Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

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Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Islands utrikesminister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir vid Nordiska Radets session i Oslo. 2007-10-31. Foto- Magnus Froderberg-norden.org.jpg
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
24 May 2007 – 1 February 2009
Prime MinisterGeir Haarde
Preceded byValgerður Sverrisdóttir
Succeeded byÖssur Skarphéðinsson
Mayor of Reykjavik
In office
13 June 1994 – 1 February 2003
Preceded byÁrni Sigfússon
Succeeded byÞórólfur Árnason
Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Assumed office
19 July 2017
Preceded byMichael Georg Link
Personal details
Born (1954-12-31) 31 December 1954 (age 64)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partySocial Democratic Alliance (since 2000)
Women's List (until 2000)
Spouse(s)Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson
ChildrenTwo sons (b. 1983, 1985)
Alma materUniversity 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.[1] Since July 2017 she serves as Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Education[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

Former Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), then the second largest political party in the Althing (Iceland's parliament).

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.[2]

Private life[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UN Women: Turkey can be regional model for women's rights". March 9, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  2. ^ "Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir | OSCE". www.osce.org. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Árni Sigfússon
Mayor of Reykjavík
1994–2003
Succeeded by
Þórólfur Árnason
Preceded by
Valgerður Sverrisdóttir
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Össur Skarphéðinsson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Össur Skarphéðinsson
Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir