Mariette Hägglund is a member of the Supervisory Board at the Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI in Tunisia). She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University, where she focuses on human rights and geopolitics. She is an assistant project manager for the Mediterranean Basin initiative program at CTR, to include organization of Iraqi / US Economic Policy conference and Prospects for Progress conference in Sarajevo and Vienna. She co-authored an article on Halabja Genocide for the Huffington Post.
Previously, Mariette has worked as an individual contractor for United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where she conducted research and made a project proposal about multilateral governance and the changing geopolitics of the Arctic, Antarctic and the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. This included issues about economic activity, human security, technology, sustainable development and scientific and political forums, highlighting the increased impacts of climate change on all issues.
She has also worked with human rights and global health issues for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN in Geneva, participating in the 68th World Health Assembly, the Human Rights Council and other human rights instruments as a member of the Finnish delegation.
Mariette is a graduate student in sociology, law and development studies at the University of Helsinki. Her bachelor’s thesis researched how Arctic state policies affect the lives of indigenous peoples in the Arctic, and how human security and indigenous peoples right to self-determination is taken into account when implementing new measures to improve indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change. State power and underlying power relations were core issues in the thesis.
Apart from the academic life, she has played floorball, a popular sport in the Nordic and Central European countries, in the national league in Finland. She moved to Switzerland to play in the Swiss National League for 1,5 years.
She is fluent in Finnish, Swedish, English, German and has a good command of Swiss German.