Political Speaker Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Former Prime minister of Denmark (2011 – 2015); CEO, Save the Children International

Speaker Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the CEO of Save the Children International and a former Prime Minister of Denmark who has focused on children's rights and education throughout her career. She oversees programs that reach 55 million children in around 120 countries every year and has a goal of ensuring all children survive, learn, and are protected by 2030.

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    Helle Thorning-Schmidt biography

    CEO of Save the Children International, speaker Helle Thorning-Schmidt joined the organization after a formidable political career. Formerly the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle led a coalition government from 2011 until 2015. Helle was member of Parliament and the Leader of the Social Democratic Party for 10 years. She was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, and previously worked as an international adviser to the Confederation of Trade Unions.

    Throughout her career speaker Helle Thorning-Schmidt has tackled significant national and global issues, specifically with regards to children’s rights. People recognized Helle for her dedication to help children reach their potential by ensuring access to quality education. The UN General Secretary invited her to become a Global Education Champion to promote the Global Education First Initiative. In September 2015, Gordon Brown appointed her to the Education Financing Commission.

    Recognized for her inspirational leadership, Helle was elected as Prime Minister at a time when Denmark was feeling the significant impact of the financial crisis. Her ability to galvanize leaders across multiple parties demonstrates her collaborative leadership style, which she brings to Save the Children. As CEO, Helle oversees humanitarian and development programs that directly reach 55 million children in around 120 countries every year, including in some of the most difficult and challenging contexts. Save the Children has 25,000 staff and an annual budget of over two billion USD. Save the Children has made a commitment to ensure that all children survive, learn, and receive protection by 2030. Helle’s commitment and also leadership will mobilize the global organization to ensure this ambition becomes reality.

    She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. She also has a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. Born in Copenhagen, her mother tongue is Danish. She is also fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt Speaking Videos

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Is The Scandinavian Democratic Model Applicable To Other Parts Of Europe?
    Helle Thorning-Schmidt | CNBC Conversation

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt Keynote Topics

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    In this conference, the speaker Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former politician and current CEO at Save the Children International will talk to us about the changes that COVID-19 has brought to the company. She will share with the attendees those aspects that have been most affected by the pandemic, such as internal communication, leadership, motivation or stress management. No one better than someone who has led a country to understand how changes affect and propose solutions to mitigate their effects or exploit those that are beneficial for the common purpose.

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