Mr. Kristján Andri Stefánsson
Ambassador Kristján Andri Stefánsson took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Iceland to the OECD on 16 September 2016.
Mr. Stefánsson was born in Reykjavik on 23 June 1967. He holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Iceland.
After having worked in the Prime Minister’s Office, first as Secretary to the Cabinet, subsequently as Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mr. Stefánsson joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004, and from 2004 to 2005, served as Minister Counsellor of the Directorate for Economic Affairs and External Trade as well as Legal Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In 2005, he was appointed Ambassador and posted to Brussels. From 2005 to 2009, he became a member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority College and from 2010 to 2013, he was nominated the National IPA Coordinator, ensuring the overall coordination of pre-accession assistance during the EU accession process.
In 2010, Mr. Stefánsson was appointed Ambassador at the Directorate for Economic Affairs & External Trade, responsible for the Icesave file, negotiating the third agreement (2010-2011), Chair of the case team responsible for the Icesave court proceedings from 2011 to 2013, Chief Air Negotiator as well as being a member of the EEA Financial Mechanism Committee.
From 2014 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Iceland to the OECD, Mr. Stefánsson served as Director-General of the Directorate for Legal & Executive Affairs and as of 2015 also as Deputy Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Stefánsson is married to Mr. Davíð Samúelsson.
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