About Child10
Our team

Secretary General

Jacob Flärdh

Jacob Flärdh has an extensive experience of international work for children’s rights with a collaborative impact approach. He has spend most his career on multi-sectoral partnership; academia, business industry, civil society and public sector working together to strengthen the rights of the child. Jacob is the initiator and first Chair of the World Anti-Bullying Forum, and as a former Head of Research he has led several research projects on impact and implementation of interventions to protect children from violence. Besides working as the Secretary General for Child10, Jacob is a Board Member for Friends, Youth 2030 Movement, Together for Change and The Swedish Platform Civil Society against Human Trafficking.

Director, Communication and Advocacy

Ida Östensson

By combining gender equality, communication and advocacy, Ida has for many years played an important role in the Swedish public debate. She has founded several organizations focused on the promotion of gender equality. In 2006, she established the organizations “You Skate Girl” and “No Limit Skate” who both focus on equality in the skateboard culture. In 2010, she founded the Make Equal Foundation, an organization developing and implementing solution oriented methods to improve equality in Sweden and in 2013 she was one of the initiators of the Fatta Movement fighting for consent as a basic requirement in sexual offence legislation and practice. Ida also started #killmiddag (#guytalk) as a way to get boys and men to take responsibility for sexual violence by starting with themselves. She has received several awards for her work such as “Super Communicator of the Year”, “BRIS Award Winner of the Year” and “People’s Educator of the Year”.

Director, Policy and Programs

Elise Thoen

Elise Thoen is a human rights lawyer with more than ten years of experience working with the promotion of international human rights in the government sector, the UN, the EU and civil society organizations. She is an expert on international human rights law and policy, including the rights of the child.

Elise has considerable experience from the field, working several years in the Balkans both on individual human rights and humanitarian law cases before the courts, as well as on projects concerning human rights, transitional justice, rule of law and gender equality. She has also worked several years in Brussels for the EU External Action Service on human rights promotion, policy coordination and development. She was inter alia responsible for drafting and negotiating EU policies on human rights topics, including the rights of the child, and represented the EU in international fora such as the UN cooperating closely with civil society organizations both in Brussels and in the field.

Programme Officer

Faryal Sajjad

Faryal combines innovative skills from the business sector with her passion for human rights. She has extensive international experience ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia and Europe. In addition to having worked in diverse cultures, she has also worked across multiple sectors, thereby curating her unique multi-sectoral approach to problem solving. She brings strong research and analytical skills into the team through her monitoring and evaluation work from the field, including with UNICEF on peacebuilding and youth empowerment in Tajikistan.

She has also worked in marketing for tech startups and renowned FMCGs like Unilever where she has developed social mission and responsible business campaigns supporting cross-sectoral partnerships and driving brand activism.

Intern Communication and Advocacy

Malin Säflund

Malin Säflund is a rhetorician with an interest in language, writing and human rights. She has spent the past years working with public health and has a passion for making people finding happiness and content within themselves – through movement.

At Child10 she is supporting the team in their communication plan and strategy as the intern of spring 2021. Besides her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric she has also studied pedagogy and crisis communication, all that can come handy within her time at Child10. Her interest in child’s rights were awoken and developed during her years as a childcare worker where the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child were present in the education daily.

Chair & Co-founder

Sara Damber

Sara Damber is one of Sweden’s most prominent social entrepreneurs.  In 1997, she founded Friends, the largest organisation in Scandinavia working against bullying and discrimination in schools. A little more than 10 years later, she teamed up with international investment group Kinnevik to create Reach for Change, an organisation that provides support to social entrepreneurs across the world who fight to make life better for children. To date, Reach for Change has supported more than 1,200 social entrepreneurs in 18 countries on three continents.

In parallel to her career as a social entrepreneur and a founder, Sara has led a number of change management projects within the government and public institutions on local, regional and national level. Besides working as CEO at the Stenbeck Foundation, Sara is the Chairman of the Board for Child 10, 29k, Friends and Youth 2030 Movement, as well as a Board Member for Järvaskolan.


Sophie Stenbeck

Sophie is an active investor and a dedicated philanthropist. She is the founder of the SEA Foundation, which makes early investments in health, environmental and education companies, and a co-founder of Imperative, a company that creates a more meaningful and human working life.

Through her private foundation, the Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation, Sophie supports initiatives that prevent human trafficking and strengthen the rights of children. She is also a co-founder of the Child 10 foundation and a co-founding board member of the Swedish Queen’s World Childhood Foundation.

In addition to her role as chairman of the board of Child10 she i also on the board for the Stenbeck Foundation, Sophie is an active board member of investment fund Max Ventures and media company Penske Media Corporation.


Hugo Stenbeck

Hugo Stenbeck has a lifelong commitment to ice hockey, and he has invested in several Swedish sports clubs over the years, including Malmö Redhawks and IK Pantern. As part of his commitment to sports, Hugo has initiated and run philanthropic initiatives with the aim of improving the situation for young people in southern Sweden. In addition to being a member of Child10’s board, he has also a member of the board of the Stenbeck Foundation since 2018.


We have no vacancies at the moment. But please send your resume to info@child10.org for future recruitments. Thank you!.