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11 child-focused development organizations
working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities.
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  • Reflections from ChildFund Australia’s Nigel Spence

    After 14 years at the helm of ChildFund Australia, CEO Nigel Spence stepped down at the end of December 2019. 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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Martin NolanMartin is the CEO of ChildFund Ireland and is a former Chief Executive of Bus Éireann. He brings to the organization a proven record of accomplishment and decades of experience at the board level. He joined ChildFund Ireland after holding several senior positions at the state-owned bus company where he served since 1997, including the post of Chief Executive, which he held for six years until stepping down in 2017. In that role, he directed the provision of significant services for communities across Ireland. He is a Chartered accountant, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Director of Autism Ireland.

Martina Hibell

Martina Hibell has worked with international, child focused development, within different organizations since 2017, whereof eight years at Barnfonden. She is motivated by the possibility to support change in contexts where change appears impossible, and to find the key factors that need to be interlinked in order for this to happen.

As a Program Director she has been the head of organizational changes for a stronger and better development work. Martina believes in partnerships and has strengthened Barnfonden’s relations both with country offices and donors.

Her focus now will be to continue finding new and innovative collaborations with different kinds of actors in order to jointly contribute to a safer world for children.

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.



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Margaret Sheehan is CEO of ChildFund Australia, an independent international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in developing communities.               

Previous to this role, Margaret spent four years as ChildFund Australia’s International Program Director, overseeing the development and implementation of child-focused development  programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining ChildFund, Margaret held senior international roles with UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

With a Masters in Public Health, Margaret has over two decades of experience in managing international development programs and personnel in field office. 


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.

  1. Je-Hoon Lee, President, ChildFund Korea

    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 …

  2. 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. Pau…

  3. Anna Svärd, Secretary General, Barnfonden

    Anna Svärd joined Barnfonden as Secretary Gener…

  4. Florence Provendier, CEO, Un Enfant par la Main

    Florence Provendier started working…

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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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