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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