Curriculum Vitae



Professional Experience

  • Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and to the World Trade Organization, since September 2012.
  • Ambassador to Liechtenstein, since December 2012.
  • Ambassador to the Holy See, since December 2013.
  • Director General MFA – External Trade and Economic affairs, 2012.
  • Director MFA – European affairs, 2007.
  • Deputy Director MFA, Department of External Trade, 2007.
  • Head of Overseas Business Services MFA, 2003-2004.
  • Head of Unit MFA – International Trade Agreements, 2002-2003.
  • Legal expert EU and EEA law – MFA 1996-1998.

Other Activities

  • LDC Facilitator WTO Ministerial Meeting, Nairobi 2015.
  • Chairman of the WTO Council for Trade in Services, 2015-2016.
  • Chairman of the WTO Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions, 2014-2015.
  • Member of Chief Negotiation Committee on Iceland’s Membership to EU, 2009-2012.
  • IMF Programme of Iceland - Negotiations, 2008.
  • Icesave Negotiation Committee, 2008-2009.
  • Negotiations with various countries on Foreign Currency Reserves, 2009.
  • Negotiations on various Air Services Agreements from 2002-2011.
  • EEA Enlargement negotiations, 2007.
  • EEA Enlargement negotiations, 2004.
  • Legal pleadings before the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the EFTA Court on behalf of the Government of Iceland.
  • Has published articles on EU law in domestic and international journals and given lectures in Universities in Iceland on EU law.


  • Cand. Juris. University of Iceland, Faculty of Law, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Personal Information

  • Born 18 May 1971 in the Westman Islands, Iceland.
  • Married to Eva Thengilsdóttir (cand.oecon, MPA). Three children; Thengill (1991), Sylvía (1999) and Tinna (2001).
  • Played football in the Icelandic Premier League for 5 years with IBV.


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