Outi Snellman
Outi Snellman - Vice-President Organization University of Lapland
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- ) and Secretary General for the Circumpolar Universities Association (1992-1998) as well as Vice-President Organization of the University of the Arctic.
Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest - Chief Communications Officer University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: Strategic coordination of UArctic's communications and information services, including member networking support, web development and content, online communication, social media, brand image and print publications.
Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Scott came as an exchange student to the University of Lapland from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997. He has been involved since the beginning of UArctic's development at the International Secretariat. Scott's passions include travel, cooking, football, and leatherworking. He has a Master's degree in International Studies from UNBC, and has also worked at the University of Lapland's Arctic Centre as academic coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program.
Janette Peltokorpi
Janette Peltokorpi - Director of Governance and Finance Support University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: UArctic governance processes, including administrative support for the Governance bodies of UArctic, legal and financial registrations and reporting, and overseeing the membership fee process.
Janette started her UArctic career in spring 2018 as an intern at the UArctic International Secretariat, and continued as project manager at the UArctic Thematic Network Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity. After three years, she returned to the Secretariat in a new role. She holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences, including studies on management and Russian language and culture, and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She spends her free time knitting, taking care of her balcony garden and going for forest walks in the beautiful Arctic nature.
Pirkko Pulkkanen
Pirkko Pulkkanen - Manager of International Projects University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: Coordination of UArctic international projects, especially focusing on mobility and planning support for UArctic meetings.
Prior to her work at the UArctic International Secretariat, Pirkko worked as a coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland and as a project planner at the Santasport Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Science from the University of Jyväskylä (major in Sport Sociology) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico with concentration on Communications, Sociology and Professional Physical Education. Pirkko loves the Arctic nature especially in winter. Every occasion she gets is spent outdoors and on weekend escapes: biking, hiking, rafting, skiing or running in the wilderness.
Hannele Palviainen
Hannele Palviainen - Fundraising Communications Specialist University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: coordination and development of UArctic fundraising communications; Managing Editor of UArctic's annual Shared Voices Magazine.
After graduating in late 2012, Hannele moved from Central Finland to Lapland to start her UArctic career as an intern and has been working for the network ever since. With a Master’s degree in English, she also acts as the unofficial grammar police of the Secretariat. On her free time, she explores the world through reading and hangs upside down in aerial silk classes.
Natalia Nikolaeva
Natalia Nikolaeva - Member Engagement Coordinator University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: Maintaining and updating member profiles and Study Catalogue; Developing member engagement and communications tools; Managing UArctic social media and news; Creating promotional content.
After graduating from the Saint Petersburg State University with a Bachelor's degree in linguistics, Natalia moved to Finland in 2016 to pursue a Master's degree in Media Education with the University of Lapland. Before joining the UArctic team, she worked as a media marketing manager and a news reporter while occasionally collaborating with the University of Lapland for marketing projects. In her free time, Natalia enjoys cooking, watching the Criterion Collection movies, and working on her PhD dissertation.