Sjöfn Vilhelmsdóttir



PhD, Political Science, University of Iceland 
MA, International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of
   BA, Political Science, University of Iceland

Sjöfn Vilhelmsdóttir is the Director of the GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme.
Her research background includes studying political trust, social capital, and democracy, as well as gender and development. Sjöfn has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of international development, working both in Africa and in Iceland for government and non-governmental organisations. She served as the director of the Institute of Public Administration and Politics with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland, from 2015 to 2020. Sjöfn has been part of the GRÓ LRT team since 2008, first as a part-time lecturer, supervisor and member of the academic committee before becoming the Programme’s Director in 2020.

Berglind Orradottir

Deputy Director


MSc, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University
BSc, Biology, University of Iceland

Berglind Orradottir is the Deputy Director of the GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme. She is also Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI). She has conducted and is involved in research on the influence of disturbances on abiotic ecosystem processes, and on restoration of ecosystem processes on severely degraded land.

Brita Berglund

Project Manager

MSc, Environmental Communication, Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI) in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
                                BSc, Geography, University of Iceland

Brita Berglund is a project manager at the GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme and she also teaches environmental communication at AUI. She has conducted research on stakeholder participation in land restoration, environmental conflicts, and on soil processes in agriculture and land restoration. Before joining the Programme staff, Brita worked for AUI for many years as a teacher, researcher and in recent years as Head of Education and Quality Management. She has worked closely with the Land Restoration Training Programme for many years as a lecturer and supervisor.

Halldóra Traustadóttir

Office Manager


Postgrad. Diploma, Applied Gender Studies, University of Iceland
MSc Development Studies and Education, Roskilde University, Denmark
                            BA Anthropology, University of Iceland

Halldóra is the Office Manager at the GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme. After graduating from Roskilde University in Denmark, Halldóra worked for the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) in Namibia in 2005-2006. In 2007 she started working for the Icelandic Women´s Rights Association (NGO) as the Executive Managing Director, until the end of 2011. In 2012 Halldóra was employed as a specialist in gender budgeting at the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources until she joined the Programme in March 2013.