Mason White & Lola Sheppard: Lateral Office
Founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, Lateral Office is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,” engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political.” LATERAL OFFICE is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century – and the subsequent new typologies made possible by an architecture that brazenly confronts today. Recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.
Ellis Doeven: Photographer
Ellis Doeven is a photographer who studied at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague from 2006 to 2010. She currently lives in both Amsterdam and Point Hope. Her work is part of the exhibition Maktak & Gasoline: The People of Point Hope, which opens with the North x North Festival.
Chris McDonald: OECD
Chris works as a Policy Analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which includes management of the Territorial Review of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) and thematic projects on Indigenous economic development (see – here), and mining and regional development (see – here). OECD recently completed a review of the northern sparsely populated areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland which included a focus on innovation in the Arctic (see – here) and reviews on regional innovation (here). Chris’s undergraduate qualification is in urban planning and he has a PhD in regional development. He has published on these subjects in peer review journals, and has undertaken teaching and lecturing roles in public policy, regional development and economic geography including as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Geography at Monash University.
Christian Wennecke: Greenland Business
Christian has a masters degree in public administration from the Univerity of Roskilde, Denmark, and a graduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Greenland. He has published research on Innovation and Economic Development in Greenland. He is currently working as a deputy manager for Greenland Business, a government owned business development company that administrates a number of public innovation funds in Greenland, while also advising on and promoting entrepreneurship. He has previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Greenland, with ‘foreign trade’ and ‘international innovation programmes’ as his areas of expertise.
As part of his current position, Christian has participated in the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship project, which has been in touch with thousand of young people across (primarily) Greenland, Finland and Northern Ireland, but also other countries. The project has developed tools and methods for inspiring and promoting entrepreneurship in rural and peripheral areas. Beside his job, Christian has teached Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Greenland and Nuuk Business College.
Bodil Kjelstrup: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Norway
The job as administrative leader at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum lured Kjelstrup (46) back to the North, after spending 20 years on the west coast of Norway. She has a diverse background in web development, communication and project management, as well as being a Barista. Kjelstrup has always been engaged in volunteer work, with a focus on culture and festivals. Her educational background is sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway.
Krish Sankaran: Radical Innovations Group, Finland
Dr. Krish Sankaran is the CEO of Radical Innovations Group – RIG, an energy innovation company based in Finland. He has worked in all three sectors – government, civil and private – including the European Commission, World Economic Forum, ABB, Alstom. His past industrial engagements include senior management roles in business development and operations (50-60 Million EUR revenue) with profit and loss responsibilities in 8 countries and 3 continents. During 2011-2014, he was the Head of the Business Sector and Knowledge Partnerships at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and he was also selected as a Global Leadership Fellow. At the WEF, he advised governments on various public policy and governance challenges in energy and infrastructure sectors. He has visiting professorships at the Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Bombay and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received doctorate degree in engineering science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and an executive master degree in organizational leadership jointly from the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, and London Business School in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. He has several years of training in Advaita Vedanta.
Graham Hogg: Lateral North
Lateral North is a research & design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a principal, Hogg works with community groups, creative professionals and institutions at a local, national and international level. Their projects have looked to redefine Scotland and its relationships with Nordic and Arctic neighbors.
Saara Suurla: Sweco Finland
Development Manager Saara Suurla works for Sweco Finland with key qualifications in the fields of New Services, Innovation Management, Organizational Development and International Operations. Sweco is a Sweden-based engineering and consulting company that plans and designs the communities and cities of the future with 14,500 employees in Northern Europe. Saara has a background in sustainable future city development strategy program lead and change management. At the moment Saara works as Country Project Leader for Sweco Urban Insight sustainable cities strategy program www.swecourbaninsight.com.
Christina Seely: Dartmouth University
Christina Seely, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth University, is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Seely’s expedition based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the natural world. Her work has taken her to Alaska’s Arctic.
Joe Ravetz: Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy
Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy at the University of Manchester. He has worked on strategic thinking for sustainable cities and regions, with interests in environment policy, urban development, new economics and governance, innovation and futures studies, systems and complexity science. With a background as an builder, architect and planner, he is also a foresight trainer / consultant, with a sideline as a creative graphic facilitator. His main publications include ‘City-Region 2020’: ‘Environment and City’ (co-authored), and the forthcoming ‘Urban 3.0: creative synergy and shared intelligence for the One Planet century’ (Routledge). Joe serves on the editorial boards of Foresight Journal and Sustainable Mediterranean Construction; coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange; Principal at the SAMI strategic management consultancy; acting as advisor to national / city governments currently in Mauritius, Naples (Italy) and Vellore (India); and delivering training, seminars, consultancy, keynotes and reviews in many countries. The over-arching theme is about inter-connection: Joe sees cities / regions not as boxes labeled ‘economics’ or ‘environment’, but rather as whole systems which evolve and interact – so it’s clear to him that we need new kinds of whole system thinking. His research programs in CURE have included spatial development, economic development, resource modeling, environmental policy, energy / climate change, land / landscape studies, policy studies, etc. But the higher agenda is on the inter-connections, which can be explored via complexity science, transition and innovation studies, futures and foresight methods. These and similar methods help to enable creative synergy and urban intelligence – a starting point for a new kind of journey for the 21st century.
Keith Gregory: Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority
Keith L. Gregory brings over 10 years of experience in affordable housing and over 15 years of experience in fiscal management to the Authority. He comes from a distinguished and diverse public housing background, working or some of the largest and most progressive housing authorities in the nation including the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of Cook County in metropolitan Chicago, the Housing Authority of Fulton County and most recently the Aurora Housing Authority in suburban Chicago. He also has experience developing new housing, being involved in the creation of nearly 2,500 units of housing during his career. In the City of Aurora, Mr. Gregory was directly responsible for the creation of more than 300 new units of housing and an estimated $100 million in new housing development since 2013. Several of the projects that Mr. Gregory has been involved in have gone on to win national and state awards. He helped to create and serves as the President and CEO of the Northern Lights Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Aurora Housing Authority which engages in real estate development throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Since 2013, the Northern Lights Development Corporation has grown to have revenues in excess of $1 million per year and manages over 500 units of affordable and market rate housing.
Andreas Hoffman: Arctic Culture Lab
Andreas Hoffmann is the artistic director of the Arctic Culture Lab, Finnmark County, Norway. He is also a curator, advisor, and lecturer.
Klaus Mayer: Snowhaus
Klaus Mayer is sole proprietor of the Snowhaus a design firm in Anchorage and Berlin. He is a registered architect in Berlin and member of the Danish Association of Architects. He is an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage where he teaches sustainability in the build environment to construction management students. He studied architecture and received his degree at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany. He has lived and worked in Alaska since 1995. From 2001-2013 he was co-founder and partner of Mayer Sattler-Smith. Since in Alaska he was appointed trustee of the Alaska Design Forum in 1998 and from 1999 to 2012 was president of the board. Klaus was named a LOEB fellow at Harvard University graduate school of design for the academic year 2004-2005.
Karina Moeller: Greenland
Karina was born in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a small town in South Greenland. She has worked and toured as a singer, dancer, actress and director in various productions, member of Pamyua and as a solo artist all over the world. As a member of Pamyua, Karina has received several awards, including Record of The Year at Native American Music Awards, Indigenous Music Award in Canada, Alaska Governor Award and as a singer/actress in the production Nalusuunerup Taarnerani (During the Darkness of Ignorance) at the International Prize I1 Teatro Nudo di Teresa Pomodoro in Italy. Karina is very passionate about the traditional Inuit culture, spirituality and subsistence lifestyle. She is a mother of 3: Tun’aqi, Ivalu and Inuk.
