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Children's Rights and Business Principles
Global Release Event

12 March 2012
London, UK

Master of Ceremonies

Paul Hohnen
Independent International Consultant on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy

Paul Hohnen’s expertise covers the leading global standards for responsible business, including the Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ISO 26000 Social responsibility guidance standard, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).   Paul’s clients include governments, UN organisations, businesses and non-government organisations. A former Australian diplomat, Paul has been a director of Greenpeace International and strategic director of the GRI. Paul is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House (which recently published his paper ‘The Future of Sustainability Reporting’), and is a regular contributor to The Guardian Sustainable Business column and to Ethical Corporation magazine. As conference chair, Paul has facilitated high level multi-stakeholder meetings for Chatham House, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Industrial Development Organization,and the Club of Rome, as well as for corporate and non-profit organisations. 


Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE
Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG

Prior to joining KPMG, Lord Hastings was the BBC’s first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility having been the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs. He is a non-executive Director of British Telecom (on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business) and a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. He represents KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum and is a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In 2009, he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent.

Lord Hastings is Chairman of Millennium Promise UK and a member of the global Millennium Promise Board. He also represents KPMG on BiTC's International Leadership Board (Business in the Community). In 2011 he became a Vice President of UNICEF.

In January 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to crime reduction. He served on the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years as a Commissioner. He is listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain.

In 2005, Michael was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year he also received the UNICEF award from the then UK Chancellor for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’. Michael is President of ZANE - a development aid agency focused on Zimbabwe.

Charlotte Ersbøll
Corporate Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement, Novo Nordisk

Charlotte Ersbøll is responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility, external relations and reputation activities according to the company’s Triple Bottom Line business principle. Since she joined Novo Nordisk in January 2005, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s global Changing Diabetes® and Changing Possibilities in Haemophilia® leadership initiatives.

Charlotte is actively involved in initiatives promoting social change, particularly in the field of health and development, in collaboration with organisations such as the World Economic Forum, the UN Global Compact, the UN Foundation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, the Partnership for Infant, Child and Maternal Health, and the World Diabetes Foundation. She is on the faculty of Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Programme, she is a member of the Policy Committee for Trust, Reputation and Compliance of the European Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry, and is a council member of the Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation.

Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Charlotte Ersbøll was a senior communications expert advising global healthcare industry and non-governmental organisations on communications, public health, health advocacy and policy development issues.

Eva Halper
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Credit Suisse

Educated in Australia, Canada and the UK, Ms. Halper has lived in a range of countries and worked in a variety of roles focusing on education, sustainable development and multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development.

During seven years in China, Ms. Halper worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in sustainable rural poverty reduction, and consulted in cross-cultural management training for Chinese enterprises and sino-foreign joint ventures. After moving to the UK, Ms. Halper managed the UK affiliate of the International Youth Foundation and was responsible for establishing cross-sector partnerships to design and deliver flagship youth development programs. Ms. Halper also worked at IBLF in the Partnering Initiative, where she was responsible for developing the portfolio of the Initiative’s work to provide strategic and operational advice to individuals and organizations working in cross-sector partnering and to build their capacity.

Since joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Halper has led the development of Credit Suisse’s signature grant program, the Global Education Initiative. She is also responsible for an international skills-based volunteering program linked to this initiative which is now firm-wide. Ms. Halper also leads the bank’s response to Disaster Relief appeals and actions for the EMEA region.

Georg Kell
Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

Mr. Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with more than 10,000 participants in over 135 countries. Spanning more than two decades, his career with the United Nations began in 1987 at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. In 1997, Mr. Kell joined the Office of the UN Secretary-General in New York, where he spearheaded the development of new strategies to enhance private sector engagement with the work of the United Nations. As one of the Global Compact’s key architects, he has led the initiative since its launch in 2000, building the most widely recognized global business platform on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. 

Prior to joining the UN System, Mr. Kell worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and as a financial analyst evaluating multinational companies’ investment portfolios in Asia and Africa.  A native of Germany, he holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.


Jeroo Billimoria
Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International

Jeroo is considered among the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and is now working on her ninth entrepreneurial venture. She is a Skoll awardee, and an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.  Among her organizations are Childline India and ChildHelpline International which have facilitated a global movement for protection of children and youth and are operating in more than 120 countries – having responded to over 140 million calls. Her other organization, Aflatoun, has been recognized among the world’s top 50 NGOs. In a space of three short years, Aflatoun succeeded in working with global partners to provide social and financial education to over 1 million children in 77 countries.

