Lilja Alfredsdottir is Iceland‘s Minister of Culture and Business Affairs and former Minister of Education, Science and Culture and Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Ms. Alfredsdottir is also a member of the Parliament. Before her participation in politics, Ms. Alfredsdottir served as Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Iceland’s General Secretariat and International Affairs Department. Since her graduation from Columbia University, Ms. Alfredsdottir, has been a central banker, apart from temporary secondments to Iceland’s Prime Minister’s Office as a Special Liaison and previously, to the International Monetary Fund’s Nordic-Baltic Executive Office as an Advisor.
Ms. Alfredsdottir holds a master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University
and received a Fulbright grant during her studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political
Science from the University of Iceland. She also studied at the University of Minnesota and Ewha
University in Seoul. Ms. Alfredsdottir has written numerous articles on economic and educational
affairs in Icelandic papers and international journals. In additions, Ms. Alfredsdottir has held
presentations on economic affairs in the United States and Europe.