DR ANTHONY SPECA FRGS
Dr Anthony Speca is Managing Principal of Polar Aspect. Anthony founded Polar Aspect in 2012 as a consultancy focused on Arctic public policy. Since then, he has advised government particularly on issues of Arctic governance, fiscal policy and economic policy. He also publishes articles and commentaries on Arctic political and economic affairs, and he has presented original research at various conferences and universities.
Inspired to share his enthusiasm for the Arctic with younger generations, in 2016 Anthony created and launched the world’s only secondary-school Model Arctic Council conference. He has offered this conference in the UK annually since then, and he has also launched an annual Model Arctic Council conference in Spain. He combines this innovative educational work with an appointment to Norwich School in the UK, where he teaches courses in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and oversees support for pupils applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
From 2008 to 2011, Anthony was a senior policy official with the Government of Nunavut, Canada’s Arctic territory. He directed a team of analysts concerned with Nunavut’s fiscal and economic policy, and he advised policymakers on fiscal relations with Canada. He was also a core member of Nunavut’s team negotiating the devolution of lands and resources, and he represented Nunavut on regulatory panels dealing with the mining industry.
Anthony’s career has also ranged over business and finance. He was a business strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Australia and New Zealand from 2000 to 2002, where he focused on the energy sector. Between 2003 and 2007, he marketed fixed-income securities with RBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial in Canada. From 2011 to 2012, he rejoined The Boston Consulting Group in the UK as a public-sector specialist.
Anthony was made Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for his Arctic-related professional and educational work. He is also a member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association and the British Association for Canadian Studies. He obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1999, and he has also trained professionally in negotiation and mediation.