About us

A heart for Children.
A head for Business.

Global Child Forum is a Swedish non-profit foundation with headquarters in the heart of Stockholm. We bring together global leaders from business, civil society, academia and government in order to spur action for social change around children’s rights. Our vision is a sustainable world where children’s rights are respected and supported by all stakeholders in society. In particular, we focus on the power of business to be a driver of change, and we encourage businesses to take approaches in their operations and their communities that best advance children’s rights.

Our work is underpinned by the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Children’s Rights and Business Principlesas well as by our own research and tools.

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Cajsa Wiking

Secretary General

Cajsa has a long track record from the business and non-profit sectors. For the past five years she has held the position of Executive Director for Operation Smile Sweden. Cajsa has extensive experience and knowledge regarding children’s rights from her work at UNICEF and Plan Sverige. From her years working at SEB and Skandia, she also has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing business today. Cajsa holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Stockholm.
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Adrien Askmo

Program Manager

Adrien joined the Global Child Forum at the start of 2016 and since then has worked in both research and in contributing to the Forum process. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he worked at the Stockholm Policy Group, a management consulting firm specializing in peace, security and development, and international law and human rights. While there he worked on reports for various development agencies analyzing their out-of-country programs with a focus on conflict sensitivity. He has also worked as a teacher in Thailand, France and the United Kingdom. He earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, where he graduated first in his year. He also received a BA in History, with a minor in Economics, from Westminster College.
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Josefin Bennet Fredriksson

Corporate Relations Manager (on parental leave)

Josefin works as a Corporate Relations Manager at Global Child Forum. She holds a Master of Laws and has a demonstrated history of working with strategic partnerships to advance child rights and bridge development cooperation with the private sector. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, she worked at Save the Children with funding and partnerships and, prior to that, she worked at the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) with the Swedish Leaders for Sustainable Development network. Her previous experience also includes working with Private Sector Collaboration for Sida in Tanzania and at CCR CSR (Center for Child Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility) in China as well as at the Embassy of Sweden.
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Filippa Bergin

Head of Research and Development

Filippa Bergin has spent the last twenty years working within sustainability and human rights in business with organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Storebrand group AS, Axel Johnson group, Axstores AB, the Karolinska Institute, Amnesty Business Group and other NGOs. She holds various board positions for several organizations inclusive of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency), and the Press Council which investigates breaches in Swedish press-ethical rules. Filippa joined Global Child Forum in January 202
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August Engström

Benchmark Manager

As Benchmark Manager, August is responsible for collecting, managing and analysing the data in our benchmark; The State of Children’s Rights and Business. August has a bachelors degree in environmental economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) and a masters degree in international business and management from the University of Uppsala. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, August worked in the financial sector and as a sustainability analyst.
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Rebecca Forsman

Researcher (on parental leave)

Rebecca works as a Researcher at Global Child Forum. Rebecca holds a first-degree MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). Her previous professional experiences include undertaking a traineeship at the Swedish representation to the United Nations in Vienna where she covered the work of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Rebecca has also worked with communications and has previous experience organising international conferences covering global issues in several European countries.
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Sara Garmer

Business Development Manager

As Business Developer at Global Child Forum, Sara is responsible for identifying and improving tools and services in order to help businesses enhance their efforts to support children´s rights. Sara has over 15 years’ experience from business development, e-com and business transformation within the retail industry, most recently from H&M and Afound. Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stockholm University and has completed a course in Business Sustainability Management via University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
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Matthew Goodwin

Sustainable Finance Manager

Matthew is pioneering a new role at Global Child Forum as a Finance Sustainability Manager responsible for building the Global Child Forum’s relationship with the financial services sector and ensuring that our sustainability data on children’s rights is made available to investors, asset managers and asset owners, helping them integrate children’s rights into their operations and investment decision-making process. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, he spent eight years at Lloyds Banking Group in London. Matthew studied Law and French at Université Paul Cézanne, Aix Marseille III and The University of Sheffield.
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Elin Hjertström

