Ms. Kristín Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir


August 2013   Ambassador to Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine


January 2010 - July 2013  Ambassador to China, Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, New Zealand, North Korea, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam


June 2009   Ambassador, Director of the Office of Information and Culture, Deputy Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs


2008 - 2009   Ambassador, Director of the Executive Management Office, Deputy Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs


2007 - 2008   Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland, Campaign Manager for Iceland´s First time Candidacy for the UN Security Council


June 2006 – Dec 2006   During a Sabbatical: At the invitation of Columbia University on the Leadership Team of the UN African Millennium Cities Initiative, led by Dr. Jeffrey M. Sachs


2005 - 2007   Director, Secretariat of the Mayor, City of Reykjavik


2001 - 2005   Director of Development and Information, City of Reykjavik


1994 - 2001   Political Advisor to the Mayor of Reykjavík


1991 - 1994   International Coordinator, Office of International Education, University of Iceland


1988 - 1991   Consultant, Department of Media and Arts, Ministry of Culture and Education


1987 - 1988   Free-lance journalist and translator for the National Broadcasting Service


1985 - 1987   Journalist, Morgunblaðið newspaper


1983 - 1985   Director, the Parliamentary Party, Women’s Alliance


Among other activities


2008-2010   Member of the Board of UNICEF, Iceland


1995-2006   Member of the Steering Committee and Vice-Chair of European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD)


1992-1995   Member of the Board of the Icelandic Public Broadcasting Service


1992-1994   Chair of the Association of Icelandic University Women


1989-1991   Member of Editorial Board of Nordisk Medie Nyt



1999           Master of Arts in Public Administration and Governance, Executive Program, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA. A Fulbright Scholar

1987           Bachelor of Arts, the University of Iceland, in English and Mass Communication


Born on March 18, 1957, Iceland

Divorced, mother of four daughters, born 1976, 1985,1987, 1993

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