Global Child Forum announces Ulrika Nilsson as new Managing Director

STOCKHOLM 10 July 2017:

Global Child Forum, a leading children’s rights and business forum, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ulrika Nilsson as Managing Director. She assumed her role on 1 July from Åse Bäckström who served as the organization’s Managing Director since 2015.

As Managing Director, Ulrika Nilsson 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.

Ulrika Nilsson 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, She 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 30 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.

“We are delighted to welcome Ulrika Nilsson to this leadership role and she will be central to the organization’s efforts to enlist the corporate sector in supporting and advancing children’s rights.  Bringing a strong philanthropic background, and broad experience from academia, business and the  financial sector, she will be a great addition to the organization’s team and its critical role at the junction between industry, policy-makers and civil society,” said Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Chairperson of Global Child Forum’s board.  “We would like to thank Åse Bäckström for her years of service, during which time she has played a significant role in the development of Global Child Forum’s vision, strategy and global presence.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ulrika Nilsson said: “I am honoured to join the Global Child Forum, working with a committed team to foster global partnerships and showcase opportunities for business to address some of the world’s most pressing issues around children’s rights.  Building and deepening these alliances will be critical in order to advance the foundation’s mission — a sustainable world where children’s rights are respected and supported by all stakeholders in society.”

Please click here for the Swedish version of the press release.

About Global Child Forum
Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking.  We believe in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. In addition to our forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Lodding, Communication Manager, Global Child Forum
+46 72 387 0248