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 Chair is the founder and Chairman of Brunswick communications consultancy.
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 is chair of the Governance Committee.
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 in 1988. Anne joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.
Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions has won seven Tony Awards: August, Osage County, Proof, Glengarry Glen Ross, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The History Boys, Journey’s End and Bridge and Tunnel. He is the Executive Producer of Rizzoli & Isles and a History of Hollywood Moguls & Movie Stars on TCM, in addition to the CW series Beauty and the Beast and the CTV series X Camp. He executive produced the Lifetime films, Trip to Bountiful, A Day Late and I Dollar Short, Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, Stephen King’s Big Driver and, Nightmares and Dreamscapes for TNT. Also, Uprising for NBC and the Paramount film the Word of Tomorrow. He currently is the Executive Producer of the film The Exception for A21 and Three Christs for the Avnet company. In 1975 he co-founded Creative Artists Agency, the renowned Los Angeles-based literary and talent agency. Bill joined the Board of Trustees of Save the Children USA in 1995, sat on the SCA/SCI Board for six years, and now serves as a special advisor to the President. Bill served on the SCA/SCI Board 2010-2012 and re-joined in 2017.
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. After being a board member for two years Thomas Heilmann was elected Chairman of the board of Save the Children Germany in 2010. In 2012 he also started a career in politics where he became senator for justice and consumer protection in Berlin. Thomas joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.
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 since May 2012 and became Chairman in June 2012. Peter joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2015.
Muna Idris (Dodkh) is Vice Chairperson for Programs and Strategies at Save the Children Jordan. Muna has a Bsc in Computer Science from University College London (UCL) and a Masters of Science in Management Sciences from the University of Southampton. She spent most of her career with the United Nations, she worked for 12 years with UNICEF Jordan working on child health and monitoring and evaluation. She then moved to UNFPA and headed the UNFPA office in Jordan for 10 years. She became a freelance consultant in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation in 2014 and joined the Save the Children Jordan Board in February of the same year. Muna joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.
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.
Dr Charlie MacCormack is currently Executive Chair of the Millennium Development Goal Health Alliance. He serves as Executive-in-Residence at Middlebury College, is the Senior Fellow for Private Development Assistance at InterAction (for which he also served as Chair 2006-2009), and works with other international think tanks. From 1993 – 2011, Charlie was President of Save the Children US, and also served on the Board of the International Save the Children Alliance from 1993-2009. Prior to his position at Save the Children, Charlie was President of World Learning from 1977 – 1992. He also worked for Save the Children US in the 1970s as Vice President of Programs, and has held a number of other posts, including as Director of the Master's Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training, research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Charlie currently serves on the Board of World Learning, and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was President of the Non- Governmental Committee on UNICEF, and was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate in the Founding Committee of the United Nations University. Charlie received his doctorate and master's degrees from Columbia University, his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, and participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business school of Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organisations. Charlie joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2013.
Alan Parker, Chair
Sir Alan Parker is Chairman of Brunswick Group, the leading critical communications consultancy firm which he founded in 1987. Alan works on a wide range of assignments, acts as senior consultant on many of the firm’s retained accounts and takes an active role in special project work. Alan has established a number of group companies to Brunswick, including MerchantCantos, a design agency and online provider of corporate and financial video communications, and Brunswick Arts, the leading public relations agency for arts and cultural institutions. Alan is also a UK Business Ambassador, Chairman of Save the Children UK, Chairman of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences, a Global Ambassador for the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. He was the founder and Vice-Chairman of China Now, a nationwide festival in the UK in 2008 celebrating Chinese arts and culture designed to strengthen understanding and relationships between the UK and China. He was also Chairman of the reciprocal event, UK Now, held in China in 2012. He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy. Alan joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2010 and became the Chair in 2016.
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 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. Currently he is the Chairman, Save the Children India and on the Board of Save the Children International. Harpal joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2010.
Pernille Spiers-Lopez worked for IKEA for 21 years until 2011. At IKEA she held a number of executive positions, including President and CEO for IKEA North America, and was a member of the Executive Management Team of the IKEA Group for 10 years. During her tenure as President of IKEA North America, from 2001-2009, Pernille led the fastest expansion ever within IKEA. Since then, she has been Global HR Manager for the IKEA Group and its 135,000 employees, and has developed and implemented a new business-focused HR strategy, empowering the organisation, its leaders and co-workers to grow business and people together. Prior to joining IKEA, Pernille was an entrepreneur with a Scandinavian design business, and held leadership positions for several retail companies in Florida and California. Pernille published her first book on personal leadership in Denmark in 2012: the proceeds of the book were donated to Save the Children Denmark. Her book was released in the United States in November 2014 and $1.00 for each book will go to Save the Children US. She serves on the boards of Meijer Corporation, Michigan; ECCO USA and Save the Children US. Pernille joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2013, and is chair of the Compensation & Organisation Committee.
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. 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 joined the SCA/SCI Board in 2016.