Ásta Sóllilija new CEO KLAK

Ásta Sóllilija, managing director Klak – Icelandic Startups

Ásta Sóllilja Guðmundsdóttir has been appointed Managing Director Klak – Icelandic Startups, succeeding Kristín Soffía Jónsdóttir, who currently works for Leitar Capital Partners.

Ásta holds an MBA from Reykjavik University, a diploma in management from Harvard University, as well as a master's degree in health sciences and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Iceland. She previously worked as a business development manager at Auðna Technology Forum and has extensive experience in business development and innovation, including through board positions in various start-ups. Ásta was previously the CFO of Volta ehf and also worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, among other things, for Actavis and Icelandic genetic analysis and worked on business development in the tourism sector.

It's a real boon to have Ásta Sóllija join us Klak – Icelandic Startups. Ásta has extensive experience in innovation and investment through her previous work and serving on the boards of start-ups. We look forward to working with Ásta and a great team Klak to further strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in Iceland", says Soffia Kristin Þórðardóttir, Chairman of the Board. Klak – Icelandic startup.

Innovation is key to a dynamic economy, exciting job opportunities and value creation of the future. Klak's operations have been crucial to the journey of numerous startups that have matured into thriving companies. I'm really excited to join Klak and lead the ongoing development of the operation in collaboration with a great team, strong board and strong sponsors", says Ásta.

Klak is the main supporter of innovation in Iceland and runs the annual business accelerators Hringiðu and Startup SuperNova, the Golden Egg entrepreneurship competition as well as offering workshops and mentoring services for the beneficiaries of the Technology Development Fund.