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13-18 September 2022

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Welcome to the 2022 Iceland Rotary Action Summit: Lighting our Way to a Brighter Future.  This year we wanted to do things differently and this starts with the event title, reflecting a move from the traditional Institute.  

Where better than Iceland – a country that is spectacular and really like no other.  Many of us have had Iceland on our bucket lists and now is the opportunity to go, and at the same time what better than the inspiration of the Northern Lights to „Imagine Rotary“.  We hope that you will be able to enjoy this incredible country before or after the Action Summit 

You may know this event as an Institute and technically it is, but we have an emphasis on fun and action. 

We will be joined by the President of Iceland, President and Vice President of Rotary plus most importantly.. yourselves.

Before the Action Summit weekend we will be holding the Leadership Development Summit for the District Governors Elect and Governors Nominee, so this September Iceland really is the place to be.

We will be offering the Power of Rotary Seminar as an inclusive option as well as standalone for those that only wish to attend it.  We have even built in time for you to go for the traditional early morning swim in the local geothermal swimming pool Laugardalslaug, where you can meet the locals and have a chat in the warm hot tub.

You are so welcome and we are really looking forward to seeing you all in Reykjavík, Iceland in September!

The Iceland Rotary Action Summit Team

Nicki Scott

Director Zone 19/20 and Rotary Vice President 2022-23

Born in the UK, Nicki joined Rotary in 2000 while living in the US and was Governor in the birthplace District of Chicago in 2014-15. She has served Rotary in numerous roles including Rotary Coordinator, Strategic Planning Committee, Training Leader and IA Seminar Leader. Transferring back to the UK in 2018, she is now a member of North Cotswolds Rotary and was elected as Director and Leader of Rotary GBI for 2021-23. Nicki has enjoyed a career in corporate finance, strategy, change management and executive coaching. She currently works as Business Development Partner for The Trusted Executive Foundation. In her spare time she loves walking, theatre and painting.

Lena Mjerskaug

Director Zone 17/18

Director Zone 17/18 Lena Mjerskaug. Lena is from Norway and is Director of Zones 17 & 18 for 2022-24. Born in 1969. Member of Enebakk Rotary Club since 1997. District Governor, D-2260, 2010-11. Has served Rotary in many roles - Club, District, Regional and RI. She had a short spell in the Royal Norwegian Air Force, trying to become the first female fighter pilot. She holds degrees in economics and teaching and works as a civilian at Defense Staff Norway as well as having a farm. In addition to her work, farm and Rotary, she has diverse interests; different sports, reading, politics and travelling - aiming to experience the history and culture of the places she visits.

Soffía Gísladóttir

IPDG RI-1360 Iceland - Co Chair

Soffía is a member of the Rotary Club of Akureyri, Iceland, D-1360. She is the District’s Paul Harris Society Coordinator and will become an Assistant Coordinator for Zone 18 in 2022-2025. Soffía has a MA in Educational Science and her profession is in Labour Market activities, as the Regional Director of the Directorate of Labour in North-east and East Iceland. Soffía lives with her husband, the Rotarian Guðmundur Baldvin in a farm in the North of Iceland where they have a forest of 80.000 trees.

Mike Thorn

Assistant Governor - Co Chair

Miks a member of Cheam and Sutton Rotary in SW London, joining in 1996 and a former Rotaractor. Currently an Assistant Governor, he was District Governor of D1140 in 2012-13. He has held many positions in Rotary at Club, District, Rotary GBI and RI. He is a programme manager spending most time as an airline professional and engineer. Outside of Rotary he is a massive sports and music fan and regular supporter of Crystal Palace FC. Mike is married to Becky, also a former Rotaractor.

Knútur Óskarsson

Finance Lead

Knútur is Past District Governor of Iceland 2017 -2018. He is a travel industry professional, a Cand Eocon from University of Iceland and Project Management Professional (IPMA). He is a member of Rotary Club of Mosfellsbær, twice a Club President and has held many positions in Rotary at Club and at District level. He was an enthusiastic marathon runner, a founder of the Reykjavik Marathon and has done many international races. Together with his wife, Gudny, he owns and operates Endurhaefing Rehabilitation – Centre of Excellence. Knútur is Honorary Consul for Nepal in Iceland.



Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

President of Iceland

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was born in Reykjavík on 26 June 1968. He studied history and political science at Warwick University in England and finished his B.A. degree in 1991. He studied German at Bonn University in Germany in 1991-1992 and Russian at the University of Iceland in 1993-1994. Guðni graduated with a master ‘s degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1997. He studied at Oxford University in England and graduated with an M.Sc. degree in history in 1999. In 2003 he completed his Ph.D. in history from Queen Mary, University of London. Before taking office as president in 2016, Guðni was Professor of history at the University of Iceland. He has taught at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University, Bifröst University, and the University of London. For a few years he also worked part-time for the Icelandic State Broadcasting Company as a reporter. Guðni is married to Eliza Jean Reid, whom he met while they were both studying at Oxford University. Eliza is from Canada and studied modern history at Oxford University and international relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto. They have five children. Guðni has written numerous books on modern Icelandic history, including works about the Cod Wars, the Icelandic presidency, and a book about the 2008 banking collapse. He has also written dozens of scholarly articles. He has received a variety of recognitions for his works, and in 2017 he was awarded an honorary degree by Queen Mary University.

Jennifer E. Jones

RI President

Jennifer Jones will make history on 1 July by becoming Rotary’s first female president. She wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world with her theme “Imagine Rotary”. She urges people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality. Jennifer is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada. She has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served in many roles including as Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, RI Vice President, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign, raising funds alongside Bill and Melinda Gates and their Foundation. She is the Founder and President of Media Street Productions Inc., a twenty-five-year old, award-winning media company in Windsor, Ontario. Jennifer is married to Rotarian Nick Krayacich, a local family physician. They have a dog, Gracie. Jennifer and Nick share a love for many things including travel, cycling, golf and relaxing at their family cottage; and they share a thirst for adventure, which has included cresting the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. (If you wonder: No, Jennifer is neither «the American actress, Jennifer Jones» (who btw passed away in 2009), nor «the Canadian 2 time World Women’s Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist (2014) in curling, Jennifer Jones»..!)

Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, Asia Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

Former UN Ambassador Amanda Ellis currently serves as Executive Director, Asia-Pacific for the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation and Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. She is co-chair of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary General, the President of the World Bank and the Council of Women World Leaders in 2018 to promote inclusive entrepreneurship.Ms. Ellis is the author of two best-selling Random House books, Women’s Business, Women’s Wealth and Woman 2 Woman, lead author of five research titles in the World Bank Directions in Development series on gender and growth in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and the Pacific and co-author of the 2020 Gender Equality and Governance Index. A founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, Ms. Ellis is the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment, the East-West Center Distinguished Alumni Award, the Columba College Distinguished Alumna Award and NZ Business Hall of Fame.

Holger Knaack

Rotary Foundation Trustee

Holger Knaack holds a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences Kiel. Since 1995, Holger has been CEO of the real estate company Knaack KG. Previously, he was a partner and General Manager of Knaack Bakery Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business. Holger is Chairman and founder of the Karl-Adam-Stiftung (Karl Adam Foundation). For six years, he also served as Chairman of Rotary Youth Exchange Germany. A Rotarian since 1991, Holger is a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln. He was RI Director and RI Treasurer as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board. In addition, Holger has served as Council on Legislation Representative, Zone Coordinator, GETS Trainer and RI Training Leader. He has been a member and Chair of numerous RI committees. He was Moderator of the 2019 Rotary International Assembly, Endowment/Major Gift Adviser and Co-Chair of the 2019 Hamburg Convention HOC. Holger is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation, a member of the Paul-Harris Society and the Bequest Society. Married to Susanne for 43 years, the couple has hosted more than 40 Rotary Youth Exchange students. In his leisure time, Holger enjoys sailing and playing golf.

Dr. Siddhartha Sankar Datta

Regional Advisor, Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programme, WHO/Europe

Dr Siddhartha Datta is a medical professional with a public health background, currently serving as the Regional Advisor of the Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programme at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. He is committed to strategizing public health policies with a pragmatic and operational outlook to drive real change in the lives of those who need it most. Leading a large team at the WHO Regional Office, in the past year he has supported countries throughout the European Region in the unprecedented task of preparing for and rolling out new life-saving vaccines to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ian Henry Stuart Riseley

