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Conversationists & Programme


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’ inaugural forum in Iceland. The conversation starts here.

... by conversation, the influence of the Conversationist upon the world in general, is more decided than that of the talker ...
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  • Ameenah Gurib Fakim

    Former President, Presidency of Mauritius (2015-2018)

  • Angela Baker

    Head of Corporate Responsibility, Qualcomm

  • Anima Anandkumar

    Director Bren Professor Computing & Mathematical Sciences Department Caltech, NVIDIA and Caltech

  • Anisha Singh

    Founding Partner, She Capital

  • Ann Cairns

    Vice-Chairman, Mastercard

  • Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

    Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

  • Annika Norlin

    Head of Diversity & Inclusion, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Anthony Onesto

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ella Adventures

  • Anuela Ristani

    Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Tirana

  • Arna Grímsdóttir

    President of the Board, National Committee of UN Women in Iceland

  • Asdis Bragadottir

    Founder, EVA consortium

  • Atifete Jahjaga

    President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016), Government of Kosovo

  • Bahiya Ghalla

    Vice president of the regional council of dakhla O, The régional council

  • Bana Alabed

    Young Activist and Author

  • Barbara Boxer

    Former Member of the Senate, Senate of the United States of America

  • Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash

    Director, Veritas Consulting

  • Bidemi Zakariyau Akande

    Founder and CEO, LSF|PR

  • Brie Loskota

    Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California

  • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman

    Founder and CEO, Women@TheTable

  • Camelia Ille

    Dean of Executive Education, INCAE – Dean, Chair of Center for Collaborative & Women Leadership

  • Carla Aerts

    Director, Tmrw Insittute

  • Caroline Gutman

    CEO, Nu Market

  • Cary Hobbs

    Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff – Centene Corporation

  • Catriona Fallon

    Chief Financial Office, Hitachi Vantara

  • Celeste Mergens

    Founder / CEO, Days for Girls International

  • Chioma Agwuegbo

    Founder, TechHerNG

  • Chong Eng

    Penang State Minister, Penang State Government

  • Christine Henaan

    Vice-President, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Christy Tanner

    Executive Vice-President and General Manager of CBS News Digital

  • Clara Guasch

    Co CEO, Cocorointim SL

  • Clare Hutchinson

    Special Representative for Women Peace and Security, NATO

  • Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah

    Deputy Minority WHIP, Parliament of Ghana

  • Courtney Carson

    Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Women Deliver

  • Cristina Ljungberg

    Co-founder, The Case for Her

  • Cristina Torres

    Online marketing manager, Cocorointim SL

  • Dagmar Stefansdottir

    Communication and Community Relation Manager, Alcoa Fjar_a?l

  • Dagur B. Eggertsson

    Mayor of Reykjavík, Government of Iceland

  • Diana Sierra

    CEO, Be Girl Inc

  • Dina Kaplan

    Founder, The Path

  • 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 & Former Managing Editor of USA Today

  • Elaine Lo

    Senior Partner, Jingtian & Gongcheng

  • Elzbieta Lukacijewska

    Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament

  • Erica Ariel Fox

    CEO Advisor & Chief Thought Leader, Mobius Executive Leadership

  • Eva Baumer

    Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Mastercard

  • Eva Marie Carney

    Founder & President,The Kwek Society

  • Eva Polío

    Co CEO, Cocorointim SL

  • Fehmida Mirza

    Federal Minister, National Assembly of Pakistan

  • Femke Bartels

    Global Managing Director and Partner, THNK School of Creative Leadership

  • Georgia Venetsanakos

    VP General Counsel, Hitachi Vantara

  • Georgina Brett

    Chief of Staff, The Reserve

  • Gerda Larsson

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Case For Her

  • Gifty Twum-Ampofo

    Deputy Minister For Education & MP, Parliament of Ghana

  • Gita Gopinath

    Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

    President of Iceland, Government of Iceland

  • Gundbert Scherf

    McKinsey & Company

  • Gwen Young

    Managing Director of the Global Emergency Response Coalition and Distinguished Fellow, The Wilson Center

