The 2018/2019 executive committee of Kiwanis International – European Federation (KI-EF) consists of:
Óskar Guðjónsson (President)
Óskar is a 10-year member of the Kopavogur-Eldey club and has been a Kiwanian for more than 20 years. He served two consecutive terms as governor and was distinguished in 2010-11. He has been a district secretary and an SLP district advisor. He also served on the KI-EF board from 2009– 2011 and is a past member of Builders Club and Kiwanis Growth committees. He is a George F. Hixson Fellow recipient and also a charter Walter Zeller Fellow.
Outside of Kiwanis, Óskar is an information scientist and has served on the boards of SBU Professional Library Specialist Union and the Library Scientist Professional Association. Oskar and his wife, Konný, have two children and one grandson.
Chris lives in Oostkamp, in Belgium and is a Kiwanian since 1991 in KC Damme Uilenspiegel. His career within Kiwanis is marked with some key functions and distinctions. For his own club, he served as treasurer and database manager for many years. At district level, Chris has been responsible for the database and the shop. He also was part of the Marketing and Host committees and served as Lieutenant-Governor and Governor of the Belgium-Luxembourg district. At European level, Chris held the positions of Chair of Operations and Host Committee member. Chris was honored as George Hixson Fellow. Chris’ hobbies are walking, oenology and, of course, Kiwanis. Next to his dedication for Kiwanis, he was active as computer scientist, running his own business.
Piero was born in Messina (Italy) and is Kiwanian since 1985 in Kiwanis Club Bergamo Orobico. In his long Kiwanis carreer he served in his club as president, was Lt. Governor, Chairman Study Committee Foundation, District Kiar, Chairman Kiwanis International Foundation, Member on KI-EF Committee Branding & Marketing, International trustee KI board, Member on KI committee Resolution and Bylaws, Counselor of Kiwanis International Districts of Austria, France- Monaco, Georgia, Italy-San Marino, Malaysia, Montana, New Jersey, Southwest and Vice president 2015-2016. Piero was honored as George Hixon Fellow level 3, Kiwanis Ambassador, Charter Zeller Fellow, Georgia Outstanding Leader, Legion of Honor. Piero’s hobbies are reading, swimming, sailing. Outside Kiwanis he is a lawyer.
Jon-Fadri Huder (Vice President)
Jon Fadri lives in Samedan, a town located in the Swiss canton of Grisons. Kiwanian of the Club St. Moritz/Oberengadin, he held several functions at club, division and district levels. He also served as the 7th Member of the Executive Committee of KI-EF.
His experience as Governor of the largest district in Europe has taught him that much can be achieved when there is passion, motivation and positive attitude – a predisposition that strongly contributes to serving the children!
Outside Kiwanis, Jon Fadri is Mayor of Samedan and enjoys skiing and playing golf.
Francesco Valenti (Secretary)
Francesco lives in Lentini a small but very old town (ancient greek colony founded in the VIII century b. C.) in south east of Sicily. He joined Kiwanis in 1993 and since that day he has been involved in many club activities and as part of the board. He sponsored one new club and a Builders club. He served Kiwanis as club secretary many times, president (distinguished), Ltg (distinguished) and district chair for the KI foundation, and Training & Education. He has been KI-EF chair for BCM, KI-EF trainer and Chair of the same committee. As trainer he has been invited many time to lead workshop during the KI conventions. For his service to Kiwanis he was honored with Hixson Fellow 5, Kiwanis Ambassador, Charter Walter Zeller, Diamond Walter Zeller 2, Key Ruby. Now he is vice president of KC Catania Mediterraneum.
Married with Marina he has two daughters, and two cats. His hobby are sailing, fishing, swimming, listen to good music and reading. Outside Kiwanis Francesco is an archaeologist and professor of Italian art at Università di Catania “Sicilia Studium Generale 1434″
Jan de Jonge (1951) is member of Kiwanis Club Bergen op Zoom the Netherlands since 1992. Within the Kiwanis organisation he has been club president (2x); club treasurer (2x) and treasurer of the District Netherlands (4 years) and at this very moment he is still treasurer of the Kiwanis Dutch Foundation. He is married with Lily and they have three children and six grand children. His profession is chartered accountant and business valuator. In 1981 he was one of the founders of ESJ (Ebben.Slaats.de Jonge) Accountants and tax consultants. His hobbies are golf, gardening and billards. He joined Kiwanis to contribute his knowledge and experience for the benefit of the objectives of Kiwanis and his vision for Kiwanis Europe is that only value (for all the stakeholders) will win so we have to work on that.
Tony Schläppi (representing the Governors)
Tony lives in Liestal close to Basel (Switzerland) and is Kiwanian since 1997 in Kiwanis Club Birstal, Division 11, District K41 Switzerland-Liechtenstein.
In his Kiwanis career he served in his club as president (2005/06), was Lt. Governor of Division 11 (2014/15), Trustee of the District Foundation (2017/18) and is now Governor of District Switzerland-Liechtenstein, the largest District of KI-EF with 23 divisions, 206 Clubs and over 7’300 members.
Tony’s hobbies are Kiwanis, travelling, long distance hiking, sailing. He is also a hiking guide and was a balloon pilot. Professionally Tony is a druggist/chemist, he was 35 years independent entrepreneur and owner of a drugstore and now head of instruction trainer for over 60 drugstores.