Jeroo is now heading CYFI which is building a ChildFinance movement to ensure financial inclusion and ChildFinance Education for 100 million children and youth in 100 countries by 2015.

Elisabeth Dahlin
Secretary-General, Save the Children Sweden

Ms. Elisabeth Dahlin has served as Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden since September 2008. Prior to joining Save the Children she served as Director and Ambassador for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the last three years of which she was in charge of the Partnership for Global Responsibility, focusing on Business and Human Rights. In the early 2000’s she served as Deputy Director General of the National Board of Trade.

SG Dahlin has served in the Swedish Mission to the United Nations, the Swedish Embassies in Lusaka (Zambia), Brasilia (Brazil) and Hanoi (Vietnam). As a youth leader she served for four years as Secretary General of the National Council of Swedish Youth and was at the same time responsible for Human Rights Training of young Europeans at the Council of Europe. Apart from her role as Secretary General, Ms Dahlin also serves on a number of Boards of Directors and in different advisory councils.

SG Dahlin has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Uppsala and a degree in Vietnamese from the Hanoi University of Technology.

Sebastian Escarrer Jaume
Vice Chairman of Meliá Hotels International

Mr. Escarrer joined Meliá Hotels International in 1993, becoming Vice Chairman in 1997. Prior to that, and after graduating from ICADE, Mr. Escarrer held several positions in multinational companies including the Coca-Cola Corporation, the First Boston Corporation, IBM Corporation, Hyatt International and the Mac Gemini Group.  In 1993 he obtained an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.   

Mr. Escarrer is Chairman of Wharton Executive EMEA Board (University of Pennsylvania) and Chairman for the Progress in Management Association in the Balearic Islands, and is also Vice Chairman of Spanish travel industry group Exceltur.  Mr. Escarrer is also a member of the Spanish Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce, member of the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and board member at the International Advisory Board of Eurohypo, PICTET Advisory Board of the Premium Brands Fund as well as an active member of a number of Foundations including Seres Foundation and Empresa y Crecimiento Foundation.

In 2009, Mr Escarrer was named as the Spanish business leader that generates the greatest confidence by the Barometer of Corporate Confidence.

Fleur Hudig
Manager Community Investment, ING Bank

Fleur Hudig’s current role is Manager Community Investment (CI), ING Bank. This includes both the Corporate and the Dutch Community Investment Office. The offices’ main activities center on global and national fundraising campaigns, (international) employee volunteering and giving and partnerships (e.g. UNICEF and Red Cross). The ING for Something Better Foundation and the Dutch Charity Funds, strategy and business advise, internal and external networking are among her responsibilities. Areas of focus are Children and Education (ING Chances for Children), Financial and Business Literacy, Conservation of Nature and Disaster Relief. Ms. Hudig has master degrees in International Law and Politics. She joined ING in 1998, after working in Brussels for the European Commission and European Parliament.

Richard Gillies
Director of Plan A, CSR and Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer

Mr Richard Gillies joined Marks & Spencer in 1984. He has worked in stores across the UK and in Canada, held a series of company-wide roles including Group Head of Change and Programme Management, People Development, Planning and Facilities, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Operations Executive Clothing. As director of store design and development Mr Gillies was responsible for the £1.5bn development and modernization programme and for central procurement of goods not for re-sale. Throughout the last few years, Mr Gillies has played a pivotal role in the development and delivery of the Marks & Spencer Environmental and Social Sustainability Plan, 'Plan A’.  As Director of Plan A, CSR and Sustainable Business, he is now responsible for sustainable development globally.

Mr Gillies is an Advisory Board member at Critical Eye, the Technology Strategy Board and sits on the Business Advisory Board for LWEC (Living with Environmental, Change UK research councils).  He is also a trustee at the BRE (Building Research Establishment) and a Director at 'BSR' (San Francisco).

Else Hovind Hendel
Senior Analyst Ownership Policy, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Ms. Else Hovind Hendel is Senior Analyst in the Ownership Policy Department at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM). She is responsible for the ownership activities related to the bank’s strategic focus area children’s rights. Else joined NBIM in 2005. She has a Masters degree in Philosophy from London School of Economics.

