Forum 2020

Streaming begins in:

9 – 11TH November

SHAPING GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS

GOING DIGITAL, ENSURING SAFETY

In a year that has underscored the need for greater women’s leadership and parity in decision making, the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders will be one of the very few platforms where hundreds of Leaders from all sectors, including politics, business, civil society, academia, the arts, and media, can Power, Together in 2020 to build back a more resilient and equal society.

The Forum 2020 will be an interactive digital gathering, taking place over three full days from 9 – 11 November 2020.

About the Forum

The 2020 edition of the Reykjavík Global Forum (November 9-11) will provide a unique and significant occasion for women leaders to connect across sectors, to take stock of the new reality created by the pandemic, to share solutions for fostering greater parity in decision-making, and to shape sustainable pathways that can help societies worldwide to ‘build back better’.

Like so many adversities, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women, and yet the ways in which we confront the pandemic can also serve as steps toward realising more equal and resilient societies.

About the Forum
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Programme Highlights

In pursuit of the targets set out in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2020 Forum will feature discussions on a range of priority issues, including: Health (physical and mental, immunisation and chronic disease); Peace and Security; Climate Change; Journalism and Society; and Economic Recovery and the opportunities it presents (sustainable and inclusive finance, entrepreneurship, ESG criteria in business). Throughout, the spotlight will focus on how women leaders are working toward effective and lasting solutions.

Programme highlights

Featured Conversationists

The Reykjavík Global Forum is the platform where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions. To achieve that, it needs everyone participating and to enter the conversation.

At the Forum, one is not an attendee, but an invited leader; someone who can hear what is being said, can add value to and share the passion for the conversation: a Conversationist.

The Forum looks forward to welcoming leading Conversationists at this years’  Forum. The conversation starts here.

... The Forum is the platform where leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions. To achieve that, everyone needs to participate and enter the conversation ...
Featured Conversationists
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FEATURED CONVERSATIONISTS 2020
  • Amanda Nguyen

    CEO and Founder, Rise

  • Amy Weaver

    President, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce

  • Ann Cairns

    Vice-Chairman, Mastercard

  • Belén Garijo

    Deputy CEO; Vice Chair of the Executive Board; CEO, Healthcare; CEO Designate, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany

  • Caroline Wozniacki

    Former Professional Tennis Player

  • Cheryl Philips

    Member, National Assembly of the Republic of South Africa

  • Christy Tanner

    Executive Vice-President and General Manager of CBS News Digital, CBS Corporation

  • Dalia Grybauskaitè

    President of Lithuania (2009-2019), Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (2014-2019), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Diane Wang

    Founder and CEO, Chairwoman of the APEC Women’s Leadership Forum, DHgate.com

  • Hiltrud D. Werner

    Member, Board of Management responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, Volkswagen AG

  • José Manuel Barroso

    President, European Commission (2004-2014), Prime Minister, Portugal (2002-2004), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Member, WPL Global Advisory Board

  • Joyce Banda

    President, Malawi (2012-2014)

  • Julia Gillard

    Prime Minister, Australia (2010-2013), Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda

    President, Costa Rica (2010-2014)

  • Marianne Amssoms

    CEO, Carpe mutatio

  • Michelle Harrison

    Global CEO, Kantar Public

  • Oby Ezekwesili

    Senior Economic Adviser, The Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), Co-Founder, #BringBackOurGirls

Conversationists

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  • Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Founder, PayAnlytics

  • Alison Holder

    Director, Equal Measures 2030

  • Alva Manira

    Vice President for Political and Civic Engagement, Vital Voices Global Partnership

  • Amy Weaver

    President, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce

  • Ann Cairns

    Vice-Chairman, Mastercard

  • Ann Florini

    Professor, Arizona State University

  • Anna Kostanyan

    Member, National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia

  • Annita Demetriou

    Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus

  • Atifete Jahjaga

    President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016)

  • Avni Ronit

    Founder and CEO, Localized

  • Azat Urgamal

    Founder and Board Director, Oddariya Foundation

  • Bani Dugal

    Principal Representative, Bahá’í International Community

  • Belén Garijo

    Deputy CEO; Vice Chair of the Executive Board; CEO, Healthcare; CEO Designate, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany

  • Betty Kumahor

    Managing Partner, The Cobalt Partners

  • Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir

    Member, Parliament of Iceland

  • Caroline Gutman

    Chief Executive Officer, Nu Market

  • Caroline Wozniacki

    Former Professional Tennis Player

  • Christy Tanner

    Executive Vice-President and General Manager of CBS News Digital, CBS Corporation

  • Dalia Grybauskaitè

    President of Lithuania (2009-2019), Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (2014-2019), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Deeqa Yasin Hajji Yusuf

    Minister of Women and Human Rights, Government of Somalia

  • Diane Wang

    Founder and CEO, Chairwoman of the APEC Women’s Leadership Forum, DHgate.com

  • Dirk Luyten

    Founder of INSEAD’s Gender Research Fund and a Member of the Exco of the Global Women in Business Club

