Cecilia Bernard Appointed Mentor’s New Secretary General

Mentor Sweden and Mentor International’s board of directors announced the appointment of Cecilia Bernard as its new Secretary General, effective 1 December 2020.

18 November 2020 | Blog

With extensive experience in digital development, Cecilia Bernard will further Mentor’s mission while increasing its impact through digital transformation.

“We are delighted that Cecilia has taken on the role of leading our organization. Cecilia has proven strong leadership and experience in digital development which gives Mentor the relevant tools needed to best support today’s youth,” says Yvonne Thunell, chairman of Mentor Sweden and Mentor International.

“Mentor plays an important role in helping youth strengthen their self-esteem and in providing a positive outlook on the future. By adapting our operations to the digitalized world, we are able to continue to offer more young people access to our programs,” adds Yvonne Thunell.

Cecilia Bernard has a master’s degree in leadership and organization from the Stockholm School of Economics and has previously held a number of CEO positions at consulting organizations in business development, brand development and technology development as well as various board assignments in digital transformation. She has most recently been running her own consulting company. Prior to that, she was CEO of the digital agency Making Waves and before that CEO of the communications agency B-Reel. Cecilia has a strong personal interest in diversity and integration and has run several programs to promote that in the workplace.

“I strongly believe in the power of mentoring, and I believe that all young people have the right to positive role models. My experience is that most people want to help but do not know where to turn. I look forward to changing that and increasing Mentor’s visibility and impact,” says Cecilia Bernard.

About Mentor International

Established in 1994 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in collaboration with members of the World Health Organization, Mentor International is the leading global federation of non-profit organizations working to develop youth development programs that support drug prevention. Mentor has spent over 25 years working persistently to help improve conditions for young people, inspire them to fulfil their potential and look to the future with hope. We have developed active partnerships with international agencies, governments, other NGOs, and the corporate sector to fulfil our vision. Nearly 100 Mentor initiatives have aided prevention activities in over 80 countries. The result is empowered youth who make healthy decisions and live drug-free.