It is with great pleasure and delight that I would like to announce the first speaker at Startup Iceland 2022. His Excellency Gudni Th. Johannesson, the President of Iceland will open the conference and welcome the audience. I have had the pleasure of meeting the President on a number of occasions and I am fortunate to live in a country where the President understands the role of Presidents and the history of the Presidency. He is humble, dignified, funny, extremely well read and articulate, understands the complexities of being the head of state and is a historian. It seems ages ago but it was in 2019 when we had the President of India visiting Iceland and I was honored to be asked to host the Business Delegation event during that visit. Before the visit, the President of Iceland invited me to understand the cultural significance of India and also to learn more about India from the quintessential insider-outsider who is an Indian at heart and an Icelander by choice. It was a wonderful conversation and I learnt that the President knew quite a bit about India and its cultural heritage (who am I kidding, The President is a Historian).
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