WWF Global Arctic Programme coordinating team

Based in Ottawa, Canada, the Global Arctic Programme coordinates WWF's Arctic work in 7 offices around the world.
We have had a programme focused on the circumpolar world since 1992. We have an office in every Arctic Council country except Iceland. Our international office, headquartered in Canada and with a an office in Oslo, coordinates our Arctic work.

We are the only circumpolar Environmental NGO present at the Arctic Council, where we hold observer status. We have recently scaled up our work in the Arctic, in recognition of the region’s importance internationally.

Our vision

Effective international stewardship will shield the Arctic from the worst effects of rapid change by promoting healthy living systems to the benefit of local peoples and all humanity.

Media Inquiries

Contact us when you want expert but media-friendly comment on circumpolar aspects of the arctic environment, and arctic policy.

General media inquiries
Clive Tesar, Head of Communications & External Relations
Email
Phone: +1 613 232 2535

Specific issues
Contact one of our experts, below.

Local issues
Contact your national branch of WWF.
 
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WWF GAP director Alexander Shestakov
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Dr. Alexander Shestakov

Director, Global Arctic Programme

Email
Phone: +1 613 2322501
Languages: English, Russian

Alexander Shestakov is the director of the Global Arctic Programme and is based in Ottawa, Canada. His diverse background includes working for academia, NGOs, government and industry, giving him a broad understanding of conservation issues. With a law degree and a PhD focused on environmental management and conservation, Alexander is at home in the arena of international environmental issues. He has been an expert to the Russian Parliament on environmental law, member of official Russian delegations to the Convention on Biodiversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Alexander has authored more than seventy publications including 'The World Map of Ecological Problems' and 'Biodiversity legislation in Russia', and has taught a course on environmental management at Moscow State University.

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental management
  • International environmental law
  • Protected areas
  • Landscape sciences and physical geography

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography
    Moscow State University
  • Fellow, Leadership and Environment (LEAD)
  • M.A. Law (Environmental Law)
    Moscow State University
  • M.Sc. Geography,
    Moscow State University

Featured publications

  • Shestakov, A.S. 1992. Principals of classification of environmental situations. Izvestia Russkogo Geographicheskogo Obschestva. Vol.124, No.3, pp.241-249 (in Russian)
  • Sdasyuk, G.V., and Shestakov A.S. eds. 1995. Assessment of environmental quality and environmental mapping. Moscow, Institute of Geography RAS, 213 p. (in Russian)
  • Shestakov, A.S. ed. 2003. Protected areas in Russia: Legal regulation. An overview of federal laws. KMK Scientific Press Ltd., Moscow, 352 p.
 
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Dr Martin Sommerkorn, Senior Climate Change Advisor, WWF International Arctic Programme
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Dr. Martin Sommerkorn

Head of Conservation

Email
Phone: +47 22 20 53 09
Languages: English, German

Martin is Head of Conservation of the WWF Global Arctic Programme where he leads and coordinates work on resilience approaches to nature conservation and resource management. Martin had a first career as an Arctic ecosystem scientist and is the author of about thirty publications in leading international journals. As researcher and teacher at academic institutions in Europe and North America and working in Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Scandinavia, he has first-hand experience of the Arctic’s unique places, peoples, and concerns.

Martin engages with policy-shaping initiatives of the Arctic Council through contributing to scientific assessments, working groups and expert initiatives. His work underscores the role of nature for social-ecological resilience, healthy economic futures, and the capacity to adapt to change.

Areas of expertise

  • Arctic climate change
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Ecological and social- ecological resilience
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Protected area networks
  • Ecosystem services
 
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Clive Tesar
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Clive Tesar

Head of Communications and External Relations

Email
Mobile: +1 613 314 9210
Languages: English

Clive Tesar grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and spent ten years travelling the Canadian Arctic as a reporter, producer and host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For ten years prior to joining WWF, he worked throughout the Arctic as a communications consultant for NGOs, Indigenous peoples’ organisations and governments. Clive has a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communications. In addition to leading our Arctic communications and helping manage our relations with stakeholders and other organizations, Clive leads the Last Ice Area project.

Areas of expertise

  • Media
  • Strategic communications
  • Education
  • Arctic Indigenous Peoples' Issues
 
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Anne Mette Erlandsson Christiansen
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Anne Mette Erlandsson Christiansen

Lead Specialist, Arctic Responsible Development

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Anne Mette provides leadership for the development, implementation and funding of the financial flows and responsible development components of WWF's Arctic work.
 
Anne Mette has previously worked in business as a consultant helping companies, civil society organizations and public institutions find ways to engage stakeholders and manage sustainability. Anne Mette lived and worked in Greenland where she has been the driving force in several sustainability and social responsibility projects.
 
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Melanie Lancaster, Senior Specialist, Arctic Species
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Dr. Melanie Lancaster

Senior Specialist, Arctic species

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Melanie is a conservation biologist with expertise in program management and research into and management of the multitude of threats facing species and their habitats. Most recently, her work has focused on some of Australia’s most endangered species. She has a Science degree with a PhD in conservation biology and genetics of Antarctic fur seals.  

Melanie works with the WWF national offices to coordinate and implement conservation strategies for WWF’s priority Arctic species – polar bears, walruses, beluga and bowhead whales, narwhals and caribou/reindeer.
 

 
 
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Monique Newton
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Monique Newton

Senior Operations Officer

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Monique is the Senior Operations Officer of the Global Arctic Programme, based in Ottawa. She joined the global Arctic team after three years with WWF-Canada in Toronto. Prior to joining WWF, Monique helped design and then managed a national funding programme that addressed capacity and resource issues in Canada's nonprofit sector. During her decade of work in the nonprofit sector, Monique has often worked on accountability issues related to funding nonprofit organisations. Her BA is in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies and she has an MA in Policy Studies and Public Administration.
 
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Marc-Andre Dubois
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Marc-Andre Dubois

Advisor, External Relations

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Marc-André Dubois coordinates the WWF Global Arctic Programme’s engagement with the Arctic Council and other international organisations. Marc-André has a background in political science with degrees from Université de Montréal and the Institut d`Études Politiques de Lille. He is completing his own research in the field of circumpolar international governance and the interface of science and policy at Stockholm University’s Political Science department.

Marc-André joined the GAP after working for the Embassy of Canada to Sweden where Arctic cooperation was a priority. His experience above the Arctic Circle is at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Northern Norway, where he was at the heart of the Arctic Council processes supporting the daily work of the former Swedish Chairmanship.

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