Our global board

The Save the Children International Board oversees our global strategy and programmes.

Our board members provide global insights and expertise. They are all leaders in their field, including a government minister and experts in international children’s rights, healthcare, strategy, law, business, banking and finance. Our Interim Chair, Pernille Lopez is a Global Director with significant global leadership experience.

Inger Ashing

Inger is the National Coordinator, appointed by the Swedish Government, for Youth not in Education or Employment. She works to improve cooperation between government, municipalities, corporates and organisations at national, regional and local level, to increase knowledge and to promote the development of evidence based methods.  Inger has a background from the Swedish government administration where she, among other things, was the Deputy Director General of the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society. She has also been the CEO of the Global Child Forum. Inger is currently a member of the Swedish Inheritance Fund Commission. She has been an Expert to and Board member of numerous authorities and committees such as the Delegation for Human Rights, the Swedish Enforcement Authority, the National Board of Institutional Care and the Monitoring Committee for The European Social Fund. Inger joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2010 and she is the Senior Independent Trustee and chair of the Governance Committee.


Roy Caple Hernandez

Roy Caple Hernandez has over 30 years’ experience designing and managing public affairs and communications strategy for private, public and non-governmental organisations throughout the Americas.  He was CEO of several communications firms in Latin America, and his expertise has focused on advising leaders, CEOs, Executive Committees and management on strategy, reputation, organizational structures, public affairs and communications campaigns, as well as crisis management and corporate responsibility. In addition to Save the Children, Roy has also served on the board of NGOs that focus on HIV awareness and prevention, as well as strengthening education. Roy has been a Board Member for Save the Children in Mexico since 2008, its Vice Chair since 2015, overseeing Governance issues and participating in the Development, Planning, Programs, Governance and Talent committees. Roy joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2018, and he is the designated Child Safeguarding Trustee.

Anne Fahy

Anne is Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at Interserve, SThree and Nyrstar. Until 2015 Anne was CFO of BP’s Aviation Fuels business. During her 27 years at BP Anne gained extensive experience of global business, developing markets, risk management, internal control, compliance and strategy development in BP’s aviation, petrochemicals, trading and retail sectors. Anne is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having working at KPMG in Ireland and Australia prior to joining BP

Debra Fine

Debra Fine is the founder and President of Fine Capital Partners a hedge fund founded in 2004 New York City. One of a handful of investment firms run by women, Fine Capital manages US equity assets principally for university endowments and foundations. Before starting Fine Capital, Debra was Director of Global Equities at Loews Corporation where she managed a global equity portfolio. Prior to Loews Corporation, Debra was a Principal and a buy-side equity analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Debra also worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation as special assistant to the commissioner. She started her career at Salomon Brothers where she was a Vice President in Corporate Finance. Debra received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. She is married with three children and lives in New York City. Debra has served on many non-profit boards and investment committees and is currently the Interim Co-Chair of Save the Children US, and Chair of Footsteps which serves people who leave insular ultra-orthodox communities in New York. Debra joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2018.

Thomas Heilmann

While studying law in Bonn and Munich, Thomas Heilmann received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Scholarship Fund of the German People) and worked as a free-lance journalist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Tagesthemen (daily TV news show) and numerous other publications. After completing his education with his legal bar exam he started his own business which became one of Europe’s leading independent communication networks. He served as CEO and Chairman until 2008. Thomas was the co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Aperto Multimedia GmbH, ampere AG (energy-broker), Media Holding Hamburg AG as well as Econa AG (venture capital firm). He was also active as a guest professor at the Hochschule der Künste (College of Arts) where he lectured in audio-visual communication and communications planning. He was honored as “agency-head of the year 1999”. Since the beginning of this century Thomas is an active Business angel and investor in several internet companies, such as Mytoys, Xing and Facebook. In 2012 he also started a career in politics where he became senator for justice and consumer protection in Berlin. Thomas is on the Board of Save the Children Germany and he joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.Board in 2016. 


Peter Hodgson

Peter Hodgson is currently a director of several ubic companies and until late 2016 the Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Family Company a privately held investment and wealth management business with offices in four states. Until 2008, Peter was Group Managing Director Institutional at ANZ. Previously he was Chief Risk Officer for two years (2005-2007) before which time he had been Head of Structured Finance. Prior to returning to Australia in 1997 Peter had been working in advisory and structured finance, in the United Kingdom, Asia and the US, variously at Bank of America and BZW. Peter has been a director of Save the Children Australia since May 2012 and became Chairman in June 2012. Peter joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2015; he is a Vice Chair, chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and the designated Whistleblowing Trustee.


Brad Irwin 

Brad Irwin has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Welch Foods Inc., a global processor and marketer of juices and jams, since February 2009. Prior to this role, Brad was President, Cadbury Adams North America LLC, the North American confectionery business unit of Cadbury Schweppes plc, from June 2007 through November 2008. From April 2003 until June 2007, Brad was President of the U.S. confectionery business. He served as President of Mott’s Inc., a business unit of Cadbury Schweppes, from May 2000 until April 2003 and from 1980 to 1999, Brad served in various senior capacities for The Procter & Gamble Company. Brad has been a Director of Church & Dwight, a leading consumer packaged goods company, since 2006 and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. He has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. Brad served as a trustee of Save the Children US from 2003 to 2009. He returned to Save the Children’s US Board in 2011 and joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2018.