  • Hanne Elisabeth Rasmussen

    Head of knowledge Center, Fondenes Videnscenter

  • Helén Nilsson

    Director, Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania

  • Henrike Von Platen

    CEO/ Founder, FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH

  • Hiltrud Dorothea Werner

    Member of the Board of Management, Integrity and Legal affairs, Volkswagen AG

  • Iliyana Tsanova

    Deputy Managing Director, European investment bank

  • Irma Erlingsdottir

    Director, Associate Professor, University of Iceland

  • Jackie Hunt

    Member of the Board of Management, Asset Management, US Life Insurance, Allianz SE

  • Janah Ncube

    Global Campaigns Director, Crisis Action, Kenya

  • Jane Geraghty

    Chief Executive Officer, Landor

  • Jennifer Hauseman

    Director, ICRC

  • Jessica Roland

    Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Women Deliver

  • Jody Williams

    Chair , Nobel Women’s Initiative

  • Johnnie Moore

    Founder, The KAIROS Company

  • Julia Gillard

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

  • Julia Simon

    Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Mary Kay Inc.

  • Kalsoom Perven

    Senator, Senate of Pakistan

  • Kara Condon

    Communications Manager, Mastercard

  • Katharina Miller

    President, European Women Lawyers Association

  • Katinka Brose

    Senior Strategy Agent, FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH

  • Katja Nagel

    Managing Director, European Court of Auditors

  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir

    Prime Minister of Iceland, Government of iceland

  • Kinga Bara

    Attaché, Swedish Red Cross

  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi

    President of the Republic of Croatia and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Kristin Olafsdottir

    Film Maker, Klikk Productions

  • Laide Memba

    Sustainability Manager, Cocorointim SL

  • Lana Popovic

    Central & Eastern Europe Bu President, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Latifah M.Daud

    Executive Director, Strategic Human Capital Mgmt, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

  • Laura Liswood

    Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

  • Lima Courtenay

    Partner, Latham & Watkins

  • Lorna Macleod

    Founder and Executive Director, Huru International

  • Louise Pentland

    EVP Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Paypal

  • Mabel Van Oranje

    Chair, Girls Not Brides

  • Maike Roettger

    CEO, Plan International Deutschland e.V.

  • Manira Alva

    Vice President, Political&Civic Engagement, Vital Voices Global Parntership

  • Manuela Kasper-Claridge

    Senior Head of Business-Science-Environment Dept., DW / Deutsche Welle

  • Mara Gabuan

    Founder, Equality League

  • Margareta Wahlstr?m

    President – Chairperson, Swedish Red Cross Society

  • Margret Bjarnadottir

    Assistant Professor and Founder of PayAnalytics, University of Maryland

  • María Ósk Kristmundsdóttir

    Continuous Improvement and Technology Manager, Alcoa Fjarðaál

  • Mariam Jalabi

    Head of knowledge Center, Fondenes Videnscenter

  • Marianne Tellier

    Co founder & Board Chair, WoMena

  • Marni Sommer

    President, Grow & Know, Inc.

  • Maryse Gaudreault

    Vice President, President of the Network of Women Parliamentarians, National Assembly of Quebec

  • Michele Parmelee

    Deloitte Global Chief People and Purpose Officer

  • Michelle Harrison

    Global CEO, Public Division and CEO, WPP Government Practice, Kantar

  • Monica DeNeale

    VP General Counsel, Hitachi Vantara

  • Mukerji Shobhini

    Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Asia

  • Naina Subberwal

    Chairperson & CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Limited

  • Nasreen Fatema Awal

    Founder President, Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh

  • Natalia Malleus

    Member of Estonian Parliament, Estonian Parliament

  • Natalie Deacon

    Director Corporate Affairs, Avon

  • Nicola Reindorp

    Deputy Executive Director, Crisis Action

  • Nina Rawal

    Managing Director, Emerging Health Fund

  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

    Chief Executive, Rozaria Memorial Trust

  • Pamela Thomson-Hall

    Head of CEEMEA, Managing Director – International, Willis Towers Watson

  • Patricia Deyton

    Senior Advisor, Council of Women World Leaders

  • Patricia Milligan

    Senior Partner and Global Leader of When Women Thrive and Multinational Client Group, Mercer

  • Patricia Pelton

    President, World YMCA

  • Patricia Rey

    Head of Strategic Communications, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

