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HAMBURG • 15 - 17 OCTOBER 2014


Keynote Speaker

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Geir H. Haarde

Geir Haarde was Chairman of the Independence Party Parliamentary Group from 1991 to 1998 and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 1991 to 1998 and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 1995 to 1998. He served as Minister of Finance from 1998 to 2005 and then as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2006. He was elected Chairman of the Independence Party in an uncontested election in 2005. Prior to entering the Icelandic Parliament, he was an economist at the Central Bank of Iceland from 1977 to 1983 and a political adviser to the Icelandic Minister of Finance from 1983 to 1987. Mr Haarde is the only political leader in the world who has been taken to court for not doing enough to prevent the 2008 financial crisis. He was fully exonerated by a Special Court on all substantive charges and later also vindicated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Mr Haarde can speaker English, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, French and German in addition to his native Icelandic.

Current Position:
Leader of the Parliamentary opposition in the Icelandic Parliament from 2009.
Member of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, since 1987.
Chairman of the Independence Party since 2005.

Other recent positions:
Prime Minister of Iceland , 2006 – 2009.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2005 – 2006.
Minister of Finance, 1998 – 2005.
Vice-Chairman of the Independence Party, 1999 – 2005.
Vice-President, OECD Ministerial Meeting 2004.
Chairman, Nordic Council of Finance Ministers, 2004 and 1999.
Member, International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund, 2002 – 2004.
Chairman, Parliamentary Group of the Independence Party, 1991 – 1998.
Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee of the Althingi, 1995 – 1998.
President of the Nordic Council, 1995. Member, Presidium of the Nordic Council 1991 –      1998.
Member, Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union 1994 – 1998. VP 1995 – 1997.
Chairman, Conservative Party Group in the Nordic Council, 1995 – 1997.
Chairman, Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region 1995 – 1998.

Other work experience:

Political Advisor to the Minister of Finance, 1983 – 1987.
Economist, International Department, Central Bank of Iceland, 1977 – 1983