Meet the team

Katarina Mellström

Secretary General

Katarina has over twenty years of experience from managing companies with a focus on improving society and building bridges between stakeholders. Her most recent role was Senior Director at IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, but she also has CEO experience from Mandator, Fujitsu Services and more. Katarina serves on the board of several organizations and holds a Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm University. She joined the team in September 2022. As Secretary General, Katarina is responsible for strengthening Global Child Forum’s financial partnerships and continuing to drive the organizations strategy forward.

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.

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.

Karlina Bertulsone

Project Assistant

A master of many skills, Karlina assists in maintaining our database and produces in-depth market research about our target sectors. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics, focusing on subjects related to sustainability. Before her studies, Karlina worked as a Content Curator at Viaplay Group, where she helped with market expansion projects. In addition, she has gained experience in the NGO sector by managing projects at Global Shapers Stockholm, a global youth organisation supported by the World Economic Forum.

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

August Engström

Corporate Engagement Manager

As Corporate Engagement Manager, August main responsibilities lies within interacting with and engaging the financial community with Global Child Forum's benchmark data. 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.

Rebecca De Geer

Benchmark Manager

Rebecca works as a Benchmark Manager 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.

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.

Clémence Gervais

Benchmark coordinator

Clémence is Global Child Forum’s Benchmark Coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the French School of Public Health (EHESP), as well as a master’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in Public Administration from Sciences Po Rennes (France). Before joining Global Child Forum, Clémence worked as a Project Officer at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm. Prior to that, she evolved professionally in several organizations in France, Peru, and Sweden, coordinating projects and missions related to social work and public health.

Matthew Goodwin

Head of Sustainable Investing

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.

Elin Hjertström

Project Manager

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.

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.

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.

Sean O’Shea

Corporate Engagement Manager

Sean works as our Corporate Engagement Manager. Prior to working at Global Child Forum, Sean worked at the Stockholm School of Economics as a Corporate Project Manager. Before moving to Stockholm in 2021, Sean worked as the Private Secretary to the Ambassador of Japan to the UK and earlier, as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant and Chief of Staff to several members of the UK Parliament. Sean has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Exeter. He joined Global Child Forum in September 2022.

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.

Jessica Rington

Office Manager

Jessica is Global Child Forum’s Office Manager and, in her role, she supports the HR and Finance functions. Jessica also serves as the Secretary of Global Child Forum’ Board. She has extensive administrative experience from various industries, such as sail racing, staffing and technology.

Katarina Sundvisson

Executive Assistant

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

Nina Vollmer

Senior Children´s Rights and Business Specialist

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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