Svana Helen Björnsdóttir

Svana Helen Björnsdóttir, CEO

 svana@stiki.eu

CEO and founding owner of Stiki since 1992.
Founder of Stiki Ltd. in UK in 2006.

Education

  • PhD candidate in Systems Engineering at Reykjavik University. Thesis: Risk Analysis Applied to the Integration of Security into Systems Design.
  • IRCA Certified Lead Auditor of ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management Systems as certified by the BSI 2007.
  • Certified Lead Auditor of BS 7799 Information Security Management Systems as certified by the BSI 2001.
  • Diploma in Operations Management from the University of Iceland 1991.
  • Dipl.-Ing. / M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany 1987.
  • Diploma (B.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering from the University in Iceland 1983.

Work experience

Senior consultant in various IT projects for the Icelandic government, health sector and private sector. Responsible for business development within Stiki.
Supervisor for the Icelandic Data Protection Authorities in various projects involving secure processing of personal data.
Experienced Information systems analyst and designer with focus on information security, integrity, availability, confidentiality and traceability within information systems  and application of international standards. Co-designer and users’ mentor of Risk Management Studio® in implementation projects of information security in various companies.
Lecturer and presenter in international venues on issues of operational risk, IT risk, IT security and quality of information processing.
Business consultant and teacher in the use of a number of ISO standards and integration of standards in management systems.
Author of specialist reports for Icelandic Data Protection Authorities about secure processing of personal data in medical research projects.

Awards

  • Century Recognition of the Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFÍ), on the occasion of 100 Years Anniversary of the Association of Chartered Engineers. Awarded to Svana Helen Björnsdóttir and Stiki at Harpa, Reykjavik in April 2012.
  • The Icelandic Association of Women Entrepreneurs awarded Stiki the FKA Award 2010 for employing women in senior management postions. Award received by Stiki’s CEO.
  • Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador, October 2009 in Stockholm in Sweden, received from the Swedish crown princess Victoria.
  • Gold Insignia of the Icelandic Association of Chartered Engineers, February 2009 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • ITM Worldwide Award 2007, October 2007 in INSEAD Fontainbleau in France.
  • Best Intl. Market Plan Award from the Icelandic Trade Council, May 2005 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Management Experience

  • Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFÍ), President since 2019.
  • Men and Mice ehf., Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2014.
  • SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, Labor Dispute Fund, Member of the Board since 2015.
  • Stiki ehf., Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013 – 2016.
  • SL General Pension Fund, Board of Directors since 2012.
  • Iceland Savers Association, Member of the Board since 2012.
  • SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, Board of Directors & Executive Board 2012 – 2014.
  • SI Federation of Icelandic Industries, President 2012 – 2014.
  • Reykjavik University, Board of Directors 2012 – 2014.
  • Iceland Science and Technology Policy Council, Representative of SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise since 2009.
  • Hagar hf., Board of Directors 2010 – 2011.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland (The National Church of Iceland), Church Council since 2014.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland (The National Church of Iceland), Church Assembly since 2010.
  • Seltjarnarneskirkja Parish Church, Vice President of Church Council since 2010.
  • Landsnet hf. – Iceland National Grid, Audit Council 2011-2012.
  • Landsnet hf. – Iceland National Grid, Executive Board since 2009.
  • Iceland Seed Company Association, Chairman of the Board 2009 – 2012.
  • Iceland Seed Company Association, Member of the Board 2006 – 2012.
  • The Icelandic Data Protection Authority, Member of the Board 2004-2008.
  • The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS), Icelandic Research Fund Council 2007.
  • The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS), Technology Development Fund Council 2004-2005.
  • Icelandic Standards (IST), Professional Committee on Information Technology 2002-2004.
  • Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Iceland Reprisentative 2004 – 2008.
  • The Icelandic Society for Information Processing (The Icelandic Computer Society), President 2004-2008.
  • The Icelandic Society for Information Processing (The Icelandic Computer Society), Member of the Board 2001 – 2008.
  • Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFÍ), Member of various Committees and Councils since 1992.
  • Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFÍ), Executive Board 1992-1994.
  • Stiki ehf., Board of Directors since 1992.