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OUR Story

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.

OUR Team

  • Alejandra Fernández, Communications Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Angela Lowe, Programme & Communities Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Audur Einarsdóttir, Business Development

    Reykjavík Office

  • Bettina Appel, Senior Advisor

    Brussels Office

  • Clara Maspons, Partner Relations Coordinator

    Brussels Office

  • Dee Thomsen, Senior Advisor , Reykjavík Global Forum

    Reykjavík Office

  • Emily Ross Ahmed, Director, Policy and External Relation

    Brussels Office

  • Erik Boman, Accountant

    Brussels Office

  • Eyrún Þorsdottir, Project Coordinator

    Reykjavík Office

  • Florencia Edgina, Project Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Giulia Brambilla, Communications Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir, Special Programme Advisor

    Reykjavík Office

  • Laura Seidl, Project Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Lilja Dögg, Special Advisor

    Reykjavík Office

  • Lucia de Luca, Managing Director, WPL Managing Director

    Brussels Office

  • Nutsa Kutateladze, Project Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Patricia Cepeda, Communications Coordinator

    Brussels Office

  • Ross Melzer, Partnerships Director

    Brussels Office

  • Samantha Gleave, Senior Project Manager

    Brussels Office

  • Sarah Breanne McFadden, Programme Assistant

    Brussels Office

  • Sigthruður Armann, WPL Iceland Summit Ambassador

    Reykjavík Office

  • Stephanie Michel, Data Protection Officer

    Brussels Office

  • Yaëlle Assous, Programme Assistant

    Brussels Office

Sustainability policy

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
  • RECYCLING
  • CATERING THE EVENT
  • SUPPLY CHAIN
  • BEST PRACTICES