Christophe Milhères

Director, Unit Lead - Arts, Culture and Heritage

Mr Christophe Milhères is the Founder and Director of Polar Research and Policy Initiative, where he oversees operations, marketing and human resources, and assists with business development as well as partnerships. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and serves as the liaison officer with polar actors in the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds. He also serves as the Unit Lead for its Arts, Culture and Heritage Unit.

Mr Milheres has had a successful international career in business development, sales and recruitment at leading firms such as Adecco, the world’s largest provider of HR solutions, and EF Education First, the world’s largest educational organisation. At Adecco, first in Monterrey and then in Mexico City, he provided recruitment and HR solutions for a range of clients, including UNDP, UNICEF, IATA, BBC Worldwide, Royal Caribbean International, MetLife, Avon and Sodexo. As Recruiting Director for Europe at EF Education First in London, he contributed to the development of one of its fastest-growing affiliated organisations: Hult International Business School.

Over his time at EF Education First, Mr Milheres acquired a great understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing a Swedish multinational operating in the UK and also gained substantial knowledge about the higher education sector in Europe, including in some Arctic States. Given his background, Mr Milheres is particularly interested in building bridges between academic organisations in the High Arctic and the UK.

Mr Milheres has also been actively involved in event management at cultural organisations, such as Magic Garden Agency, the first advertainment agency in France, and Trans Musicales de Rennes, one of the most acclaimed showcase festivals in Europe. While at Magic Garden Agency, he worked on promoting the Brittany Region in Paris through a multidisciplinary festival involving music, photography and gastronomy. At Trans Musicales, he coordinated technical, private and media partnerships with Sony-Ericsson, Heineken, Veolia, Société Générale, Coca-Cola, MTV and Dailymotion, among others. He also spent a successful spell at SACEM, the oldest collective rights society in the world, where he dealt with intellectual property issues.

With regard to his academic background, Mr Milheres currently holds a Master of International Business from ESC Rennes School of Business (France) and a Master of Administration from Universidad Regiomontana (Mexico).

He takes an avid interest in travel and exploration: he has international travel, residence and academic experience in over 30 countries and takes a particular interest in Greenland and Iceland. Among the other recreational activities he enjoys are playing musical instruments, hiking and sports.