“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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Join us for the first event hosted by the Arctic Initiative at the Belfer Center. Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland and John P. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Co-Director of STPP, will discuss the tension between development and environmental protection in the Arctic, with a focus on indigenous people.
Inuuteq Holm Olsen is Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Representation at the Greenland Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC as of January 1, 2014. As of October 2015, he is also accredited to Canada.
Mr. Olsen has been invited to a be a speaker and panelist at numerous international international conferences, universities and think tanks, in Europe, United States and Canada on issues pertaining to Greenland’s self-determination process and role in international affairs, developments in the Arctic, effects of climate change and security issues. He has been involved in the negotiations and drafting of the chapter on foreign affairs in the Danish-Greenlandic Commission on Self-Government of 2008. He has also served as member of the the Danish Defense Commission of 2008 representing Greenland.
Prior to coming to DC he was at the Danish Foreign Ministry as Senior Adviser for Greenland and Arctic affairs.He has served as Deputy Minister for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Greenland, from 2004 to the end of 2012. He began his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and was Private Secretary to the Premier from 1997 through 1999. He was posted at the Danish Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen and was at the Greenland Representation in Brussels from 2000 through 2003. He thereafter returned to Nuuk to be Head of Department at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2003 - 2004. Mr. Holm Olsen earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1994 and a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 1996.
The Arctic Initiative
A joint project of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, the Arctic Initiative will conduct new research; convene policy makers, scientists, and politicians; and we hope to develop a new generation of public and private officials with a much greater knowledge of the factors that are affecting the Arctic ecosystems and their implications for the environmental, social, and economic systems around the globe.