A network tailored for Arctic youth

Learn about how our network is growing in the Arctic and around the world.

OUR VISION

The vision of the Arctic Youth Network is an inclusive world where aspiring leaders have equitable access to resources to advance change in their own way on Arctic issues.

OUR MISSION

The Arctic Youth Network provides a platform that connects young change-makers from different backgrounds and enables them to build their leadership capacity. The AYN amplifies youth voices to address Arctic issues through learning, collaboration, and action.

YOUTH HAVE ONE SHOT and we are taking action

Video courtesy of the Arctic Youth Summit

WHO’S STEERING THE SHIP?

Learn about our Board of Directors​

Olga Ievleva
Olga IevlevaChair
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Olga is a Komi (one of the Indigenous peoples of Russia) from the Komi Republic. She is a recent graduate of a Master’s programme in international relations with a focus on the Arctic. Writing a master thesis devoted to science diplomacy in the Arctic, she has developed a deep passion and strong research skills in exploring the complex interactions between society, the scientific community, policymakers, and the environment. Her area of interest also includes indigenous peoples of the Arctic and transportation routes of the region. Olga sets a goal to promote youth participation in the process of Arctic cooperation through assuring information accessibility, inclusion equity and transparency of the framework.
Maël Manuel Bueno
Maël Manuel BuenoVice-Chair
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Maël is a young environmentalist specialized in sustainable resource management and socio-ecological systems. He holds a Master’s degree in Environment, Development, and Peace from the University for Peace (UPEACE). His research interests focus on food and energy systems, environmental ethics, community-based conservation, and ocean sustainability. Driven by a profound dedication to the Arctic, Maël served as a Program Coordinator at the Arctic Circle Secretariat for the 2022 and 2023 Arctic Circle Assemblies. He also authored a pivotal report for the Arctic Economic Council on the state of the Arctic food systems, as well as conducted research at the Iceland Ocean Cluster. Hailing from France, Maël brings an international perspective to his Arctic endeavours, aiming to be a representative voice for non-Arctic-native youth and emphasizing their involvement in local communities. His goals also include contributing to Arctic communities’ self-sufficiency in food and energy and addressing challenges like brain drain and youth emigration.
Rebecca Rogers
Rebecca RogersTreasurer
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Rebecca is an external relations professional who works in the mining industry in northern Canada. Her work focuses on cultivating and strengthening relationships with Indigenous partners and government. Holding a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Rebecca studied international relations, international law, and environmental politics. Her research included an in-depth examination of the International Maritime Organization and the role that non-state actors play in shaping Arctic policy. Passionate about fostering collaboration between sectors, including government bodies, Indigenous communities, industry, and non-governmental organizations, Rebecca is dedicated to advancing shared objectives. Rebecca looks forward to leveraging her skills and experience to enhance organizational relationships, forge new connections, and promote accessible communications within the Arctic Youth Network.
Emily Tsui
Emily TsuiSecretary
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Emily is a lawyer called to the New York and Ontario bars, and is currently in the ab initio program (full-time French language training) of the foreign service with Global Affairs Canada. Previously, she worked as a corporate lawyer at a large international law firm. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at The Arctic Institute, where she focused on Canada’s Arctic, and an Early Career Fellow at the 13th Polar Law Symposium, where she focused on underwater cultural heritage protection in the Arctic. Her research interests are in international law, foreign policy, Arctic governance, and natural heritage protection. Her goals for the Arctic Youth Network are to increase youth participation in its activities and to work on long-term strategic planning matters.
Anastasia-Svenia Körner
Anastasia-Svenia KörnerMedia Manager
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Anastasia-Svenia Körner is a Master’s student in environmental and climate change law at the University of Eastern Finland. She previously did her bachelor’s in environmental sciences at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, with a major in environmental policy and economics. Her particular research interest lies in the field of Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ cultural rights and international climate change law and policy. Throughout the years, she has volunteered for several national and international organizations, including Amnesty International and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature GARN.
During her time at the Arctic Youth Network, she hopes to be able to use her knowledge and experience to help connect Arctic youth in meaningful and impactful ways, to create spaces and facilitate conversations, especially among and by Indigenous Youth across the Arctic, and to make tools and funding available to the leaders of tomorrow.
Maiyu Nanouk Jones
Maiyu Nanouk Jones
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Lauryn is Inupiaq from Unalakleet, Alaska. She is currently double majoring in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She started her advocacy work for climate change and Indigenous rights when she was working for Sitka Conservation Society in 2021. Now, she is currently a part of the 2023-24 Arctic Youth Ambassador Program. Through the Arctic Youth Network, she wants to bridge the gap between Indigenous science/knowledge and Western science when it comes to policymaking and decision-making in the Arctic. A goal of hers is also to promote more indigenous youth voices and presence when it comes to discussing Arctic issues.
Maverick Simba-Canadien
Maverick Simba-Canadien
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Maverick is passionate about water conservation and stewardship, along with indigenous sovereignty. Additionally, he is planning to study chemistry in the fall with the goal of attending medical school. His background includes being a member of the Dene Nation Youth Council, the Prime Minister Youth Council, and an alumnus of the United World College Collective. He lived in the Northwest Territories for the majority of his life, with the exception of living in Alberta and BC for a few years. He is Dene and Métis. As an indigenous youth, his goals for being in the Arctic Youth Network are deeply rooted in his connection to the land and my community. First and foremost, he aims to advocate for the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. He hopes to amplify voices and contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. Additionally, he aspires to foster meaningful collaborations and partnerships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
