Open seminar hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise and Iceland Chamber of Commerce, Friday March 16 from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Ceremonial Hall, University of Iceland
Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland
A Foreign Service for the Future: Main Challenges
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Can Diplomacy Survive the 21st Century?
Tom Fletcher, former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Lebanon, editor of the report on the UK´s Foreign Service and author of the bestseller Naked Diplomacy
Gearing the Foreign Service to the Future. How to approach necessary change
Jean-Charles Kingombe, former Ambassador of Denmark to Afghanistan and participant in the review of the Danish Foreign Service
Ásta Sigríður Fjeldsted, Managing Director, Iceland Chamber of Commerce
From Fish to Football. New opportunities to promote Iceland
Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Iceland´s Ambassador to Russia
Summary and final words
Sturla Sigurjónsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the steering group reviewing the Icelandic Foreign Service
Speakers presented by Ambassador Sigríður Snævarr and Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs
The conference is held in English and all are welcome. Coffee and tea served between 9:30 and 10:00 in front of the lecture hall.