05.04.2013

Icelandic Election Watch and Panel Discussion

You are cordially invited to the IACC´s “Icelandic Election Watch” and panel discussion on Saturday, April 27th from 5 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. in New York City, hosted by Jón Sigurðsson, Chairman of the IACC and President and Chief Executive Officer of  Össur.

The 2013 parliamentary elections mark the end of a rather eventful four years of government in Iceland, which have been characterized by partisan politics and disparity within the government coalition, as well as between the parliament and the President of Iceland.  The opinion polls are showing significant movement of votes between political powers, leaving the Sjálfstæðisflokkur (conservatives), Samfylking (social democrats) and Vinstri Grænir (socialists) in a very precarious situation, and the Framsóknarflokkur (center) as the largest party running.

Þorsteinn Pálsson, former Prime Minister of Iceland, and one of Iceland’s leading commentators, will join us for the Election Night Watch panel discussion along with Gauti B. Eggertsson, Associate Professor at the Economics Department of Brown University, and Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, writer and journalist.  The moderator is Siggi Hilmarsson, Founder of siggi‘s dairy.

WHAT:  The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce Election Watch Panel.

WHERE:  Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Ave, 2nd floor (between 52 St & 53rd St)

WHEN:  Saturday, April 27th, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to blax@mfa.is or call + 1 646 282 9360. 

Event fee is $20  paid at door.

The event is made possible by a generous support from Icelandair.

With Kind Regards,

The Board of Directors of the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce.

IACC Corporate Sponsors:  ÖssurIcelandairEimskipsiggi’s dairyOddi PrintingHigh Liner Foods Century Aluminum and Íslandsbanki

Biographies

Þorsteinn Pálsson, former Prime Minister of Iceland and the Chairman of the Independence Party (conservative party). He also served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, and as the editor of the newspapers Visir and Fréttablaðið. Since 2011, Þorsteinn served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for MP Bank in Iceland.

Gauti B. Eggertsson, Associate Professor at the Economics Department of Brown University. He previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he still serves in an advisory role, and taught at Yale University and Princeton University. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, writer and journalist. She is currently working on her third novel and second screenplay for a feature film. She worked at Morgunblaðið in Iceland from 1998-2008 both as a journalist and columnist. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Iceland and an M.A. in Literature from New York University.

Siggi Hilmarsson, the founder of siggi’s dairy which makes siggi’s skyr, an Icelandic style thick yogurt, and siggi’s filmjölk, a Swedish drinkable yogurt. His products are available in stores nationwide such as Whole Foods, Safeway and Target. All of siggi’s products adhere to an ingredient policy of low sugar and a short list of ingredients.  siggi’s products are made with milk from local family farms in Upstate New York.  Siggi has a B.S. degree in Economics from The University of Iceland and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Jón Sigurðsson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Össur hf. since 1996. He is a board member of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and Rio Tinto Alcan in Iceland. Jon was the Commercial Counselor for the Icelandic Trade Council in New York (1992-1996), Chief Financial Officer at Álafoss (1989-1991), Head of the International Division of Eimskip (1986-1989), and an engineer for Bang & Olufsen Denmark (1982-1984). He holds a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Odense Technical College in Denmark and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the United States International University in San Diego.  Jon serves as the chairman of the Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce



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