Siisi Akitsinnguaq Jensen
Siisi Akitsinnguaq Jensen
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Siisi is a 22-year-old Inuk from Saqqaq, Greenland, a remote village in Diskobay, where the main source of income is fishing and seasonal hunting of local animals. Before she started her gap year, she was studying Greenlandic linguistics, literature and media, and currently participating as a data analyst, transcriber, linguistic analyst- and consultant in a collaborative research project run by Lenore Grenoble & Jessica Kantarovich (Ilismatusarfik and the University of Chicago) on how multilingualism is affecting the use of the Greenlandic language. Her priorities in working for the AYN are to unite and amplify, and work with unheard voices in rural as well as urban areas across nations in the Arctic, and make sure to work with the cultural and generational knowledge we all carry as Indigenous peoples and use that knowledge for a better future – as well as building stronger bonds, cultural exchanges, and communities for Indigenous youths across nations.
Nina Vermot
Nina Vermot
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Nina is a French scholar who specialised in Small States and Arctic Affairs (more precisely in Arctic governance, resilience strategies, and security challenges) at the University of Iceland. Today, she aspires to further the involvement of Youth and Indigenous knowledge in environmental protection, from the oceans to outer space. She has participated in various conferences to share her knowledge, learn from experts, and connect with, empower, and elevate the voices of Youth and Indigenous communities. Nina’s goals at the AYN include the development of crisis response and adaptability, and include technology and innovation to explore new ways to connect and engage Youth globally. In this, she hopes to gather more easily and find these “golden nuggets” for better active Youth engagement and increased expertise.
Katharina Heinrich
Katharina Heinrich
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Katharina is a junior researcher at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland mainly focusing on Arctic Ocean Governance and Marine Management, as well as the impacts of climate change on governance and management approaches. I became a member of the Arctic Youth Ocean (AYO) Group in 2019 and has served as a co-lead for the last few years. It is important to me that youth engagement across the Arctic is strengthened, through and with a sustainable platform. This should be a safe space to share experiences and knowledge, identify common concerns, difficulties and opportunities, to find ways to ensure that Youth voices are heard when they are needed to. Also, I am aiming to ensure that Ocean topics will find a space within the AYN.
Julia Morales-Aguirre
Julia Morales-Aguirre
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Julia is a Latina Canadian cryosphere scientist living in Tromsø, northern Norway where she currently works as an adviser at Arctic Frontiers. Julia holds a BSc in physics and geophysics, and an MSc in Earth and Planetary sciences from McGill University where she conducted research on glacial earthquakes to improve our understanding of the relationship between ice loss in Greenland and climate, and explore associated hazards. Julia is committed to science outreach and communication in relation to climate change, sustainability and JEDI. She enjoys working with students and other young professionals to bolster their voices and encourage them to lead with knowledge and empathy. Julia has experience in program and event management, and alpine and backcountry expeditions. She speaks English, French, Spanish and is steadily improving her Norwegian.
Eve Downing
Eve Downing
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Eve, a 2023 Udall Scholar is from Sterling, Alaska, and is currently in her final year pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Policy & Culture and International Studies at Northwestern University. Her journey has been shaped by a robust background in grassroots environmental organizing, which she actively contributed to as an Arctic Youth Ambassador from 2020 to 2021. Eve’s passion lies in the realms of energy sovereignty and enhancing community engagement across the Arctic region. Committed to fostering an equitable transition from fossil fuels to green energy, she focuses on fortifying energy and food security in the Arctic. Contributing her insights as a member of the Ørsted Youth Advisory Panel, she actively participates in shaping sustainable practices. Additionally, Eve sits on the board of Cook Inlet Keeper, where she champions environmental stewardship and community resilience. Eve envisions connecting youth across the Arctic, aspiring to build coalitions that unite young minds working towards a more sustainable and resilient future.
Priscilla “Aumaqpaq” Frankson
Priscilla “Aumaqpaq” Frankson
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Priscilla “Aumaqpaq” Frankson is an Iñupiaq scholar and Graduate Researcher at Arizona State University. Currently pursuing a masters in American Indian Studies. She comes from the northwestern village of Tikiġaq (Point Hope), Alaska. Priscilla’s research is particularly focused on the intricate dynamics of tribal governance within the context of co-management policies and the implications they have on cultural subsistence practices in Alaska. Her interests include learning the complexities surrounding the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Priscilla hopes to share her work and hear the work of others in her role with the Arctic Youth Council. By building a network of youth from around the arctic, we become stronger advocates for our own communities.
Heleen Middel
Heleen Middel
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Heleen, hailing from the Netherlands, boasts a diverse background in marine mammal science. She specialized in the impact of noise pollution on cetaceans during her master’s in Industrial Ecology in Norway. With hands-on experience studying humpback whales in Alaska and killer whales in Iceland, Heleen’s passion for the Arctic runs deep. As the Scientific Secretary for the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, Heleen collaborated on marine conservation issues in the Arctic. As Science Coordinator and guide on expedition ships in the Arctic and Antarctic, she now bridges ecotourism with science. Heleen’s Arctic Youth Network goals encompass ocean-themed solutions, integrating traditional ecological knowledge, and science communication, drawn from her immersive polar experiences. Heleen is based in Tromsø, Norway, where she enjoys hiking, freediving, skiing, and sailing.
Nivi Rosing
Nivi Rosing
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Nivi Rosing is a 20 year old Inuk from Nuuk, Greenland. She is currently studying Inuit Studies in Ottawa Canada which she will finish in May of 2023. She is passionate about cross-border knowledge sharing in the Pan-Arctic and she has now spent 3 years in Canada exploring the similarities between colonialism in Canada and Greenland. Nivi advocates for implementing Indigenous knowledge within climate action and wildlife management. Alongside these roles, Nivi is a fellow of the Arctic Resilient Communities Fellowship.

