Reykjavík Global Forum
CEO, Plan International
Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital
Chief Economist, the IMF
H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
President of the Republic of Croatia, Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders
Prime Minister of Iceland
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
The Reykjavík Global Forum is where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions on how to further advance society.
The Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders was launched in November, 2018, in Reykjavík, Iceland, as the Women Leaders Global Forum. The Forum is annually co-hosted by Women Political Leaders (WPL), and the Government and Parliament of Iceland, under the heading Power, Together.
Each year the Forum invites 450 leaders from around the globe, including Presidents and Prime Ministers and other public figures, as well as leaders from business, academia, civil society, arts, media and more who are playing a vital role in their respective fields sharing ideas, insights and experiences.
Consistently ranked as the leading country on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Iceland is the perfect location for the most relevant Forum for women leaders. It’s the single destination that transcends both geographic and sector boundaries, creating a platform that fosters conversation between outstanding leaders.
Imagine Women Leaders from all continents creating significance and impact, like for example the World Economic Forum (WEF) does, but with a difference in style. When Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder and President of the Women Political Leaders (WPL), and Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Chair of the Board, experienced the WEF in January 2017, they were determined to turn “imagine?” into “we can do it!”.
They were convinced that Iceland, as the best country for women (according to the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report) would be the perfect location for a Reykjavík Global Forum. A conference, bringing together women leaders from all sectors: politics, business, tech, science, media etc. Having convened Women Political Leaders in Iceland in November 2017, the next step was obvious: make it a tradition. WPL with the Government and the Parliament of Iceland are since annually co-hosting a multi-stakeholder Reykjavík Global Forum. The Forum had its inaugural event in November 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Executive Director Hawaii & Asia Pacific, Senior Sustainability Scholar
President of Mauritius (2015-2018), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
PM of Senegal (2013-2014), CESE President, Envoy for Internal and External Affairs, Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Head of Human Resources, EMEA North
Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
Vice Chairman, Mastercard
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ella Adventures
President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Former Member of the Senate, Senate of the United States of America
Chief Executive Officer, Ketchum
Executive President of the Cesar Vallejo University of Peru, Prime Minister of Peru (2003), National Ombudsman for Peru (2005 – 2011), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Founder and President, Clarendon Group
Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital
Dagur B. Eggertsson
Mayor of Reykjavík, City of Reykjavik
President of Lithuania (2009-2019), Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (2014-2019), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Founder, The Path
Managing Director, INSEAD
Senator, Senate of Canada
Donna Leinwand Leger
Digital Media Leader & Former Managing Editor of USA Today
Eliza Jean Reid
First Lady, President of Iceland
Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte
Campus Sexual Assault Coordinator at State of Michigan Division of Victim Services, Running Start Fellow, Girl2Leader Delegate
Director, Americas Institute, University of Miami President, Tomatelo a Pecho, A.C.
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
President of Iceland
Managing Director of the Global Emergency Response Coalition and Distinguished Fellow, The Wilson Center
Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir
Chair of the Executive Board of WPL
Henrike von Platen
CEO & Founder of FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH
Hiltrud D. Werner
Member of the Board of Management, Integrity and Legal affairs, Volkswagen AG
Member of the Board of Management, Asset Management, US Life Insurance at Allianz SE
Chief Executive Officer, Landor
Vice-President of the Republic of Liberia, President of the Senate of Liberia and Member of the WPL Executive Board
Partner sponsor for EY Women’s Network, EY
Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Prime Minister of Iceland, Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
President Central and Eastern Europe Business Unit, The Coca-Cola Company
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
President, Operations, National Public Radio (NPR)
Mabel Van Oranje
Chair, Girls Not Brides
Global Teacher Prize Winner
Haitian-American Blogger & Disability Advocate
Co-founder and CEO of Rappler
Mariana Frenk Knaul
Global Chief People and Purpose Officer, Deloitte
Global CEO, Public Division, Kantar
Chairperson and CEO, AVPN
Rwandan lawyer and politician, Senate Vice President 3rd Parliament (2019-2024)
Canada Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Deloitte
Senior Partner and Global Leader of When Women Thrive and Multinational Client Group, Mercer
Paula Ann Cox
Premier of Bermuda (2010-2012), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders
Rangita de Silva de Alwis
Associate Dean of International Affairs at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Special Adviser to the President of Wellesley College on Women’s Leadership
SVP, Chief Information Officer, Hitachi Vantara
Director of GIWL, King’s College London
Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group
Sarah Adowa Safo
Deputy Majority Leader & Minister for Procurement, Parliament of Ghana
Student, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Co-founder, ShineMSD
President of WPL
Artist – Enterpreneur, Paititi Lab
Steingrímur J. Sigfússon
Speaker of the Althingi, Parliament of Iceland
First Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Finland
President and CEO, The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)
Founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation
ICELAND: THE GLOBAL CHAMPION OF EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN
The Reykjavík Global Forum takes place in Iceland. For many years Iceland has been the global champion in the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report which examines disparities between men and women in terms of political empowerment, economic opportunity, education and health.
milestones that matter:
4 things that made the difference
Equal Parental Leave
9 Months (3 for women, 3 for men and 3 to share). A combination of guaranteed daycare and parental leave allows women to continue working post-children. Over several years, men taking parental leave is up to 90%.
Equal Pay Law
On 1 June 2017, Iceland passed an instrumental law requiring proof from all Icelandic companies that they are paying men and women equally for doing the same job.
Strong Female Role Models and Women in Power
47% of MP’s are women, over 65% of members in local governments are women; over 65% of university students of women; 80% of women participate in the labour market.
Consensus From Left to Right
Icelandic women have, in most cases, agreed upon the greatest gender equality steps taken, across party lines.
Reykjavík Global Forum is committed to a sustainable future and has the ultimate ambition of being carbon-neutral. Following expert advice the Forum will focus on the environmental impact of the event itself.
This is a first step on an extremely important road towards the sustainability goals that are being developed.
We value the importance of minimising the environmental impact of the event by adopting best practices wherever possible. We encourage our Conversationists, partners and suppliers to do the same and focus on environmentally friendly solutions and respectful treatment of the environment. Based on our mission and insights from our partners, we are aware that a large international event can put a strain on resources and have a negative environmental impact. But, in order to address our responsibility, the Forum, using the principles of Reduce – Remove – Recycle, has identified the following areas as focus points:
- THE USE OF ENERGY
- APPLYING TRAVEL INITIATIVES
- CATERING THE EVENT
- SUPPLY CHAIN
- BEST PRACTICES