Export and marketing council

In February 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, appointed 31 representatives to sit on the export and marketing council of Business Iceland for the next four years. Ten of the representatives do not require a nomination. The minister of fisheries and agriculture; the minister of tourism, industry and innovation; the minister of education and culture; the Confederation of Icelandic employers; the Association of Icelandic municipalities; and the Regional marketing office collaborative group nominate the remaining 21.

The council’s role is to define, approve, and monitor the implementation of the long-term strategy of the government and economy for marketing and exports. The council shall consider proposals for projects carried out in cooperation between the business sector and the government and ensure that such projects align with the defined long-term strategy. The council can appoint working groups from the council for specific projects, and Business Iceland shall advise them.


For further detail, see the Business Iceland Act at the bottom of the page.

The export and marketing council is made up of the following:

Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Anna Björk Bjarnadóttir

  • Arnar Þórisson

  • Arna Arnardóttir

  • Birna Hafstein

  • Erla Ósk Ásgeirsdóttir

  • Hlynur Guðjónsson

  • Þorkell Sigurlaugsson

  • Þór Sigfússon

  • Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir

  • Þórlindur Kjartansson

Appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture: 

  • Agnes Guðmundsdóttir

  • Hafliði Halldórsson

  • Viðar Engilbertsson

Appointed by the Minister of Education and Culture:

  • Aðalsteinn Haukur Sverrisson

  • Hrannar Pétursson

  • Jóhanna Olga Hreiðarsdóttir

Appointed by the Confederation of Icelandic Employees: 

  • Bjarney Harðardóttir

  • Eiríkur Magnús Jensson

  • Gestur Pétursson

  • Guðbjörg Heiða Guðmundsdóttir

  • Heiðrún Lind Marteinsdóttir

  • Hlynur Veigarsson

  • Kristinn Þórðarson

  • Pétur Óskarsson

  • Sylvía Kristín Ólafsdóttir

  • Stefanía G. Halldórsdóttir

Appointed by the Association of Icelandic Municipalities:

  • Unnur Valborg Hilmarsdóttir

Appointed by the Regional Marketing Office:

  • Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir

Representatives of political parties: 

  • Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir (Samfylkingin)

  • Edit Ómarsdóttir (Viðreisn)

  • Inga Sæland Ástvaldsdóttir (Flokkur fólksins)

  • Vilborg Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir (Miðflokkurinn)

  • Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Píratar)

Ministers: 

  • Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, vísinda-, iðnaðar- og nýsköpunarráðherra

  • Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, umhverfis-, orku-, og loftslagsmálaráðherra

  • Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, ferðamála-, viðskipta-, og menningarmálaráðherra

  • Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, utanríkis- og þróunarsamvinnuráðherra

Act of Business Iceland, article 2 A

When nominating, according to item A, paragraph 4, a company's size must be considered when generating export income. In addition to representatives, cf. paragraph 4, the minister of foreign affairs, who is also the chairman of the council; the minister of fisheries and agriculture; the minister of tourism, industry and innovation; the minister of education and culture; and the minister of the environment and natural resources shall have a seat in the council, along with representatives of parliamentary parties outside the government at all times. 
     The export and marketing council can appoint working groups from the council for specific projects, and Business Iceland, a public-private partnership, shall advise them.