Government of Iceland
Her Excellency Ms.
Kristín Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir
Ambassador of Gender Government of Iceland

For the past eight years, Kristin has served as Ambassador of Iceland to numerous countries. Prior, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, she served as Director of the Office of Communication and Culture, Director of the Executive Management Office and Deputy Permanent Secretary of State, and a Special Envoy and a Campaign Manager for Iceland’s First time Candidacy for the UN Security Council (2008).
Earlier, for more than a decade (1994-2006), Kristín held several senior positions at the City of Reykjavik, as a Political Advisor to the Mayor, Director of the Secretariat of the Mayor and Director of Organizational Development, Services and Information –  during the terms of five Mayors. During a Sabbatical (2006) Kristín served on the Leadership Team of the UN African Millennium Cities Initiative, led by Dr. Jeffrey M. Sachs, mainly focusing on the potential and the utilization of geothermal energy in the African Rift Valley.

Kristín has in her early years worked as a journalist. Her background as an activist roots in the Women’s Alliance where she was the co-organizer of various conferences and events, a campaign manager in local and national elections for the Women’s Alliance and served as the Director of the Parliamentary Group during its maiden years.

Kristin holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Governance from the Executive Program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communication from the University of Iceland. Kristin is also a Fulbright Scholar.

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