Gunnar is an Icelandic economist. As a former director of the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland he worked on numerous projects related to natural resources, energy and the environment. He has also taught courses on these same topics at university levels. Gunnar also has previous experience working at the policy level, both as economic advisor at the Prime Minister´s Office as well as senior economist at the OECD in Paris.
Recently, Gunnar has been involved in assessing the competitiveness of the Icelandic Geothermal Industry, in collaboration with the Icelandic Geothermal Cluster. A report on the main findings has been published recently.
Gunnar founded Intellecon, an economic consultancy, in 2015 and is currently the Chairman of the Icelandic Fiscal Council, as well as Chairman of the Icelandic UNESCO Committee as well as a member of the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council. He obtained his BSc (econ.) and MSc, degrees from the University of Iceland, as well as postgraduate degrees and a PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse in France.