Emerging Leaders

About us

Emerging Leaders is an early-career and mentoring program in the Arctic for young professionals from the academic, industry and policy sector. The program brings together leaders and mentors, and indigenous, business, and policy representatives, to tell the Arctic stories in an educational journey through Northern Norway. Through training, educational and cultural activities, and the contributions of competent and committed partners, the Emerging Leaders program serves as an international and cross-cultural platform for dialogue and exchange to support the arctic leaders of the future.

About the program

The Emerging Leaders program runs annually and invites around 30 international candidates to participate. The full program is an immersive 7-day experience, which includes a 5-day journey throughout the Norwegian Arctic. The journey starts in Bodø, continues to the Lofoten islands, and ends in Tromsø. Along this trip, the participants will meet with various mentors and representatives of different sectors and engage in contemporary discussions and workshops on environment, resource management, security, the development of business and technology in the Arctic. The program finishes off with the 2-day attendance of Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø. Here, the participants will make their own contribution to the conference and engage with high-level Arctic representatives.

Previous Programs

In 2022, Emerging Leaders was back as an in-person event, following the virtual Emerging Leaders in 2021. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of the Emerging Leaders program was shifted to May, and some of the travel was logistically more challenging. However, participants from 11 countries joined us in Northern Norway. Take a look at our Emerging Leaders videos on our youtube for more insight into Emerging Leaders in the daylight!

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We had to reimagine Emerging Leaders 2021, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Arctic Frontiers held a virtual Emerging Leaders in 2021. The Emerging Leaders alumni met in a digital format and provided a young perspective on the impacts of COVID-19 on educational and work opportunities, and how it might influenced the development in the Northern areas. The highlights of this event have been made available to all conference attendees. You can read a report about the Emerging Leaders 2021 activities by following the link below.

If you want to get an idea of how the Emerging Leaders program usually works (when we do not have to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic), please have a look at the videos below.

Links to videos:


Emerging Leaders – the road trip, Norway



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Participants for 2023

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