Bettina Grönblom has over the course of her career worked with issues of international development, philanthropy, economic policy, societal welfare and human development as well as corporate strategy and change management. She holds dual Finnish and British nationality, has travelled widely, and worked and lived in many countries including Denmark, Finland, France, Ghana, Iceland, India, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam, Israel, and the West Bank and currently resides in London, UK.
Having grown up internationally, the passion to “make this world a better place” started early. Even in high school in Copenhagen, Bettina was interviewed by the leading Finno-Swedish newspaper in Finland for her views on being “international”. After receiving her High School Diploma and an International Baccalaureate Degree she went on to get an American BA in Economics, took independent courses in International Relations at Birkbeck, University of London and earned an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Her work experience is wide-ranging in the public, private and not-for-profit sector. Working for the Nordic Council of Ministers performing the duties of Advisor and Project Co-ordinator, she effectively coordinated the work of the five Nordic Finance and Economy Ministers and participated in various working groups, including one which involved formulating a new legal status for an international development/investment bank.
Throughout her career, Bettina Grönblom has consistently been named a Thought Leader. Working as a Principal Economist at Carl Bro International she developed a new type of reporting for the assessment of development aid for major country donors, which extended well beyond cost-benefit analysis to include a country’s economic and political background, and, most importantly, social factors contributing to development, i.e. putting the human being first. Her reporting format became the benchmark for reporting in the water and environment department at Carl Bro International.
In 1999 she wrote a proposal for a Micro-credit Project and the Empowerment of Women Through Entrepreneurship for the Nordic Council for a Conference on Women and Democracy. The project was personally chosen by the then US First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton and US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright as one of four (out of 300 original proposals) to be implemented and funded.
At IBM as a Senior Strategy and Change Management Consultant she also became a Though Leader. After writing a major article in the premier Danish business paper, Børsen, about how IT could be used for economic growth and social welfare, she was subsequently invited to participate in a government think-tank with the Danish Minister for Business.
As well as having been charity Director, Vice Chair and Coach to different charities, Bettina also has extensive experience working with the non-governmental and charity sectors, as a philanthropist, as well as, personal and professional experience and insight into private wealth management, investments and the financial sector.
Working closely as a trusted advisor to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for many years, Bettina has gained precious insight into peace from his perspective – and this, as well as her own experiences, has highlighted to her the importance of love, compassion and forgiveness to international peace and international development. She shares his belief that we are all equal and that we are all family – that we are all interdependent.