NBIM is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund Global and most of Norges Bank’s Foreign Exchange Reserves, with portfolios valued at more than NOK 3,000 billion.

Steve Howard
Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

Mr. Steve Howard is responsible for the IKEA Group’s sustainability strategy, environmental and social performance and the impact of its products. Prior to IKEA, Mr. Howard was the founder and CEO of The Climate Group, an independent non-profit organization working internationally with government and business leaders to cut global emissions and build a low carbon economy. He currently sits on the organization's Board of Trustees. 

Prior to The Climate Group, Mr. Howard spent 15 years advising major corporations, NGOs and UN bodies on the environment. He was a Partner at ERM where he led their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Previously, Mr. Howard was the founding Director of the Global Forest and Trade Network for WWF International. He is also former chair of the UK Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and was founding chair of the Tropical Forest Trust.

Mr. Howard has an honours degree in ecology and a PhD in environmental physics. Steve's achievements have been endorsed by Time Magazine and Scientific American. He was listed in the Independent on Sunday's top 100 UK environmentalists in 2008 and won Social Entrepreneur UK at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2009.

Maritha Lorentzon
Social Sustainability Coordinator, H&M

Ms. Maritha Lorentzon has worked with H&M’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability department since 1998.  She has primary responsibility for developing H&M’s audit programme and supply chain programme.



Mark Makepeace
Chief Executive and Company Founder, FTSE

Mark is FTSE Group's Chief Executive and company founder. He established FTSE Group as an autonomous company in 1995 and has been responsible for the company's global expansion since. Under Mark's leadership, FTSE Group has grown from a start-up company with nine employees to a world-leader in the design and management of stock market indices. During his career at FTSE Group, Mark has forged alliances with stock exchanges around the world, pioneered the concepts of free float and treatment of multinational companies and developed a wide-ranging set of FTSE indices, designed to meet the evolving needs of the global investment community. Mark has been instrumental in building a partnership with UNICEF and is now a UNICEF Honorary fellow.

Richard Morgan
Director of Policy at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Mr. Richard Morgan is Director of Policy at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), responsible for organizational standards and practice in the areas of gender, children's rights, child and youth participation and communication for development. Mr. Morgan also leads UNICEF's work on child statistics and advocacy for child-focused social and economic policies.

Earlier, Mr. Morgan worked in Africa for more than two decades as a development planner, rural development specialist, social sector advisor and humanitarian programme manager. He was a civil servant with the Government of Botswana at central and local government levels, before joining UNICEF.

Mr. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Oxford, UK (BA in Economics, Politics and Philosophy) and obtained his Masters Degree in Development Economics at the University of East Anglia.

Mai Oldgard
Vice President and Head of Group Corporate Responsibility, Telenor Group

Mai Oldgard is Vice President and Head of Group Corporate Responsibility in the Telenor Group. The Telenor Group is headquartered in Norway and present in 11 markets, including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Ms. Oldgard serves as the secretary for the Telenor ASA Board Committee on Ethics and Sustainability. She has been instrumental in developing and executing the Telenor Group’s Corporate Responsibility strategy based on shared value, with a focus on responsible business practices and extending the benefits of mobile communications to a wider audience.

During Ms. Oldgard’s professional career at Telenor, PA Consulting Group, ECON Analysis and the UN, she has gained both a broad international business understanding as well as extensive experience with international development. She has written several papers and co-authored books on Corporate Responsibility and development topics.


Leila Pakkala
Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF

Ms. Leila Pakkala took up her current position in September 2010. She previously worked for UNICEF in Mozambique (as a UNICEF Representative), Somalia (as Deputy Representative for UNICEF), New York (as Senior Programme Officer in the Office of Emergency Programmes), FYR Macedonia (as Emergency Coordinator) and Uganda (as Programme Advisor).

Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Pakkala worked as Information Officer for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia from 1994 to early 1997. She worked in the private sector and as a consultant for the United Nations in Lesotho from 1990 to 1993.

Ms. Pakkala holds a Post Graduate License, Master of Arts in Pscyhology, majoring in Counselling and Supportive Therapy (1992), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1990) and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education (1989). She is a qualified counsellor in child development psychology.

