Our governance

Our supreme governing body is our Members’ Assembly, made up of delegates from the governing bodies of our 20 National Organisations.

(Information updated September 2021)

We are a not for profit corporation registered in the State of New York, U.S.A. Our constitutional documents include our Certificate of Incorporation (PDF 1.49 MB) and our By-laws (PDF 242 KB), which set out the roles and responsibilities of our governing bodies. We also have a Conflicts of Interest Policy (PDF 426 KB) to manage potential and actual conflicts of interest.

Our registered office is located on the 15th floor, 228 East 45th Street, New York NY 10017, U.S.A. 

Members’ Assembly

Our supreme governing body is our Members’ Assembly, made up of delegates from the governing bodies of our 20 National Organisations. It decides on our Global Strategy, annual budget, financial statements and Global Policies. It also elects our International Board members in accordance with the Members’ Assembly approved Election Procedures. It is chaired by Gunvor Kronman, who also chairs the International Board. 

The Members’ Assembly has two committees: the Board Oversight Committee (Patsy Anderson (Chair), Ann O’Brien and Dorothee Ritz) and the Nominating and Governance Committee (Carol Peasley (Chair), Olivier Lefebvre, Kazuyuki Mori, Christine Bosse and Paula Salovaara). 

International Board

Our International Board, responsible for overseeing management of our affairs, is comprised of up to 11 individuals, 7 of whom must also sit on the governing bodies of National Organisations. The Board has responsibility to oversee the management of Plan International, Inc. by the Leadership Team.

The Board has two standing committees: the Financial Audit Committee and the Programme Committee, each of which also includes non-voting delegates from the Members’ Assembly. It has also established an Executive Committee made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Chairs of each of the Financial Audit Committee and Programme Committee.

Information about each of our Board members is below:

Gunvor Kronman, Chair

Gunvor Kronman (Chair) 

Gunvor joined the International Board as Vice Chair in November 2014 and became Chair of the International Board and Members’ Assembly in November 2020. She has a wealth of experience in the field of international development, previously working for 16 years in the International Red Cross movement and serving on several humanitarian missions. She has chaired the Development Policy Committee for 10 years, advising three Finnish governments on global issues, and has experience in child rights.

She is vice chair of Crisis Management Initiative, an independent organisation that works to prevent and resolve violent conflicts and holds Board Memberships with UN Live and Friends of the UN, amongst others. Gunvor is motivated by trying to make the world a better place by pushing for a better life for all children and especially girls, and for gender equality.

Madhukar Kamath, Vice Chair

Madhukar Kamath (Vice Chair)

Madhukar Kamath is a marketing services professional, with over four decades of experience. Madhukar is currently the Chair Emeritus of the DDB Mudra Group, the mentor for Interbrand India and the Chair of Multiplier Brand Solutions. He has served as the Chair for the Advertising Standards Council of India, the Advertising Agencies Association of India and the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Madhukar helped to build MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing and Communication Management and Business School and has also been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Association of India. He serves on the Board of Plan India and is committed to the goal of impacting the lives of 100 million Girl Children.

Carlos Aparicio

Carlos Aparicio

Carlos Aparicio is a Colombian national and a member of the board of Fundación Plan in Colombia. He is a specialist in the academic, administrative and financial education. A certified public accountant from the Central University in Colombia with a diploma in financial and administrative management, he is currently the chancellor and legal representative of UNITEC University in Colombia and academic couple Ministry of National Education of Colombia.

Carlos has worked as director and teacher at the Central University, Iberoamericana University, Libertadores University and the University of the Andes. He has been an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Higher Education in Colombia, a consultant for the Organization of the Iberoamerican States, and coordinator of interinstitutional relations at Pan American Association of Educational Credit Institutions. From the age of 5 to 18, Carlos was a Plan International sponsored child. 

Carlos is a member of the Programme Committee.

Axel Berger, Treasurer

Axel Berger (Treasurer)

Axel Berger joined the Board in 2017. He spent most of his professional career for the German arm of KPMG, the accounting firm, thereof 14 as managing partner of Cologne and Munich. He is also the former Vice-President of Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel. He received an Honorary Doctor of the University of Eichstätt.

Axel has sat on the Board of Plan International Germany since 2004 and joined the International Board in 2017. Axel is a member of the Financial Audit Committee.

Elbia Castillo Calderon

Elbia Castillo Calderon

Elbia has served as Vice President of Audit, Security and Research of Scotiabank Peru S.A.A. since March 2015.

Elbia holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Universidad de Lima. She joined the International Board in 2017.

She is a member of the Financial Audit Committee.

Amanda Ellingworth

Amanda Ellingworth 

Amanda joined the Board in 2017. Amanda’s first career was in UK local government social work, specialising in children services and child protection. She has since held a ‘portfolio’ of chair or directorships, in the UK public sector and on not for profit boards, always working with vulnerable people, especially children.

Amanda is currently on the boards of Plan International U.K., Barnardo’s and Great Ormond Street Hospital among other organisations. She is a member of the Executive Committee.

Rabia Garib

Rabia Garib

Rabia has been an entrepreneur in the area of technology media since 1999 and produces business-technology content for web, television and radio. In 2007, she brought the world’s largest business-technology magazine, CIO, to Pakistan. She co-founded ToffeeTV in 2010 which develops local language content, making learning fun through animated songs and stories and producing e-learning content for several companies. ToffeeTV is now expanding into curriculum-aligned educational content.

In 2017, Rabia co-established The New Spaces, a website dedicated to AI, Fintech, IOT and Infosec content. Rabia heads the Pakistan chapter of Eisenhower Fellows and was appointed to the Global Network Council, representing Pakistan on the international forum.

Gunter Haag, Chair of Financial Audit Committee

Günter Haag (Chair of Financial Audit Committee)

Günter worked for KPMG in Zurich, Geneva and San Francisco in a number of roles as an advisor, auditor and various management positions. He served as a member of the Executive Board of KPMG Switzerland initially as Head of Financial Advisory Services and later as Head of Audit.

Günter specialises in audit, consulting, corporate governance, due diligence and capital market transactions. Günter is the Chair of the Financial Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Nyovani Madise, Chair of Programme Committee

Nyovani Madise (Chair of Programme Committee)

Nyovani is the Director of Research and Development Policy and head of the Malawi office at the African Institute for Development Policy. She holds a PhD from the University of Southampton in the UK and in 2016, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Aberdeen in recognition of her services to research.  Her research focuses on global health issues and she has over 100 publications in international journals on child survival, reproductive and maternal health, HIV/AIDS and child nutrition.

Nyovani serves on many boards and strategic advisory committees in the USA, Europe, and Africa.

Mark De Smedt

Mark De Smedt

Mark has over 30 years experience in Marketing, Operations and Human Resources at Apple and Citigroup. He moved to the Adecco Group in 2013 where he was on the Executive Committee until 2019. Mark is currently on the Boards of the Copus Group and SD Worx. He is passionate about people and supporting young entrepreneurs.

Ikufumi Tomimoto

Ikufumi Tomimoto

Tomi is a Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Advisor to the Vice President of International Cooperation of Yamaguchi University in Japan. He worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from 1974 to 2010 and served as a Director of JICA in its Paris, Vienna, Washington DC and Bangkok offices. He is an expert in the fields of International Public Management and Development Cooperation. Tomi serves on the Board of Plan Japan and is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and Plan International’s Purpose.

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