Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
24 May 2007 – 1 February 2009
|Prime Minister||Geir Haarde|
|Preceded by||Valgerður Sverrisdóttir|
|Succeeded by||Össur Skarphéðinsson|
|Mayor of Reykjavik|
13 June 1994 – 1 February 2003
|Preceded by||Árni Sigfússon|
|Succeeded by||Þórólfur Árnason|
|Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights|
|Assumed office |
19 July 2017
|Preceded by||Michael Georg Link|
|Born||31 December 1954|
|Political party||Social Democratic Alliance (since 2000)|
Women's List (until 2000)
|Children||Two sons (b. 1983, 1985)|
|Alma mater||University of Iceland|
University of Copenhagen
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (pronounced [ˈiɲcɪpjœrk ˈsoulrun ˈcistlatouhtɪr]; born 31 December 1954) is an Icelandic politician from the Social Democratic Alliance, formerly Minister for Foreign Affairs 2007–2009 and leader of the Alliance 2005–2009. She served as representative of UN Women to Turkey and designated regional director for Europe and Central Asia. Since July 2017 she serves as Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Ingibjörg Sólrún received her bachelor's degree in history and literature from the University of Iceland in 1979. Then she went to Denmark to study as a guest student of the post -graduate studies in history at the University of Copenhagen (1979-1981). In 1981 she came back to Iceland where she graduated as a cand.mag. in history from University of Iceland in 1983. The year 2004 she had attended the European Institute, London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting scholar.
She speaks English, French and Danish.
Ingibjörg Sólrún started her political career in the Women's List (Samtök um kvennalista), a party she had co-founded in 1982 and later represented in Reykjavík's City Council from 1982 to 1988. She also represented the party in Parliament from 1991 to 1994.
She became Mayor of Reykjavík in 1994 when she led a coalition of four political parties called Reykjavíkurlistinn, winning the elections. She was the city's Mayor until 2003.
In 2005 Ingibjörg Sólrún became the leader of the Social Democratic Alliance after a sharply contested election between her and the previous party leader Össur Skarphéðinsson. She has served in this position until 2009.
On 24 May 2007, she was appointed foreign minister and served in the office until 1 February 2009.
On 19 July 2017, she began her mandate as the Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, where she had succeeded Michael Georg Link.
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir was born in Reykjavík on 31 December 1954.
She is married to Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson, lecturer and translator of Chinese language.They have two sons.
- "UN Women: Turkey can be regional model for women's rights". March 9, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
- "Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir | OSCE". www.osce.org. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
| Mayor of Reykjavík
| Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance