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Arctic Infrastructure: Needs and Opportunities in an Emerging Market

Date & Time

Dec. 10, 2019
1:00pm – 2:45pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Arctic Infrastructure: Needs and Opportunities in an Emerging Market

With the Arctic experiencing unprecedented changes, there is heightened focus on the region for its economic potential. Investments in the region require an array of infrastructure to support sustainable, community-focused economic development, and to process and transport materials, people, and data. Infrastructure development has wide-ranging impacts and implications on the Arctic's environment and communities, and calls for sustainable approaches.

Please join the Wilson Center's Polar Institute and Global Risk & Resilience Program for a discussion on Arctic infrastructure and sustainable investment. This event will also be webcast, which will appear on the event webpage when the program begins.


Agenda

Introductory Remarks

  • Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute, and Director, Global Risk & Resilience Program, Wilson Center

Keynote Remarks

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman, Arctic Circle; former President of Iceland (1996 to 2016)
  • Scott Minerd, Global Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
  • Mead Treadwell, Co-Chair, Polar Institute Advisory Committee, Wilson Center

Overview of Arctic Infrastructure Inventory

  • Jack Durkee, Project Manager, Arctic Infrastructure Inventory; Program Assistant, Polar Institute, Wilson Center

Armchair Discussion

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman, Arctic Circle; former President of Iceland (1996 to 2016)
  • Scott Minerd, Global Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
  • Mead Treadwell, Co-Chair, Polar Institute Advisory Committee, Wilson Center
  • Moderated by Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute, and Director, Global Risk & Resilience Program, Wilson Center

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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Global Risk and Resilience Program

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more

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