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Our team

Our team of dedicated professionals have collectively advised clients in the international seafood and aquaculture industries on various corporate finance related transactions. We have developed a network among institutional and private investors in Iceland and abroad.

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Kjartan Olafsson
Managing Partner
Direct line: +(354) 512 6501
Mobile phone: +(354) 618 1520
Email: ko@markopartners.com

Kjartan Olafsson holds a Master Degree in Fishery Science from the University of Tromsoe with emphasis on economy and finance.

Olafsson joined the Icelandic Investment bank (FBA) in 1999 working on seafood feasibility studies in Europe and the Americas. Olafsson was a Senior Business Manager with Glitnir from 2004 building up a seafood investment portfolio of USD 2.4 bn. Olafsson was based in Norway from 2004 where he led the Norwegian seafood team mainly focusing on financial advisory and equity capital markets. With Glitnir Olafsson played a key role in the development of the Glitnir seafood niche strategy and became head of the Global Seafood team in 2008. He was actively involved in many of the most prestigious seafood transactions within Glitnir providing a wide range of financial services to companies such as; American Seafoods Group LLC, Aker Seafoods ASA, Cooke Aquaculture Inc, Samherji hf, Sildarvinnslan hf and the Initial Public Offering of Rem Offshore ASA, Copeinca SA, Camposol SA , Norway Pelagic ASA and various other trade sales and Private Placements in the sector.

Kjartan Olafsson has concluded several senior credit analysis and negotiation courses from DC Gardner Training and Euromoney. Kjartan holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Norwegian Securities Dealers Association for Corporate Finance activities in the Norwegian capital market. Kjartan has participated in several maritime projects for the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries as well as working with The Norwegian Financial Services Association.

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Dr. Jon Thrandur Stefansson
Head of Research
Direct line: +(354) 512 6503
Mobile phone: +(354) 845 6873
Email: js@markopartners.com

Dr. Jon Thrandur Stefansson holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration with specialization on HRM from Kobe University of Commerce, Japan. He completed his MBA degree with specialization in International Business and Marketing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Stefansson also completed his BSc degree in Business Administration from the same university.

Dr. Stefansson has extensive experience in consulting, research, and in teaching in higher education. Dr. Stefansson’s specialization is in the fields of HR, organizational behavior, and marketing management and international business. He has published several textbook chapters and articles in the fields of HR, case studies, and business planning.

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Halldóra Kristjánsdóttir
Partner – CFO
Direct line: +(354) 512 6504
Mobile phone: +(354) 843 9425
Email: hk@markopartners.com

Halldóra Kristjánsdóttir holds an MBA degree in international business administration from the University of Reykjavik from 2003. Halldora also studied foreign languages and literature at Universitá degli Studi di Perugia in Italy for several years and completed the BA degree in English from the University of Iceland from 1999.

Halldóra worked on sales and marketing of business solutions for the software company Maritech up to 2005. She lived in Norway to 2008, working at various developments projects. Halldóra is the cofounder of Markó Partners.

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Rafael Merino Sánchez
Legal Consultant
Direct line: +(354) 512 6508
Mobile phone: +(354) 868 0264
Email: rm@markopartners.com

Rafael Merino holds an LL.M. degree in Natural Resources Law and International Environmental Law from the University of Iceland. He also studied International Business Administration and Management in the European Business School and completed the BA degree in Law from the University of Barcelona.

Rafael Merino has experience in business development projects, research and legal counselling. His primary responsibilities are M&A activities and legal consulting.

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Anna Björk Theodórsdóttir
Sales and Marketing
Direct line: +(354) 512 6506
Mobile phone: +(354) 847 1816
Email: abt@markopartners.com

Anna Björk holds a B.Sc. in Construction Architecture and Diploma in Marketing from VIA University College in Horsens (Denmark).

Anna Björk has an extensive experience from the seafood industry and has been involved in her family’s seafood business from an early age.

In addition Anna Björk has worked as a project manager, sales and marketing in both the travel industry as well as in the construction industry.

Her primary responsibilities are at Markó Partners are customer relationship and sales and marketing.

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Bjarni Rúnar Heimisson
Project Manager
Direct line: +(354) 512 6507
Mobile phone: +(354) 849 5333
Email: brh@markopartners.com

Bjarni Rúnar Heimisson holds a M.Sc. degree in Computational Engineering and a B.Sc degree in Computer Science from the University of Iceland.

Bjarni has an extensive experience from the seafood industry and has worked in multiple areas in the industry from an early age, mainly at fishmarkets and trawlers.

Bjarni’s master thesis was a requirement and regression analysis on the fish auctioning system in Iceland.

In addition Bjarni has worked as a Software developer for three years with main focus on bank marketing solutions and web and mobile app development.