Thor AsgeirssonThor H. Asgeirsson


Thor is a fisheries development expert with decades of experience in the fields of fisheries science, international development cooperation, and education.  With graduate degrees in both marine ecology and science education, Thor served as the Deputy Director of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme starting in 2000, and was made Director of the UNESCO GRÓ Fisheries Training Programme in 2019. Throughout his time with the FTP, Thor has worked on several special projects in addition to his regular administrative duties, including evaluation of fisheries development interventions in cooperation with NORAD/ICEIDA, and a five month stint in the Caribbean as a special advisor to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism. As UNESCO GRÓ FTP Director, Thor is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme, and administration of its activities. Thor is an avid scuba diver, and can be found most weekends exploring fascinating sea life along the cold waters of the Icelandic coast.

Mary Frances Davidson 2020Mary Frances Davidson

Deputy Director

Mary Frances Davidson has a wide-ranging experience in environmental science, sustainability, education, development, and administration. Her research background centers around higher education for sustainability, programme evaluation, institutional capacity building, and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She began working at the Fisheries Training Programme in 2011, and since that time her responsibilities have focused on international fisheries development, including coordinating short courses in developing countries, strategic planning, programme monitoring and evaluation, and instruction on sustainability, gender mainstreaming in development, research project design and academic writing. As the Deputy Director, Mary Frances is responsible for the administration of the six-month programme of the UNESCO GRÓ Fisheries Training Programme.

Stefán Úlfarsson


Stefán’s responsibilities include web publications and topics related to the sociology and economics of the fishery sector. He has a BA degree in political science and two MSc degrees; one in fisheries science and another in the economic development of the Asia-Pacific Region. He has lived in China for extended periods of time; as a student, journalist and independent consultant. In Iceland, he was an economist at the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) for over eight years. Stefán has considerable experience of teaching young people and adults. Early in his career, he worked in the fishing industry on Icelandic fishing vessels and at various processing plants.

Julie Ingham

Office Manager

As office manager Julie keeps the wheels turning in relation to the six-month training programme and offers practical guidance and administrative support to our fellows and postgraduate students. With a Master’s in International Development Julie formerly worked for the Icelandic Red Cross in the field of migration and refugee support, however, her main career has been in the field of adult education, running a language school and offering English training and language-related services.

Dr. Tumi Tómasson

Senior Advisor

Dr. Tomasson headed the northern division of the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries in 1983-1998, with a five-year interruption while he worked for the Icelandic International Development Agency in Malawi, first as an advisor to the SADC Regional Fisheries Training Programme, and later as a research consultant for stock evaluation on Lake Malawi. He was the director of the UNU-FTP from its establishment in 1998 until 2019.