Bilateral development cooperation between Iceland and Uganda started in 2000 when the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA - now part of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs) opened a regional office in the capital Kampala. In June 2004 the office was turned into an Icelandic Embassy, further strengthening the relations between the countries.
Head of Mission / Chargé d’Affaires
Thordis Sigurdardottir is since January 2021 Head of Mission at the Embassy of Iceland in Uganda. Prior to that, she served as the Director for Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland (2018-2020) and as the Director for Bilateral Development Cooperation (2016-2018). She joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2016 when the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) was merged with the Ministry.
She has 30 years of experience in international development in policy making and practice. She worked for the Icelandic Church Aid 1988-1990 and joined ICEIDA in 1991. She was a Country Director for ICEIDA in Malawi 2000-2005 and in Mozambique 2014-2016 and she was ICEIDA’s Deputy Director General 2006-2013. She has participated in several working groups and committees in international development, most recently as a member of the Programme and Research Council of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2016-2020) and a member of the Icelandic Refugee Committee (2018-2020).
She has written educational materials on development issues for the Directorate of Education in Iceland and been a part time lecturer in development studies at the University of Iceland. She holds a BA and MA in social anthropology and a Postgraduate Diploma in applied gender studies.