Board members in Iceland
Icelandic board members are appointed by the Ministry and U.S. board members by the U.S. Embassy. They serve for a maximum of five consecutive years. The board meets approximately 4-5 times a year.
Iceland’s Minister of Education and the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland are Honorary Chairmen of the Board. The board consists of eight members and two alternates, with equal numbers of Icelanders and Americans.
Minister of Education, Science and Research
U.S. Ambassador to Iceland
Chairman of the Board FY2020
Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson received his master’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a Fulbright fellow in 1966. He has had a long and distinguished career in the Icelandic Foreign Service and served as ambassador to many countries, including the United States from 2009 to 2011. He was Permanent Representative to the UN in New York City from 2003 to 2009.
Hulda Stefánsdóttir holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a distinguished artist who has had numerous exhibitions in major museums and galleries in Iceland and the US. She was formerly the MA program director and a professor at the Iceland University of the Arts, where she is currently Project Manager for Research.
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Hrund Ólöf Andradóttir is a professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Iceland. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2000. She worked for 6 years in management consulting before joining the University of Iceland in 2006. Dr. Andradóttir has contributed to the research fields of sustainable urban drainage, air quality, and physical limnology.
Professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering
Páll Melsted is a professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Iceland, where he has worked since 2011. He received his PhD degree in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. In 2014, he received a Fulbright scholar grant to conduct research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor of Biotechnology
Oddur Þór Vilhelmsson (alternate) is a professor of Biotechnology at the Faculty of Natural Resource Science at the University of Akureyri. He has a Ph.D. in Food Science from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a Fulbright fellow in 1996. Oddur completed his doctorate degree in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston from 2000 to 2002. He has been a faculty member at the University of Akureyri since 2004.
Chairman of the Board FY2021
Mr. Geraghty joined the U.S. Embassy Reykjavik team as the Public Affairs Officer in August 2020. He previously served as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Oslo, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, and Deputy Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Kabul. In addition, he served as a Consular Officer at U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez. After more than 23 years in both active duty Navy and Navy Reserve assignments, he retired with the rank of Commander.
Mr. Geraghty was born and raised in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Boston Collge and Suffolk University Law School.
Vice-Chairman of the Board FY2020
Stacey Katz has a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and an MBA from Reykjavik University. She is a qualified CPA. She has held various executive positions in the private sector and currently works at the Icelandic company Marel as Director of Global Business Services
Affiliate professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Iceland
Margaret Cormack is an affiliate professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Iceland and a visiting researcher at the Árni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies. She was a professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston from 1995 to 2017 and is currently professor emeritus. She received her PhD. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1983. Margaret received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Iceland in 1994.
Researcher and PhD student
Elizabeth Lay (alternate) is a researcher and PhD student at the School of Education, University of Iceland, with a focus on immigrant parent involvement. She previously worked as an architect from 2000 to 2010 in Reykjavík and Washington, D.C. She has volunteered for immigrant organizations, served on the Immigrant Council of the Ministry of Welfare, the School Board of the International School of Iceland, and founded Vera Center, an information service for immigrant citizens of Reykjavík.