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Eliza Reid is a bestselling author who also served as First Lady of Iceland from 2016 to July, 2024. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Eliza relocated to Iceland in 2003. As the Co-Founder of the esteemed Iceland Writers Retreat, she has advocated for Icelandic writers and literary heritage, notably through her acclaimed debut book, Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They are Changing the World. Her second book, a mystery novel called Death of a Diplomat, will be published in May 2025.


Eliza's multifaceted career spans editorial roles at Icelandair’s in-flight magazine and Iceland Review, alongside frequent commentary on Icelandic affairs for foreign media. She is a sought-after keynote speaker on the international stage. In 2017, Eliza was named a UN Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals. As first lady, she also served as patron of numerous organizations. Passionate about inclusion, belonging, and equality, she has wielded her influence through poignant op-eds and a compelling TEDx talk. Eliza Reid and her husband have four children together.

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