We are delighted to have been invited to visit the Icelandic Ambassador’s Residence, as the guests of Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir. This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests.
About the Ambassador:
Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir has an extensive experience and has worked on international trade as well as security issues, multilateral, and bilateral issues in her long career within the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Bergdís has served as the Ambassador of Iceland to the United States since September 2019. She is the first woman to be appointed Ambassador of Iceland to the United States. The aim of the Embassy of Iceland is to enhance ties and cooperation with the United States in various fields, including trade and investment, security and defense, arctic issues including climate change. Green energy, gender equality and human right issues are important aspects of the bilateral relations between Iceland and the United States of America. The Embassy also values establishing and enriching ties between Iceland and individual states, especially in areas of culture, energy, trade, and investment.
Before taking up the position in Washington DC, Bergdís was the Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations. Previously she headed the Mission of Iceland to the European Union and was the Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In 2012 she was the Chief negotiator and finalized one of the first European Free Trade Agreements with China. Between 2007 and 2012 Bergdís was Deputy Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Other positions include Director General for International Security and Development Co-operation Affairs and Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Iceland.
Program of events:
6:30 pm Registration
6:50 pm Remarks by Ambassador Ellertsdóttir
7:30 pm Reception featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres
How to get there: We suggest taxis or rideshares. The nearest public transportation is the D6 bus stop on MacArthur Blvd & Ashby St, about 3/4 of a mile away. Parking is very limited in the area.
For logistical reasons, sales of these tickets will close on Thursday, February 29th. Please include the name and email of your guest, for security reasons.
Our special thanks to Sandra Pandit Cook and Ásdís Hreinsdóttir for their assistance arranging this event.