  • Patricia Valdivieso

    Member of Parliament – Secretary of Board of Direct, Legislative Assembly of El Salvador

  • Paula Cox

    Premier of Bermuda (2010-2012)

  • Puleng Letsie

    Coordinator, African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management

  • Randall Tucker

    Chief Inclusion Officer, Mastercard

  • Ranjana Kumari

    Executive Director, Centre For Social Research

  • Rebeca Gyumi

    Executive Director, Msichana Initiative Organization

  • Renée Lahti

    SVP, Chief Information Officer – Hitachi Vantara



  • Roopa Dhatt

    Executive Director, Women in Global Health

  • Rose Beaumont

    SVP, Business Enablement and Europe Communications, Mastercard

  • Rosie Campbell

    Director of GIWL, King’s College London

  • Rukhsana Zuberi

    Senator, Senate of Pakistan

  • Sam Mazloum

    Vice President, Public Affairs, Office of Vice Chairman, Mastercard

  • Sarah Adwoa Safo

    Deputy Majority Leader & Minister for Procurement, Parliament of Ghana

  • Sawyer Garrity

    Singer and Student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

  • Shannon Bagley

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Centene Corporation

  • Shannon Thyme Klinger

    Group General Counsel of Novartis, Novartis International AG

  • Sharifa Al-Yahyai

    Former Minister of Social Development, Sultanate of Oman

  • Shelly Batra

    Co-founder and President, Operations ASHA

  • Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari

    Federal Minister for Human Rights, National Assembly of Pakistan

  • Sihame Arbib

    CEO, Victory capital

  • Sonja Birnbaum

    Interim Head of Executive Office, Plan International

  • Steingrímur J. Sigfússon

    Speaker of the Althingi, Parliament of Iceland

  • Stella Samuelsdottir

    Executive Director, UN Iceland

  • Tala Al Jabri

    Investor, SoftBank Vision Fund

  • Taryn Mook

    Group Chief Operating Officer, Bonsey Jaden

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Thelma Musanhu Mafukidze

    Co-Founder, Period Pride Keep our GIRLS in School

  • Theresa Farai Nyava

    Founder and Executive Director, Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe

  • Trine Angeline Sig

    CEO, Real Relief

  • Trinitas Kunashe

    Chief Executive Officer, Tina Pads social enterprise

  • Tula Haatainen

    Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Parliament of Finland

  • Tunji John Asaoku

    Nigerian Representative, African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council

  • Uzra Zeya

    President and CEO, The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)

  • Vanessa Grant

    Global Shapers, Global Shapers Community

  • Victoria Budson

    Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

  • Vivian Onano

    Youth Advisor, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO

  • Viviane Teitelbaum

    Former President of the European Women’s Lobby and Vice President of the Parliament

  • Wendy Anderson

    Co-Founder and Partner, The Case For Her

  • Þórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir

    Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, Ministry of Industries and Innovation of Iceland

