Global Child Forum Foundation Board of Directors

The Global Child Forum Board of Directors governs our work. The Board shapes the organisation’s direction through its mission, strategy, budget, and key policies and ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances in place match Global Child Forum’s vision.

The Honorary Chairman is H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Global Child Forum Foundation Board

Åke Stråberg

As of 1 January 2017, Åke Stråberg is the Executive Chair of Global Child Forum. Åke has an extensive industrial background and international experience from Sweco, AB Volvo, the Electrolux Group and from Private Equity owned companies in Sweden and abroad. He served as Senior Vice President at Husqvarna AB and has been Chairman and CEO for companies abroad and in Sweden during the last 20 years. Åke holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology.

Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke

Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke is Mistress of the Robes at the Swedish Royal Court. She sits on several boards working with children’s rights, such as World Childhood Foundation and Care About the Children. Previously, Kirstine was the First Lady of the Court, managing H.M. Queen Silvia’s Office.

Paula Guillet de Monthoux

Paula Guillet de Monthoux is the Secretary General of World Childhood Foundation, a sister organisation to the Global Child Forum. Previously, she was the Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Denmark.

Hanna Roberts

Hanna Roberts is CEO for GES International and leads the work of the GES Management Team. Previously, she was Engagement Director at GES for seven years and before that she worked at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. In addition, Hanna has been active in Amnesty International for more than 20 years – serving as chairperson of both the Swedish chapter and Amnesty International Worldwide. Hanna holds a Master of Science in Biology as well as Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University.

Rolf Abdon

Rolf Abdon is the Founder and Chairman of Abdon Mills AB and Grain Millers, Inc. Rolf holds a B.Sc. in Law and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Ulf Karlberg

Ulf Karlberg is Chairman of the Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board (PAB). He was, until recently,  Chair of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. He is also the founding Chair of Amnesty International Business Group, Sweden. As EVP at Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, he was responsible for global operations in Latin America, Canada, Japan, China, East and Southeast Asia. Previously he was CEO at PA Consulting Group, Western Europe.


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Partner Advisory Board (PAB)

The Global Child Forum’s Partner Advisory Board (PAB) is a network of advisors that bring to the Global Child Forum a wealth of experience, knowledge and counsel in all the Forum’s touch points. The PAB is comprised of our funders and the group meets regularly at Forums as well as at the annual Partner Board Meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The Chairman of the PAB is Ulf Karlberg.

Our Honorary Chairman is H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.