Matthew Jull: Arctic Design Group
Matthew Jull is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, a founding partner of the design practices KUTONOTUK and TempAgency, Director of the Arctic Design Group (with Leena Cho), and he is a registered architect in the Netherlands. With a PhD in geophysics from Cambridge and M. Arch in architecture from the Harvard GSD, Jull’s research explores the intersection of architecture and urban design with the processes that shape the natural environment. Prior to becoming an architect, his expertise in earth systems and computational techniques in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics led to new discoveries on links between the coupling of climate induced glacial cycles and volcanic activity in Iceland, as well as the fundamental process that form the continental land masses. Currently, his research focuses on exploring the potential of architecture and urban design within the frame of extreme climates and the increasing friction between the built environment and the forces shaping our planet. Supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, the Jefferson Trust, the Rotch Foundation, the Center for Global Inquiry and innovation, and most recently the National Science Foundation, his research is pioneering the development of new approaches to the design of cities and buildings in the rapidly changing Arctic. Jull’s work has led to studies of settlements in Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Norway, and Russia, with collaborators from a wide range of disciplines. He has also written extensively on the work of architect Ralph Erskine and the design and construction of Arctic cities in the former Soviet Union. At the School of Architecture at the University of Virgina, Jull teaches architecture design studios at both graduate and undergraduate levels, leads the development of the design research curriculum and thesis preparation course Design Research Methods and Strategies, and teaches seminars on the fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and continuum mechanics. His design studios emphasize an architecture that operates at multiple scales – from the detail, to the building, to the city, and to the continent, foregrounding cultural optimization within a frame of rigorous analysis and design research. Recent studios have focused on the development of resilient architectural design strategies in coastal cities of the United States under threat from seal level rise.
Bosco Hooper: AVCP Regional Housing Authority
Bosco Hooper is married to Jennifer Hooper for 18 years and has two wonderful daughters, Delen 16 and Gracie 8. Hooper was born and raised on Nelson Island in the village of Tununeq located on the west side of the island facing towards Russia adjacent to Nunavak Island, most of the time the wind is blowing from different directions with the changing seasons. For more than 30 years Hooper practiced the way his ancestors lived, gathering food, hunting, and fishing for his parents, family and friends. The concept of the survival skills taught by his father is used every day, and it is very much valuable on the tundra, the ocean, and in the office setting as well. Bosco has worked for AVCP Regional Housing Authority since November 1999 as a seasonal carpenter, Maintenance Counselor, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control, Maintenance Manager and Director of Facilities and Special Projects delivering services to the people of the region. With all the positions he has seen the problems that need improvements in order for the home to be healthy.
Nathan Morrison: Sustainable Now Technologies
Nathan Morrison serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research and Development for Sustainable Now Technologies, Inc., a Biotech firm located in Southern California. Nathan additionally designs living interiors and closed cycle respiration systems for Starships for Project Persephone, under Icarus Interstellar. He is a published author and public speaker, and a strong advocate for carbon capture implementation strategies. Nathan has spent most of the last decade developing innovative bio-reactor technologies that utilize algae as a living internal component to capture carbon, and to produce organic biomass and hydrocarbons. Examples of his work include the development of the Helix Bio-Reactor in collaboration with the late inventor, Steven Shigematsu, the Algae Research Module for the University of Greenwich’s School of Architecture and Landscape in London, and the Mark IX Bio-Reactor modules for carbon sequestration, and the Greenstone Device for carbon capture.
Marika Morris: Carleton University, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
Marika Morris, Ph.D., is a research, evaluation and training consultant in Ottawa, Canada. She has worked on projects with Inuit organizations such as Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Her postdoctoral fellowship funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was a partnership with Pauktuutit to do research with Inuit youth on violence prevention through social media (the Makilirit – Rise Up project). Marika is an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her work with Inuit has been published in academic journals including Aboriginal Policy Studies, Journal of Social Work Practice, Inuit Art Quarterly and Études Inuit Studies.
