Icelandic Member Committee



The Iceland National Committee aims to promote sustainable energy development in Iceland, as a part of the WEC’s energy vision. As a member of the WEC network, the organisation is committed to representing the Icelandic perspective within national, regional and global energy debates. The committee includes a variety of members to ensure that the diverse energy interests of Iceland are appropriately represented. Members of the committee are invited to attend high-level events, participate in energy-focused study groups, contribute to technical research and be a part of the global energy dialogue.

Chair: Gudni Jóhannesson


Born in Reykjavik 1951, Mr Johannesson finished his MSc in Engineering Physics in 1976, his PhD thesis on thermal models for buildings in 1981 and was appointed as an associate professor at Lund University in 1982. He was awarded the title of doctor honoris causae from the University of Debrecen in 2008 and the Swedish Concrete Award in 2011. From 1975 he worked as a research assistant at Lund University, from 1982 as a consultant in research and building physics in Reykjavik and from 1990 as a professor in Building Technology at KTH in Stockholm. His research has mainly concerned the thermodynamical studies of buildings, innovative building systems and energy conservation in the built environment. Since the beginning of 2008 he has been the Director General of the Icelandic National Energy Authority which is responsible for public adminstration of energy research, energy utilisation and regulation. At present he is also an affiliated professor at KTH, the chair of IPGT the international Partnership for Geothermal Technology and the leading person for Geothermal ERANET a European project for coordinating funding geothermal research and knowledge base in European countries.

Secretary: Petra Steinunn Sveinsdóttir

Petra has been working for the National Energy Authority of Iceland since 2011. She is managing the website, writing news and press releases. She is in charge of all publications for the agency, such as the annual report, energy statistics and other promotional material and research reports. She organizes conferences and presents the energy situation for both foreign and Icelandic audience. Petra completed her M.A. degree in Journalism and Mass communications from the University of Iceland in 2008 and a B.A. in French from the same University in 2004 (one year as an ERASMUS student at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier). Petra has experience in the field of Public Relations, working for Reykjavik Energy for four years as a public relation officer at Nesjavellir Geothermal power plant and at the company’s head office in Reykjavik. She has also been working as a Trademark Administrator at Arnason Faktor.