2018 Conversationists included
  • Abeba Tesfai

    Director, Women Economic Empowerment & Marketing at Enat Bank

  • Afke Schaart

    VP and Head of Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA

  • Afsaneh Beschloss

    Founder & CEO, RockCreek

  • Alexandra Rogan

    Managing Director, Teneo Intelligence

  • Alina Kessel

    President and CEO, Team P&G at WPP

  • Amy Weaver

    President and member of the executive committee, Salesforce

  • An Capoen

    Member of Belgian House of Representatives and WPL Ambassador

  • Ana Birchall

    Deputy Prime Minister of Romania

  • Ana Maria Costa Freitas

    Rector, University of Évora

  • Andreja Zabret

    Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia

  • Anisha Singh

    Founding Partner, She Capital

  • Anisia Karlo Achieng Olworo

    Member of the National Legislative Assembly of the Republic of South Suda

  • Ann Cairns

    Vice Chairman, Mastercard

  • Anne Tamara-Lorre

    Canadian Ambassador to Iceland

  • Anoosha Shaigan

    Vice President, Courting The Law

  • Antónia Mészáros

    Executive Director, UNICEF Hungary

  • Assita Kanko

    Founder, Polin (the Political Incubator), Special Senior Advisor at WPL

  • Ásta Fjelsted

    CEO Chamber of Commerce, Iceland

  • Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir

    Former President, Parliament of Iceland

  • Ásthildur Margrét Otharsdóttir

    Chairman, Marel

  • Ayesha Raza Farooq

    Member of the Senate of Pakistan

  • Azza Bin Sulaiman

    Member of the Federal National Council of the UAE

  • Bani Dugal

    Principal Representative, Baha´i International Community Office

  • Barbi Jenny Pilvre-Storgard

    Member of Estonian House of Representatives

  • Baria Daye

    Operations Officer, The World Bank

  • Beatrice Fihn

    Executive Director of ICAN

  • Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo

    Member of the Conseil National of Monaco

  • Bidemi Zakariyau

    Founder and CEO, LSF|PR

  • Biljana Borzan

    Member of the European Parliamen

  • Bineta Diop

    Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité and the African Union’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security

  • Borge Brende

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway (2013–2017)

  • Bracha Shapira

    Scientist – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

  • Brie Loskota

    Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California

  • Brunna Bastos de Oliveira

    Lawyer/Public Policy Analyst, Coding is for Girls

  • Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir

    Executive Director, Icelandic Women’s Rights Association

  • C.J. Augustine-Kanu

    Ambassador, Embassy of Granada in Brussels

  • Caren Heller

    Chief Scientific Officer, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

  • Caroline Codsi

    President & Founder, Women in Governance

  • Chantal De Jonge

    President at Women In International Security (WIIS)

  • Charlotte Biering

    Women. Fast Forward Strategy Lead, EY

  • Chioma Agwuegbo

    Founder of TechHer

  • Christina Lang

    Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company

  • Christine Bailey

    Chief Marketing Officer, Valitor

  • Cindy Franssen

    Senator of Belgium

  • Clare Hutchinson

    Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security at NATO

  • Corinne Bertani

    Member of the Conseil National of Monaco

  • Dalia Leinarte

    Chair of the UN CEDAW Committee

  • Dame Jennifer Smith

    Premier of Bermuda (1998-2003)

