Board of Directors
Kate Winslet, Founder & Director, Golden Hat Foundation
Kate Winslet is one of the world’s best-known and best-loved actresses who has built a career on a series of film performances which defy type-casting – each one a new and different character, from high drama to comedy to passionate romance to quirky individualism.
She made her film debut at the age of 17 in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and immediately made her mark. She won her first Oscar nomination in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, but it was her performance as Rose in Titanic that first brought her to the attention of millions worldwide and delivered her second Oscar nomination.
She won further nominations for her roles in Iris, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Little Children and won Best Actress for her performance as a former Nazi in The Reader in 2009. She is the youngest actress ever to have received 6 Oscar nominations. Other memorable and award-winning performances include Revolutionary Road, in which she was re-teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio and director Sam Mendes, Finding Neverland, and Romance and Cigarettes.
Kate has three children - Mia, Joe, and Bear - and divides her time between New York and the UK.
Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir, Co-Founder, Director & CEO, Golden Hat Foundation
Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir is a Business major with an MBA degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. For years Margret had a very successful career in business and held various executive positions in Icelandic companies. In 1997 Margret's youngest son Keli was born. Soon after his birth it was apparent that something was not right and Keli was diagnosed as being severely autistic at the age of four.
The sudden and profound changes in her family prompted Margret to shift her focus from career-related pursuits to caring for Keli. Margret has dedicated her time and effort to pursuing different treatments in the hope of bettering the life of her son. Her determination to help Keli and other families with autistic children led her to make a documentary film about autism.
In 2006 Margret founded Frontier Filmworks, an Icelandic film production company whose goal is to make films that can create a real and lasting difference in our world. Drawing on her experience as a mother of an autistic child, Margret sought out the world´s leading experts on autism, as well as families who, like her own, have children stricken with autism. The documentary, entitled A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism (a.k.a The Sunhine Boy) follows her remarkable journey which explores autism and will hopefully help to spread awareness of the syndrome. Margret and her husband Thorsteinn have three boys: Keli, Unnar and Erik.
Robert Wessman became the Executive Chairman of Alvogen in July 2009 and is now both the Chairman & CEO of the group. Wessman was CEO of Actavis Group, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world for nine years.
A business graduate and former lecturer at the University of Iceland, Wessman began his career at the Icelandic shipping company Samskip where he quickly advanced to the post of CEO for Samskip in Germany. In 1999, he became President and CEO of Delta in 1999, which later formed Actavis through a merger with Pharmaco.
Wessman arrived at the helm of Actavis having built himself a solid reputation in Europe as a fast thinking and ambitious business man. From the start, he succeeded in turning his small Icelandic company into one of the leading global companies in the generic industry. In only seven years, the company grew from an annual turnover of EUR 57 million to more than EUR 1.6 billion, with a market capitalization of approximately EUR 3 billion.
Wessman is known for his clear focus and his ability to successfully combine operational efficiency and external growth through strategic acquisitions and the integration of over 30 companies. His achievements have made him the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study published in May 2008, titled "Robert Wessman and the Actavis Winning Formula".