Join us for panel discussions on the Future of the Icelandic Language with a keynote presentation from the President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, at Scandinavia House. The Conference Chair is Jon Sigurdsson, Chairman, Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO of Össur. Panels include “The Icelandic Language and Technology” and “The Status and Future of Icelandic Literature.”


In celebration of the centenary of Iceland’s independence and sovereignty, Scandinavia House and the Consulate of Iceland in New York bring you an Icelandic movie of the month through 2018.

For more about the centenary, please visit the website.

Schedule & Panelists

Thursday, May 10th

8:15-9 AM    Light Breakfast and Networking

9-9:10 AM    Welcome

9:10-9:40 AM    Keynote Presentation Followed by Q&A, The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

9:40-10:20 AM   The Icelandic Language and Technology

Moderator: Jennifer Sertl, President, Agility3R

Richard Sproat,
Senior Staff Research Scientist, Google, Inc

Hal Daumé III, Principle Researcher and Associate Professor, Microsoft Research and University of Maryland

Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, Professor of Icelandic Language, Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland

Anna Björk Nikulásdóttir, Researcher at the Language and Voice Lab, Reykjavik University

Pamela Pecs Cytron, CEO, Pendo Systems, Inc.

10:20-10:40 AM    Networking Break

10:40-11:20 AM    The Status and Future of Icelandic Literature


Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University


Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland

Adam Gopnik, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Chad W. Post, Contributing Writer, Publishers Weekly, Publisher/Editor, Open Letter, University of Rochester

Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, writer

11:20-11:30    Closing

Stefanía Guðrún Halldórsdóttir, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Landsvirkjun, Chairman, Almannarómur

About The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce

The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a membership organization founded in New York in 1986. The chamber promotes the development of business and trade between the United States and Iceland through membership networking events, business conferences and other occasions in which leaders of the business and government participate.

IACC´s day-to-day operations are managed by the Iceland trade office at the Consulate General of Iceland in New York.



Image by Keilir/Visit Iceland

THU—May 10—8:15 to 11:30 AM, free