  • Danfríður Skarphéðinsdóttir

    Head of Division, Iceland Feminist Initiative

  • David Bernadette Gomina-Pampali

    Vice-President of the Forum of Parliamentary Women

  • David Stewart

    President, Royal University for Women

  • Deborah Disanzo

    General Manager for IBM Watson Health

  • Delia Ferreira Rubio

    Chair of Transparency International, Argentina

  • Deroua Amel

    Member of National People’s Assembly of Algeria & WPL Ambassador

  • Desislava Karapchanska

    Head of Strategic Business Development & Innovation, WATT + VOLT

  • Desy Ratnasari

    Member of the House of Representatives of Indonesia

  • Dhurata Hoxha

    Minister of European Integration of Kosovo

  • Dhurata Tyli

    Member of Parliament of Albania

  • Diana Marrero

    Vice President of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy Magazine

  • Diane Wang

    Founder and & CEO, DHGate

  • Dina Kaplan

    Founder of The Path

  • Donatille Mukabalisa

    President of the Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda

  • Donna Leinwand Leger

    Digital Media Leader & Former Managing Director of USA TODAY

  • Dubravka Filipovski

    Member of the National Assembly of Serbia

  • Dubravka Šuica

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Dwie Aroem Hadiatie Alzier

    Member of the House of Representatives of Indonesia

  • Elah Alkalay

    Chair of the board, IWN

  • Eleanor Allen

    CEO of Water for People

  • Elena-Lavinia Craioveanu

    Member of the Senate of Romania

  • Elín Hjálmsdóttir

    VP of Human Resources and Marketing, Eimskip

  • Elisabeth Dension

    Chief Strategy and Talent Officer, Deloitte Germany

  • Ellen A.Attoh

    Member of the House of Representatives of Liberia, WPL Ambassador

  • Elona Hoxha Gjebrea

    Member of Parliament of Albania

  • Emilie Béatrice Epaye

    President of the Forum of Parliamentary Women

  • Emma Codd

    Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte

  • Emon Shakoor

    CEO & Founder of Blossom

  • Esther Mcheka-Chilenje

    First Deputy Speaker of Malawi, WPL Ambassador

  • Eva-Maria Baumer

    Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Mastercard

  • Fabienne Winckel

    Member of the Belgian House of Representatives

  • Faith Matshepo More

    CFO, Public Investment Corporation

  • Felicia Knaul

    First Lady and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

  • Fjola Helgadottir

    Director and Founder, AI-Therapy

  • Florina-Raluca Presada

    Member of the Senate of Romania

  • Frances Seymour

    Distinguished Senior Fellow – World Resources Institute

  • Gemma Mortensen

    Co-founder, More in Common

  • Giovanie Biha

    Deputy Executive Secretary of United Nations ECA for Knowledge Delivery

  • Guðbjörg Guðmundsdóttir

    Innovation Manager, Marel

  • Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland

  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

    President of Iceland

  • Guðrún Jónsdóttir

    Project Manager/Engineer, EFLA consulting engineers

  • Gwen Young

    Director of The Women in Public Service Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

  • Gülsün Saglamer

    President, European Women Rectors Association

  • Hadjira Oumouri

    Member of the Assembly of the Union of Comoros

  • Halee Fischer-Wright

    President and CEO – Medical Group Management Association

  • Halima Dangote

    Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited

  • Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

    Chair of the Executive Board of WPL

  • Hariyatu Ariana Bangura

    Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone

  • Harpa Þorláksdóttir

    Talent Leader, Deloitte

  • Helén Nilsson

    Director, Nordic Council of Ministers

  • Henrike von Platen

    CEO & Founder of FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH

  • Hiba Al-Ali

    CEO & Founder, INNOVATIONS Strategic Management Consulting

  • Hila Levy-Loya

    Salesforce Israel Country Leader, Salesforce

  • Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir

    Founder of Krád Consulting, Entrepreneur & Chair of the Technology Development Fund in Iceland

  • Ibtissame Azzaoui

    Member of the Moroccan Parliament

  • Inbar Chen-Meiri

    International & Governmental Relations Coordinator, The Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women

  • Indra Nooyi

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pepsico

  • Inese Vaidere

    Member of European Parliament from Latvia

  • Inga Beale

    CEO, Lloyd’s

  • Ingibjörg Steinunn Ingjaldsdóttir

    Acting Chairman of the Board, Prentmet

  • Ingrid Pierce

    Global Managing Partners, Walkers

  • Isabel Dos Santos

    Chairperson, Unitel International Holdings BV

  • Isabelle Durant

    Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

  • Iyore Olaye

    Engineer, Innovator, & Philanthropist, IyoreNoelle INC.

  • Jackie Hunt

    Member of Allianz Management Board

  • Jayasree Iyer

    Executive Director at Access to Medicine Foundation

  • Jean Augustine

    President, Centre For Young Women’s Empowerment

  • Jennifer Allen Simons

    President, The Simons Foundation Canada

  • Jennifer Hauseman

    Director of Communication and Information Management, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Jennifer Rademaker

    Executive Vice President of Global Customer Delivery, Mastercard

  • Jewel Taylor

    President of the Senate of Liberia, Member of the WPL Executive Board

  • Jie Xia

    Vice Minister, All-China Women’s Federation

  • Jónína Björk Vilhjálmsdóttir

    Director – Marketing and Communication, EFLA verkfræðistofa

  • José Manuel Barroso

    Non-Executive Chairman, – Goldman Sachs.; President,- EU Commission (2004-2014), Member of the WPL Global Advisory Board

  • Julian Kirchherr

    Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company

  • Juliane Bogner-Strauss

    Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth of Austria

  • Juliane Hilf

    Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Julie Gerberding

    EVP and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc

  • Julie Linn Teigland

    Regional Managing Partner – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, EY

