A network tailored for Arctic youth

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

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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​

Sebastien Molgat | Chair
Sebastien Molgat | Chair
Read about Sebastien
Sebastien is a student of Political Science at Queen’s University with particular focus on the Canadian north. He has worked in media for Parks Canada promoting nature and culture from coast to coast as well as volunteered with various cultural, health, and northern organizations. He has a passion for storytelling and aims to promote the personal side of the issues of today.
Gunnhildur Fríða Hallgrímsdóttir
Gunnhildur Fríða Hallgrímsdóttir
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Gunnhildur is passionate about climate action and fighting corruption. She is a member of the Fridays for Future movement in Iceland, and also advocates for anti-corruption fishing industry reform through the people’s new constitution in Iceland. Gunnhildur is on a gap year but will study Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard College next fall. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing the piano, and making Tiktoks.
Victoria Hermann
Victoria Hermann
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Dr. Victoria Herrmann is the Managing Director of The Arctic Institute, where her research and writing focus on climate change, adaptation, and migration. As an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University, Victoria serves as the Principle Investigator of the National Science Foundation funded Arctic Migration in Harmony, a major international initiative to integrate discipline-isolated research on changing Arctic migration patterns and advance knowledge on the movement of peoples, economies, cultures, and ecosystems catalyzed by environmental variability. Beyond the Arctic, Victoria studies climate-induced displacement, migration, and relocation in North America and Fiji as a National Geographic Explorer. She serves on the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States’ Board of Directors, on the Steering Committee of the Climigration Network, and as an IF/THEN Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Margarita Innokentievna Novgorodova
Margarita Innokentievna Novgorodova
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Margarita is Yakut from Yakutsk, Russia and is passionate about promoting the interests of Indigenous peoples in areas of education and sustainable development, as well as increasing quality of life in the North. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies (the US and Canada) and a master’s degree in Arctic Studies at North-Eastern Federal University n.a. M.K. Ammosov. She currently works as Chief Specialist in the International Office at Arctic State Agrotechnological University in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and is Project Administrator of the Erasmus+ SAGRIS program.

Маргарита имеет степень бакалавра «Американские исследования (США и Канада)», степень магистра «Арктические исследования» при Северо-Восточном федеральном университете им. М.К. Аммосова. Она заинтересована в продвижении интересов коренных народов в сферах образования, устойчивого развития, улучшения качества жизни на Севере. В данное время она работает главным специалистом в международном отделе при Арктическом государственном агротехнологическом университете в Республике Саха (Якутия), а также является проектным администратором программы Erasmus+ SAGRIS.

Eeva-Maija Kakko
Eeva-Maija Kakko
Read about Eeva-Maija
Eeva-Maija studies Global Sustainability at the University of Helsinki and is currently working on her Master’s thesis on alliances between Indigenous people and environmental NGOs. She developed and leads a youth volunteer team with WWF Finland and coordinated the 2018 Arctic Youth Summit. In her current role at WWF she works as a project officer for an EU-funded Eat4Change project and coordinates the work of an international youth group striving for more sustainable food systems. In her free time she enjoys reading, walking in nature and growing plants.
Sam Schimmel
Sam Schimmel
Read about Sam
Sam is Siberian Yupik Eskimo and Kenaitze Indian from Kenai, Alaska. He is an avid subsistence hunter and fisherman concerned with the impacts climate change has on rural Alaskan communities. He currently serves as an Arctic Youth Ambassador, Center for Native American Youth Advisory Board Member, and previously sat on Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s Climate Action Leadership Team. He is a steering team member and lead for the 2020 National Tribal Climate Change Summit. Sam is the recipient of the 2020 Alaska Federation of Natives Roger Lang Youth Leadership President’s Award. He is studying Earth System and Political Science at Stanford University.
Mira Kleist
Mira Kleist
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Mira is an Inuk born and raised in Nuuk, Greenland. She has a BA in international communication and a Masters in Global Studies. Since 2012 she has worked for the Greenland Ministry of Foreign Affairs and been posted to the Greenland Representation to the European Union 2013-2016. 2018-2020 she was a Junior Professional Officer at the United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ and Development Branch / Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is currently a Special Advisor on Arctic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nuuk.
Samantha Mack
Samantha Mack
Read about Samantha
Samantha is a Unangax Rhodes Scholar from the Agdaaĝux tribe of King Cove, Alaska. With a multidisciplinary background in Critical Theory, Politics, and English, Samantha’s research and advocacy work targets the intersections between US policy, settler colonialism, and Indigenous survivance. After receiving her MPhil degree in Political Theory from Oxford this past summer, Samantha now serves both as an Adjunct English Professor teaching Alaska Native Literatures at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and as the Language Assistance Compliance Manager for the State of Alaska. Employing her role in both positions Samantha works to reverse the dispossession of Indigenous lands, languages, and lives. Samantha spends her free time baking, photographing friends, and reading.
Danielle Wendehorst
Danielle Wendehorst
Read about Danielle
Danielle is a 23 year-old who grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. She is a registered nurse and is passionate about northern healthcare. Danielle is involved in various community organizations with a major focus on empowering youth. She is passionate about supporting youth so they can pursue their passions and dreams and is excited to learn and work with other members.

WHO’S COORDINATING?

Learn about our Global Team

Eva Wu
Eva WuDirector
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Eva is passionate about the Arctic, global environments, and creating social change. She has worked for Parks Canada as one of two national youth ambassadors and co-founded North in Focus, a mental health charity. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation. She completed her HBSc. Environment degree at McGill University and currently is a consultant at Deloitte.
Emil Ísleifur Sumarliðason
Emil Ísleifur SumarliðasonAYX Coordinator
Read about Emil
Emil is a graduate student of Global Studies at Lund University with a focus on the Arctic, especially Arctic Security and the role of Iceland in the region. At Lund he is an active member of University’s association of foreign affairs, UPF Lund. Emil also holds a bachelor’s degree of Political Science from the University of Iceland. For the past few years Emil has been working for the Arctic Circle Secretariat, organizing the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic.
Elaina O'Brien
Elaina O'BrienThe Exchange Coordinator
Read about Elaina
Elaina is the editorial coordinator of AYN, where she spearheads a group of writers and editors that produce monthly content for the platform as well as collaborations with other organizations. She is originally from Ireland, and has a degree in Irish communications and media. She is currently living in Iceland, where she is undergoing a Masters in coastal and marine management. Elaina is also a freedive instructor, and runs her own diving and ocean awareness courses for kids in her free time.
Hector Sanchez
Hector SanchezCommunity Coordinator
Read about Hector
Hector is a Mexican Anthropologist currently based in Finland, pursuing a Master’s degree in Intercultural Encounters at the University of Helsinki. He is interested in ethnic affairs, environmental issues from a comparative perspective, and studies of contemporary music. Currently, he volunteers in the area of Community Development because he believes that the youth across the many regions of the Arctic can work together to make a positive impact both locally and globally.