Halla Tómasdóttir Global Vote Winner
Halla is a co-founder of Audur Capital, an investment fund aiming “to bring greater diversity, social responsibility, and “feminine values” to the ﬁnancial services industry. These values include independence, risk awareness, straight talk, emotional capital, and proﬁt with principles.” Halla has also helped to create a Foundation, as well as the Executive Education and Women’s Entrepreneurship programmes, at Reykjavik University. She was also Managing Director of the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Newsweek named Halla one of “150 women who shake the world”.
Questions were put to this candidate by Simon Anholt:
SA: What is your vision for Iceland's role in the world?
HT: I have the vision that Iceland A) becomes the first country to close the gender gap B) remains a leading country in terms of sustainability/sustainable use of energy C) harnesses its entrepreneurial energy across all sectors of society, including our democratic process.
SA: If you were elected President of Iceland, what would you hope to do for the rest of us, around the world?
HT: Be a change catalyst for the before mentioned visions and thereby turn Iceland into a role-model in terms of gender balance, sustainability and entrepreneurship.