Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (Iceland), began her tenure as Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on 19 July 2017, succeeding Michael Georg Link of Germany.
Gísladóttir has 35 years of leadership experience working on human rights, democratic governance and the rule of law at the international, national and local levels. Before taking up the position of ODIHR Director, she served from 2014 as Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at UN Women, and Country Representative to Turkey. From 2011 to 2014 she was Country Representative of UN Women to Afghanistan.
From 2007 to 2009, Gísladóttir served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland. She was previously a Member of Parliament and Chairperson and Leader of the Social Democratic Alliance (2005 – 2009) and Mayor of the City of Reykjavik (1994 – 2003). Throughout her career, she has been involved in policy and development work in conflict and non-conflict countries, aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and human rights.
In the early years of her political career, in 1982, Gísladóttir was one of the founders of the Women’s Party, laying the ground for Iceland’s remarkable progress in gender equality.
Gísladóttir holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and literature from the University of Iceland (1979), and pursued Post-graduate studies in history at the University of Copenhagen (1979 – 1981). In 2004 she was a Visiting Scholar at the European Institute, London School of Economics (LSE). She speaks English, French and Danish.