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. (Joanna Lundqvist 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, , ROL AB, 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.
Joanna Lundquist I a Child Rights attorney with broad experience from child rights advocacy in Sweden and in international settings. For ten years Joanna was responsible for advocacy work and CSR cooperation with the private sector at ECPAT Sweden. For example, she was the driving force behind creating a coalition between companies in the finance sector against commercial sexual exploitation of children, and for clocking abusive content on the internet. Joanna is also the co-author of many books on the subject. She founded and ran the ECPAT Hotline for several years. Today, Joanna is a working chairman of the board for Change Attitude, a global foundation that uses culture as a tool for spreading awareness and mobilising against sexual violence against children, and is co-founder of The Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children, CRES, an initiative that focuses on social responsibility when it come to sexual exploitation of children. Joanna has also worked in the private sector for many years, including as a global business attorney for EF, and as brand manager.
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 a Senior Advisor at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU), specialising in research on violent extremism and strategic security issues. He was formerly Director of the of the Africa Analysis Program at the 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 held numerous positions including being the Senior Coordinator in Kosovo for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Unicef Cluster Coordinator for Child Protection in Haiti after the 2001 earthquake. Henric has spent the major part of his working life on strengthening the rights of the child, including child protection. He was an Interim Global Director for the Child Protection Initiative (CPI) at Save the Children International in the United Kingdom, and Section head at Swedish Save the Children with responsibility for, amongst other things the rights of children in developing countries, in armed conflict and during humanitarian response efforts. Henrik har also worked with child rights at the UN in New York, USA, and for Save the children as Country Director in Ethiopia and program coordinator in, for example, the Middle East.
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 40 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), Stora Priset (The Big Prize, Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden ), The Royal Society Pro Patrias’ Gold medal, and The CMS Mahatma Gandhi Award.