  • Julie Wiah

    Member of the House of Representatives of Liberia

  • June Osborne

    The Bishop of Llandaff, The Church in Wales

  • Kakha Shengelia

    President of International Association of University Presidents

  • Karin Lutz

    Lead Partner Global Strategy & Analysis and Women, EY

  • Kate O’Connell

    Member of the Dáil Éireann

  • Katharina Borchert

    Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla

  • Katherine Forbes-Smith

    President of the Senate of The Bahamas

  • Kathy Hudson

    People-Centered Research Foundation

  • Katinka Brose

    Senior Strategy Agent, FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab

  • Katrín Olga Jóhannesdóttir

    Chairman – Chamber of Commerce, Iceland

  • Kelly Cooper

    Innovation Strategist, EY

  • Kevin Lu

    Chairman of Asia Partners Group

  • Khetrapral Singh

    World Health Office Regional Director, South-East Asia

  • Klodiana Spahiu

    Member of Parliament of Albania

  • Kristin Olafsdottir

    Filmmaker, Klikk Productions

  • Kristin S. Hjálmtýsdóttir

    CEO, Icelandic Red Cross

  • Krutika Katrat

    Co-founder and Chief Acquisition Officer, Impetus Wellness Pvt. Ltd.

  • Kwiri Yang

    Founder/CEO of LifeGyde

  • Laura Miller

    Global CIO, IHG

  • Laura Ross

    Chair, CWP Canada Region

  • Layla Dong

    Founder & CEO, Blockshine Technology Corp.

  • Leena Al Olaimy

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, 3BL Associates.

  • Leena Patel

    Global Platforms Lead, Deloitte

  • Linda Jonsdottir

    CFO, Marel

  • Louise Flanagan

    General Counsel, Legal Department at Investment & Development Office, Government of Ras Al Khaimah

  • Lucila Crexell

    Member of the Senate of Argentina

  • Lydia Ogden

    Associate Vice President, Global Enterprise Policy, MSD

  • Maalfrid Brath

    Managing Director Norway, ManpowerGroup

  • Magnea Hjálmarsdóttir

    Managing Director – Icelandair Hotels

  • Maja Gojkovic

    Speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia

  • Mandy Pooler

    CMO, Kantar

  • Manuela Kasper-Claridge

    Senior Head Business & Science, Deutsche Welle

  • Margo Goodhand

    Author/Director/Speaker, MGO Media

  • Mari Kiviniemi

    Deputy Secretary General OECD, former Prime Minister of Finland

  • Maria Hjorth

    CEO, Mercer Denmark

  • Maria Ivanova

    Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Maria Rotheiser-Scotti

    Austrian Ambassador to Denmark and Iceland

  • Marie Médiatrice Izabiliza

    Member of the Parliament of Rwanda

  • Marisol Casado

    President of the International Triathlon Union and Member of the IOC

  • Marlene Malahoo Forte

    Attorney General of Jamaica & Member of Parliament

  • Mary Fox

    CEO, Marlow

  • Mats Granryd

    Director General, GSMA

  • Megan Goulding

    Lawyer, National Council for Civil Liberties

  • Meghan Stevenson-Krausz

    Programme Director, Spark

  • Michelle Harrison

    Global CEO, Kantar Public/WPP

  • Michelle Milford Morse

    Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy, UN Foundation

  • Michelle Tang

    Project Coordinator, Clients and Markets, Deloitte Central Europe

  • Mireille Clapot

    Member of the National Assembly of France

  • Mireille Tushiminina

    Executive Director, African Development Solution Labs

  • Mònica Bonell Tuset

    Deputy Síndic General

  • Nahla Valji

    Senior Gender Advisor at Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Nancie Fernandez

    Principal, Deloitte

  • Nancy Fernandez

    Managing Director, Deloitte

  • Narantuya Zagdkhuu

    Member of the State Great Hural of Mongolia

  • Nasreen Awal

    Vice Chairperson of the Multimode Group

  • Natalia Korolevska

    Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, Former Minister of Social Polic

  • Natalia Latimer

    Executive Engagement, Salesforce

  • Nayé Bathily

    Head of Global Parliamentary Relations, World Bank Group

  • Nayla Al Khaja

    CEO, Nayla Al Khaja Films LLC

  • Nicola Reindorp

    Deputy Executive Director, Crisis Action, United Kingdom

  • Nikolina Angelkova

    Bulgarian Minister of Tourism

  • Njomëza Zejnullahu

    Political adviser, Ministry of European Integration

  • Norma Kraay

    Managing Partner of Talent, Deloitte

  • Nurhayati Ali Assegaf

    Member of Parliament, Member of the WPL Executive Board & WPL Ambassador for the House of Representatives of Indonesia

