Guðmundur Hegner Jónsson
Rektor of UWC Red Cross Nordic
Guðmundur Hegner Jónsson joined UWC Red Cross Nordic as Rektor in August 2018.
Icelandic in origin he brings a broad international experience within education and management. Originally from Dalvík, Iceland, Guðmundur was educated at University College London (UCL) and the University of Sheffield in archaeological science, subsequently directing research excavations on Viking age and Medieval settlements. Together with his wife, Katarina and two children, Aleksandar (12) and Petra (7), he has moved from the United Arab Emirates working for Brighton College Al Ain. Previously he has worked in international schools in China, Serbia, and Italy. Guðmundur is passionate about the student voice and the role that critical thinking plays in furthering democracy and citizenship and has taught Theory of Knowledge, Geography, Music and Critical Thinking, mostly within the IB framework. He also brings a love of music, having studied at the Reykjavik Academy and the Royal Academy of Music, London as a vocalist. He has always involved himself in the musical life of his schools. The historic ties between Fjaler and Iceland are deep, which gives added value for Guðmundur to serve the College as a Nordic internationalist.
“I am truly delighted and humbled to start the position as Rektor of UWC Red Cross Nordic. It will be an honour to lead such an inspirational school and to be part of the wider UWC and Red Cross movement whose aspirational values I fully share.”