Program Leadership and Project Teams

The Tipping Point Actions program is steered by the program leadership. The initiatives also have their own core teams responsible for overseeing project implementation.

Program leadership

John Moore
Lead of the Seabed Curtain project
John Moore is a Research Professor at the University of Lapland, Finland, and the Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Frozen Arctic Conservation. His main research activities relate to climate engineering, sea level change, and ice sheet dynamics. Moore is a Member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters; he has been a member of 6 Antarctic, 4 Greenlandic and 20 Svalbard scientific expeditions; and he was the chief scientist on 2007-2009 International Polar Year project "Kinnvika". Moore has authored over 200 articles (~21000 citations, H-index=61, 19 articles published in PNAS & the "Nature" group).
Lars Kullerud
Has overall responsibility for UArctic's operations and oversees the senior administration.
Lars Kullerud has held the position of President of UArctic since May 2002. Throughout his UArctic Presidency, Lars has continued to foster an academic interest in the northern environment and development issues and published several academic papers on the issue in addition to representing UArctic. Before joining the UArctic team, he was the Polar Programme Manager for GRID-Arendal which serves as UNEP's (United Nations Environment Program) key polar centre. His academic background is in Precambrian Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, geostatistics, petroleum resource assessments, as well as assessments of the Arctic environment.
Outi Snellman
Oversees the UArctic organization, with primary responsibility for supporting UArctic's membership, governance and management structures, as well as internal and external communication. Head of UArctic International Secretariat.
Outi Snellman has worked in international education and the development of cooperation in higher education in the circumpolar region for over 25 years in her capacity as the Director of International Relations at the University of Lapland (1990-2022) and Secretary General for the Circumpolar Universities Association (1992-1998) as well as Vice-President Organization of the University of the Arctic.
Marianne Hagen
Co-lead, government relations and communications for the Seabed Curtain project
Marianne Hagen is a former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway. She came to work with UArctic from the position of Executive Vice President of Aker Solutions, one of Norway's largest industrial companies delivering solutions, construction and services to the global energy industry. Marianne was Head of Communications at the Royal Court, and has worked as an advisor to the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners Association. She has an extensive career in politics and as a board member of publicly listed companies. Within the Seabed Curtain project, Marianne is responsible for government relations and communications, as well as overseeing the engineering.

Frozen Arctic Projects team

The core team responsible for the Frozen Arctic Projects initiative. To read their bios, please click here.