World Childhood Foundation USA's
About Childhood ThankYou Awards
Since 2015, World Childhood Foundation USA has taken the opportunity to recognize three outstanding individuals or corporate leaders who have significantly furthered the cause of children’s rights worldwide. This year, we are pleased to honor the following:
2017 Childhood ThankYou Awardees:
Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ms. Mohammed was the Minister of Environment in Nigeria from 2015 to 2016. She also served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning and was instrumental in developing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three administrations in Nigeria and was Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University, she served on numerous international boards, including the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, the Global Development Program of the Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform, and ActionAid International Right to Education Project.
As Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda shapes strategies and sets the direction of the organization. Having seen that empowering women and girls can bring transformational improvements in the lives of families, communities and societies, she spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012, which pledged to deliver contraceptives to an additional 120 million women in developing countries by 2020.
Melinda received a BA in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She joined Microsoft Corp. in 1987, where she distinguished herself as a leader in the development of multimedia products and was later appointed General Manager of Information Products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.
Monika A. Heimbold
President of the Heimbold Foundation, Monika is known for her generosity of spirit and passionate devotion to humanitarian causes. The Heimbold Foundation was one of the World Childhood Foundation’s co-founders. Monika has played a leadership role and serves on the Board of Childhood USA.
Monika received a BA in Child Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College as well as an MSW from Columbia University and has worked as a clinical social worker. In 2001, when her husband, Charles Heimbold, was named the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, she spent four years in her country of birth.
Since 1997, Monika has been an Executive Trustee of the American Scandinavian Foundation. In 2014, she received the Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Public Service as a result of her work, including the establishment of the Children’s Center at Scandinavia House.