Ambassador
Mr. Kristján Andri Stefánsson

 

Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth: 23 June 1967, Reykjavík, Iceland
Spouse: Mr. Davíð Samúelsson

University education

Cand. juris degree in Law (combined BA and Masters Degrees),
University of Iceland, Faculty of Law (1995)

Professional experience

Appointed Ambassador to France, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Djibouti and Monaco
Permanent representative to the Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
2015-2016  
Deputy Permanent Secretary of State

2014-2016    
Director-General, Directorate for Legal & Executive Affairs

2010-2014
Ambassador, Directorate for Economic Affairs & External Trade, responsible for the Icesave file (negotiating 3rd agreement 2010-2011, chair of the case team responsible for the Icesave court proceedings 2011-2013)

Member of the EEA Financial Mechanism Committee (the decision-making body of EEA Grants 2009-2014) (vice-chair 2012-2014)

Chief Air Negotiator (responsible for negotiating air services agreements)

2010-2013        
NIPAC (National IPA Co-ordinator) ensuring the overall coordination of pre-accession assistance (during EU accession process)

EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels
2005-2009        
Member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority College (the governing body of the organization that is responsible for monitoring implementation of the agreement that extends EU's internal market to the EEA/EFTA-states, the EEA Agreement)

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
2005                  
Appointed Ambassador and posted to Brussels

2004–2005        
Minister Counsellor, Directorate for Economic Affairs & External Trade

Legal Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister’s Office
1995–2004      
Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister responsible i.a. for providing legal counsel to the PM, preparing and promoting PM’s legislative initiatives and monitoring of government’s programme in parliament.

1992–2004       
Secretary to the Cabinet, present at all cabinet meetings with responsibility for recording proceedings.

Ombudsman (Parliamentary Commissioner)
1997                  
Legal expert (on leave from PM’s Office)

Other professional activities
2014-present     President of the Icelandic Lawyers’ Association

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