Halla Tomasdottir is a well known change catalyst who advocates for more women in key decision-making positions and more sustainable values at the heart of business and finance.
Halla is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, board director and investor who has worked in the US, UK and across the Nordics. She started her career in corporate America working for Mars and Pepsi Cola.
She was a member of the founding team of Reykjavík University where she established the Executive Education Department and served as an active member of the university's executive team as well as an assistant professor at the Business School. Halla led a successful women entrepreneurship and empowerment initiative and later founded Auður Capital, an investment firm that focused on incorporating feminine values into finance. Auður Capital survived the infamous financial meltdown in 2008 in tact.
Halla was a founding member of the National Assembly held in Iceland in the wake of its collapse, where a random sample of the Icelandic nation discussed its values and vision for the future. She also founded and led WE 2015, a global dialogue on closing the gender gap.
In 2016 Halla ran as a Presidential candidate in Iceland and was runner-up with nearly a third of the vote. Following the elections, the New Yorker had this to say about her: "Halla was not just sincere-looking for a politician. She was the most sincere-looking human being I have ever seen, a living emoji of sincerity: her head gently tilted to one side, her face a perfect equation of warm smile and worried, caring expression."