experience in non-profit and public services sectors including health, arts, culture, and climate change communications. 

As well as attending the World Economic Forum at Davos three times with Arctic Basecamp a career highlight was shipping a Greenlandic iceberg to the heart of COP 26 in Glasgow.

Armelle KIm

Programme Director - Climate Basecamp

Science & Global Risks Advisory Team

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.  

Professor Jason Box

Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Jason Box is a professor in Glaciology and Climate at the Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Since 1994, he has made 30 expeditions to Greenland to install and maintain measurement networks on Greenland ice. News-maker highlights include an appearance in Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “Before the flood” in 2016.

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. 

Dr. Mark Parrington

Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service CAMS

Dr. Mark Parrington is a senior scientist in the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) Development Section at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He specialises in the application of Earth observation data, in situ measurements with numerical modelling to monitor global atmospheric composition and air quality. In recent years he has closely been monitoring, and working on science communication for, wildfires in the Arctic region and the impacts of smoke and other atmospheric pollution on the Arctic atmosphere.

Prof. Mariana Rufino

Technical University of Munich

Prof. Mariana Rufino is a professor of Livestock Systems at Technical University of Munich. She has technical expertise in modelling farming systems, impacts of climate change, mitigation and adaptation, food security and land use change. Currently, she is conducting research on reducing GHG emissions from the livestock sector by modifying grazing, adopting alternative feeds and harnessing the power of biodiversity. Her ultimate goal is to offer science-based solutions to the challenges countries face to plan for territorial development and sustainable management of natural resources.

Lora May 2023

Emerita Prof. Lora Fleming

University of Exeter

Emerita Professor Lora E Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in the environment and human health; she is based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (University of Exeter Medical School).  Professor Fleming is involved in research, training and policy activities in the new transdisciplinary area within Planetary Health of Ocean and Human Health. She has received the Ocean and Human Awards from the Edouard Delcroix Foundation (2014) and the IOC Bruun Award (2015). She is currently collaborating to establish Healthcare Ocean. 

Prof. Karyn Morrissey

Technical University of Denmark

Prof. Karyn Morrissey is a Professor in Applied Economics within the Sustainability Division at the Technical University of Denmark. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach and is a method-driven scientist focusing on human health and the environment. Notably, prof. Morrissey is a co-author for Working Group 2 on adaptation, planning, and resilience for health in the Lancet Commission’s ‘The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change,’ where she developed the cities indicator. Her impressive career includes becoming a fellow of the prestigious Turing Institute and contributing to 90+ publications in renowned journals, attracting over £20 million in external funding. 

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Dr. Simon Driscoll

Schmidt Futures

Dr. Simon Driscoll is a climate modeller currently working in the Schmidt Futures funded Scale-Aware Sea Ice Project, where he uses machine learning to learn and emulate physical processes related to sea ice thermodynamics. He has extensive experience in researching volcanic eruptions and their effect on climate, both their observed impacts on the climate and in the ability of many of the world’s climate models to reproduce these observed responses (such as a strengthening of the Arctic polar vortex). Formerly part of the UK’s SPICE project, his research has helped question the accuracy of geoengineering modeling studies.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Jennifer Watts

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr Jennifer Watts is an Assistant Scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center.

Her experience is in using satellite remote sensing to inform climate and land use impacts on terrestrial vegetation, carbon cycling, and hydrology. She is especially interested in global wetlands and high latitude ecosystems.

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev

Small World Consulting

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev has worked on a range of projects with partners from academia, the private sector and UK Government. His contributions include scenario and uncertainty analysis of Arctic climate feedbacks and of soil carbon sequestration potential in the UK, as well as estimates of UK’s electronic waste flows to aid recycling policies and campaigns.

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 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. 

In-house Science Team & Research Fellows

Dr. Susana Hancock

Science Team Manager

Dr Susana Hancock is a transdisciplinary Arctic climate researcher working at the nexus of science and politics surrounding the climate crisis in the polar regions. She is an expert reviewer with the IPCC, has been part of the Arctic working group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science, is Vice President for the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists and is an advisor to the B2BI North Atlantic-Arctic Ocean Strategic Framework. 

Dr. Helen Millman

WEF Hoffmann Fellow on Polar Issues

Helen is a glaciologist and climate scientist. As the Hoffmann Fellow for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, she works with Arctic Basecamp, the World Economic Forum and the University of Exeter to foster cooperation between society, science and technology in support of the poles in crisis. She has conducted fieldwork in both the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as other icy parts of the world, and has advocated for the polar regions at the UNFCCC COPs and the XLIV Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. 

