DAY 1 – 15. JUNE 2022

Kindly note that changes can be made to the agenda due to unforeseeable events.

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome address by IcelandSIF chairperson, Kristbjörg M. Kristinsdóttir.

9:15 – 9:35

Opening address.

9:35 – 10:25

The Ocean around Iceland. Leading Icelandic scientists present the challenges we face with climate change, biodiversity and environmental impact. Anna Hulda Olafsdottir PhD, Head of the National Knowledge Centre on Climate Change Adaptation at the Icelandic Meteorological Office and Hronn Egilsdottir, Managing Director Environment and Marine Ecologist at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute.

10:30 – 11:00

Panel discussion - how data can impact decision making.

Anna Hulda Olafsdottir PhD, Head of the National Knowledge Centre on Climate Change Adaptation at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Gunnar Jakobsson, Deputy Governor for Financial Stability at the Central bank of Iceland.

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break.

11:15 – 11:45

Blue innovation and solutions – what does Iceland have to offer?

Thor Sigfusson, PhD and Managing Director of the Icelandic Ocean Cluster.

11:45 – 12:35

Lunch at Harpa.

12:40 – 14:10

Breakout sessions.

Participants at the conference choose between sessions lead by Ken Mark, business case writer and Professor Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Iceland.

Session 1

Environmental case and discussions

Session 2

Social case and discussions

Session 3

Governance case and discussions

14:10 – 14:25

Coffee break.

14:25 – 15:15

Responsible Investing – the Ocean.

Isabelle Julliard Thompsen, CFA, Portfolio Manager at DNB Asset Management and Paul Malpas, Head of UK Wholesale Distribution at Nordea Asset Management.

15:15 – 16:00

Marel – Transforming food processing

Gudbjorg Heida Gudmundsdottir, CEO of Marel Iceland and Thorsteinn Kari Jonsson, Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement at Marel.

16:00 – 16:15

Wrap up by hosts Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson and Elin Maria Bjornsdottir

16:15– 19:00

Free time.

19:00 – 19:30

Cocktails at Gamla Bio.

19:30 – 23:00

Dinner and entertainment at Gamla Bio.

DAY 2 – 16. JUNE 2022

09:00 – 09:10


09:10 – 09:30

Rethinking Economics –Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor at the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland.

09:30 – 09:50

The Right Stuff: How professionals can develop material ESG skills and avoid competence greenwashing - Kim Schumacher, Lecturer in Sustainable Finance and ESG at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

9:50 - 10:15

McKinsey´s view on sustainable investing and trends relating to the Ocean - Gueltiero Jaeger associate with McKinsey.


Coffee break.

10:30 – 10:50

BlackRock - Managing ESG Opportunities & Risks in Private Markets - Melissa Ferraz, Managing Director, Global Head of eFront Insight.

10:50 – 11:10

The Importance and value of ocean ecosystem services - Brynhildur Davidsdottir, Professor at the Department of Economics, and Department of Life-and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland.

11:10 – 11:40

Closing address by former President of Iceland Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

11:40 – 12:00

Panel discussions and wrap up lead by Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson and Elin Maria Bjornsdottir.


Grab and Go – sandwich lunch.

12:00 – 15:00

Participants are welcome to choose between visiting the Ocean Cluster – an innovation hub situated close to Harpa where entrepreneurs will introduce their projects and businesses or a visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula where companies will introduce their businesses and guest will end their visit in the Blue Lagoon (at own expense). Bus back to Reykjavik in the evening.