Public Speaker and Father in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kristján is VP of Marketing Products at Meniga. Before joining Meniga in early 2014 Kristján was CEO of Icelandic Startups, which focuses on empowering the Icelandic Entrepreneurial Eco-system. For several years, he has played a leading role in Iceland´s vibrant startup scene. He managed StartupReykjavik (2012-2013), the #1 Seed Accelerator in Iceland. He is also an accredited Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend (2009-), who has facilitated more than 10+ Startup weekends in diverse places, ranging from Reykjavík, Iceland to Tehran, Iran (2012-). He was the global partner for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Iceland (2009-2013), TEDxReykjavik licensee (2011-2013) and the former manager of Iceland’s largest idea competition, the Golden Egg (2009-2011).
Kristján is an experienced speaker, who has given dozens of keynotes on a variety of topics such as Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Business Models. He has also been involved in teaching Entrepreneurship courses (2010-) at the University of Iceland, Bifrost University and at the Reykjavík University.
Kristján is a board member in a number of small startups in Iceland, as well as the Icelandic Water Holdings (2012-), which distributes Icelandic natural water widely across North America, Europe and Asia.
Kristján has founded two small startups of his own. First, a small and an honest failure, a software company, and second a souvenir startup which sells volcanic ash from the Volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.
Kristján has a Bachelor degree in Political Science with emphasis on economics and a master’s degree in Marketing and International Business.