Lúdvík S. Georgsson took up the post of Director of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme on 1 August 2013.
He was appointed to the post by the Director General of Orkustofnun (the National Energy Authority of Iceland), with the consent of UNU Rector Dr. David Malone.
Mr. Georgsson holds an MSc in Engineering Physics. He has served as Deputy Director of UNU-GTP since 1990, with the main responsibilities of planning, and academic and financial management of the 6-month training session in Iceland.
Prior to joining UNU-GTP, Mr. Georgsson worked as an exploration geophysicist at the Geothermal Division of Orkustofnun (1975–1990) with responsibilities in the exploration of geothermal systems, both of low-enthalpy and high-enthalpy type, managing many exploration projects.
He has been editor of the UNU-GTP annual yearbook “Geothermal Training in Iceland” from its initial publication in 1994. He has served as project leader of the annual short courses on geothermal exploration and development in Kenya and El Salvador, which are Iceland’s contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals. He also has been responsible for planning and implementing customer-designed courses and training that the UNU-GTP has been contracted for (and which have become an important part of its operations in the last 3-4 years).
Mr. Georgsson succeeds Dr. Ingvar B. Fridleifsson, who had served as Director of UNU-GTP since its establishment in 1979. Dr. Fridleifsson will continue to work with the Programme until his retirement in October.
For more information, see “A new Director of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme” on the UNU-GTP website.