Governance

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is governed by a Board and an Executive Committee. These governing bodies reflect the diverse nature of the Partnership and include governments, multilateral agencies, civil society and faith organizations, the private sector, foundations, academics and independent experts.
The Board provides high-level strategic oversight and supports the Partnership through advocacy and resource mobilization.
Manuel Bessler

Manuel Bessler

Deputy Director General, Head of Humanitarian Aid Department and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit
Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen

Executive Vice President - Global Health, Becton, Dickinson and Co. and President, Becton, Dickinson and Co. Foundation
H.E. Marcelo Ebrard

H.E. Marcelo Ebrard

Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Kurt Ekert

Kurt Ekert

President and CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Henrietta H. Fore

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF - Board Chair

Virginia Gamba

Virginia Gamba

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Dr. Bernard Gerbaka

Dr. Bernard Gerbaka

President, ISPCAN
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, WHO
Dr. Savitri Goonesekere

Dr. Savitri Goonesekere

Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Colombo

H.E. Taro Kono

H.E. Taro Kono

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Dr. A.K. Shiva Kumar

Dr. A.K. Shiva Kumar

Co-Chair, Know Violence in Childhood
Dr. Daniela Ligiero

Dr. Daniela Ligiero

Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls - End Violence Executive Committee Chair
H.E. Åsa Lindhagen

H.E. Åsa Lindhagen

Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden

Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid

Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

President, Arigatou International

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director, UN Women
H.E. Maryam Monsef

H.E. Maryam Monsef

Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Canada
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Independent Expert
Dr. Joanna Rubinstein

Dr. Joanna Rubinstein

President & CEO, World Childhood Foundation
Rt Hon Rory Stewart MP

Rt Hon Rory Stewart MP

Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit

Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit

General Secretary, World Council of Churches
H.E. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise

H.E. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise

Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia
The Executive Committee oversees the work of End Violence Secretariat and the End Violence Fund Steering Committee, and provides direction and support on strategic planning, partnerships, performance monitoring, governance, finance and risk.
Dr. Assefa Bequele

Dr. Assefa Bequele

Founder, Africa Child Policy Forum
Ted Chaiban

Ted Chaiban

Director of Programmes, UNICEF
Dr. Débora Cóbar

Dr. Débora Cóbar

Regional Director - Latin America and the Caribbean,  Plan International
Iain Drennan

Iain Drennan

Head of International and Industry Engagement, UK Home Office
Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah

Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah

Deputy Director, Preventing Violence and Harmful Practices, Canada
Maureen Greenwood-Basken

Maureen Greenwood-Basken

Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund - Executive Committee Vice Chair
Alicia Herbert

Alicia Herbert

Head, Children, Youth and Education Department, UK DFID
Dr. Etienne Krug

Dr. Etienne Krug

Director of the Department of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability and Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO - Executive Committee Vice Chair
Dr. Daniela Ligiero

Dr. Daniela Ligiero

Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls - End Violence Executive Committee Chair
Dr. Jim Mercy

Dr. Jim Mercy

Director, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid

Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Bidisha Pillai

Bidisha Pillai

CEO, Save the Children India
Nicole Ruder

Nicole Ruder

Head of Global Institutions Division, Swiss Development Cooperation
Karin Strandås

Karin Strandås

State Secretary to Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden
Ernie Allen

Ernie Allen

WePROTECT Global Alliance
Seán Coughlan

Seán Coughlan

Human Dignity Foundation
Brigette De Lay

Brigette De Lay

Oak Foundation
Iain Drennan

Iain Drennan

Head of International and Industry Engagement, UK Home Office
Kul Gautam

Kul Gautam

Independent, Expert
Toshiya Hoshino

Toshiya Hoshino

Government of Japan
Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor

Executive Director, End Violence
The End Violence Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Global Partnership’s work around the world. Based in New York and Geneva, the team connects individuals, organisations and governments to get violence against children on the global agenda and grow the resources and political will to make the world safer for young people. The Secretariat’s leadership team, listed below, manages these efforts and supports the Partnership’s Board, Executive Committee, and the End Violence Fund Steering Committee.
Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor

Executive Director, End Violence
Sally Burnheim

Sally Burnheim

Deputy Director and End Violence Fund Chief
Andrew Hassett

Andrew Hassett

Communications and Advocacy
Catherine Maternowska

Catherine Maternowska

Data, Evidence and Learning
Marija Manojlovic

Marija Manojlovic

Strategy and Innovation
Matthew DeGalan

Matthew DeGalan

External Relations
Sabine Rakotomalala

Sabine Rakotomalala

Country Engagement