Mr. Hannesson has a wealth of experience from work in domestic as international fora. He was responsible for telecom policy in the Ministry of Communications in 1998-2002, when he was dispensed to Brussels as Iceland´s top diplomat towards the EU in the fields of telecommunications, transport and tourism. In 2003, he moved over to the EFTA Surveillance Authority where he became responsible for implementation control of internal market legislation in the fields of telecommunications, audio-visual services and IT in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. In 2005, his responsibilities were changed to transport, excluding aviation, in these countries.
In 2006-2008, Mr. Hannesson was a member of the program committees of various international conferences held by the International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) and pertaining to Information Society and Law. Mr. Hannesson has spoken at several occasions on behalf of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, the European Commission, or in his own capacity about EEA Law, information security and electronic government policies in Europe. He has had several articles on telecommunications in the European Economic Area and the use of IT in European Maritime Law published in international publications.
Mr. Hannesson became a lawyer in 1998 and has since acquired postgraduate education in the economics and rules of the WTO at Harvard university in 2003 and English commercial and maritime law at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in 2008 and at the London Metropolitan University in 2011 – 2013. Mr. Hannesson had become attorney at law in 2000 and is a certified realtor.
Mr. Hannesson practices in Icelandic and English but has also a good understanding of Norwegian language and legal system. He is proficient, to a varying degree, in Danish, Swedish, French, Dutch and Spanish.