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  • Reflections from ChildFund Australia’s Nigel Spence

    After 14 years at the helm of ChildFund Australia, CEO Nigel Spence is stepping down at the end of December. The Australian Council for International Development just recently named Nigel as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award, celebrating his 40 years of commitment, enthusiasm and tireless advocacy for children.

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Kevin Hyland OBE is a renowned international specialist in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2014, Kevin was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by Theresa May, serving with distinction, before stepping down to undertake his role as CEO with ChildFund Ireland in July 2018. 

Prior to his role as Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, which was internationally recognized for developing best practice in anti-trafficking operations. He has over 30 years’ experience of investigating serious and organized crime and was successful in securing convictions of international organized crime groups behind some of the most challenging cases of slavery and trafficking.

In 2015, Kevin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), acknowledging his outstanding service in combating human trafficking. Kevin was also instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, which was launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2014.

Kevin is also Chairperson of "The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Project in Ireland," a project established to identify, collate, create and analyze databases relating to information on the scale and scope of human trafficking into and within the island of Ireland.



Joern Ziegler, CEO of ChildFund Deutschland, meets with a family living in a camp for internally displaced people in Ukraine. ChildFund offers various activities for the children in the camp. © Yellow-Blue Wings

Joern Ziegler headshotJoern studied theology in Göttingen and Heidelberg. He started his professional career working in various roles for the International Society for Human Rights in Frankfurt (1981 - 1990). He continued as a fundraiser for World Vision in Germany (1991-1995) and then as director of social marketing with the Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands (1996 - 2000). He joined ChildFund Deutschland in 2001 as managing director and was appointed CEO of the organization in 2007. He served as a director of the ChildFund Alliance from its foundation in 2001 until 2008, and was a member of the Alliance´s Executive Committee from 2005 to 2007.

Joern is married to Susanne; the couple has six children, including an adopted son from Afghanistan.

Jose Faura, CEO, Educo

Jose holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institut Químic de Sarriá (URL), a MBA from ESADE and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Detroit (USA).

His professional career has been developed in diverse public and private sector enterprises, ranging from multinational companies to small family-run businesses, where he has been involved in several processes of change and expansion.

CEO of EDUCO since 2013, Jose works to help change children lives and contribute to their well-being in all countries where EDUCO works.

Je Hoon received his Bachelor’s degree in history and Master’s degree in journalism from Seoul National University, and completed a Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is the former president and publisher of JoongAng Ilbo, one of the three major daily newspapers in Korea. He also served as president of the Before Babel Brigade (BBB) Korea, which provides translation and interpretation services with the help of volunteers, and as chairman of Board of Directors of Gyeonggi Volunteer Centre.

He was recently called to serve as senior advisor for BBB Korea. He is president of Volunteering Korea, vice chairman of Korean Council of Children’s Organizations, Korea National Council on Social Welfare, and Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation. He also serves as a member of the Presidential Committee on Social Cohesion. Je Hoon served on the board of ChildFund Korea from March 2001 to March 2008 and was chairman of Board of Directors from March 2008. He was appointed as President of ChildFund Korea in 2010.

Paul Brown, CEO, ChildFund New Zealand

Paul Brown joined ChildFund in 2004. He has always focused on helping children in need, including volunteering on Radio Lollipop at Starship Children’s Hospital for more than five years. Paul sponsors children in Kenya and Timor-Leste.

Paul oversees ChildFund New Zealand’s operation to ensure that it runs smoothly, is always focused on its main aim of putting children’s needs first and foremost, and that the funds it receives are put to the best possible use. He is responsible for setting and delivering the organization’s overall strategy – where and how it works.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration.

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Toward a Safe World for Children

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations working in more than 60 countries. This video provides an overview of our network, our key priorities and joint initiatives.

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