The UNU-GTP is academically governed by a Studies Board, whose members are experts in their field and are responsible for each of the specialized study lines relating to their field. The start of 2017 has brought about the necessity of changes in our Studies Board. This includes the retirement of Mr. Sverrir Thórhallsson, who is probably our longest serving member of the Studies Board from the start. Furthermore, we will be losing Dr. Björn S. Hardarson, who is moving to Scotland in the spring, to be united with his wife, the painter Ishbel MacDonald.
Mr. Kristinn Ingason is the new member of the Studies Board who will be responsible for our study line of Drilling Technology. Kristinn is a mechanical engineer at the Mannvit consulting company, where he is their section manager of geothemal energy. Kristinn has a long-standing experience in geothermal development and planning of geothermal drilling operations.
Ms. Anette Kaergaard Mortensen, will take the responsibility of our study line of Geothermal Geology. Anette, who is Danish by birth, was an employee of ISOR – Iceland GeoSurvey for many years, until she joined Reykjavík Energy in 2014, as a geologist. Anette has been a supervisor of numerous UNU Fellows in the past, both in the 6-month training and for MSc studies. Anette is the third woman to sit in the Studies Board, joining Dr. Brynhildur Davídsdóttir and Ms. Saeunn Halldórsdóttir.