Thordis Elva (b. 1980) is a writer, journalist, public speaker and known as Woman of the Year 2015 in Iceland. Her book about gender-based violence, Á mannamáli (The Plain Truth) was one of the most awarded Icelandic books of 2009, earning her a nomination to the Icelandic Literature Prize. In 2011 she founded an equality campaign that sparked a national debate, earning her a nomination to the Society Awards. In 2012, she was commissioned to reinvent the approach to violence prevention and sex education in Icelandic schools. The resulting short films Get Consent! (Fáðu já!) and Stand Up For Yourself (Stattu með þér!), have won local and international awards. Thordis Elva was elected Chairman of the Board of the Icelandic Women’s Shelter 2012–2014 and has served on government committees working with the issue of violence.
Thomas Stranger (b. 1977) is based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked in both the Youth and Outdoor Recreation Sector since completing his Bachelor of Social Science in 2002. He also holds Certificate III and IV in Youth Work and is cur- rently in the latter stages of a Masters of Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Tom will donate a portion of any proceeds from South of Forgiveness to charity.