International Board of Directors
Plan's International Board of Directors comprises:
Ellen is Plan International’s first female chair and comes to Plan after serving 4 years in Liberia as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in Liberia and Coordinator of United Nations Operations. With a distinguished career as a diplomat, she has worked within the UN and the Danish government, including representing her country in the Security Council and the EU.
The William J Clinton foundation Climate Initiative Director, focusing on carbon capture and storage projects. Former Global Director of Consultant Human Resources, Boston Consulting Group. Former Arthur D Little Director and Vice President, responsible for Global Oil Practice P&L and people development. Extensive international experience in talent management, organisational change, strategy and performance improvement. Board member of Plan USA.
Partner of KPMG in Austria, then in Germany and served large international industrial clients on the audit side of the business before retiring from the Management Board in 2007. Joined the KPMG Germany Supervisory Board in 2008 and then the Supervisory Boards of Advanced Metallurgical Group and 2 middle market companies in Austria.
Long standing experience within the private sector, mostly within banking and insurance, at the highest management and governance level. Additional knowledge of the public sector, serving in several roles, in 1999 she was the first woman to be designated Minister of Foreign Affairs of her country El Salvador. Extensive experience in NGO Boards, local and regional. She has a solid academic background in Art, Insurance, and Law, with a Masters in Business Administration. She taught at two Universities in El Salvador and conferences at Business Schools. The private sector awarded her La Palma de Oro, maximum life time achievement. Mayu is Corporate Sustainability Head for HSBC Latin America.
Independent consultant and director of ACE Europe bvba. Background in development economics providing consultancy services to NGOs on evaluation, strategic planning and capacity building, change management and European legislation and funding programmes.
Current managing partner of MasterMedia GmbH and former Assistant Professor at the University of FU Berlin. Career in pharmacology, public relations, health issues and advocacy.
Professional experience includes university teaching in the United States and Ethiopia, and a long service of over 27 years in the International Labour Office as Director in its headquarters in Geneva, Asia and Africa. Dr Bequele is currently a Distinguished Fellow at The African Child Policy Forum, a leading Pan-African policy centre committed to the promotion of child rights and child wellbeing in Africa.
Career advising health industry clients on a broad range of matters including corporate governance, regulatory issues, private/public relationships and transactions, and medical/legal litigation. He has argued cases before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. Joined the Board of Plan Canada in 2006.
Experiencing working as an official and director at the International Labour Office, focussing his work on human development issues. Frans has contributed actively to issues of child rights, and especially child labour. As a long term supporter of Plan, including through child sponsorship, Frans has been a member of the Plan Netherlands National Board for the past 4 years (recently re-elected for a further 4 years), sharing his expertise, experience in development and fundraising, cooperation with NGOs and the corporate world, and specific expertise on child rights, child labour and violence affecting children.
Company director and corporate governance consultant. Currently Chair of Plan International Australia and a director of Plan International Hong Kong. Other current directorships include the Australian Saving and Loans Credit Union, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Qantas Foundation and Chair of the Royal District Nursing Service. Formerly a director on not-for-profit, government and private boards for 25 years. A Fellow member of the Australian Institutes of Management, Company Directors and Credit Unions.
Manager of StrategiCo, which specialises in risk analysis in Africa, has over 20 years professional experience in financial analysis, project finance and development aid programme design, implementation and management in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Employers include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Finance Corporation and the African Development Bank. Her background is in international economics and finance. She was born in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa and graduated in Austria.