Þór Heiðar Ásgeirsson

FTP Director

Þór Heiðar Ásgeirsson


Short Bio

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 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 – 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.


  • MSc, Marine Ecology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1990 - 1992
  • MEd, Science education - Biology, Boston University, 1988 - 2000


Short Course

Performance Management and Leadership

44 38 6
Short Course

Development potential of the fisheries sector

13 7 6
Short Course

Management of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Procedures

17.04.2016 - 30.04.2016
18 10 8
Study Tour

Exploring development potential and collaborations

15 11 4