Ms. Kristín Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir

Kristín Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir

Curriculum Vitae

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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