Birgit Njåstad leads the Antarctic Programme at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. Njåstad has had various positions at the Institute over two decades, and throughout this period has worked extensively and broadly with Antarctic management, policy and research related issues. She has participated and/or represented Norway in the Committee for Environmental Protection since 1998. She currently serves as the Chair of this Committee (2018-2022). Njåstad has a Masters in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.