President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson is the fifth President of the Republic of Iceland. After taking his Ph.D. degree at the University of Manchester, he became the first Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. The President took a seat in Althingi, the legislative assembly, in 1974 and served as Iceland’s Minister of Finance 1988-1991.
President Grimsson has been active on international venues for a long time. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1980-1984 and 1995-1996 and was Chairman and later President of the international organization Parliamentarians for Global Action from 1984 to 1990, serving on its council until 1996. He was a member of the committee of the Peace Initiative of Six Heads of State in the years 1984-1989.
Among many international awards he has received is the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize which he received on behalf of PGA, the Louise T. Blouin Foundation award in 2007, and in 2008 he will be awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding.
In recent years the President has been very active in international dialog on renewable energy and climate change. He initiated together with Professor Jeffrey Sachs the Global Roundtable on Climate Change. He has actively participated in the Clinton Global Initiative and has helped establish projects to the benefit of Africa. President Grimsson strongly advocates the use of geothermal energy, a renewable, economically viable and reliable resource.
President Grimsson has for several years been a Board Member of the Special Olympics, and he has played a major role in the international drug prevention campaign, Youth in Europe.
President Grimsson is married to Dorrit Moussaieff. He has two daughters from his marriage to Gudrun Katrin Thorbergsdottir who passed away in 1998.