Key Staff

The Algalif team is made up of passionate and driven individuals dedicated to unlocking the powerful health benefits of nature’s most precious resources and nutrients. Please browse to meet some of our team members.

Orri Björnsson

CEO Algalíf Iceland

Orri has been working in the pharma and nutraceutical industries for nearly 20 years. He has extensive experience in building and starting up new plants, as well as in upgrading plants in many different countries. Orri has great competence in GMP, general quality, project management, recruitment, and operations, with an excellent track record in getting things done on time and budget.

Clara Robertsdottir, B.Sc.

Administrative Manager

Clara has a B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Iceland. Prior to Algalif, she worked as a senior project manager within the pharmaceutical industry where she gained 12 years‘ experience in regulatory affairs. Clara is currently the Administrative Manager where she is responsible for many of the major core administative functions of Algalif. She also oversees all regulatory processes, obtaining industry certifications and market-specific authorizations for the products.

Bjarni Þorsteinsson

Production Manager

Bjarni is a Dairy technologist from Dalum tekniske skole in Denmark, he joined the Algalif team in 2017 as the production manager. Prior to Algalif, he worked as production planner in the pharmaceutical industry and has extensive knowledge of production processes, Bjarni has also has many years production experience in the dairy industry in Iceland, Denmark and Kuwait.

Eva – Charlotte Haensel

Financial Controller

Eva is responsible for financial management, reporting and planning at Algalíf. She has a M.S. degree in Financial and Project management and a B.S. degree in Business and Accounting from University of Iceland. She is also a publicly certified accountant. Eva has years of experience in the field working for KPMG and various other companies.

Dr. Tryggvi Stefánsson

Tryggvi Stefánsson, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Tryggvi has a Ph.D. in microbiology and genetics from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He joined Algalif in early 2014 and between 2015 and 2019 he led the company’s R&D and Scale-up department as Science Manager. Tryggvi was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer where he oversees the production, scale up and maintenance departments at Algalíf.

Sigurbjörn J. Björnsson, M.Sc.

Quality Assurance Manager

Sigurbjörn has a M.Sc. degree in Strategic Management from the University of Iceland. He has 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including audits, writing SOPs, working on deviations, CAPAs and validation projects. Sigurbjörn joined Algalif in 2015 and has been responsible for establishing a GMP culture in the company.

Oleksandr Virchenko, Ph.D.

Quality Control Manager

Oleksandr has a Ph.D. in Biology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine where he started his career in the research of various bioactive substances with antioxidative activity. He joined the Algalif team in 2017 as quality control specialist and later was promoted to the Quality Control Manager.

Jan Eric Jessen

Jan Eric Jessen, M.Sc.

Head of R&D

Jan Eric has a M.Sc. degree in biotechnology from the University of Akureyri in Iceland. Prior to joining Algalif, he worked as Project Manager of Laboratories at the University of Akureyri. He has been a Cultivation Specialist at Algalif, where he is responsible for laboratory scale-up of production cultures. He is currently the head of Research and Development at Algalif.

Svavar Halldorsson

Head of sales and marketing

Svavar has a comprehensive experience in public relations and media, policymaking, sales and marketing. He´s been a Radio and TV reporter, a consultant on business, environment and marketing and the first manager of Icelandic Lamb marketing agency. Svavar is a university lectured on marketing in Iceland and Italy and holds advanced degrees in Policymaking and Food culture, Communication and Marketing.

Jón Ingi Skarphéðinsson, M.Sc.

Supply Chain Manager

Jón Ingi has a M.Sc. degree in Innovation and Industrial Management from the University of Gothenburg. He joined Algalif shortly after graduation and as Supply Chain Manager he is responsible for activities directly concerning the supply chain such as inventory management, logistics and customer service.

Stefán Gudmundsson, B.Sc.

Project Manager

Stefan studied Economics at University of Iceland. He has 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including factory construction and development. Stefan has also extensive training in GMP and Project Management, and experience training personnel on GMP. Stefan joined Algalif in 2013. He currently manages the expansion of the plant in Iceland.

Garðar Sævarsson

Project Manager

Garðar has a M.Sc. degree in financial management and business administration from Barcelona Business School. Having spent majority of his career in the travel industry he joined Algalíf in early 2021 as Project Manager where he will oversee the recently announced expansion of Algalíf’s production facilities.

Ingólfur Gunnarsson, Ph.D.

Head of Cultivation

Ingólfur has a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark, and has been a member of the Algalif team since his graduation. He is the Head of Cultivation at Algalif, where he is responsible for culture scale-up, contamination control and growth optimisation.