PRESS RELEASE:
Global Child Forum Announces New Leadership Appointments - Strengthening Efforts to Drive Change Around Children’s Rights in Business

STOCKHOLM, 18 September, 2018

Global Child Forum, the children’s rights and business organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cajsa Wiking as Secretary General, Annette Brodin Rampe as Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Helena Thybell as a new Member of the Board. The additions contribute to building on the organization’s solid foundation by providing strong leadership and shaping Global Child Forum’s priorities.

“I am delighted to welcome our new leadership team as they bring an extensive range of experience and talent that align with our goal of advancing children’s rights in the business sector,” said Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Global Child Forum’s Vice-Chair. “Their leadership and experience will make a strong impact on Global Child Forum’s ability to tackle the most pressing challenges facing children today. I look forward to working closely with them.”

Global Child Forum brings together thought leaders and influencers from business, civil society, academia and government to spur action for social change around children’s rights with a particular focus on the power of business to drive that change. Since the organization’s beginnings, ten forums have been held in various regions in the world.

Cajsa Wiking, Secretary General
Cajsa Wiking has a long track record from both the business and non-profit sectors. For the past five years, she has held the position as Executive Director for Operation Smile Sweden, significantly growing the organization’s resources and capabilities. Cajsa brings to Global Child Forum her extensive experience and knowledge regarding children’s rights from her work at UNICEF and at Plan Sverige. From her years working at SEB and Skandia, Cajsa has a deep understanding for the challenges and opportunities facing business today.

“I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead Global Child Forum, further developing this amazing organization. The work done by Global Child Forum has changed the discourse around the responsibility of business to respect and advance children’s rights,” said Cajsa Wiking. “I look forward to working with our partners and the corporate sector, bringing new perspectives to help drive this important change. Ultimately, it’s about impacting the lives of children to create a more prosperous future.”

Cajsa Wiking assumes her role as of January 2019.

Annette Brodin Rampe, Chairperson
Annette Brodin Rampe currently serves as CEO for Internationella Engelska Skolan. She brings to Global Child Forum her wealth of leadership experience, including at multinationals such as Brunswick Group, where she served as Managing Partner Europe. She has over 20 years of successful board level experience in Nordic companies among others Norske Skog, Vattenfall and Peab. She is also board member of Ferronordic Machines AB and board member for the Swedish-British Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve been impressed by the work of Global Child Forum and am honored to be taking on a key role, contributing to the organization’s purpose, vision and strategy,” said Annette Brodin Rampe. “At the heart of the organization is a real commitment to advancing children’s rights in the corporate sphere, calling on leaders to take a bolder role in public affairs to address some of society’s major issues.”

In her new role as Board Chairperson, Annette Brodin Rampe will focus on refining the organization’s strategy by consolidating and advancing regional efforts and building on the Forum’s solid foundation.

Helena Thybell, Board Member
Helena Thybell joins Global Child Forum’s Board of Directors bringing with her an extensive background in sustainability, global development and human resource issues. She is currently Head of Global HR for H&M group. Prior to this position, Helena Thybell was the Global Manager of H&M Foundation. Helena has also worked as the General Manager of the Swedish Postcode Foundation, as well as a Regional Coordinator for the Swedish Red Cross and Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross Youth Society, managing overall child and youth issues in Sweden.

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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. Global Child Forum believes 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 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 visit: www.globalchildforum.org.

For more information please contact:

Linda Lodding
Head of Communications, Global Child Forum
linda.lodding@globalchildforum.org mobile: +46 72 387 0248