Iceland

Iceland is a country of 350,000 people, located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Being mountainous and volcanic with heavy precipitation year-round, the country has an abundant supply of geothermal and hydropower resources.

Geothermal power is a fact of life in Iceland, with a third of all electricity generated coming from geothermal as well as providing space heating for more than 90% of the population.

The fact that Iceland went from being one of the poorest countries in Europe at the start of the 20th century to one of its richest today is in large part thanks to Iceland’s pioneering efforts in utilizing geothermal power. Geothermal power has shaped Icelandic society and will continue to do so in the coming decades.

IGA

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization established to operate worldwide. It has more than 4,000 members in over 65 countries. The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization with consultative status to the UN and special observer status to the Green Climate Fund. The objectives of IGA are to encourage research, the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organisations, civil society and the general public.

One of IGA’s aims, as defined in the Charter of the Association, is to encourage, facilitate and, when appropriate, promote the coordination of activities related to worldwide research, development and application of geothermal resources. The IGA headquarters are located in Bochum, Germany at the International Geothermal Centre of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

Congress committees

IGA STEERING COMMITTEE

Juliet Newson
Steering Committee Chair and Director, Iceland School of Energy

Juliet Newson

Steering Committee Chair and Director, Iceland School of Energy

Juliet has been involved in many aspects of the geothermal industry, including geology, geothermal surface feature mapping, monitoring and modelling, reservoir and wellbore simulation, geological modelling and resource evaluation. However, her strong belief that education is the key to progress both in a social and technological sense, has always led her to maintain strong links with academia. She has been involved in tertiary-level energy education in New Zealand, internationally through the International Geothermal Association, and most recently, Iceland.

In November 2016 Juliet took up the position of Director of the Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University, Iceland. Prior to this, since 2011 Juliet has been a geothermal reservoir modeling engineer for Contact Energy Ltd, working in close co-operation with reservoir modeling researchers at the University of Auckland. From 2007 to 2011 she was the original co-organizer of the Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Energy Technology for the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has managed and delivered many other geothermal courses, including the Short Courses for the International Geothermal Association World Geothermal Congress 2015.

Juliet is also a Board member of the International Geothermal Association; she was Chair of the Education Committee from 2010 to 2013 and held the office of President for the 2013 to 2016 Board term.

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Paul Brophy
Supporting Chair

Paul Brophy

Supporting Chair

Paul is currently President of EGS Inc. and has over 45 years worldwide experience in the field of energy and natural resources, of which 35 years has been in the geothermal industry based in Santa Rosa, California. He has worked on projects in numerous countries such as Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Montserrat, and the Philippines.

Paul has previously served as President (2007-2008) and Vice President of the Geothermal Resources Council, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association (based in Germany) and chairs its Finance Committee.

In 2011, Paul Brophy was awarded the Joseph W. Aidlin Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Geothermal Resources Council and to the development of geothermal resources.

Paul Brophy earned an M.S. in Mining and Exploration from the University of N. Queensland, Australia, a M.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Leeds, England, and a B.S. (Honors) in Geology from the Chelsea College, University of London, England. He is a registered Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist in the state of California.

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Roland N. Horne
Technical Programme Chair

Roland N. Horne

Technical Programme Chair

Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davis Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Geothermal Program. He was formerly the Chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford from 1995 to 2006. He is best known for his work in well test interpretation, production optimization, and tracer analysis of fractured geothermal reservoirs. So far in his academic career, he has supervised the graduate research of 50 Ph.D. and 120 MS students, including about 60 in geothermal topics. Roland is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He served on the International Geothermal Association (IGA) Board 1998-2001, 2001-2004, and 2007-2010, and was the 2010-2013 President of IGA. He was Technical Program Chairman of the World Geothermal Congress 2005 in Turkey, 2010 in Bali, Melbourne in 2015, and will be again in Iceland in 2020. Roland is one of the founders of the IGA online database of geothermal conference papers.

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Lúdvík S. Georgsson
Short Courses Chair

Lúdvík S. Georgsson

Short Courses Chair

Lúdvík is the retired Director of UNU-GTP, Iceland. His background is in Engineering Physics, graduating with an MSc from the University of Lund, Sweden in 1975.

In 1975-1989 Lúdvík worked at Orkustofnun – National Energy Authority of Iceland, as a geophysicist and project manager for many geothermal projects in Iceland, with emphasis on development of low-temperature geothermal resources.

He became the Deputy Director of United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in 1990 and its Director in 2013, until formal retirement at the start of 2020. Recently, he has been an adviser to GRÓ GTP, which took over the tasks of UNU-GTP at the start of 2020, after some reorganization. Ludvik’s work in recent years has focused on geothermal education and training for developing nations. Through his numerous geothermal site visits to nations around the world and participation in conferences and workshops he has a thorough knowledge on developing nations and their status and needs in capacity building and support for geothermal development. He was elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) in 2013-2020 and served as the head of its Education Committee.

