Kristín Ingólfsdóttir

Kristín Ingólfsdóttir served as President of the Governing Council and Rector of the University of Iceland from 2005 to 2015. Prior to taking office she was professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Following her 10 years in office Kristin was visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.  In 2019 she was appointed  Vice-President of the Board of Governors at the University of Luxembourg and  Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation by the Central Bank of Iceland and University of Virginia. Kristin was appointed as Chariman of the National University Hospital Advisory Board in 2018 by the Icelandic Minister of Health. Kristin sits on the Board of the European Women Rectors´Association (EWORA) and boards of the research-based startup companies Atmonia and Akthelia Pharmaceuticals.  Kristin is a member of the International Scientific Committee at the University of Grenoble Alpes in France and the Committee of the Nordic Medical Research Councils. She serves as advisor to the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer in Iceland. Kristin has previously been a board member of the European University Association (EUA), Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, NorFA (now NordForsk) and the Icelandic Research Council.  She was a longstanding member of the Medicine Council of the Icelandic Medicines Agency and served as representative at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London.
Kristín received her degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Iceland and her PhD degree from King´s College, University of London in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, focusing on natural products. Her research mainly involved  isolation and chemical identification of pharmacologically active compounds from lichens, mosses and marine organisms. In addition to pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, Kristin´s interests are focused on education and how reform can best be achieved to meet changing needs of working environments, society and individuals. 

Kristin Ingolfsdottir