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AKWorld Program on Friday the 13th featuring Alaskan's talking about the Norway Policy Tour


Who:                Alaska World Affairs Council Luncheon featuring:

                        Panel of Alaskan's who went to Norway as part of the Institute of the North's Policy Tour 

What:               A presentation on “Can Alaska Learn from Norway's Oil and Gas Success?”

Where:            Anchorage Hilton Hotel

When:              Friday, January 13 - Noon

Program Details: RSVP guest list includes Governor Bill Sheffield, Fran Ulmer, State Senators, Business People from many sectors including Pebble Partnership, Northrim Bank, and Enstar. To make a reservation contact AKWorld by Wednesday, September 7 at 276-8038 or at info@alaskaworldaffairs.org.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, January 20th:

Larry Persily -  

"Alaska's natural gas: Does any country need it?."

Larry Persily is the federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, where he manages a staff in Washington, D.C., and Anchorage. Persily worked as an oil and gas aide in the Alaska Legislature and, previously, as an aide in the governor's office in Washington on oil and gas issues. He also has served as deputy commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue, where he assisted with oil and gas issues.

Part of the Northrim Bank Oil & Gas speaker series.


Friday, February 3rd:

Kevin Book -  

Managing Director, Research

ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

Energy analyst Kevin Book has a reputation for tackling the controversial, inscrutable and hard-to-quantify questions at the core of U.S. and international energy policy. For nearly a decade, financial investors and corporate strategic planners have relied on Kevin's research to answer two big questions: "what will happen next?" and "what will it mean?"

Part of the Northrim Bank Oil & Gas speaker series.

With special guest introduction by

U.S. Senator Mark Begich

who will speak on energy prospects in Alaska. 


Friday, February 10th:

Dr. Trita Parsi -  

"A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran."

Dr. Trita Parsi is the President of the National Iranian American Council. He will be speaking on the Obama administration's Iran policy. Dr. Parsi is the author of the book Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.


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 Bradford Keithley Ella EdeHugh ShortRebecca Logan

 Bradford Keithley          Ella Ede                  Hugh Short          Rebecca Logan


With Moderator


Ira Perman

 Ira Perman



"Can Alaska Learn from Norway's Oil and Gas Success?"


Panel discussion featuring participants from the Institute of the North's Norway Policy Tour. 


Friday, 13th January 2012 - Hilton Hotel Ballroom
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. - Program begins at 12:00 p.m.
  Suggested RSVP to the Alaska World Affairs Council at telephone 276-8038 or by email toinfo@AlaskaWorldAffairs.org.
Lunch Program $25 for Members - $30 for Non-Members - $15 for Coffee and Dessert    

Brad Keithley is a partner and co-head of the Oil & Gas practice at Perkins Coie. He is based in the firm's Anchorage and Washington, D.C. offices. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Brad was a partner for 18 years with the global law firm of Jones Day, based primarily in the firm's Dallas and Houston offices. Throughout his career, Brad's practice has been concentrated in the areas of oil & gas regulation, commercial transactions and litigation.   



Ella Ede is currently the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Statoil Alaska, responsible for community relations and communication with external and internal stakeholders. As a life-long Alaskan, Ella has over 22 years of experience working with the oil and gas and mining industries. Ella was raised in rural Alaska Native villages, including Koyukuk, Kongiganek, Naknek, Nikolai, and Selawik. Her experience includes environmental management, stakeholder engagement, and public relations on large Alaska projects. She was the environmental project manager for the Pebble Project for three years, and previously worked in consulting following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill managing environmental studies to establish baseline conditions and determine impacts. She is currently on the board of directors of the Resource Development Council and Alaska Resource Education whose mission is to educate students about Alaska's natural resources. Ella's primary focus at Statoil is on establishing the company's corporate social responsibility policy for Alaska, which includes an emphasis on educational initiatives and community investment.



Hugh Short is currently the CEO for Alaska Growth Capital, an ASRC company.  He is also the Chair of AIDEA, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Alaska Energy Authority. A lifelong Alaskan, Hugh was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska and is a Calista Corporation shareholder. 

He has served as the VP for Support Services at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, as well as owner of small businesses in rural Alaska.  Additionally, he has served as the Mayor of Bethel from 2002 to 2004, and the Yuut Elitnaurviat Board of Directors in Bethel, Alaska.  Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Humanities Forum as Treasurer, Rural Energy Enterprises, and United Utilities, Inc.



Rebecca Logan has a long resume of leadership in the Anchorage community. She is presently the General Manager of the Alaska Industry Support Alliance. Prior to working for the Alliance, Logan served as President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska. Logan also owned and operated restaurants in the Anchorage area for 10 years.   She has served two terms on the Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors, leading the board as chairman for two terms.   Logan chaired the Joint Rail belt Utility Task Force that created the new generation and transmission co-op that includes 5 of the 6 rail belt utilities. She is a current member of the Special Olympics Alaska board and will serve as the Chairman of that Board in 2012. Logan is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Lindsey aged 17 and Lauren aged 14.



Ira Perman is the Board Chair of The Institute of the North, a public policy research institute founded by Governor Walter Hickel.  Among the Institute's focuses are Alaska's energy development needs and advocating Alaska's role as a resource owner-state. Perman was director of the Alaska Humanities Forum, another organization with a public policy focus. For 20 years prior he was the director of the Anchorage Concert Association. Perman and his wife Virginia have lived in Anchorage since the construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline and have raised two daughters here.


To read more about the Norway Policy Tour, please click the link: Tour offered insight into Norway's oil policies




 Global I.Q. with The Economist:
Special Report: State Capitalism

An Interactive Webinar Featuring Adrian Wooldridge 
Fri, 20 Jan, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's Management Editor and writes the Schumpeter column. He was previously based in Washington, DC, as the Washington Bureau Chief where he also wrote the Lexington column. He covers politics, social policy, and social and political events. Previously he has been The Economist's West Coast Correspondent, Management Correspondent and Britain Correspondent. He is the co-author of "The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea", "A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation", "Witch Doctors" a critical examination of management theory and "The Right Nation", a study of conservatism in America. His latest book, "God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World", was published by the Penguin Press on April 6th 2009.

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