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jmtChair: Johan Mathis Turi (Association of World Reindeer Herders), Norway. A reindeer herder from Guovdageaidnu, Johan Mathis has been a long time board member of NBR/ NRL (the Sámi Reindeer Herders Assn. of Norway), a longtime board member of the Norwegian National Board of Reindeer Husbandry (Reindriftstyre), President for 8 years of the Assn. of World Reindeer Herders and is currently serving as Secretary General. He has been a leading figure in developing international cooperation between reindeer herders after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He divides his residence between Guovdageaidnu (Winter) and Oteren (near Tromsø) in Summer.




etylinVladmir M. Etylin is Chukchi and is a member of the Reindeer Herders' Union of Russia. He is a former member of the State Duma of Russia and is currently a participant in the work of the International Whaling Commission. He has been actively engaged in international cooperation in reindeer husbandry since the early 1990's. He lives in Anadyr, Chukotka.









mai-brittMai Britt Utsi is the former Rector of the Sámi University College and is currently continuing her studies. She completed Teacher Training College in Alta in 1976 ja she holds a MA in Sami oral tradition from the University of Tromsø (1998). She has worked as a primary school teacher in Guovdageaidnu and developed Sami teaching materials. She has been an Assistant Professor at the Sámi University College since 1998 and leader of Board of the College since Aug. 2003. She is also member of the board of Sámi Duodjeinstituhtta since 2003 and the board of ICR since its inception.




Berit Marie Jonsson is a reindeer herder on the Swedish side of Sápmi. She winters near Umeå, Sweden and spends summer in Ammarnes, migrating inland with the reindeer. She represents the Saami Council on the Board of ICR. She is also an active blogger: http://berit-marie.cantcontrol.se/#home


jmaggaJuha Magga is the Chair of the Association for Sámi Reindeer Herders in Finland (Suoma Boazosámit). He is a reindeer herder and lives in Eanodat/Enontekio, Finland.






Dr. philos. Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Professor in Animal Physiology at Department of Arctic Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway. Associate professor at Department of Arctic Biology 1997-2001, appointed post Doctor by the Board at the University for 3 years (2001-2004), and faculty member of the Department as of 2004. She was a visiting scientist at Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA (2001 - 2002), is in charge of all educational affairs at Department of Arctic Biology, and has supervised 3 PhD students, 3 master students, 2 veterinary students and 6 bachelor project students. Her scientific research focuses on reindeer, particularly symbiotic microbial digestion, molecular ecology of the gastrointestinal tract, usnic acid detoxification in the rumen, probiotics, feed development and evaluation, plant-herbivore interactions, comparative digestive physiology/anatomy and herbivore nutrition, resulting in 21 scientific articles, 37 abstracts and short papers, and 8 books / book chapters on these topics.


ia_smukInger Anita Smuk is a reindeer herder and represents the Sámi Reindeer Herders' Association of Norway (NBR/NRL), Norway on the board. She lives in Unjárga (Nesseby). She has grown up in a reindeer herding family, is a duodji (Sámi arts and crafts) teacher by training, has been the manager of the Varanger office of the "Fagopplæring i reindrift" (Apprenticeship in Reindeer Husbandry). She is also involved in local politics and is a member of the Várnjárgga Nissonfierpmádat (Varanger Women's Network). She lives in Unjárga with her family.




per_gustav_idivuomaPer Gustav Idivuoma is a reindeer herder from the Swedish side of Sápmi, in the Lainiovuoma sameby. He is Chair of the Samernas Riksförbund (National Union for Sámi in Sweden). He has been involved in Sámi politics for many years.

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