Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir

  • A Geothermal Leader: The Case of Iceland

    This piece is the first in a series examining geothermal potential in Iceland and elsewhere and the contribution geothermal resources can make to energy security and diversification as well as sustainability and emissions reductions.

    A combination of necessity, a great deal of ingenuity, some stubbornness, a "problem solving" mentality, and daring policy decisions have enabled Iceland’s small but impressive geothermal sector to become a global leader.

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  • The Untapped 'Girl Power' in the Energy Sector

    In recognition of International Women’s Day 2017, and under the banner of #BeBoldForChange, the United Nations (UN) is calling upon all actors to strive for equal representation of men and women in the professional world. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized this focus in a message entitled: Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” where she outlined an agenda for gender equality in the workplace.

    However, anyone who has attended a meeting or two in the energy sector must have noticed that this is a sector dominated by men. As energy minister in the Icelandic government from 2013-2017, I attended several meetings, both at home and abroad. I led business delegations, attended ministerial meetings, conferences, and exhibitions; time and again the rooms were usually filled with men. On average, one in ten...

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  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir Joins Atlantic Council Global Energy Center As Senior Fellow

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced that former Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, has been appointed as a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center, making her the first former Icelandic government official to join the Atlantic Council as a fellow. While serving as the minister of industry and commerce in Iceland, Minister Árnadóttir had a wide portfolio that included energy, industry, tourism, innovation, film industry, design, and commerce.

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