Batala Smile Lions Club
Gudrun Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as international president of
Lions Clubs International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA, June 29 through July 3, 2018. As of July 9, 2019, she will serve as Chairperson
for the foundation through June 30, 2020.
Past President Yngvadottir is a biomedical scientist and has worked in research, education and
management. Since 1990 she has worked at the University of Iceland as Vice Director at the
Institute of Continuing Education.
A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, Past President Yngvadottir has held
many offices within the association, including district governor council chairperson. She has
dedicated her service to children and youth; membership and leadership development; health and
environmental projects and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).
Past President Yngvadottir served as international director 2010-2012 on the Leadership
Committee, as chairperson the second year; 2011-2013 on the Women’s Task Force; 2012-2013
she was a board appointee on the District and Club Service Committee; and 2013-2014 on LCIF
Governance Ad Hoc Committee.
In recognition of her service, she has received numerous awards including International
President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest Lions Clubs
International award. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to her Lions activities, Past President Yngvadottir is active in numerous professional
and community organizations, including the Icelandic Association of Biomedical Scientists and
has been its representative for cooperation between Scandinavian and European scientists.
Past President Yngvadottir and her husband, Dr. Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson, a past international
director and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and six