Our Patrons

Adults who perform outstanding work for the rights of the child and/or World’s Children’s Prize can be invited to become Patrons of the World’s Children’s Prize. 

Who do you think should be invited to become a Patron of the World’s Children’s Prize? Send us your suggestions!

Ahmed Kathrada. The late freedom and democracy fighter and political prisoner.

Alek Wek, activist and model, South Sudan/UK

Björn Larsson, World’s Children’s Prize International Ambassador and CEO of the ForeSight Group 

Carol Bellamy, former executive director of Unicef, USA

Desmond Tutu, the late Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Laureate, South Africa

Eva Reimers, Director of Communication at Apotekens Service AB. Former Board member of the WCPF.

Göran Persson, former Prime Minister, Sweden

Graça Machel, child rights champion, Mozambique and South Africa

Helena Karlén, Founder, ECPAT Sverige

HRM Queen Silvia, Sweden

Iqbal Surve, Business Leader and Philanthropist, South Africa

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Laureate (Economics), USA

José Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Ken Wilber, Philosopher, USA

Loreen Talhaoui, singer, Sweden

Malala Yousafzai, UN Ambassador for Peace.

Mark Drewell, former Chair WCPF, Senior Partner, The ForeSight Group

Nelson Mandela. The late freedom fighter and President of South Africa.

Olara Otunnu, former UN Under- Secr. General and Special Representative of the Secr. General for Children and Armed Conflict, Uganda

Oren Lyons, Chief, Onondaga Nation, USA

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, Sweden

Vivane Senna, Ayrton Senna Institute. Brazil

Xanana Gusmão, former freedom fighter and President, now Prime minister, East Timor

Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children

National Patrons
In some WCP countries we invite national patrons to support the World’s Children’s Prize. Here are some of them: 

Jagdish Gandhi, Founder of City Montessori School
Chitra Narayanan, Ambassador

South Africa
Kadar Asmal, Former Minister of Education
Naledi Pandor, Former Minister of Education
Queen Mother Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, Royal Bafokeng Kingdom

Ola Andersson, Former secr. general of Save the Children
Alice Bah Kuhnke, social entrepreneur, Minister of Culture
Kjell Bergqvist, Actor
Monica Dahlström-Lannes, former police officer, children’s rights activist
Elisabeth Gerle, Former chairperson of Children’s World
The late Bo Kärre, former Director of Information, Sida


Suggest a Patron
Who do you want to see as a Patron of the World’s Children’s Prize? Send your suggestion to us!


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