Kristinn F. Árnason

The Secretary-General coordinates the Association's activities and is responsible for the overall management of the organisation's resources. He is assisted by two Deputy Secretaries-General, one at the EFTA Headquarters in Geneva, the other in Brussels.

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

 
2012-Present

European Free Trade Association. Secretary General.

2005-2012

Permanent Mission of Iceland, Geneva. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Free Trade Association and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other International Organizations, as well as Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein (2007-2012) and to the Republic of Slovenia (2006-2008).

2003-2005

Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík. Ambassador, Director of the Defence Department.

1999-2003

Embassy of Iceland, Oslo. Ambassador to Norway, as well as to the Czech Republic (1999-2003), Egypt (2000-2003), Poland (1999-2002) and Slovakia (1999-2002).

1994-1998

Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Director of External Trade.

1997

Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador.

1992-1994

Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Chief negotiator and spokesman on fisheries issues.

1987-1992

Permanent Mission of Iceland, Geneva. Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Organizations.

1985-1987

Ministry for Foreign Affairs. First Secretary.

1983-1985

Federation of Employers, Reykjavík. Solicitor.

1979-1980, 1982 Private Attorney’s Office, Reykjavík. Solicitor.

 

Education  
1982

Postgraduate studies in Maritime Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

1981

LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Legal Studies, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

1979 Cand. jur. (Law degree), University of Iceland.

 

 

Personalia

 
Birthdate 5 January 1954
Civil Status Married
Nationality Icelandic
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