After the main Secretariat of the Northern Forum was opened in anchorage, Alaska, USA), branches of the Secretariat – in Bodo (Norway), in Rovaniemi (Lapland, Finland), in Yakutsk (Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia) and in St. Petersburg (Russia). In recent years, there have been two innovations in the structure of the organization concerning former presidents of the Northern Forum. Thus, in 1994 the post of General Secretary of the Northern Forum was introduced, in 2001 an Advisory Council was established. Mr. Walter Hickel became General Secretary.

The Advisory Board automatically includes the former chairmen of the Northern Forum.

General Secretary of the Northern Forum 1997-2010

Walter Joseph Hickel

Walter Joseph Hickel

Chairman of the Northern Forum 1994-1997

Sigbjørn Eriksen

Sigbjørn Eriksen

Mayor of Nordland Province, Norway 1984-1997

Chairman of the Northern Forum 1997-2001

Mikhail Yefimovich Nikolayev

Mikhail Yefimovich Nikolayev

President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia 1991-2001

Chairman of the Northern Forum 2001-2005

Hannele Pokka

Hannele Pokka

Governor of Lapland Province, Finland 1994-2008

Chairman of the Northern Forum 2005-2009

Alexander Filipenko

Alexander Filipenko

Governor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.

Chairman of the Northern Forum 2011-2015

Yegor Afanasyevich Borisov

Yegor Afanasyevich Borisov

President of the Republic of Saha (Yakutia), Russia 2010-2018

Chairman of the Northern Forum 2015-2017

Viktor Tolokonsky

Viktor Tolokonsky

Governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia 2014 - 2017

Chairman of the Northern Forum 2018 - to the present

Alexander Tsybulsky

Alexander Tsybulsky

Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug