Ambassador Arctic Affairs Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson has been working with MFA's Arctic Affairs Division since August 2018 preparing for Iceland's Chairmanship. Prior to that he served as Iceland's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2015 where he, amongst other responsibilities, chaired the Third Committee of the General Assembly during its 72nd session.
Mr. Gunnarsson was the Permanent Secretary of State of the MFA from 2009 until 2014, dealing with the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2008. Before serving as Permanent Secretary of State Mr. Gunnarsson held various positions in the Icelandic Foreign Service, such as Director of International Trade Negotiations, Director of Personnel, Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Geneva, Counsellor at the Mission of Iceland to the EU in Brussels, Counsellor in the External Trade Department and Legal Advisor in the Defence Department in the MFA.
After finishing his law studies from the University of Iceland in 1992 Mr. Gunnarsson worked as a lawyer and a District Court Advocate at a private law firm in Reykjavik until he joined the Foreign Service in 1996.
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Senior Arctic Official for Iceland Director of Arctic Affairs
Read the interview that Bryndís gave upon becoming Iceland‘s Senior Arctic Official here
Ms. Bryndís Kjartansdóttir has been the Icelandic SAO since January 2018 and the MFA’s Director for Arctic Affairs from the same time. She joined the MFA in 1998 and has since worked on EU relations and the EEA Agreement, UNESCO and the UN sustainable development agenda, Arctic issues and Nordic cooperation, trade and export services and EU Accession Negotiations. She has been posted in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Previously, before joining the MFA and after graduating from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, she worked in the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels as an expert in free movement of goods.
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Counsellor, Arctic Affairs; Deputy SAO & SDWG Head of Delegation
Senior Adviser, Arctic Affairs
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Special Adviser for Arctic Affairs
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