His Excellency Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland since January 2017, also responsible for External Trade, International Development Cooperation and Security and Defence. He previously served as Minister of Health from 2007-2009.
Gender equality is a key issue for the Icelandic Government and has been a priority in Iceland‘s foreign policy for a number of years. Mr Þórðarson recently appointed Iceland‘s first Special Envoy on Gender Equality. Under his leadership, Iceland has also emphasized mainstreaming gender equality into the field of international trade in addition to continued work on women, peace and security, and the empowerment of women through international development cooperation.
He has also emphasized the role of men as active promoters of gender equality, including through the Barbershop project which aims to provide a platform for men and boys engagement on this important issue.
Mr Þórðarson has been member of parliament since 2003 where he has served on various parliamentary committees, including the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee. He served on the Reykjavik City Council and numerous city council committees from 1998-2006. Mr Þórðarson also has an extensive experience from the private sector, specifically in the insurance industry, pension and media. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland.
Mr Þórðarson is married with four children.
- Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee 2013-2016
- Chairman of the Icelandic Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees 2013-2016 and 2003-2007 (Chairman 2005-2007)
- Chairman of the EU-Iceland joint Parliamentary Committee 2013-2016
- Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2013-2014
- Member of the Economic Affairs and Trade Committee 2011-2013
- Member of the Health Committee 2009-2011
- Member of the Trade Committee 2009-2011
- Chairman of the Environment Committee 2003-2007 (Chairman 2004-2007)
- Member of the Fisheries Committee 2003-2007
- Vice Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee on 2003-2006