Erlingur "Elli" Gudleifsson (he/him/his)

Research Faculty

Phone: +354- 691-1441


  • Energy Economics
  • Marine Energy
  • Marine Processing
  • Outreach
  • Railbelt
  • Transmission


Erlingur Gudleifsson passed a journeyman’s exam in metal turning in 1997. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an executive MBA from Reykjavik University.

Gudleifsson has worked on mechanical design as well as project and engineering management in the blue economy field. Notably, he had a leading role in design and project management of an ambitious innovation project in the fish meal sector for more than 10 years. He has also worked closely with ship designers and shipyards in Europe, U.S. and Latin America on new installations and retrofits. In addition, Gudleifsson worked for first-to-market innovative chemical products in Iceland.

Gudleifsson’s current work involves collaboration between Alaska and Iceland in energy and the blue economy. He is passionate about challenging norms to develop and explore strategic and visionary decisions from the mindset of creating value.

Current Projects

  • Transmission System