Learn about our Board of Directors​ Advisory Members

Filip Alimpic
Filip Alimpic
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Filip has been engaged with the Arctic Youth Network since 2020 while working on numerous international science projects. With an Environmental science background, his interests include atmosphere, air, and ocean pollution. His future goals involve advancing global environmental conservation through international agreements and air pollution research. Committed to shaping sustainable policies, fostering collaborations, and assuming leadership roles, he aspires to contribute significantly to impactful projects addressing pressing environmental challenges. With a focus on education, industry and community engagement, he aims to inspire positive action and awareness in environmental science. His vision extends beyond the Arctic Youth Network, encompassing a broader, global scale where he can contribute meaningfully to the ongoing mission of fostering sustainable development and conservation practices.
 Pernille Fischer Boulter
Pernille Fischer Boulter
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Pernille is the founder of Kisserup International Trade Roots Canada Inc., Kisserup Europe and Kisserup Arctic. She provides advisory services, project management, trade training and consulting services to International Financial Institutions, public and private sector organizations worldwide. She has worked on projects in over 90 countries, on 6 continents and in 25 sectors. She is frequently retained as a keynote speaker on international trade, investment and entrepreneurship by both private and public sector and she is an internationally recognised Subject Matter Expert on SME development and UN SDGs. Pernille is a Certified International Trade Professional, by the Forum for International Trade Training in Ottawa, Canada, holds a Certificate in Leadership and Innovation from INSEAD, France, she is a Certified facilitator in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method, holds a Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada and Master of Business from the Copenhagen School of Business.
Elena Kavanagh
Elena Kavanagh
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Elena is a PhD Researcher at the School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland. Her research focuses on Arctic governance, indigenous rights, and the role of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. She is enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge and experience she gained through her PhD research on indigenous rights in the Arctic. In her role as an Advisory Member of the Board of Directors, she aims to raise awareness and advocate for issues that she is passionate about, such as indigenous rights and environmental policies in the region. With her academic background, she wants to influence policy-makers by providing research-based insights and recommendations regarding Arctic youth policy and legislation.

The AYN is committed to ensuring Arctic youth are safe in all their activities with the organization. Read our Policy Statement on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.