Ivan C. Burkow


PhD, Chemistry

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Ivan C. Burkow has a PhD in organic chemistry from University of Tromsø. Burkow has a broad professional experience from research organisations in management, research and innovation, as well as seed money investments.

Burkow has since 2008 been CEO of Norut (Northern Research Institute) in Norway. In the period 2003-2007 he was managing director of Fiskeriforskning (Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research), and in the years 2001-2003 director general of research at the same institute. Burkow has also been director of NILU (Norwegian Institute for Air Research) at The Polar Environmental Centre in Tromsø (1994-2001), associated professor at the University of Tromsø (1992-1994, part time 1994-2001) and researcher at FTFI (Institute of Fisheries and Technology Research) (1986-1992).

Burkow has extensive experience in management of research and innovation organisations as director and board member. He has experience from different business associations and since 2013 head of the board of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, NHO Troms and Svalbard. 

Burkow has been supervisor and university lecturer in chemistry from ground to PhD level. His main scientific activities are related to persistent organic pollutants and marine lipids in the Arctic, with focus on new contaminants, transport processes, bioaccumulation and biological effects. Burkow is author of a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers and has extensive experience from international collaboration, especially in Europe (including Russia) and North America.