Catherine Lafferty: Dechinta University
Catherine Lafferty grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she was primarily raised by her grandparents who taught her to be respectful of the land and to practice and appreciate her culture and traditions. Catherine honours her First Nation background through her position as a Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) where she is responsible for supporting the community of Ndilo with a portfolio in Justice, Housing and Heritage where she answers to over 1500 member concerns.
In May 2016 Catherine established her own consulting business, Northern Enterprises, where she assisted with the advancement of Dechinta University, a northern based University led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors. During that time, Catherine has gained full support from many Indigenous leaders in the north partly due to her good standing partnerships and contacts with key stakeholders. Catherine has also gained support at the Parliamentary level in the request for Dechinta University expansion funding through her networking capabilities. Catherine is now the Director of Community Development and Indigenous Education.
Brendan is a creative problem solver focusing on improving government through civic tech, open data and innovation. Brendan is the co-captain of Code for Anchorage, where he originally started collaborating with the Muni of Anchorage 5 years ago on civic tech projects, which led to him becoming the first Chief Innovation Officer for Anchorage. Anchorage was fortunate to get a Bloomberg Philanthropy 3 yr. Innovation Grant for i-team, of which Brendan is the director. I-teams help city leaders drive bold innovation, change culture, and create an ongoing ability to tackle big problems and deliver better results for residents. He has a background in mathematics and programming and has worked as a software developer for many Anchorage companies. He has specialized in optimizing processes which has led to 4 computer chip patents and a recently filed 5th patent based on research at University of Alaska, Anchorage on Mars Rover image compression. He has acted and directed local theater and enjoys soccer and DJing.
Frances Ball: Launch Alaska
Frances is the Operations and Outreach Manager at Launch Alaska, where she works to build the energy innovation ecosystem in Alaska by deepening our relationships with stakeholders. She facilitates innovation sprints and stakeholder workshops, seeks out high quality startups for our program, and collects and analyzes performance data. Frances previously worked at Google, where she helped design their new headquarters in California with an eye to innovation and efficiency. She also led the company’s effort to improve the way water is consumed and recycled in buildings throughout the Bay Area. She holds a B.S. in Atmosphere and Energy Engineering from Stanford University, and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Frances spends her free time volunteering with local farms, and exploring the beautiful outdoors: skiing, hiking, and road tripping across the state to catch the best live music shows.
Kenneth Johnson: Stantec
William Gagnon: Ecology North
Cayley Eller: ANTHC
Jan Alexander: Agron-LED
Andrew Unsworth: Agron-LED
Douglas Cost: UAF
Esther Marcell Combs, Athabascan Indian, was born in Mountain Village, Alaska to the late Lillian Marcell, Deg Xit’an Athabascan of Holikachuk, Alaska and her father Edward Barge, Inupiat Eskimo of St. Michaels village in northwestern Alaska. Her grandmother is the late Ukgaikic Vasili of Bonisila, Alaska and her grandfather is the late Innoko Charlie of Holikachuk, Alaska.
Her volunteer work on the Remote Communities Committee, part of a large statewide recovery organization, has helped to bridge the geographical distances of primarily Alaskan Native villages to create linkages with the available recovery support groups in the larger hub areas. Some of the activities include creation of teleconference meetings and setting up telecommunications using cyber programs such as Skype or private systems. The latter requires tremendous amounts of cooperation with large health provider organizations in hub areas who have established telecommunications systems that they often share with resource entities such as the Remote Communities Committee to provide health support services to their constituents.
Ms. Combs’ background is well suited for this type of rural communication development with 35 years of management of large tribal organizations and development of residential housing statewide in conjunction with tribal governments in the last 18 years. She received her BA degree in 1998 from the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and a Masters of Arts in 2003 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Rural Development.