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Luis C.A. Gutiérrez-Negrín
Finance Chair

Luis C.A. Gutiérrez-Negrín

Finance Chair

He is a Mexican geologist retired from the geothermal division of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in 2008, where was in charge of different areas like the departments of Geology, Exploration, and Human Resources, as well as head of the La Primavera geothermal field. He is currently the executive director of the consulting company Geocónsul, SA de CV, the secretary of the CeMIE-Geo, AC, and a member of the steering group of the GEMex Project and of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Institute for Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL). He is Editor in Chief of the Springer-Nature journal Geothermal Energy and the last Editor of the former quarterly IGA News. He is a former President of the Mexican Geothermal Association (2015-2017) and has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the former GRC (now Geothermal Rising) (2006-07) and the IGA (2010-16), and was the chair of its Information Committee (2013-2016). He is a recipient of the Pathé Award 2017 and a Geothermal Special Achievement Award in 2003.

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Andrea ‘Andy’ Blair
Director, Upflow Ltd.

Andrea ‘Andy’ Blair

Director, Upflow Ltd.

Andy is the President of the International Geothermal Association and co-founder of Upflow, a NZ based geothermal science, research and innovation company that builds expert teams to provide intelligent solutions to global industry. The nexus between science, business and community is where her expertise sits. She has a deep understanding of the drivers relating to the business of science, and a proven ability to turn scientific ideas into economic gains.

In her previous role as Business Development Manager at GNS Science (NZ) she was responsible for leading and coordinating sub-surface geothermal geoscience contracts worldwide for over 10 years.

Awarded the role of Geothermal Business Development Lead for New Zealand (2017-2020), Andy was tasked with driving commercial investment in geothermal industrial direct use projects. The desired outcome was the development of large projects with significant positive impacts on local economies, communities, and the environment.

Andy has experience in leading strategic planning and tactical thinking across several industries including governance roles that required strategic investment decision making. This includes chairing the commercial arm of a Māori organisation with a significant geothermal asset base (~$500m).

A co-founder and Global Chair of Women in Geothermal (WING) (2013-2020), Andy grew the organisation from 83 members to over 1800 members in 48 countries worldwide, making it the single largest geothermal association in the world. A not-for-profit organisation, WING has grown into a global movement of people, both men and woman, supporting the empowerment and advancement of women within the industry.

Andy is a Director for the Geothermal Rising (US), Advisory Board Member for The Rogue Bore Geobrewery and Co-Chair of the Regional Skills Leadership group (NZ).

‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini taku hoa' - My strength is not mine alone, rather my strength comes from many.

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Marit Brommer
Executive Director IGA

Marit Brommer

Executive Director IGA

Marit Brommer is the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). She took seat in April 2017 coming from the Oil and Gas sector with a decade of experience in technology deployment and geoscience portfolio management. Marit is a passionate geologist with a Masters from the Free University in Amsterdam and a PhD from TU Delft, the Netherlands. She is dedicated to transition the Association into a professional body renowned for its geothermal expertise, networking opportunities and global presence. In addition she is keen to strengthen the activities with Renewables Energy partners with a commitment to make Geothermal Energy play a substantial role in the Energy Transition. The IGA is proud to work with Iceland on our flagship – the World Geothermal Congress and Marit is keen to make the 2020 edition an excellent meeting place where the sector will make significant progress in developing the agenda for 2050.

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ORAGANIZING COMMITTEE

Árni Ragnarsson
Senior Engineer and Quality Manager at ÍSOR - Iceland Geosurvey

Árni Ragnarsson

Senior Engineer and Quality Manager at ÍSOR - Iceland Geosurvey

Dr. Árni Ragnarsson is a Senior Engineer and Quality Manager at ÍSOR (Iceland GeoSurvey). He has a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and has worked at ÍSOR and its predecessor since 1987. His main expertise is geothermal utilization and engineering technologies, both electricity generation and direct heat applications. Prior to his work at ISOR he was the Head of the Energy Statistics and Analysis Division of Orkustofnun (National Energy Authority of Iceland) 1997-2005 and the Executive Director of IGA (International Geothermal Association) 2006-2010. He was a member of the IGA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016 and served as the Secretary of IGA the last three years of that period. Dr. Ragnarsson has a long experience in international cooperation, e.g. management and coordination of international projects for the WB and the EU. He has been an instructor at the UNU Geothermal Training Programme (now GRÓ GTP) in Iceland since 1991 and lecturer on direct utilization of geothermal energy at the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University.