Rotary Foundation Trustee

Ian Henry Stuart Riseley was born in a suburb of Melbourne in 1947, the second of five children in a working class family. After completing secondary school with marks that were insufficient to obtain a scholarship to university, he joined a firm of Chartered Accountants and studied part time to qualify. He later continued part time study and obtained Graduate Diplomas in Accounting and Income Tax as well as a Master’s Degree in Income Tax Law. He was a self-confessed academic late bloomer. After working in professional accounting, management consulting and industry, Ian launched his own accounting firm in 1976 with the creative name of Ian Riseley & Co. That firm continues to this day with his brother as manager. Ian was a proud Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham in 1978 and the third President of that club. He led a Group Study Exchange team to District 7930, Massachusetts, in 1997 and then became Governor of District 9810 in 1999/2000. He was elected as a Director of Rotary International for 2006/08 and was Treasurer in 2007/08. He then served as Chair of the RI Finance committee from 2009/11 before being elected as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2011/15. Ian was Co-Chair of the committee that organized the 2016 Rotary International convention in Seoul. Ian served as President of Rotary International in 2017/18 and gave the theme of “Rotary; Making a Difference.” He then again served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2019/23. While President, he authorised six Presidential conferences with an emphasis on peace, an important issue for Ian and his wife Juliet, who was Governor of District 9810 in 2011/12. He is proud of his encouragement of Rotary’s work on protecting the environment, and also of his promotion of women for participation and leadership roles within Rotary. Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2006.

Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge

WHO Regional Director for Europe

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge began his term as WHO Regional Director for Europe on 1 February 2020. He has 25 years of experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world. Having qualified in medicine, surgery and obstetrics from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1994, he began his career as a family doctor in Belgium. On assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgium from 1995, his international experience focused on tuberculosis (TB) control various countries. Dr Kluge joined WHO in 1999, as TB and TB-HIV Project Manager at the WHO Country Office in the Russian Federation. In 2009, Dr Kluge moved to the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and the following year was appointed Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, and Special Representative of the Regional Director to Combat Multi/Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

Who should attend

  • All interested Rotarians
  • Partners
  • Rotaractors
  • Emerging Leaders
  • District Leads
  • Regional Leaders and teams
  • Leadership Development teams
  • And District Governors - past, present and future

Outline Programme

Program webpage: Action Summit Program


Tuesday 13 September

  • Arrival for Leadership Development Summit
  • Welcome reception

Wednesday 14 September

  • Leadership Development Summit Day 1 (GETS, GNTS, Partners)
  • Summit Dinner

Thursday 15 September

  • Leadership Development Summit Day 2 (GETS, GNTS)
  • Partner programme to be confirmed
  • Opening Session “The Power of Rotary” Seminar & DG Forum
  • Self dining in various restaurants
  • Optional group dinners hosted by local Rotarians – details to follow

Friday 16 September

  • “The Power of Rotary” Seminar – DG Forum Part 2
  • Action Summit Opening – Additional option
  • Foundation Major Donor Lunch – details to follow

Saturday 17 September

  • Action Summit
  • Area of Focus Excursion hosted by local Rotary Clubs and dining
  • Emerging Leaders Breakout

Sunday 18 September

  • Action Summit Final Session
  • Optional additional South Iceland Tour
  • Polio Plus Golf Tournament

Action Summit – Seven Areas of Focus

The Action Summit is part of the Summit Agenda and included in the price. You should choose your 3 most favourite Areas of Action and you will be having a wonderful experience connected to one of the Causes. Buses will pick you up at the Summit Venue and you will be hosted by Rotary Clubs in the Great Capital Area during the day in an Agenda built on one of our Causes. The Program will finish with a Rotary Club meeting, including dinner, and Buses will bring you back to the Summit Venue in the evening. Here is a list of the Seven Areas of Focus and the Clubs responsible:

    1. Promoting Peace hosted by the Rotary Club Reykjavík-Breiðholt
    2. Fighting Disease hosted by the Rotary Club of Reykjavík
    3. Providing Clean Water hosted by the Rotary Club of Keflavík
    4. Saving Mothers and Children hosted by the Rotary Club of Akranes
    5. Supporting Education hosted by the Rotary Club of Borgir, Kópavogur
    6. Growing Local Economies hosted by the Rotary Club of Garðar, Garðabær
    7. Protecting the Environment hosted by the Rotary Club of Selfoss and Rotary Club of Rangæingar


Registration offers you a range of choices

Leadership Development Summit

Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th September For All DGEs, DGNs and Partners

This includes:

  • Welcome reception on Tuesday 13th
  • Daytime refreshments and lunches 
  • Dinner on Wednesday 14th

Power of Rotary Seminar 

Thursday 15th 16:00 to Friday 16th 13:00

For All Rotarians and Partners

This includes:

  • Combined Membership, Foundation and Public Image sessions
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Plus snacks and drinks during the day throughout the event

DG Forum

The 2022-23 District Governors have been unable to meet as a full group.  We are building a programme that will include sections of the Power of Rotary and DG only sessions with Jennifer Jones plus Nicki and Lena to support them and create international debate.

