Plan International makes the UN's Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen its next chief executive

The Danish UN executive will take over from Nigel Chapman in August, when the latter will have spent six years at the head of the development charity

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Plan International has appointed the UN executive Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen as its next chief executive.

Albrectsen will take over as chief on 1 September, moving to the UK from New York to take up the role at the global children’s rights and community development charity’s international headquarters in Woking, Surrey.

Plan International is the global body for the individual Plan subsidiaries based in 21 countries.

Currently working as assistant secretary general and deputy executive director for management at the United Nations Population Fund, Albrectsen has almost two decades of experience in humanitarian work, a statement from Plan said.

In addition to the United Nations Population Fund, Albrectsen has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and led the Danish government’s humanitarian and civil society affairs work.

She will take over from Nigel Chapman, who will stand down at the end of August after six years in the role. He was appointed for an initial five-year term in early 2009 and this was extended for an additional two years in early 2014.

A spokesman for Plan International said Chapman would take some time when he left Plan to consider options for future employment.

Josh Liswood, chair of Plan International’s members assembly, said: "Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen is extremely well qualified to lead Plan International in the development and execution of a new strategy at a time of considerable change in the world and in our sector.

"We have appointed an outstanding candidate who is at ease operating at the highest levels of international development as well as at the country level where so much of the day-to-day work of Plan International changes children’s lives."

He said of Chapman’s time as chief executive: "Over the past six years, Plan International has grown considerably in stature and reputation as an effective champion of child rights.

"Nigel Chapman will leave Plan International with our heartfelt appreciation for the positive changes he has brought about across the federation."

Albrectsen said: "I am thrilled about the new role. Every child and young person – including the most vulnerable – has enormous potential. Investing in their rights and engaging them in decision-making is investing in a better future for us all."

Albrectsen will work directly with the 220-strong team at Plan International’s head office and will lead the organisation’s 9,000 field operations staff worldwide.

The Plan spokesman said that Albrectsen's salary was still being finalised but would be similar to Chapman's package, which was about £200,000 a year.

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