A global advocate for freedom, justice, and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and board chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and a founder and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a board member of Crisis Action, an advisory board member of Global Witness, and an advisory council member of The Elders.
In 1993, Van Oranje founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. She joined the Open Society Foundations in Brussels in 1997 as executive director and became the Open Society Foundations’ London- based international advocacy director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first CEO of The Elders. Van Oranje also helped found the Dutch foundation War Child, the global NGO coalition Publish What You Pay, and the Independent Commission on Turkey. She has been active in the fight against HIV and AIDS and in the effort to establish the International Criminal Court in 2002.
Van Oranje holds MAs in economics and political science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. In 2005, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders.