Arctic Ambitions II
The Hotel Captain Cook
February 19-20, 2013

Featured Speakers:




The Honorable Mead Treadwell, Lieutenant Governor State of Alaska

Sylvia Reed Curran, Consul General Consulate General of the U.S. in Vladivostok, Russia

Sten Arne Rosnes, Consul General Consulate General of Norway
in San Francisco


Lorraine Cordova, Economics Section Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. View her presentation.


Mark Dudley, Regional Director, North America InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc. (Seattle, WA). His company represents Yakutia Airlines in the US. The airline provides direct passenger service between Anchorage and Kamchatka on a summer seasonal basis. View his presentation.


Hanna Eklund, Honorary Consul of Finland in Anchorage. Hanna will be talking about Finland's know-how and expertise in the Arctic. View her presentation.


Vic Fischer, Director Emeritus, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). Fischer is the author of the recently published book, "To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey".
In addition to his presentation, Fischer will conduct a book signing.  


Anna V. Kochemasova, General Director, Far-Eastern International Logistics Center (FEILC). Former Director of Russian American Educational Center (Khabarovsk). Anna will discuss U.S. involvement in trade, investments, and infrastructure projects in the Russian Far East. View her presentation.  


Michael Sfraga, Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement, University of Alaska Fairbanks Co-director of the University of the Arctic's Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy (Fairbanks, Alaska)  


Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Vitus Marine LLC. Vitus Marine completed a winter fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska in 2011. They completed the difficult delivery by chartering a Russian flagged ice-classed tank ship Renda and their delivery was accompanied by the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. View his presentation.  


Hanna Suutarla, Quality and Environmental Manager, Arctia Offshore Ltd. (Finland). View her presentation.


Rudy Tsukada, President, Aleut Enterprise, LLC.
View his presentation.


Joe Wereszynski, International Trade Specialist Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington, D.C.). Joe will discuss the opportunities for American businesses following Russia's recent ascension to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012. View his presentation.  


Dr. Joon Koo Yoo, Visiting Professor Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Seoul, Korea).
Dr. Yoo will discuss Korea's role and policy in Arctic development and cooperation.
View his presentation.  

Follow links below to read the articles about the conference from Alaska Business Monthly (February 2013) - WTCAK Special Section:


New Realistic Russian Opportunities

Arctic Ambitions II Conference

Evening Reception

Two local cultural performing groups, Sudarushka and the Russian-American Colony Singers performed at the reception.

Sudarushka folk dance ensemble was formed in 2003 by a group of Russian-American folk dance enthusiasts. Its goal is to promote and share Russian culture in Alaska.

The Russian American Colony Singers is based in South Central Alaska, primarily Anchorage. For about ten years, the choral group has performed with a unique emphasis on Russian music in various genres.

The event was sponsored by Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation.



Sudarushka Russian Folk Dance Ensemble

Russian American Colony Singers

Special Thanks to Our Arctic Ambitions II Conference Sponsors:





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