Lars Kullerud


President, University of the Arctic

Lars Kullerud is the President of the University of the Arctic, UArctic. His office is based at UNEP-GRID/Arendal in Arendal, Norway. Lars has held the position of President of UArctic since May 2002.

Before joining the UArctic team, he was the Polar Programme Manager for UNEP/GRID-Arendal (United Nations Environment Program/Global Research Information Database - Arendal), and worked extensively with Arctic information and assessment, including Arctic inputs to UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook designed to help governmental and non-governmental organizations protect the Arctic environment.

Throughout his UArctic Presidency, Lars has continued to foster an academic interest in northern environment and development issues and has also been actively engaged in building up the UNEP Shelf program at GRID-Arendal which has assisted some 50 developing countries and small island states to document their extended continental shelf according to the UN Law of the Seas. With the UArctic president as a integral part of UNEP/Grid-Arendal, he serve as a member of GRID management.

His academic background is in Precambrian Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, development of geostatistical methods for petroleum resource assessments, as well as assessments of the Arctic environment. Lars has authored or co-authored several publications in environmental sciences and geosciences, on both a regional and international level.

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