Dr Stefansson has more than 30 years experience in the food and seafood sectors; within industry, research and education. His main research interests are on markets and product development with special emphasis on food products from pelagic species, such as herring, mackerel and capelin.
Dr Stefánsson holds a BSc in Food Science from the University of Iceland (1981) and a Ph.D degree in Food Science from the University of Leeds, England (1986). He also has a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Iceland (2001).
In September 2012, Dr Stefánsson was appointed Research group leader at Matis. Before, he developed an extensive professional career in the private sector as well as in research in the food and seafood fields.
Dr Stefánsson has worked for Fram Foods with different responsibilities and duties such as Director of Development and Innovation, Purchasing and Project Manager , Vice MD and Operation Manager. Prior to this Dr Stefánsson worked as a Project manager for Bakkavor Group, a large food producer with their main operation in the UK.
Currently, Dr. Stefánsson’s main research areas are on markets and new food product development. He is the former project leader of a European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation project, PrimeFish, on enhancing the economic sustainability of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors (grant agreement No 635761) that was concluded in 2019. Dr Stefánsson has extensive expertise on product development and value addition on various fisheries by-products, e.g. roe and liver, and low value fish products such as Atlantic herring, blue whiting and mackerel.