Jessie Huff: USDA Rural Development
Diane Hirschberg: Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA
Mark Spafford: Department of Solid Waste Services, Municipality of Anchorage
Amy Coffman: Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of Anchorage
Charis Gullickson: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum
Jonny Hayes: Anchorage Museum
JoAnne Northrup: Nevada Museum of Art
Brian Holst: Juneau Economic Development Council
Elizabeth Bella: AECOM
Dave Messier: Tanana Chiefs Conference
Alyse Daunis: Launch Alaska
Michael Y Brubaker: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Robert Venables: Southeast Conference
Jörgen Andersson: Nordic Savory Hub
Mr. Andersson is the leader of the Nordic Savory Hub, and is based in Östersund, Sweden. Jörgen is a part of the global movement for community supported regenerative agriculture. Mimicking nature inspires practices for agriculture as well as it does for crowd equity funding systems.
Pavel Cheshev: Business Finland Funding Agency for Innovation
Before joining Tekes in 2013, Pavel worked for International Foundation of Technology and Investment (Moscow) developing biotech startups funding program; Haldor Topsoe A/S (chemical engineering company) and earlier spent several years in R&D (chemistry) in research institutions of Russia and Europe.
Pavel Cheshev has received his M.Sc. (Chemistry) from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Russia and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Russian Academy of Science, plus a management degree from LSE (UK).
Liza Mack: Aleut International Association
Laura Young: AECOM
Patrick McDonnell: Municipality of Anchorage
Will Koeppen: Axiom Data Science
Micah Hahn: Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Amy Fredeen: Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Scott Bell: Verus Corporation
Eric Solie: Attently
Paul Hackenmueller: Spruce Root, Inc
Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas: Bambino’s Baby Food
Adrianne Christensen: Pedro Bay Benefits Corporation
Laura Delgado: Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
Theresa Peterson: Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Nicole Kimball: Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Nicole Baker: Net Your Problem
Peter Webley: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Erin Trochim: Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, UAF
Cheryl Rosa: USARC
Erica Betts: PDC Engineers
Randy “Church” Kee: ADAC Executive Director
As ADAC’s Executive Director, General Kee serves as the ADAC’s primary manager. He provides day-to-day direction of all Center activities and ensures that ADAC’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) goals are met, milestones achieved, technology development is proceeding, and that the end users are appropriately satisfied with the results. He interfaces with the end users, and works with ADAC members to ensure the Center is in compliance with federal regulations and reporting. He represents ADAC at meetings required to support the needs of Department of Homeland Security management and the greater DHS enterprise. General Kee also works closely with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) stakeholders, to ensure U.S. Coast Guard expectations of the Center are achieved.
Captain Sean C. MacKenzie: Commander Sector Anchorage, U. S. Coast Guard
CAPT MacKenzie has ten years of sea time and has served on five Coast Guard ships. He completed tours of duty on USCGC SORREL, USCGC EDISTO, the Office of Financial Systems at the Coast Guard Headquarters, and as a Coast Guard fellow in the US Senate’s Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee.
Commissioner Mark Luiken: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
He previously served as the department’s Commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012; a position he took after serving as DOT’s Deputy Commissioner for Aviation. Most recently, Commissioner Luiken was employed as a project manager and performance coach with RLG international, supporting the oil industry in Alaska with ConocoPhillips and BP Exploration Alaska.
Prior to his public service to the State of Alaska, Luiken served 29 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring June 1, 2010 as the Vice Commander of the 11th Air Force. His career as an Air Force fighter pilot spanned the globe with multiple assignments in the United Kingdom and Germany, and an assignment in Japan. He is combat veteran with service in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Commissioner Luiken holds a bachelor’s in Human Factor’s Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy; a master’s degree in Management from Troy State University and a master’s in Strategic Studies from Air University in Alabama. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the Air Force Association.
He lives in Anchorage with his wife Suzanne. They have five children; each of whom are Alaska residents.