Association of Directors of Government Institutions

 Association of Directors of Government Institutions was established in 1986 with 35 founding members. Now the membership has reached 200 who are directors of government institutions where the Association serves as an important platform for discussions, information sharing and issues related to legal rights of the members. The purpose of the Association is, according to its statutes:

· to facilitate mutual acquaintance among the members,
· to support cooperation among the members and related institutions as appropriate,
· to work for common interests of the members in general, including their salaries and related issues,
· to serve as a liaison and a cooperative partner with the appropriate authorities as far as mutual interests are concerned,
· to increase the knowledge of members of institutions lead by other members,
· to support education and training among the members.


At the annual meeting of 2010 some changes were made of the statutes of the Association, among other things with the intention to strengthen the functions in the field of rights and salaries. A special Rights Committee was elected and it is now manned by Steingrimur Ari Arason, director of the Icelandic Health Insurance, Kristín Völundardóttir, director of the Icelandic Immigration Directorate and Indriði H. Þorláksson, former director of the State Tax Authority. It was also agreed that all directors of government institutions and public enterprises that receive salaries according to the decrees of the Senior Civil Servants Salary Board shall be members of the Association unless they specifically wish not to belong.

The Association is very active which is demonstrated through breakfast meetings, seminars and other meetings in close cooperation with the Institute for Public Administration and Politics at the University of Iceland. Furthermore, there is very good cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, the Prime Ministry and the Icelandic National Audit Office for seminars and other course related activities. Much emphasis is placed on improvements in public administration, information provision about new developments as well as training and education in the field of public administration.

Further information will be available from the Association’s web and on Facebook


Contact information:

Björn Karlsson, President.
Association of Directors of Governments Institutions. Iceland
Tel: 580-9400