Keynote Speakers

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Sveinung Rotevatn

Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir

James Higham

Dag Terje Solvang

Anna Spenceley

Vegard Gundersen

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Sveinung Rotevatn

Sveinung Rotevatn (born 1987) is a Norwegian lawyer and politician. Rotevatn is the deputy leader of the Norwegian Liberal Party and was appointed Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment on 24 January 2020. Prior to his position as Minister of Climate and Environment, Rotevatn held the position as State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Climate and Environment. Sveinung Rotevatn leads the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly as current president of the UNEA-5.Rotevatn was elected member of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) for the period of 2013 to 2017 representing the Norwegian Liberal Party. Before his period as member of parliament he was the leader of the liberal youth party of Norway, The Young Liberals of Norway.

Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir

Dr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir is Professor in tourism studies, University of Iceland. Her main research interests are nature-based tourism, tourists’ experiences, wilderness, tourism management and land-use conflicts between tourism and the power production industry. In her keynote talk, she will discuss the myths and realities related to overtourism in Iceland.

James Higham

James Higham is Professor at the Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is also the co-Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (JOST). His research interests focus on tourism and recreation, with a specific focus on the global environmental change and sustainability. The focus of his keynote at MMV10 will fall upon the Anthropocene and what it means for managing outdoor recreation experiences. 

Dag Terje Solvang

Mr. Dag Terje Solvang is Secretary General of The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). DNT is Norway’s biggest outdoor recreation organization. His keynote will draw attention to three important issues for DNT; Sustainability, Trust, and Social inclusion. 

Anna Spenceley

Dr Anna Spenceley is a tourism consultant with over 20 years international experience.  She is an international expert in her field, with an extensive publication record and rich diversity of project experience.  She is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group), she sits on the board of Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and on the Independent Advisory Panel of Travalyst. Dr Spenceley is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and the Journal of Ecotourism.  She is a signatory to the ‘Future of Tourism’ and ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’. www.anna.spenceley.co.uk

Vegard Gundersen

Dr. Vegard Gundersen is a Senior Research Scientist at The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). His focus is comprehensive monitoring of socio-ecological dimensions in Norwegian National Parks. Norway is home to the last remaining viable populations of wild mountain reindeer in Europe and has an international responsibility for ensuring their survival.