Helle Thorning-Schmidt

CEO of Save the Children International, former Prime Minister of Denmark

Helle Thorning-Schmidt joined Save the Children International after a career of public service. As the Prime Minister of Denmark, she led a coalition government from 2011 until 2015, successfully steering Denmark through a difficult period of transition after the global financial crisis.

"A Recognised Expert on Leadership Transition"

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  • Leadership
  • Current and Political Affairs
  • Creating a Better Society


She presents in English, Danish and French.

How she presents

Highly inspiring and charismatic, Helle Thorning-Schmidt is sought after to address audiences around the globe.

In Detail

Prior to her time as Prime Minister, Helle was member of Danish Parliament and the Leader of the Social Democratic Party for 10 years. She was a member of the European Parliament and previously worked as an international adviser to the Confederation of Trade Unions. Throughout her career Helle has been deeply engaged with a range of significant national, European and global issues. She now contributes her insights and expertise, as a board member to several influential international advisory groups and think-tanks. As CEO of Save the Children International, Helle oversees humanitarian and development programs that reach 55 million children in around 120 countries.


Recognised for her inspirational leadership and her ability to galvanize leaders across multiple parties she demonstrates her collaborative leadership style, which she brings to audiences over the world.


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