Program Coordinator

Elin holds a BA in Global Development studies specializing in International Relations from Stockholm University. She was awarded the Minor Field Study Scholarship for 2018/19 financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and conducted a two-month, in-depth field study in Accra, Ghana. The research project examined a selection of women’s rights organizations and their work in supporting women’s economic rights and activities in Ghana. Elin has previously worked as an intern for the Program Department at The Hunger Project Sweden. As of 2020 Elin holds a place in Operation 1325’s year-long Board Traineeship Program.
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Caitlin Jackson Bernéus

Corporate Communications Manager

Caity is responsible for developing and delivering the communications Global Child Forum has with external stakeholders. She’s spent over a decade working in global health, gender equality, and strategic communications, having co-founded and served as Communications Director of Women in Global Health. She’s consulted for UN, private, and NGO clients and is a founding Board Member of the Women in Global Health Swedish Chapter. Caity has a Masters in Medical Science (Global Health) from Karolinska Institute and an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, and came to GCF after 5 years at the Stockholm School of Economics.
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Lisa Jensen

Head of Finance and HR

Lisa is responsible for Global Child Forum’s finance and human resources. She holds a university diploma in sociology with focus on leadership and organisation from Linnaeus University in Växjö and has also studied business administration, quality management and law. Prior to joining Global Child Forum, Lisa was Head of Administration at Utbildningsförvaltningen (Department of Education) for Stockholm City. Prior to that, she spent over ten years as a business controller and the assistant manager at a multinational company in the private sector.
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Selma Johansson

Programme Coordinator

Selma is the Program Coordinator at Global Child Forum. She recently studied the master’s program in Political Science with a focus on Security and Crisis Management at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm and also has a BA in International Relations from Stockholm University. Her previous professional experiences include a traineeship at the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy where she helped communicate research on local democracy as well as organising international educational conferences in collaboration with Swedish Embassies. She joined Global Child Forum 2022.
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Karin Källén

Digital Communication Manager

As Digital Communication Manager, Karin is responsible for developing Global Child Forum's digital platforms. She has twelve years of experience from international communication within the private sector and held previous positions as Digital marketing specialist, Marketing manager and Head of marketing. She studied Media Communication at Linköping University and also holds a Bachelors Degree within Media Management from Linnueaus University. Karin joined the team in 2017.
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Linda Ravin Lodding

Head of Communications

As the Head of Communications, Linda is responsible for bringing our work, and our message, to our stakeholders. She has long career in communications both in the private and public sector working for UN-affiliated organisations such as The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Her public sector work is augmented by assignments in advertising, internet consulting and brand development. She holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Linda joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
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Katarina Sundvisson

Executive Assistant

Katarina is the Global Child Forum Executive Assistant and also serves as the Secretary of the Global Child Forum Board.
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Nina Vollmer

Research Manager

As Research Manager, Nina’s main area of responsibility is to lead and develop the work on the Corporate Benchmark Studies on children’s rights that Global Child Forum produces in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. In addition to this work, she also takes on other research projects and works on developing the content/inviting speakers for Forums and events. She has previously worked at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Swedish Teacher’s Union, the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation – SweFOR in Colombia and SonyEricsson. She has also held the voluntary position of group secretary for Amnesty Business Group Sweden and been a member of the Board of Directors at Amnesty Sweden. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on human rights and development from Lund University in Sweden. Nina joined Global Child Forum in 2015.
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Global Child Forum was initiated by H.M. the King and H.M. the Queen of Sweden in 2009 as part of their long-standing commitment to children’s issues. Originally called World Child and Youth Forum, the organization’s name was later shortened to Global Child Forum in 2013. Since the organisation’s founding, the Royal Family has maintained a strong and active role in Global Child Forum, participating in both our regional and global forums.

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