The Centre for Child Rights and Business staff bring expertise across different areas of child rights, ethical trade and responsible sourcing. We are a passionate team committed to creating a world where business creates positive impact on children across their operations.
Ines Kaempfer brings over 15 years of experience in supply chain sustainability where she has been deeply engaged in issues related to child rights and business in the manufacturing and agriculture industries in Asia.
Since 2014, Ines has been serving as the Executive Director and since 2021, the CEO of The Centre for Child Rights and Business (which was known as CCR CSR up to 2020) in Asia, a social enterprise that helps businesses improve their direct and indirect impact on children, particularly in supply chains. In her role as CEO, Ines leads strategic design and implementation of overall operations and stakeholder engagement, working closely with major multi-national clients and partners around the world.
Under Ines’s leadership, The Centre has significantly expanded its geographic reach to cover over a dozen key East, South and Southeast Asian sourcing countries where Ines has spearheaded the development and scaling of innovative factory and workplace improvement programmes.
Prior to joining The Centre, Ines was the Director of Learning and Impact at ELEVATE Limited, a leading CSR learning and capacity building consultancy. She has also worked as a Director of Assessment, Capacity Building and Training at the Fair Labor Association (FLA).
Ines holds a Ph.D from the University of Fribourg’s faculty of Arts in Sociology of Religion and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Law & Sociology of Religion from University of Fribourg.
Mark brings over 15 years of experience in sustainability and supply chain issues, working with business, investors, and not-for-profit organisations to drive improvements across environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Mark joined The Centre's team as Deputy Executive Director in June 2020, supporting the delivery and development of The Centre's services, and working with partners and businesses in Europe and North America to help them improve their direct and indirect impact on children in supply chains.
Prior to joining The Centre, Mark was Senior Vice President at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program, a leading responsible sourcing programme for the global toy, play and entertainment industries. He has also worked as Head of Communications at ethical trade service provider Sedex, and has held positions at responsible investment research firm EIRIS Vigeo.
Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Ellen leads global communications and marketing efforts at The Centre. As the head of the communications team, she plays a pivotal role in developing and overseeing strategies that empower businesses to drive positive change in supply chains for children and families. As a member of the leadership team, she contributes to The Centre's strategic planning and growth initiatives.
With nearly 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, including seven at The Centre, Ellen's work in creating impactful and convincing communications in collaboration with global team members, has helped drive efforts to engage more businesses in child rights issues and expand into new countries and sectors.
Ellen is a graduate from SOAS, University of London, and is proud to be part of an organisation dedicated to promoting private sector initiatives for the well-being of children.
Ellen lives in Beijing with her family. She is fluent in English, German, and Mandarin.
Amy is responsible for all aspects of finance and tax for The Centre at all regions, which includes Mainland China, Hong Kong and the branch office in Myanmar. Amy is also responsible for communicating with all of our consultants in different countries in relation to banking and payments.
Before joining in The Centre, Amy worked at a professional accounting firm in the UK and China for many years. Amy has rich experience in accounting and taxation for various business industries such as consultancy, manufacturing, retail, law, entertainment, apparel brands and etc.
Chris joined The Centre in Jan 2021, as a senior accountant. Chris is responsible for financial and tax related work in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Before joining The Centre, Chris worked as an accountant at Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China for over 5 years. She has rich experience in accounting and taxation-related work, and maintains good relationships with government offices such as the Taxation Bureau, Statistics Bureau etc.
Sarah is responsible for regular payments, bookkeeping, financial reports and tax filings for Mainland China and provide support to VP Finance & Admin in financial management.
Before joining The Centre, Sarah worked as a financial manager at China National Oil & Gas Exploration and Development Corporation. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing, consulting and the petrol & gas industries. Her specialties are focused on auditing, accounting and financial analysis.
Ekin Ergün Björstedt has a broad experience from a rage of different sectors both private and public. Throughout her career she has always worked with private public partnerships within Sustainability, the Code of Conduct principles and the ESG alignment for corporates. Prior to becoming the Director of Funding and Partnerships at Save the Children Sweden in 2020, she was the Director for fundraising and outreach at the Stockholm University. At the start of her career, she was appointed Trade Commissioner to Turkey, Central Asia, and Caucasus, by the Swedish ministry of Foreign affairs. During her tenure she represented Sweden in business related dialogues.
Roy Caple Hernandez has over 30 years’ experience designing and managing communications strategy for private, public and non-governmental organisations throughout the Americas. He was CEO of several communications consulting firms in Latin America, and headed the Mexico and Latin America Public Affairs function of one the world’s leading financial services organisations. His expertise has focused on advising leaders, CEOs, and management on strategy, reputation, organisational issues, public affairs and communications campaigns, as well as crisis management and corporate responsibility.
Roy has served on the board of NGOs that focus on HIV awareness and prevention, as well as education. He has been a Board Member for Save the Children in Mexico since 2008, its Vice Chair since 2015. He joined the Save the Children Association and Save the Children International Boards in 2018, and has been Vice Chair since 2020. Roy studied Law in the Universidad Iberomericana (Mexico) and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from SIPA-Columbia University (New York). He has lived in New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Caracas, Santiago de Chile and Brussels and currently resides in Mexico City.
Amy is the Chief Operating Officer at FountainVest Partners (Asia) Limited. FountainVest Partners was founded in 2007 and is a leading Asia-focused private equity fund headquartered in Hong Kong. Prior to joining FountainVest in late 2019, Amy worked for 4 years as the CEO of Save the Children Hong Kong, the HK member of a global movement that works in 120 countries focusing on the most marginalized and deprived children.
Before Save the Children, Amy spent nearly two decades in financial services with institutions including JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, working in the US and Asia, having worked as an investment banker, head of strategy, COO and Head of Regulatory Change Management. Amy serves on the Board of Rädda Barnen Service AB, a Swedish social enterprise focusing on child rights in business. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has an MBA from Columbia University and she was also a Certified Public Accountant qualified in the District of Columbia, USA. Amy is a Hong Kong native and has a 19-year old daughter and a 14-year old son. Since 2015, Amy has been an dedicated practitioner of meditation which she credits for her clarity in her life’s purpose.
Ari Kokko is a professor of International Business at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) where his teaching and research focus on international trade, foreign direct investment, and economic development. Before joining CBS in 2010, he was professor at Abo Akademi University in Finland and held various positions at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. He is also affiliated with Tartu University, Estonia. In the past, he has been a board member of Sida in Sweden, and a consultant to various corporations, international organisations and governments. Apart from work, he would like to have more time for sportfishing and mushroom hunting.
Jim is a former executive of a Fortune 500 company that has a global presence in entertainment and consumer products, and was responsible for managing its international Labour Standards program in Asia Pacific and based in Hong Kong.
With over 37 years of experience in buying, supply chain and social compliance functions, Jim spent the latter half of his career as a Regional Director involved in managing a large team spread across 8 locations in Asia. This role also included direct engagement with internal business units, NGOs, service providers, business associations, media, and national level government officials.
Prior to his 23 years in Asia, Jim was based in the UK, working in technical roles within buying departments of major retailers.
Jim holds a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Technology from Brunei University and is now back in the UK, based in his home city of Manchester.
Anders is vice chairman of the National Board of Save the Children, where he has been a member since 2018. Since 2022, he has also been a member of the Board of Save the Children Welfare. Since June 2020, Anders is the chairman of the Swedish Public Employment Service and since March 2020, he has been appointed by the government to be the coordinator for the impact of the corona virus on the business sector. During the years 2012 - 2017, Anders was chairman of IF Metall.