Cecilia Rena
Sustainability Strategies Corporate Manager Arcor Group

Ms. Rena has held the position of Manager of Sustainability Strategies at Arcor Group since 2005. Between 2001 and 2005 she worked for San Andres University and Torcuato di Tella University as part of the SEKN Project technical team. The team conducted research on Social Responsibility Strategies developed by Harvard Business School and other leading business schools in Ibero-America. She has also worked previously in both the private sector (Glaxo Wellcome, Price Waterhouse), and the not-for-profit sector (Fundacion Compromiso, ONG Alternativa, Lima, Peru) among others.

Ms. Rena has a degree in Human Resources from Universidad del Salvador (Argentina), and a post graduate degree as a Specialist in Non-profit Organizations from Universidad Torcuato di Tella, San Andres and CEDES (Argentina).

Sun Ruizhe
Vice President of China National Textile and Apparel Council

Mr. Sun Ruizhe, Vice President of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and president of China Textile Information Center (CTIC), was born in Beijing. Mr. Sun holds a Dyeing and Finishing bachelor's degree from Donghua University, he attended Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business for an EMBA.  Mr. Sun is a professor and a senior engineer. Major research directions of Mr. Sun are textile product development, industrial innovation, industrial policy, industrial statistical analysis and planning, and social compliance.


David Schofield
Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Aviva

With a background in the charity sector in the former Soviet Union, followed by retail banking and e-commerce, Mr. Schofield joined Aviva’s HR Centre of Expertise before moving to be Head of CR for the UK. Now Group Head of CR at Aviva, he is responsible for CR strategy, policy and risk and also leads their work on Community Investment. This includes Aviva’s global ‘Street to School’ program, a 5 year commitment that recognises every child living and working on the street has the right to fulfil their potential. Street to School aims to help 500,000 children by 2015.


Simon Steyne
Head of Social Dialogue and Partnerships, ILO-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour

Mr Steyne heads the Social Dialogue and Partnerships section of the ILO-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). The section supports social partners in their work on child labour, the IPEC global advocacy campaign, relations with partners in the worldwide alliance against child labour, South-South cooperation and the development of public private partnerships. Mr Steyne also advises the boards of the International Cocoa Initiative, the End Child Labour in Tobacco Foundation and AIM Progress.

Before joining IPEC in 2008, Mr. Steyne held the role as Senior International Officer of the Trades Union Congress. He also acted as spokesperson on child labour for the ILO Workers’ group, and was involved in the establishment of the Ethical Trading Initiative in 1998 where he was also a Board member. 

Involved in ILO activities since 1992, Mr. Steyne participated in negotiations of ILO Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour and several Conventions on atypical work and, 2000-2008, in the ILO Conference Standards Committee. He chaired the North America/Europe consultation for the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (2008) and the Workers’ group of the ILO experts meeting on child labour and labour inspection (1999), and co-chaired the Workers’ group of the ILO European regional meeting (2005).

Keith Weed
Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, Unilever,

Mr. Keith Weed began his career with Michelin and joined Unilever in 1983, working first in the Elida Gibbs UK business before moving on to senior positions in France, the USA and in global roles. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Liverpool.

Mr. Weed is responsible for the marketing and communication functions, a role that also includes leading Unilever’s sustainability work, its drinking water business (Pureit) and the Unilever brand. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President for Global Home Care & Hygiene, covering Fabric Cleaning, Fabric Conditioning, Household Cleaning Products, Oral Care and Potable Water. 

Previously Mr. Weed was Chairman of Lever Fabergé and Chairman of Unilever Export. Outside Unilever he is a Fellow of The Marketing Society and, as an engineering graduate, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a non-Executive Director of Sun Products Corporation.

Jasmin Whitbread
CEO, Save the Children International

Ms. Jasmine Whitbread became the first international CEO of Save the Children in April 2010, after serving as Chief Executive of Save the Children UK from 2005. Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, working in 120 countries with revenues of over US$1.4 billion.

Before joining Save the Children, Ms. Whitbread spent six years with Oxfam, first as Regional Director in West Africa, and then as International Director responsible for Oxfam's programmes worldwide. Prior to this, Ms. Whitbread was Managing Director of a Thomson Financial business, based in the US. She has a background in international marketing in the technology sector.

Ms. Whitbread graduated from the University of Bristol in 1986 and completed the Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California in 1997.

Ms. Whitbread is a non-executive director of BT Group Plc and a governor of the Dragon School.