Ingunn Svala Leifsdóttir was born in 1976. She graduated with a BS degree in Business from the University of Iceland in 1999, with a focus on accounting and finance, and with a Cand. Oecon business degree from the same University in 2001, with a focus on accounting and management. Ingunn Svala completed the Advanced Management program (AMP) from the IESE Business School in New York in 2018.
Ingunn Svala currently works as the managing director of operations in Reykjavík University and sits on the university´s executive board. Ingunn Svala has extensive experience of serving as a board member. She has served as a board member of Slippurinn Akureyri ehf. since 2015 and as a board member of the logistics company Parlogis ehf. since 2014. Ingunn Svala sat on the Audit Committee of VÍS in 2019 to 2021 and was a board member of Líftryggingafélags Íslands (Lífís) from 2017 to 2021.
Ingunn Svala has also established and operated her own business, including in accounting and real estate. Ingunn Svala also has extensive experience from the financial sector. She worked for the Kaupthing´s Resolution Committee as Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011 as well as working as a Global Business Controller in Investment Banking at Kaupþing bank in 2007 to 2009. Ingunn Svala also worked within the Actavis Group PTC consolidation in 2006 to 2007 as a CFO for four subsidiaries, namely Actavis hf., Medís ehf., Actavis Group hf. og Actavis Group PTC ehf.