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Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International

Master’s in Political Science, University of Copenhagen; Master’s in European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges. Career in public service. Has been deeply engaged with a range of significant national, European and global issues. Formerly: International Adviser, Confederation of Trade Unions; 1999-2004, Member of the European Parliament; 10 years as member of Danish Parliament and Leader of the Social Democratic Party; Prime Minister of Denmark, leading a coalition government from 2011 until 2015, successfully steering Denmark through a difficult period of transition after the global financial crisis. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International; oversees humanitarian and development programmes that reach 55 million children in around 120 countries. Save the Children has 25,000 staff, working in some of the most difficult and challenging contexts in the world, and an annual budget of over $2 billion. Member of the Board, international advisory groups and think-tanks, including: European Council for Foreign Relations; International Crisis Group; Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy UN Advisory Group; Scaling Up Nutrition Movement; Centre for Global Development European Advisory Group.