Team

The Atmonia Team

Guðbjörg Rist

CEO

Guðbjörg joined the Atmonia team in 2018, fist focusing on business development. She has previously worked in multiple sectors ranging from manufacturing  to banking, concentrating on business- and product development. 

Guðbjörg has a MSc in Production Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden 

Egill Skúlason

Chairman of the board, CSO & Co-Founder

Egill is a professor at the department of  Engineering at the University of Iceland.  His research projects at the university led to the founding of Atmonia, and is the university still an important player in the company’s research efforts. 

Egill has a PhD in Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Denmark

Helga Dögg Flosadóttir

CRO & Co-Founder

Helga led the experimental part of the research project that finally led to the foundation of Atmonia in late 2016. She has previously served as the Head of R&D of Chemical Analysis Department at Innovation Center Iceland, as well as a project manager for environmental monitoring.

Helga has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Iceland

Arnar Sveinbjörnsson

CTO & CO-founder

Arnar designed the experimental setup used to test the Atmonia catalysts for nitrogen reduction, when working on his MSc thesis. He had previously worked at the Innovation Center Iceland  performing chemical analysis.                                                                                                                    

Arnar has a MSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Iceland

Hákon Örn Birgisson

CBO

Hakon joined Atmonia in 2019 to carry out business development activities for the company. His previous positions include business development, marketing and sales, mergers & acquisitions, investment banking and scientific research.

Hakon has a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Lund, Sweden and an Executive MBA from Reykjavik University.

Magnús Már Guðnason

Product Engineer

Magnús joined the Atmonia team in 2018, focusing on product development and prototyping. He has previously worked as development engineer on electrochemical cells and equipment.

Magnús has a MSc in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark

James Edward McDaniel

Horticulturist

James is carrying out trials on the Atmonia fertilizer in vertical horticulture. He specializes in sustainable production and emerging technologies, with previous projects on the subject in China, USA and Iceland. 

James is a student of Horticulture at the Agricultural University of Iceland

Camila Pía Canales

Research Scientist

Camila is a researcher at the University of Iceland. Her expertise is related to the study of carbon-based electro-catalysts and their performance.  Her current work involves the electrochemical analysis of the Atmonia catalyst. 

Camila has a PhD in Chemistry from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Fatemeh
Hanifpour

PHD student

Fatemeh is currently a PhD student at the University of Iceland, working on further research on the Atmonia catalyst.

Fatemeh has a MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran

Naseeb Nisar Pookkat

PHD Student

Naseeb is currently a PhD student at the University of Iceland, working on further research on the Atmonia catalyst. 

Naseeb has a MSc in Physics from the National Institute of Technology in India

The Atmonia Board

Örn Valdimarsson

Örn is the MD of Investments at Eyrir Invest. He has led numerous investments on behalf of Eyrir and serves on the Board of Directors in several companies on behalf of Eyrir. Prior to joining Eyrir, Valdimarsson was CEO and Editor in Chief of Vidskiptabladid, an Icelandic business newspaper

Viktoría Valdimarsdóttir

Viktoria has over three decades of experience focusing on international marketing and business development, as well as corporate social responsibility with organizations in Iceland and Luxembourg. Viktoria teaches Sustainability Reporting at the University of Luxembourg and is a co-founder of Ábyrgar lausnir. 

The Atmonia Advisory Board

Ron Witherspoon

Ron has  40 years of experience from investments in agriculture, started a number of companies, held board positions and has brought in a number of foreign investments. Ron has held four senior positions with Farm Credit Corporation. Ron also managed an agricultural venture capital fund, and as a result gained extensive experience with start-ups.

Dan Donner

Dan is currently an independent strategic investor in agribusiness and renewable energy, with a strong focus on sustainable agriculture. Previously working in the agriculture sector for 33 years, Dan has led business development and operations teams in North America, Brazil and Europe.

Robin Woodward

Robin is the Principal of RW Consulting, a Regina-based consulting firm focussed on alternative energy development and agriculture. Robin has 20+ years’ experience in managing companies through innovation & commercialization processes, business planning, policy development, stakeholder involvement, forestry and farm management.

Dave Eastham

Dave is a chemical engineer with over 40 years of experience in both petrochemicals and agricultural chemicals on development and commercialization of new technologies.  Until recently, he led efforts to reduce energy use and improve operations sustainability in ammonia and urea plants across North America.

Ray Dowbenko

Ray is a former (retired) Senior Agronomist for Nutrien, with over 30 years of industry experience. Ray works with research scientists, academics, retailers, growers, industry groups and regulatory agencies in the areas of fertilizer and agricultural research, policy, environment and sustainability issues.