Dr. Arthi Ramachandran

Science Special Projects Manager

Arthi received a BSc in Biology and went on to pursue a PhD in Microbial Ecology, both at Concordia University in Montreal. During her graduate studies, she focused on Arctic ecosystems, and conducted research in the Arctic Ocean. She participated in research missions on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers and at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Nunavut. She has worked as a science policy analyst for the Office of the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada and for the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada.

Netra Naik

Research Fellow

Netra is a climate change researcher, architect and an environmental planner. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental planning from Dr. B.N. College of Architecture and Design, University of Pune, India. She is interested in how cities adapt to deal with urban heat and flooding. Her specialist areas and research focus are climate responsive building design and sustainable urban planning. She is an ex-International Climate Protection Humboldt Fellow from the 2021 cohort. She is also activaly involved in communicating climate science and environmental projects through her association with CIPSEM, TU Dresden as a research assistant and author at ClimateScorecard.

Vanessa Sadza

Research Fellow

Vanessa is an atmospheric scientist who holds a BSc Honours degree in Meteorology and Climate Science from University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Science in Atmospheric science from the Universite de Lille, France. Her areas of expertise are in weather forecasting, remote sensing, air quality monitoring, space weather and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. She is passionate about the fight against the devastating effects of climate change. She finds joy in reaching out to vulnerable communities and educating them on ways to adapt to climate change and develop climate smart agricultural practices.

Rebecca Unsworth White

Research Fellow

Rebecca specialises in Climate Shocks and their effects on social and governance issues. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in International Development (Research MSc) in which she focused on the adaptation capacity of different social groups to climate disasters. She also has further Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Governance (MSc) and an LLM in Public International Law. Rebecca has had internships both at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in which she developed her understanding of the functioning and impact of large-scale international public organisations.

Arctic Risk Platform Support

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, Data & Coordination

To follow

Executive Assistant

Yuliia Nesterenko

Project Manager

Yuliia is an experienced project manager with a passion for making a positive impact. Specialised in non-profit, web development, charity, and PR projects. Skilled in leading multiple projects, change management, public relations, and fundraising to drive meaningful change.

Josip Kalebic

Data and Development Officer

Arctic Basecamp Interns

Tammie van Winden

Climate Basecamp Intern

 Tammie holds a BSc in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a major  in Philosophy, Politica & Economic and a minor in Sustainability at Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She has been the president of a volunteer organisation in Paris that aided in providing food, clothing and other necessities for refugees. 

Mees Hoogteyling

Arctic Basecamp Intern

Mees is a recent graduate of the BSc Language & Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, with a major in Sustainability Studies. With a passion for participation-based research, he is determined to make climate action tangible and inclusive for citizens across the globe.

Executive Fellows and 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).

Simon Van Wyk

Executive Volunteer

Simon van Wyk is a Director/Partner at Deloitte based in the Risk Advisory Team in Cape Town, South Africa. Simon has a highly diversified background in EHS and Risk Advisory consulting. He is a Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP) and Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) and an active member of the National Risk Intelligence Committee, IRMSA. He has a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Environmental Management with over 20 years of inter-continental expertise spanning Africa, Middle-East, Europe, Far East and Australasia. Simon’s focus is on Sustainability and ESG with a focus on low carbon economy transition helping clients to decarbonise, achieve netzero (netpositive) and sustainable development across the supply chain.

Michael Bernard

Executive Fellow

Michael is a Non-Executive Director at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Senior Independent Director and a Committee Chair.

He has two Board Advisor roles:  as a member of the International Advisory Board for  Exeter Business School and previously Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Exeter MBA; he is also a Board Advisor to MeetToo Education, who provide a mental health app for young people.

Previously, he worked for many years at IBM, where his last role was Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Hardware in Europe.

Tom Peacock

Executive Volunteer

Tom is currently a management consultant for Capgemini Invent, sitting within the Intelligent Industry capability team, using technology to deliver large scale transformational programmes across a multitude of Industries. Tom also works in a freelance capacity within the travel Industry to help operators achieve their sustainability ambitions and embed sustainability by default within business operations.

He is a firm believer of change through education, having attended the University of Exeter Sustainability Management Programme early in 2022 through Capgemini.

Leigh Arbon

Executive Volunteer

Leigh Arbon is a Strategy Director at Clemenger BBDO. Being an experienced advertising and brand strategist with a background in software development, Leigh tackles problems with a lens which blends both creativity and scale to deliver unique business and communications solutions. Having worked in Melbourne, New York and Singapore while delivering communications for all major markets, Leigh is globally minded. He has been the catalyst for numerous for good campaigns and sustainable business shifts within organisations taking his counsel.

David Bowden

Executive Volunteer