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Katarina Mellström joins Global Child Forum as interim Secretary General



Katarina Mellström has been appointed as interim Secretary General of Global Child Forum, taking over from outgoing Secretary General Cajsa Wiking.  Katarina is tasked with strengthening the organization’s strategic collaborations and funding base.  She assumed her role on 1 September.

Global Child Forum, a leading children’s rights, and business platform, is pleased to announce that Katarina Mellström has joined the organization as interim Secretary General. In this role, she will take the reins from Cajsa Wiking, who joined the organization in 2019. Katarina will be responsible for identifying, developing, and strengthening Global Child Forum’s financial partnerships and continuing to drive the strategy designed to activate the corporate sector to support children’s rights.

“We are delighted to welcome Katarina to Global Child Forum,” said Annette Brodin Rampe, the organization’s Board Chair. “Katarina’s expertise will make a valuable contribution to the organization’s ongoing operations and to securing mutually beneficial financial partnerships. With her background and energy, Katarina will help us develop strategic alliances, strengthen our existing partnerships and ensure that children’s rights are on the sustainability agenda.”

“I look forward to contributing to Global Child Forum’s important work and ensuring more companies engage in children´s rights,” said Katarina Mellström. “This is a critical time for children as they face pressing societal challenges. Businesses can do much to mitigate risks and harness opportunities for children.”

Katarina has over twenty years of experience 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. She also serves on the board of several organizations and holds a Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm University.

“We are grateful for the work that Cajsa Wiking achieved during her tenure,” said Annette Brodin Rampe. “Under her stewardship, the organization flourished as a key player in the children’s rights and business agenda – deepening our engagement with the corporate sector, launching products, tools, and services designed to support corporate actors, and amplifying our work within the financial sector. We thank Cajsa for her service and wish her all the best.”

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children.

In addition to forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities.  For more information, please visit:

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