Thursday 15th  16:00 to Friday 16th  13:00

This includes:

  • DG Forum with selected Power of Rotary Session(s)
  • Lunch on Friday
  • plus snacks and drinks throughout the day

Action Summit including Power of Rotary Seminar (Combo Deal)

Thursday 15th 16:00 to Sunday 18th 12:00 For all Rotarians and Partners

This includes:

  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Saturday afternoon and dinner as a part of your Area of Focus Excursions out and about*
  • Plus snacks and drinks during the day throughout the event

*The Rotary Emerging leader and Rotaract discounted option will not include this event/dinner.

Action Summit

From Friday 16th afternoon to Sunday 18th morning This includes:

  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Saturday afternoon and dinner as a part of your Area of Focus Excursions out and about*
  • Plus snacks and drinks during the day throughout the event

*The Rotary Emerging leader and Rotaract discounted option will not include this event/dinner.

Discounts for early bird registrations up to 15 May 2022

Additional Events

Thursday 15th

  • Optional group dinners hosted by local Rotarians – details to follow

Friday 16th

  • Major Donor Foundation Lunch – details to follow
  • Summit Dinner and Northern Lights Party Night
    • Drinks reception
    • Dinner including wine
    • Entertainment and party time
Regular ISK
Training DGE/DGN (&Trainers) 73.000
Training Partners 44.000
Power of Rotary only16,500
Action Summit including Power of Rotary 50.000
Action Summit including DG Forum 50.000
Action Summit Only40.000
Action Summit (Emerging Leaders and Rotaractors)34.000
Polio Plus Golf Tournament7.900
Summit Dinner/Party Night15.000

Before 15 July refunds can be requested with an admin fee of  5,000 ISK  and thereafter will only be considered on a case by case basis.

In registration process you will need to select the AREA OF FOCUS  –   REGISTRATION

Travel and Flights


Special deals have been agreed with Icelandair by using the code RSUMMIT on Icelandair.com

Rent a Car

Bílaleiga Akureyrar/Europcar is on of our sponsors. They offer 10% discount on rental cars with the code „ROTARY2022“ on their website. – Discounts are available from 5th to 26th September.

Sightseeing Tours and Airport Transfers

Reykjvik Excursion offers 10% discount on all RE-SRE and BL-transfer tours and on Flybus with the code „ROTARYSUMMIT“ on RE.is. Not valid on pickup/dropoff to and from hotel. – Discounts are available from 6th to 25th September.

Venue - Hotel

Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

The Venue for the Summit is the Hilton Nordica Reykjavik. The Hotel offers superb conference and training facilities with the benefit of having the accommodation on site. Special rates have been negotiated for the Summit period (and beyond!!!) for those who wish to take advantage of them.

Located in Reykjavik’s business district, this Hilton hotel offers a 5-star gourmet restaurant, popular breakfast buffet and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Hilton Reykjavik Nordica’s bright rooms feature wooden floors, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. Many offer views of the Akrafjall and Esja Mountains or Faxaflói Bay. The in-house Vox Restaurant specialises in Icelandic and Scandinavian cuisine.

All guests enjoy free gym access. Other spa facilities accessible for a fee includes 2 spa baths, an outdoor hot tub, a relaxation pool, 2 aroma steam rooms and a sauna. Exercise and yoga classes can be booked on site.


We kindly inform that our Summit Hotel is now fully booked.

However you might be able to find rooms there due to cancellation, but the normal rates will be charged.

We have managed to find another accommodation opportunities on other hotels:

Hilton Canopy: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre


Hilton Konsulat: Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton


Rates will be – Best available rate


Fosshotels offers 10% discount of Best available rates or following hotels:

It is our pleasure to offer you 10% discount from our Best Available Rate, bed and breakfast at Fosshotel Reykjavik**** and Fosshotel Baron***. for the event.

Please put this code in ROTARY22 https://www.islandshotel.is/agent

Same code for both hotels will work for the discount rates.

Be an Icelander – Your Bucket List

Polio Plus Golf Tournament

Polio Plus Golf Tournament, Sunday 18th September at 14:00

Registration now open – Cost 7.900 ISK

Golf course Oddur https://www.oddur.is/en/


FlyOver Iceland utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while our film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience.


Photos from Icland by Rotarians

@ Rotary distirct 1360 – Iceland

Hönnunarhúsið ehf.,
Guðni Gíslason with assistance of Guðmundur Þ. Egilsson

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