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 and Chairman of The Swedish Platform Civil Society against Human Trafficking.

Director, Communication and Advocacy

Ida Östensson

On parental leave, back September 2022. 

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.

Communication Officer

Malin Säflund

Malin Säflund is a Communication Officer with an interest in language, writing and human rights. Her interest in children’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 operations daily.

The past years Malin has spent working with public health in the public sector where her focus has been personal development, education, and management. She has a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and is bringing knowledge of crisis communications, language adaptations, media production and project management to the table.

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.

Communication Manager

Johanna Wilkens

Johanna has worked with PR and communication within different sectors for the past ten years. Her passion for children’s rights started at the foundation Friends where she spent several years building up their communication and starting up their advocacy.

Prior to joining Child10 she worked as a communications consultant at the pr agency Westander, focusing on strategy, media impact and advocacy. She’s also spent time within the Schibsted group at Blocket and Aftonbladet. She has a bachelor in journalism.

Johannas philosophy is that strong communication should be easy to understand. Build your case and send a clear message.

Project Manager

Anh Helge

Anh is a curious and committed person with a passion for women’s and children’s rights. She has lived in Asia, Australia and Europe and worked for a number of international organizations. Exposure to diverse cultures has given Anh a broader adaptability and sensitivity, as well as proficiency in English, Swedish, Russian and Vietnamese.

Throughout her career Anh has been working to strengthen the strategic and operational management capacity of civil society organizations by providing tools for change and enabling opportunities for collaboration. Her work derives from a rights-based approach, problem-solving skills and project management experience. Anh has Master’s degrees in Marketing from Stockholm University, Communication Management at the University of Technology Sydney, and International Relations at the University of Leeds.

Project Manager

Gabriella Kärnekull Wolfe

Gabriella is one of Sweden’s most influential voices in the field of commercial sexual exploitation. At only 19 she co-founded the Swedish survivor organization Not Your Whore, which connects and amplifies the voices of commercial sexual exploitation victims. The organization is currently the only survivor organization in Sweden and reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month in their social media channels, where they work to highlight the issues that victims of commercial sexual exploitation face – as well as their solutions.

She is frequently hired by both the CSO sector as well as the public sector as an expert in the field. Gabriella has received several awards for her work, including “Changemaker of the Year” and “2020 Year’s Defender and Promoter of Human Rights”. Apart from her work at Child10, Gabriella is engaged in the work at Not Your Whore, she is studying law and writing her first book that is to be published during 2022.


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 boardmember 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!.