Director of the Defence Department and
Chief of Defence of Iceland

Ambassador Thordur Aegir Oskarsson

2008 -

Born June 4, 1954 in Akranes, Iceland

Education:

1979  BA in Political Science from the University of Iceland.
1979-1980  MA in International Affairs from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
1980-1983 Further studies towards Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

Professional Career:

1983 - 1985 Researcher for the Icelandic Committee on Security and International Affairs
1985 - 1986 Planning Officer with the Association of the Municipalities in the Capital Area
1986 - 1988 Parliamentary correspondent with the newspaper Timinn.
1988 - 1990 First Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1990 - 1994 First Secretary, Icelandic Delegation to NATO
1994 - 1995  Counsellor, Icelandic Delegation to NATO
1995 - 1996 Counsellor, and Deputy Political Director, Head of NATO Affairs and Security Policy Division
1996   Promoted Minister-Counsellor
1997 - 1999 Director for Defence, Defence Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1999 Promoted Ambassador
1999 - 2004  Permanent Representative of Iceland to the OSCE
2000 - 2004 Permanent Representative of Iceland to UNOV
2000 - 2004  Permanent Representative of Iceland to the IAEA
2000 - 2004  Permanent Representative of Iceland to the CTBTO
2000 -2004 Ambassador of Iceland to Austria, also accredited as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Slovakia
2004 – 2008  Ambassador of Iceland to Japan
2008 Special Representative to the Palestinian Authority
2008 Director for Defence and Security Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

 

Married to Mrs. Sigurborg Oddsdottir with two children