The former Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Mr. Winther, is the first Director of the new National Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic. Mr. Winther is a solid leader with an extensive national and international network. His background and genuine interest in the oceans and the Arctic is significant for our succeeding, Husebekk says in a recent press release from Nofima. Mr. Winther’s professional background is in research and knowledge from Arctic waters. He is an engineer by profession and holds a PhD in polar hydrology.