Head of Research and Innovation, Iceland Ocean Cluster

Alexandra Leeper

Dr. Alexandra Leeper is passionate about the sustainable use of ocean resources. Her role is that of a scientist intrapreneur in the blue and circular economies, from which she draws on diverse experiences from working all over the world in universities, consultancies, and at sea.

Alexandra has a background in marine resources and completed an industrial doctorate in aquaculture and circular economy in 2021 in collaboration with Matís, Food and Biotech Iceland and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

She took on the role of Head of Research and Innovation at the Iceland Ocean Cluster in 2022 and stepped into the role of Managing Director of International Affairs in 2023. Her work focuses on sustainable value creation and positive impact.

She is committed to promoting the visibility and connection of women in the startup sector and is herself a co-founder of Hringvarmi, an agri-tech startup that utilises waste heat for controlled environment food production.