The World’s Children’s Prize is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is dedicated to making sure that we are managed in line with our vision and mission, and that we abide by our objectives.
Above, the Board stands together with Malala Yousafzai after the WCP Ceremony in 2014, where she was honored with The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child in 2014. From left: Trond Waage, Magnus Bergmar, Rebecca Göthe, Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (former board member), Arne Karlsson and Henrik Häggström. (Eva Reimers and Johanna Hallin are absent in this photo).
Arne Karlsson (Chair)
Arne Karlsson (former Chairman of Ratos) is Chairman of Bonnier Holding, Einar Mattsson, Ecolean, board member of A.P. Möller-Maersk and Bonnier AB, and member of the Swedish Securities Council.
Arne Karlsson is Chairman of The Swedish Corporate Governance Board, under the Association for Generally Accepted Principles in the Securities Market. The Association promotes the observance and development of generally accepted principles in the securities market and manages and administrates the Swedish Corporate Governance Code in order to promote good governance of listed companies in Sweden. This Code is a set of guidelines for good corporate governance that all stock exchange listed companies are obliged to apply. The Board also promotes good practice on the Swedish stock market. He is also Chair of the SNS Förtroenderåd.
Trond Waage, Vice Chair
Trond Waage is a globally renowned child rights expert and has served as advisor on the rights of the child to many governments and international bodies. Trond was the Ombudsman for Children in Norway for eight years and initiated the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC). As Ombudsman, Trond was involved in setting up ombudsman-offices for Children in 20 countries across Europe. His previous positions include being Advisor at UNICEF International Research Centre in Italy, Director of Research at Childwatch International Research Network and Senior Program Officer at the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), where he organized multi-channel learning projects in developing countries in co-operation with UN agencies, bilateral agencies and national authorities.
Eva Reimers is Director of Communication at Apotekens Service AB, a national it infrastructure company within the Swedish health care sector. Eva’s earlier positions include Marketing Communications Manager Nordic at Linklaters law firm. Director of Communication at ABN AMRO Bank Sweden, and Director of Information at Banco Fonder and Alfred Berg Asset Management. Eva has also worked for many years as an editor at the Swedish National Encyclopaedia. As her father worked for the UNDP and the World Food program (WFP), Eva's early years were spent in Iran, Rwanda, Burundi and Senegal.
Rebecca Göthe is a former member of the World’s Children’s Prize international Children’s Jury. Since she ‘retired’ from the WCP Children’s Jury at 18, in 2005, she has continued to work with the WCP, and has stayed committed to fighting for human rights and the rights of the child in many different ways. Her earliest involvement was in the struggle against child labour and slavery and for poor children's right to education and at the age of ten she co-founded the organization Children Against Slavery (C.A.S.). Since then she has spearheaded several children's and youth projects involving, for example, refugee children in Jordan and street children in Egypt. Rebecca holds a Bachelor's degree with a major in international relations, and a Master in Development Studies. In addition to serving on the WCPF Board, she coordinates The World's Children's Prize Youth Advisory Boards.
Johanna is the founder of the Inter Business Initiative and Chair of the Srey Group. The Initiative is a non-profit creating framework for holistic value creation in businesses, and Srey is a group of companies focusing on development and implementation services based of the Inter Business framework.
She has almost 20 years of experience from developing enterprises in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a sought after advisor and coach.
Johanna has, for example, developed the strategy for measuring the wellbeing of children in institutional care that is now used by Frösunda Omsorg (Frösunda care) and has developed Swedish Save the Children’s model for mapping and analyzing children’s wellbeing in Sweden, called Ung Röst (Young Voice). She has worked with freedom of expression in Palestine, have held democracy training workshops for children in Burma, and initiated discussions on child rights in the board rooms of many listed companies. From her favorite place, the village Gravmark in Västerbotten, in the north of Sweden, she has also been an advisor on the first drafts of the international document that is now known as The Children’s Rights and Business Principles. Johanna has also been instrumental in developing and implementing the international CSR strategy for Kinnevik Company Group: Reach for Change. Johanna was responsible for developing program content and spearheading the expansion to Reach for Change’s first seven program countries outside of Sweden; Russia, Ghana and five additional countries in Africa. Johanna has also owned and served as CEO for a communications agency.
More recently, Johanna has lead Lumen Behavior, a boutique-consulting firm working with businesses and social organizations directly and collaboratively to advance dialogue and decisions that impact human wellbeing.
Henrik Häggström is Director of the Africa Analysis Program, Swedish Armed Forces, in charge of data collection and analysis of, for instance political developments in sub-Saharan Africa and strategic security developments in Africa.
Henric has spent a large part of his career working for children’s rights including child protection at Save the Children Sweden. Here he has held numerous positions including Director of the Department for Thematic Support and Program Coordinator in Sweden for children in armed conflict, humanitarian response and natural disasters. He was also the Interim Global Director for the Child Protection Initiative (CPI) at Save the Children International. Until July 2011 Henric was the Senior Coordinator in Kosovo for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Other positions Henric has held include being the UN Cluster Coordinator on Child Protection in Haiti after the 2001 earthquake, which included the coordination of the over 100 organizations and more than 1,000 people involved.
Magnus Bergmar is the founder and CEO of the World’s Children’s Prize and the Globe Magazine, with a background as journalist and filmmaker. Magnus has thirty years experience as producer of communications projects addressing child rights and other global issues. Magnus’ documentary films on apartheid and on child slavery has been broadcasted in 80+ countries. He has developed the World’s Children’s Prize into a global movement. He has received numerous awards including Humanpriset (The Humanity Prize, Banco Fund), Kunskapspriset (The Prize of Knowledge, The Swedish National Encyclopedia), Tidskriftsakademins Stora Pris (The Big Prize, The Academy of Swedish Publishing Houses) and the Mahatma Gandhi Award.