  • Patricia Ahanda

    Deputy Mayor, Mairie de Champigny sur Marne

  • Patricia Deyton

    Senior Adviser; Former Ex. Director, Council of Women World Leaders

  • Paul Martindale

    Design Director, Kantar

  • Paula Cox

    Premier of Bermuda (2010-2012)

  • Pearly Chen

    Chief of Staff to the CEO & Chair of HTC

  • Petra Laux

    Head of Public Affairs Policy, Novartis

  • Philippa White

    Senior Area Vice President, Salesforce

  • Poonam Khetrapal Singh

    Regional Director, WHO

  • Rachel Lau

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, RHL Ventures

  • Ragna Árnadóttir

    Deputy CEO, National Power Company of Iceland

  • Rahila Magsi

    Member of the Senate of Pakistan

  • Rahini Rau

    Senior Resident Medical Officer, Kauvery Hospital

  • Rainu Kaushal

    Chair, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine

  • 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

  • Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga

    Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda

  • Rebecca Wata

    President/CEO, FC Floor center Group of Companies

  • Reem Al-Ghanim

    Head of Division, Saudi Aramco

  • Reem Osman

    CEO, Saudi German Hospital Dubai

  • Reem Younes

    Co-Founder of Alpha Omega

  • Rita Singh

    Associate Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Rohini Rau

    Senior Resident Medical Officer, Kauvery Hospital

  • Rosalia Arteaga

    Rosalia Arteaga, President of Ecuador (1997)

  • Rose Beaumont

    Senior Vice President Communications Europe, Mastercar

  • Rozália-Ibolya Biro

    Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania

  • Rustonlyn Dennis

    Member of the House of Representatives of Liberia

  • Ruta Lynikaite

    Senior Marketing Manager, Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA

  • Saadia Zahidi

    Head of Education, Gender and Work, Member of Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum

  • Safak Pavey

    Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, WPL Special Advisor

  • Sahil Tesfu

    Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company

  • Sandra uwiringiyimana

    Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Author & Co-Founder of the Jimbere Fund

  • Sania Nishtar

    Founder and President, Heartfile

  • Sara Pantuliano

    Managing Director – Overseas Development Institute – UK

  • Sarah Adwoa Safo

    Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement

  • Sarika Kulkarni

    Managing Trustee, Raah Foundation

  • Seema Bansal

    Co-Founder, Venus Et Fleur

  • Shannon Graham

    Director, Navigant

  • Shanu S.P. Hinduja

    Chair, Hinduja Bank

  • Shelly Batra

    President & CoFounder, Operation ASHA

  • Shweta Rajpal Kohli

    Director of Government Affairs in India & South Asia, Salesforce

  • Sigríður Dúna Kristmundsdóttir

    Professor, University of Iceland

  • Sigurður Páll Hauksson

    CEO, Deloitte

  • Sihame Arbib

    President, Victory Capital & Advisory

  • Silje Hjemdal

    Member of the Parliament of Norway

  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin

    President of WPL

  • Sister Jayanti Kirpalani

    European Director, Brahma Kumaris

  • Sofia Couto da Rocha

    CEO & President of the Commission of IT in Health, SkinSoul & Portuguese Health Parliament

  • Solveigh Hieronimus

    Partner at McKinsey & Company

  • Sreerupa Chowdhury

    Founder, CEO and Director, Lawfarm & Bribehackers

  • Stefana Miladinovic

    Member of the National Assembly of Serbia

  • Stefanía Guðrún Halldórsdóttir

    Executive Vice President, The National Power Company of Iceland

  • Steingrímur J. Sigfússon

    Speaker of the Althingi (Parliament of Iceland)

  • Stella Samúelsdóttir

    Executive Director, National Committee of UN Women in Iceland

  • Susan Bincoletto

    Canadian Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

  • Susann Keohane

    Global Leader for the Aging Initiative, IBM

  • Susannah Wellford

    President and Founder of Running Start

  • Suzana Lep Šimenko

    Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia

  • Tala Al Jabri

    Board Director, Ento Capital

  • Tanit Koch

    Editor in Chief of Bild (2016-18)

