Born 28 December 1952 in Reykjavík.
Married to Ása Baldvinsdóttir with two children, Baldvin (born 1983) and Auður (born 1989).
1978: B.A. History and Political Science, University of Iceland.
1979: M.Sc. International Relations, University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science).
1980-1982: Researcher, Icelandic Commission on Security and International Affairs.
1983-2006: External lecturer in International Politics, University of Iceland.
1984-1987: Radio journalist for Iceland Broadcasting Service.
1987-1988: Television journalist for Iceland Broadcasting Service.
1988-1991: Executive Director, Icelandic Commission on Security and International Affairs.
1991-2004: Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister.
2004 -2006 : Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister.
2006 (June-October): Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister.
2006-2009: Ambassador to the United States.
2009-2011: Consul General, Faroe Islands.
2011- Ambassador to the Russian Federation.