 Pernille Spiers-Lopez 

Pernille Lopez (Interim Chair)

Pernille Lopez is a Global Director and serves on both corporate and non-profit boards. She has been a Trustee for Save the Children US since 2006 and Save the Children International since 2013, where she is currently Interim Chair. Pernille was with IKEA for 21 years. Among several top executive positions, Pernille held the position as President for IKEA North America, Global HR Manager and was a member of The Executive Management Team of the IKEA Group for 10 years. Most recently Pernille Lopez was the Global HR Manager for the IKEA Group and its 135,000 employees. With her extensive business experience she was able to develop a business focused HR Strategy empowering the organization, its leaders and co-workers to grow business and people together. It is through this humanistic way of doing business that Pernille had brought to IKEA perhaps her greatest asset: the ambition to foster an environment of growth, inclusion, balance and empowerment – while doing good business. She has dedicated most of her career to the advancement of women in leadership both inside and outside IKEA. In addition to Save the Children Pernille serves on the board of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, Meijer Corporation, Michigan and ECCO USA. She and her husband, an educational leader, live in Long Beach, California. They have two adult kids in Los Angeles.


Elizabeth Lule

Elizabeth Lule is currently a senior global health and international development consultant with the World Bank Group, and formerly Director in Global Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this, she worked at the World Bank for many years in several senior management and technical positions including; Director/Manager of Regional Integration, Manager of the HIV-AIDS program in Africa and Global Senior Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health. She was also Adjunct Professor in International Health at Georgetown University for five years. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Regional Vice President for Pathfinder International and worked with USAID in Nigeria. She serves on several Boards of Directors, and has been a member of global think tanks, UN Inter-Agency Task Teams and advisory groups. Author and co-author of several books and articles, her current interests include population and development, global health policy and financing, public health/pandemic preparedness, and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. She is a passionate advocate for the rights of women, adolescents, and children, and a frequent speaker in international and academic fora. She has joint advanced degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics. Elizabeth joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016 and she is Chair of the People & Organisation Committee.  


Sigrun Møgedal 

Dr Sigrun Møgedal is a Special Adviser in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and currently serves as the Chair of the International Steering Committee for the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund. Her broad areas of engagement have been in the HIV/AIDS response, human resources for health, health and development policy, strategy and delivery, global partnerships and governance, with the 

Norwegian Government and with non-governmental organisations, including 12 years of service in Nepal. She is a former State Secretary for International Development in the Government of Norway and has held positions as Board Member of the Global Fund (GFATM), GAVI, UNITAID and as Board Member/Board Chair of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool. Before retirement in 2011, Sigrun served as the Norwegian Ambassador for Aids and Global Health Initiatives, based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was appointed to the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav in 2010. Sigrun is Vice Chair of Save the Children Norway, and she joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2018.


Jonathan Powell

In 2011 Jonathan established Inter Mediate, an NGO dedicated to conflict resolution around the world. It is currently working on eight conflicts. Jonathan was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair from 1994 to 2007, and at the same time the British Government’s chief negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007. Jonathan was a British Diplomat from 1979 to 1994, specialising in negotiation. He was a member of the British team conducting the negotiations on the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese in the early 1980’s, at the Conference on Disarmament in Europe (CDE) arms control talks and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) human rights talks with the Soviet Union in the mid-1980’s, the Two plus Four talks on German Unification and the G7 in the late 1980’s. As political officer at the British Embassy in Washington he attached himself to the Presidential campaign of Governor Bill Clinton in 1991 and stayed with it until Clinton’s victory in 1992. He subsequently introduced Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to Bill Clinton and his team in 1993. Since leaving No 10 Downing Street, Jonathan has used his experience in Northern Ireland to help in a series of conflicts at first as a senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and now through Inter Mediate. Jonathan lectures, writes and broadcasts on conflict resolution and is called on from time to time to give advice in different conflict regions. Jonathan published The New Machiavelli, How to Wield Power in the Modern World in 2010 and Talking to Terrorists How to End Armed Conflicts in 2014. Jonathan joined the SCA/SCI Board in September 2013.


Harpal Singh

Harpal Singh is recognized worldwide as a thinker and speaker on the integration of global healthcare. He has a diverse and wide-ranging experience (of over 35 years) in the corporate sector. Currently he is the Mentor & Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Directors of Fortis Healthcare Limited, Fortis Clinical Research Limited, Religare Enterprises Ltd., HealthFore Technologies Ltd., and SRL Diagnostics Ltd. He is also Director of Impact Projects Private Ltd. He was Non-Executive Chairman of India’s largest Pharmaceutical Company, Ranbaxy. He is and has been associated at the Board level with some of India’s most renowned schools which include The Doon School, The Scindia School, the Yadavindra Public Schools and Salwan Public Schools. He is a member of the National Round Table on School Education, a member of the Executive Committee and of the Governing Council of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a member of Board of the Delhi Red Cross Society, a member of the Board of Governors of NIIT University, a member of India-UK Round Table and India-US Strategic dialogue. He is a Trustee of Indian National Association for the Club of Rome. He is a Member of the Board of Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH). He is Founder and Chairman of Nanhi Chhaan Foundation. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Indore. Harpal is Chair of Save the Children India and he joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2010.


Dona Young

Dona D. Young is a director of Foot Locker, Inc., chairing the nominating and governance committee, Aegon, N.V., and Save the Children. She previously served on the board of a global manufacturing company and a large banking institution, as well as several not-for-profit organizations. In 2016 Dona was elected Lead Director at Foot Locker. After a 30-year career, she retired as chair, president, and CEO of an insurance and asset management company shortly after the spin-off of its asset management business at the end of 2008. Dona was one of only twenty-four women CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies when she retired. In addition to her board work, Dona serves as a strategic advisor to CEOs and boards, regularly speaks on board governance topics and serves as a member for the Board Advisory Services Group of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She was a member of the 2012 Advanced Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University and has earned the NACD Leadership Fellows designation. Dona has been named to the 2015 NACD Directorship 100 which recognizes those individuals who have advanced exemplary board leadership. Dona is on the Board of Save the Children US and she joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.

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