  • DJ Forza

    Director of Partnerships and Collaboration, World YMCA

  • Donna Leinwand Leger

    Digital Media Leader, USA TODAY

  • Ellen Amarkai Attoh-Wreh

    Member, House of Representatives of Liberia

  • Emna Ben Hmayed

    Member, Assembly of People’s Representatives of Tunisia

  • Esther Basilia Del Brío Gonzaléz

    Member, Senate of Spain

  • Eva Uusi Biaudet

    Member, Parliament of Finland

  • Fatiha Bakkali

    Member, House of Representatives, Morocco

  • Felicia Knaul

    Director, Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, University of Miami

  • Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka

    Deputy Marshal of the Senate, Senate of the Republic of Poland

  • Gabriela Pascholati do Amaral

    Global Shaper. Hub São Paulo

  • Heba AlFarra

    Founder, Women in Energy and Environment, MENA

  • Hiltrud D. Werner

    Member, Board of Management responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, Volkswagen AG

  • Ingjerd Schou

    Member, Parliament of Norway, Standing Committee of Foreign affairs and Defence

  • Iris Loew-Friedrich

    Chief Medical Officer, UCB

  • Iryna Herashchenko

    Member of Parliament, Ukraine

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil

    IFCU President, Catholic University of Portugal

  • Isabel de Saint Malo

    Former Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama

  • Jani Bhairavi

    Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies

  • Joanna Cherry

    Member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom

  • José Manuel Barroso

    President, European Commission (2004-2014), Prime Minister, Portugal (2002-2004), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Member, WPL Global Advisory Board

  • Josh Lozman

    Director of Program Advocacy & Communications for gender equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Joyce Banda

    President, Malawi (2012-2014)

  • Julia Gillard

    Prime Minister, Australia (2010-2013), Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

  • Juniper Downs

    Global Director, Public Affairs Google

  • Kate Kroeger

    Executive Director, Urgent Action Funds

  • Katharina Borchert

    Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla

  • Katinka Brose

    FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH, Senior Strategy Agent

  • Kenza Ajala Ep Aloui

    Member, Chamber of Deputies, Assembly of People’s Representatives of Tunisia

  • Kerry Healey

    President, Babson College

  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda

    President, Costa Rica (2010-2014)

  • Laura Liswood

    Secretary General, The Council of Women World Leaders

  • Lina Abirafeh

    Executive Director, Arab Institute for Women, Lebanese American University

  • Linda Ayade

    First Lady, Cross River State Nigeria

  • Mami Mizutori

    Special Representative and Head, UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

  • Mamonaheng Mokitimi

    President of Senate, Senate of Lesotho

  • Maria das Neves Ceita Baptista de Sousa

    Former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (2002 – 2004)

  • Maria do Carmo Silveira

    Prime Minister, Government of São Tomé and Príncipe (2005-2006), Economic Adviser, Economic Community of Central African States

  • Marilyn Rose Chaplin

    Chief Human Resources Officer, NTT Limited

  • Martina Ucnikova

    Chair, She Runs

  • Masoumeh Ebtekar

    Vice President for Women and Family affairs

  • Melanne Verveer

    Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Georgetown University, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013), United States

  • Michelle Bachelet

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

  • Michelle Harrison

    Global CEO, Kantar Public

  • Monica Michel

    Member, National Assembly of France

  • Natalie M. Byrne

    Founder of Blank Space, Head of Brand Purpose at Unilever Prestige, Director of Global Impact, Dermalogica (2013-2019), Blank Space

  • Nayé A. Bathily

    Head of Global Parliamentary Relations, World Bank Group

  • Ntuli Mbali

    Member of the Democratic Alliance. Government of South Africa

  • Oana-Mioara Bîzgan-Gayral

    Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Romania

  • Oby Ezekwesili

    Senior Economic Adviser, The Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), Co-Founder, #BringBackOurGirls

  • Patricia Pelton

    President, World YMCA

  • Paula Ann Cox

    Premier of Bermuda (2010-2012); Minister of Finance (2004-2012)

  • Paulina Olsson

    Co-Founder & CEO, Peppy Pal

  • Penelope Naas

    Senior Vice-President, International Public Affairs and Sustainability, UPS

  • Rosalía Arteaga Serrano

    Executive President of the FIDAL Foundation, President of Ecuador (1997), Vice-President of Ecuador (1996-1998), Member of the WPL Board

  • Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva

    Former President of Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011)

  • Sanda Halimah

    Founder/CEO, Romzaib Foundation

  • Sandy Beky

    Co Founder and President, HeHop Help for Hope

  • Sania Nishtar

    Founder and President, Heartfile

  • Sara Pantuliano

    Acting Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute

  • Shannon Thyme Klinger

    Chief Legal Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, Novartis International AG

  • Shorena Barbakadze

    Founder and General Manager, International Language House

  • Sophie Rohonyi

    Member, House of Representatives of Belgium

  • Stav Shaffir

    Member of Parliament, Parliament of Israel (The Knesset)

  • Sunna Einarsdóttir

    Chief Financial Officer, Deloitte

  • Tarja Halonen

    President of Finland (2000-2012)

  • Uzra Zeya

    CEO and President, The Alliance for Peacebuilding

  • Valérie Thomas

    Member, National Assembly of France

The Forum will prove a key event on the road to the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) 2021. At the Forum, and with an eye to the GEF 2021, we recognise our immediate objectives; clear goalposts are in place to guide forward movement and to inspire commitment. Now is the moment for the wider community of leaders to mobilise, raise our voices, and instigate meaningful change in our governments, board rooms, and communities.

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