Mabel van Oranje
Girls Not Brides
A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the Chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She is also Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Board Member of the Open Society Foundations, Board Member of Crisis Action, Advisory Board Member of Global Witness and Advisory Council Member of The Elders. In 1993, van Oranje founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its chief executive officer until 1997. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Foundations in Brussels as Executive Director, becoming the organization's London-based International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first Chief Executive of The Elders. She also helped found the Dutch foundation War Child, the global NGO coalition Publish What You Pay and the Independent Commission on Turkey. She holds an MA in Economics and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam.