H.E. Mrs Katrín Júlíusdóttir was appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs on October 1. 2012.
Before that she served as minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism from 10 May 2009, to 1 October 2012. She has been a member of Iceland's parliament, the Althingi, for the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA), representing the Southwestern Constituency since 2003. She sat on the Althingi's Committee on Industry from 2005 to 2009, and was its chairman from 2007. She has served as a member of other parliamentary committees as follows: the General Committee (2003-04), the Committee on Education, Science and Culture (2003-05 and 2007-09), the Committee on Social Affairs (2004-05), the Budget Committee (2005-07) and the Committee on the Environment (2007-09). She was a member of the SDA's Executive Committee from 2000 to 2003, serving as its deputy chairman since 2001, and was a member of the committee of the Iceland into Europe Movement from 2000 to 2003.
Katrín was a project manager and consultant at the software house and consultancy Innn Ltd from 2000 to 2003. She was Manager of the Student Council of the University of Iceland (1998-99) and Purchasing Manager, and later Manager, of the company G. Einarsson & Co ehf. from 1994 to 2000.
She studied Anthropology at the University of Iceland from 1995 to 1999 and attended a course in project management in software production at the University of Iceland's Institute of Continuing Education in 2001.
Katrín was born on 23 November 1974. She is married to Bjarni Bjarnason. She has three sons and one stepson, Júlíus, Snorri, Pétur Logi and Kristófer Áki.