Board of Directors and Council

Board of Directors

Reykjavik University's Board of Directors is made up of five full members and one alternate member, each elected at RU's annual meeting. The Board of Directors is responsible for planning, administration, finance, determining tuition fees, and general operations. The President of RU attends meetings of the Board of Directors.

  • Hjörleifur Pálsson, Chairman of the RU Board of Directors, Business Administrator 
  • Halldór Benjamín Þorbergsson, Managing Director, SA-Business Iceland

  • Tanya Zharov, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Alvotech

  • Sigurður Hannesson, Managing Director, SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries

  • Svanhildur Hólm, Managing Director, Icelandic Chamber of Commerce


The University Council of Reykjavik University operates as a forum for discussions regarding academic policy, teaching and research and collaboration with industry. The Council has ten members representing industry, academia and government. 

The President of RU arranges and attends the meetings of the Council. Deans of RU Schools and the president of the student union also attend.

Members are:

  • Hjörleifur Pálsson, Chairman of RU University Council, Business Administrator 
  • Árni Sigurjónsson, chairman of SI - The Federation of Icelandic Industries and Marel's chief lawyer
  • Ari Fenger, Chairman of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and CEO 1912
  • Arndís Kristjánsdóttir, Lawyer, representative of Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

  • Brynja Baldursdóttir, CEO of Creditinfo

  • Eyjólfur Árni Rafnsson, Chairman of SA-Business Iceland, President
  • Hjálmar Gíslason, founder and CEO of GRID
  • Katrín Olga Jóhannesdóttir, former chairman of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce

  • Margrét Ormslev Ásgeirsdóttir, Brunnur Ventures

  • Stefanía Guðrún Halldórsdóttir, Eyri Venture Managment

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