Kiwanis International European Federation

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Executive Committee

The  2017/2018 executive committee of Kiwanis International – European Federation (KI-EF) consists of:


Piero Grasso (President)

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.




Óskar Guðjónsson (President Elect)

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.


Christiaan Decorte (Vice-President)

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, on top of the database, the shop. He also was part of the Marketing and Host committees and served as Lieutenant-Governor and Governor of the Beligum-Luxembourg district. At European level, Chris held the positions of Chair of Operations and Host Committee member. Chris was honoured as George Hixon 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.




Sjoerd Timmermans (Immediate Past President)

Sjoerd lives in Voorburg (Netherlands) and is Kiwanian since 1991. For his outstnadning servic to Kiwanis he was honored as Life member Kiwanis International and Diamond Walter Zeller Fellow. He served as club president in The Hague, Lt. Governor, Governor, Chair PR Committee, Chair Kiwanis University, Chair Kiwanis Netherlands Foundation, District Coordinator Eliminate / Chair Stop Tetanus, Chair Host Committee KI-EF Convention, International Trustee, Chair Governance Committee, Chair KI Committee on Trustees, Member on Kiwanis International  Board committees Audit and Finance, Executive,  Governance and Membership, Counselor of Kiwanis International Districts of Georgia, New England, Kentucky-Tennessee, Illiniois-Eastern Iowa, Indiana, Australia, Japan, Belgium-Luxemburg, Poland, The Netherlands & France and in the laast year as President elevt of KI-EF.

Sjoerd’s hobbies are Kiwanis, travelling, reading and sailing.




ioFrancesco 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 days 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 Hixon 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 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 (Treasurer)

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 treausurer (2x) and treasurer of the District Netherlands (4 years) and at this very moment he is still trasurer 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 ( 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.




Burkhard Kemmann (7 th member representing his collegues Governors)

Burkhard was born in Holzminden ( North of Germany ) and is Kiwanien since 1985 in Grünstadt-Leiningerland.

He was involved in many club activities as Charity-member, as member for cultur-activities, as member for growing, as Vice-Präsident, as President two times, as Kt. Governor, as Governor elect and now he is Governor of Germany 2017/18. He developed together with other members many projects till our biggest German-Project for schoolbags. 

His hobbies are Kiwanis and to make music. He plays piano in a 4-men band. He likes to play Blues and Jazz and had accompanied a lot of ceremonies and parties for Kiwanis-charities. Further on he likes to run in the nature (he loves marathon) and worked as a consultant for organisation-development and personal-development. Since more than 30 years he is a coach for leaders in the industry. The theme “soft skills” is his lecture-content as a professor at a German high school.

He is married since more than 40 years, has a daughter and a son and in the meantime four grandchildren.


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