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Strategic Communications Officer, NATO
Mr. Sveinn Helgason is currently a Strategic Communications Officer at NATO HQ in Brussels. Before that he was a specialist at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice in Iceland from June 2015 until the end of February 2018. Prior to that he was a reporter for more than two decades. At the ministry Mr. Helgason worked in the department of public security and criminal justice. He was the chairman of an Inter-Ministerial Group on implementing international agreements on anti-corruption and was responsible for reporting to GRECO, UNODC and the Working Group on Bribery at the OEDC. In this work Mr. Helgason mainly focused on legislative amendments and awareness-raising to implement anti-corruption measures in Iceland, both in the public and private sector. He worked extensively with the police, prosecutors and other stakeholders in addition to the international institutions that are fighting corruption. Mr. Helgason was a reporter for the Icelandic Broadcasting Service (RUV) for over 20 years, and from 2008 to 2015 he was the US correspondent for RUV , most of the time stationed in Washington DC. In his reporting Mr. Helgason covered a wide range of subjects on political, economic and social issues. In 2015 Mr. Helgason graduated with a Masters degree in public policy from Georg Mason University – School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, in Virginia. In his studies he focused on organized crime, terrorism and corruption and how to combat these threats, both in individual countries and on an international scale.