Zdenek Dvorak

Special Advisor, Nordland County Council

Experienced professional with two master’s degrees and a broad view on sustainable development issues in the Arctic. I have ten years of working experience in nature education & conservation, regional & Arctic policy, project management and international relations.

I was born in the Czechoslovakia, in the last year of communism (1988). My hometown Zilina is surrounded by mountains, and I have spent a lot of time in nature since my early childhood. Since nature conservation and environmental challenges have been a huge problem, I decided to study management of protected areas and engage in youth politics.

My passion for alpine and arctic ecosystems led me to Norway where I took my master’s degree in nature conservation. Right after my studies I got a job as managing director at Nordland National Park Centre and worked hard on bringing national parks closer to people. In this period, I understood that even though people’s relation to nature is very important, the way how we think about future of our society is what really matters. From 2015 I have been working in Nordland County Council with international relations and EU programmes. To broaden my education and perspectives I took MBA in ecological economy and did research on sustainable tourism on Svalbard.

After a short break, when I was working with protected areas and climate change at the Governor of Nordland I returned to Nordland County Council. As a special adviser at County Leader’s Office I am working with sustainability, regional development, Arctic issues and international relations.

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