Dr Mabel van Oranje



A long-time global advocate for freedom, justice and development, Mabel van Oranje is founder and chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She is co-founder and executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the (advisory) boards of Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and The Elders.

In 1993, Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Foundations as Executive Director of its Brussels office, becoming OSF’s London-based International Advocacy Director, and she was the first CEO of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.

Mabel helped found the Dutch foundation War Child, the global NGO coalition Publish What You Pay and the Independent Commission on Turkey. She has been actively engaged in the fight against HIV AIDS and in the global efforts that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002. She has sat on the advisory boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Crisis Action, Interpeace, the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, and Trust Women.

She is founding patron of the Dutch Masters Foundation, a UK charity championing the advancement of Dutch arts through its support of three of the Netherlands’ leading cultural organisations: the Nederlands Dance Theater, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.

Mabel has Masters degrees in Economics and in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. The World Economic Forum named her one of its Global Leaders for Tomorrow (2003) and its Young Global Leaders (2005). Mabel has received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2014), the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award (2014) and the ICRW Champions for Change Award for Innovation (2015) for her work with Girls Not Brides. In 2017, she received the

World Without AIDS Award from the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung.

Mabel lives in London with her two daughters.

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