Árni Þór Sigurðsson
Árni Þór Sigurðsson is Iceland’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs and Senior Arctic Official.
Mr. Sigurðsson was appointed Ambassador in the Icelandic Foreign Service as of January 1st 2015, and assumed his assignment as Ambassador for Arctic Affairs and Senior Arctic Official on May 1st 2015. He has been appointed Iceland’s Ambassador to Finland as of January 1st 2018. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Sigurðsson occupied various political positions in Iceland. He was a Member of Parliament (Alþingi) 2007-2014, where he served as Deputy Speaker, Parliamentary Leader of the Left-Green Party, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the EFTA delegation. He was co-chair of the Iceland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee and was also a member of the Nordic Council.
Prior to his Parliamentary career, Mr. Sigurðsson was City Councillor in the capital city of Reykjavik 1994-2007, i.a. as President of the City Council 2002-2005. He represented Icelandic Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe 2002-2007. Previously, he has served as Head of Division in the Ministry for Communications and Transport, and as an Economic Adviser at the Icelandic Teachers’ Union. He also worked as the Moscow correspondent of the Icelandic State Broadcasting Service.
Mr. Sigurðsson holds a Master Degree in Economics and Russian from the University of Oslo, and a Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Iceland.