On 4th December 2018, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson presented his credentials to President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at The Palace, in Valletta.
During the ceremony, the President of Malta and the Ambassador discussed bilateral relations.
Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson (b. 4 January 1959) was appointed Ambassador in the Icelandic Foreign Service in 1999. He took up his position as Ambassador of Iceland to the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017. He is also non-resident Ambassador to Ireland, Jordan (désignée), Malta (designée) and Qatar (designée).
Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson is an experienced diplomat and negotiator. His former positions include Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Chief Negotiator in Iceland’s accession talks with the European Union 2009-2013, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to EFTA, WTO, the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, and non-resident Ambassador to Slovenia and Liechtenstein, Ambassador to the EU and Belgium and non-resident Ambassador to the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Chairman of the Working Group on Russia’s accession to the WTO, Chairman of the WTO Negotiating Committee on Non Agricultural Goods (NAMA) in the Doha Round, and Director of the External Trade Department and the Department of Administration at the Ministry. In 2014, he was team leader with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Ambassador Jóhannesson has served on dispute settlement panels in the WTO.
He graduated as a lawyer (Cand.juris) from the University of Iceland in 1985 and joined the Foreign Service in 1986.
Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson is married to Halldóra M. Hermannsdóttir and they have three children and two grandchildren.