We are a small international team of committed staff members guided by a Board of Directors and supported by the Swedish Royal Family. From our offices in the heart of Stockholm, we work with our global network of UN partners, the private sector, international organisations, academia, and civil society.
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As Managing Director, Ulrika is responsible for managing and developing Global Child Forum in order to reach the organization’s overall vision: all parts of society to protect and support children’s rights. She brings to the role extensive experience in building partnerships and leveraging networks in order to create opportunities to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Previously, Ulrika was Director of Development at Lund University in charge of philanthropic partnerships and funding for strategic research and education, both in Sweden and abroad. With more than 20 years’ experience from the financial and banking sector, Ulrika has served on several boards and is a Corporate Senior Advisor to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She graduated from the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, with an MSc in Business and Economics.
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Adrien joined the Global Child Forum at the start of 2016 and since then has worked in both research and in contributing to the Forum process. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he worked at the Stockholm Policy Group, a management consulting firm specializing in peace, security and development, and international law and human rights. While there he worked on reports for various development agencies analyzing their out-of-country programs with a focus on conflict sensitivity.
He has also worked as a teacher in Thailand, France and the United Kingdom. He earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, where he graduated first in his year. He also received a BA in History, with a minor in Economics, from Westminster College.
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As Programme Coordinator, Elsa contributes to the Forum process, communications and research. She joined Global Child Forum in the spring of 2015. Prior to joining the organisation, Elsa worked as a volunteer teacher for the Student and Youth Congress of Burma on the Thai Burmese border. She has also worked for Doctors without Borders as a Field HR Trainee and operated on a project to integrate research in the field work for physicians. She has graduated from Södertörn University with a bachelor’s degree in International Health.
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In her role as Programme Coordinator Gabrielle works with planning, coordinating and implementing activities connected to our forums and research. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Gothenburg, where she studied sustainable development, political economy and project management. Since receiving her degree, Gabrielle has worked within the field of children’s rights, working with unaccompanied refugee children from 2012-2013, and most recently with fundraising, events and administration at World Childhood Foundation. Gabrielle joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
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As Communication Manager, Linda is responsible for bringing our work, and our message, to our stakeholders. She has long career in communications both in the private and public sector working for UN-affiliated organisations such as The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Her public sector work is augmented by assignments in advertising, internet consulting and brand development. She holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Linda joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
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As Research Director, Fiona is responsible for directing, producing, and showcasing our research studies and tools, as well as our research partnerships. Fiona has worked in both the private and public sectors during the past 25 years, including as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, assistant professor in Political Science at Uppsala University and acting Executive Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Fiona holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, a Master’s Degree from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. with distinction in International Law and Natural Resources from Tufts and Harvard Universities. Fiona joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
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Katarina is the Global Child Forum Executive Assistant and also serves as the Secretary of the Global Child Forum Board.
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As Researcher, Nina’s main area of responsibility is to lead the work on the Corporate Benchmark Studies on children’s rights that Global Child Forum produces in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. In addition to this work, she also takes on other smaller research projects. She has previously worked at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Swedish Teacher’s Union, the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation – SweFOR in Colombia and SonyEricsson. She has also held the voluntary position of group secretary for Amnesty Business Group Sweden. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on human rights and development from Lund University in Sweden. Nina joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
"When you see children as stakeholders in their roles as consumers, future and current employees, tomorrow’s leaders and rights bearers whose lives are affected by business on a daily basis, you realise that there is enormous potential in taking their interests into account and making it part of your core business!”
“Our communication challenge is to widen the discourse on children’s rights issues beyond charity and showcase that real change is possible within the business sector when children are considered as important stakeholders; this refrain takes not a soloist but a whole chorus.”
“One of our research goals is to support businesses as they make key decisions that affect not only their operations – but also our children. Our research helps guide companies to identify, assess and monitor the risks their operations pose to children. With full understanding of how children and their rights apply to their activities and relationships, companies can proactively respect and support them.”
"I feel inspired by our work and contribution towards widening and challenging the children's rights dialogue between sectors and stakeholders and then to see the great response is truly inspiring!"