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Bjarni Pálsson
Chairman of WGC 2020 Organising Committee and Executive Director for Geothermal R&D at Landsvirkjun

Bjarni Pálsson

Chairman of WGC 2020 Organising Committee and Executive Director for Geothermal R&D at Landsvirkjun

Dr. Bjarni Palsson is the Executive Director of the Geothermal R&D at Landsvirkjun, National Power Company of Iceland. Dr. Palsson has a C.Sc. degree in mechanical & industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been involved in geothermal power projects since 1996 and has been employed with the Landsvirkjun Group since 2002. Dr. Palsson was the president of the Geothermal Association of Iceland 2014 – 2016 and a board member of the International Geothermal Association 2010 – 2016. Dr. Palsson was the Conference Chair of IGC 2013 – the Iceland Geothermal Conference, held in Reykjavík in the Spring of 2013.

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Hildigunnur H Thorsteinsson
Vice Chairman of WGC2020 Organising Committee and Managing Director Research and Development at Reykjavik Energy

Hildigunnur H Thorsteinsson

Vice Chairman of WGC2020 Organising Committee and Managing Director Research and Development at Reykjavik Energy

Hildigunnur Thorsteinsson is the Managing Director for Research and Innovation at Reykjavik Energy. In her role, she oversees natural resource management and R&I for the company and its subsidiaries Veitur and ON Power. Previously, she led the Hydrothermal and Resource Confirmation team at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Prior to that, she was a project manager and engineer at geothermal developers in both the United States and Iceland. Currently, Mrs. Thorsteinsson serves on the boards of ON Power, Carbfix, Iceland School of Energy, and the Icelandic Energy Cluster. She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland in 2005, and a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.

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Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson
WGC 2020 Lead Project Manager and Operational Manager of GEORG

Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson

WGC 2020 Lead Project Manager and Operational Manager of GEORG

Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson is the Operational Manager of GEORG – Geothermal Research Cluster, which is an international cluster organization on geothermal research. His background is in marine – and mechanical engineering. He holds an MSc degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iceland, with a special emphasis on renewable energy management. He has over 15 years’ experience in project management and coordination of renewable energy projects both on national and international (EU) level. Mr. Ingolfsson is heading the GEOTHERMICA Office on the bases of a contract between GEORG and Orkustofnun the GEOTHEMRICA coordinator, he is leading the dissemination work package in the DEEPEGS project. Mr. Ingolfsson was also highly involved in like, ECTOS, HYFLEET-CUTE, EURO-HYPORT, NEW-H-SHIP, to name a few. On behalf of Iceland, he is a member of the Energy configuration of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee, is a board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Deep Geothermal and has taken an active part in SET-PLAN on behalf of Iceland.

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Guðjón H. Eggertsson
Head of Reservoir Management at HS Orka in Iceland

Guðjón H. Eggertsson

Head of Reservoir Management at HS Orka in Iceland

Dr. Guðjón H. Eggertsson is the Head of Reservoir Management at HS Orka in Iceland, a leading private renewable energy company. He is also a chairman of the Icelandic Geothermal Association. Dr. Eggertsson holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Iceland, a M.Sc. in Engineering Geology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from University of Liverpool.

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Páll Erland
Managing Director at Samorka, federation of energy and utility companies in Iceland

Páll Erland

Managing Director at Samorka, federation of energy and utility companies in Iceland

Páll Erland is the Managing Director of Samorka the federation of energy and utility companies in Iceland. Since the year 2001, Páll has worked in various parts of the energy sector in Iceland, in both power and utility companies. Páll Erland was Chief Executive Officer of ON Power 2014-2017. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Utilities at Reykjavik Energy from 2005-2012 and Managing Director of Power Plants and Sales 2012-2013. He holds an MBA in economics from Rockford College Graduate School.

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Sigurður M. Garðarsson
Professor and Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland

Sigurður M. Garðarsson

Professor and Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland

Dr. Sigurður M Garðarsson is a professor and Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, of the University of Iceland. Sigurdur graduated in Civil Engineering from University of Iceland in 1991. He did his graduate studies at University of Washington in USA and got an M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic Engineering 1993, an M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics 1995 and a Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering in 1997. He worked at WEST Consultants in Seattle, USA, 1997-2000, at VST Consulting Engineers Ltd. 2000-2003, as an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Iceland in 2003, and was appointed Professor in 2007 and Head of Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008. He has published extensively and worked on various consulting projects in the field of environmental and hydraulic engineering, both in USA and Iceland.

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Alexander Richter
Managing Director, Iceland Geothermal - form. President, International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Alexander Richter

Managing Director, Iceland Geothermal - form. President, International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Alexander is the Managing Director of the Iceland Renewable Energy Cluster and Iceland Geothermal, a cluster initiative for the Icelandic energy and geothermal sector focused on competitiveness, innovation and the promotion of sustainable energy solutions of its members. He is founder and editor of ThinkGeoEnergy, the leading online news and market intelligence platform for the global geothermal energy industry.

Alexander is a board member and former President of the International Geothermal Association (IGA), and a board member of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA).

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Professional Conference Organisers

Þorbjörg Þráinsdóttir, tobba@athygliradstefnur.is
Þórunn Dögg Johnsen Harðardóttir, thorunn@athygliradstefnur.is

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