  • Tejal Gandhí

    Chief Clinical and Safety Officer -Institute of Healthcare Improvement, USA

  • Terri Cooper

    Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte

  • Thuso Mbedu


  • Toiu Oana

    Founder and General Manager, Social Innovation Solutions

  • Tuula Haatainen

    Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Finland

  • Ulrika Lindberg

    EVP Service, Marel

  • Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir

    Former Speaker, Parliament of Iceland

  • Urgamal Azat

    Founder, Board Director, Oddariya Foundation

  • Vanessa Grant

    Global Shapers, Global Shapers Community

  • Verena Kantel

    Head Pharma Health Policy International, Bayer AG

  • Veronica Sesay

    Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone

  • Veronika Remišová

    Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

  • Victoria Budson

    Founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University

  • Viðar Þorkelsson

    CEO, Valitor

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

    President of Iceland (1980-1996)

  • Yasmeen Silva

    Senior Field Organizer, Beyond the Bomb

  • Yasmine Mohammed Prest


  • Zainab Bangura

    Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General, Member of the WPL Global Advisory Board

  • Zouera Youssoufou

    CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation

  • Åsa Lindestam

    First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament

  • Åslaug Sem-Jacobsen

    Member of the Parliament of Norway and WPL Ambassador

  • Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir

    Minister of Industry and Innovation of Iceland

  • Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir

    Director, Capacent


The Reykjavík Global Forum takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland, over a three-day-period from 18-20 November 2019. Its primary venue is Harpa, Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Programme details will be updated on a regular basis.

Programme highlights
Monday, November 18th
  • Discover Iceland
  • Badge Collection
  • Leaders Lunches
  • Welcome Reception, Hosted by Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • Celebrating Creativity
Tuesday, November 19th
  • Rise & Prepare to Shine
  • Welcome to the Champion of Equality Between Women and Men!
  • Welcome to the Community of Actions
  • Setting the Scene
  • Power, Together: Men as Champions of Equality
  • LeadersTalks
  • Powering Up
  • Leaders Lunches
  • Generation Equality - UN Women (TBC)
  • Generation Disrupted: Earning Trust, Finding Meaning & Building Skills
  • The Reykjavík Index: Update
  • Conversation: Pictures of Power
  • Energy Boosting Break
  • The Power of Turning Grief Into Action
  • Is Digital a Yellow Click Road to a New Business OZ?
  • The Power of Hope
  • Leadership: Staying Positive Through Thick and Thin
  • Community of Actions Reception
  • Social Media Training
  • National Delegation Statements
  • Power, Together. Partnerships
Wednesday, November 20th
  • Rise & Prepare to Shine
  • Power, Together. Progress for Women
  • The Power of Overcoming Fear
  • Power, Together: Community of Actions
  • Invest Smarter, Live Healthier
  • Fireside Chat
  • LeadersTalks
  • Reykjavik Summit at Höfði House
  • Powering Up
  • Leaders Lunches
  • Power, Together: Community of Actions
  • The Power of Self-Love
  • Elections & Social Media
  • Social Media Training
  • The Power of Having a Mission
  • Moving Mountains, Cleaning Oceans
  • Power, Together: A Message From the Ocean-Side California (TBC)
  • Energy Boosting Break
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Closing Remarks
  • The Power Experience


LeadersTalks are impactful sessions hosted by a partner focusing on forward-looking discussions.

LeadersTalks are the place where every Conversationist has the opportunity to contribute with personal ideas and experience. With the participation of a group of 20-40 Conversationists, they run for 60 to 90 minutes and happen simultaneously each day during the Reykjavík Global Forum

The Forum has just started gathering proposals. Are you interested in submitting an idea and hold a LeadersTalk at the Reykjavík Global Forum 2019?

Here are some guidelines:

  • Proposals for LeadersTalks will be accepted from May 1st until September the 1st, 2019.
  • Applications to hold a LeadersTalks will be considered from governments, not for profit organisations, universities, think tanks and WLGF corporate partners.
  • Individuals may not submit proposals without institutional affiliation/support.
  • Proposals must indicate the session topic’s relevance to the Women Leaders
  • Diversity among speaker backgrounds and perspectives, affiliations and nationality are greatly encouraged.

Send your proposals to:

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