Governance, leadership and policies

Board of Directors

The LEGO Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors composed of six members elected in accordance with its charter. The Board approves the strategy of the Foundation and makes decisions about how the Foundation directs its use of resources, including grants. 

Furthermore, the Board also supports and supervises the organisation, making sure that the Foundation is managed appropriately and in accordance with applicable legislation and its charter. Additionally the board appoints The LEGO Foundation CEO who is responsible for the overall leadership and day-to-day management of the Foundation.

Thomas Kirk Kristiansen

Chairman of the Board

Shareholder of KIRKBI A/S and representing the fourth generation of the LEGO® owner family. Deputy Chairman of the LEGO Brand Group and Chairman of LEGO A/S.

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Executive Chairman of the LEGO Brand Group. Former President and CEO of the LEGO Group from 2004–2016.

Malou Aamund

Member of the Board

Malou holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. She is an experienced ex-ecutive with wide-ranging leadership experience across global technology companies coupled with experience from working as a Member of Parliament in Denmark and a range of Non-Executive positions, including at KIRKBI A/S, which she joined in 2019. Throughout her career, Malou has been working in the interface between the public and private sectors focusing on technology, education, and science and in her political career she also served as a Spokesperson for Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Elhadj As Sy

Member of the Board

Elhadj As Sy is the Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation Board, and Co-chair of the WHO/World Bank Global Pandemic Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB). Mr. Sy is also Governor at the Wellcome Trust, and a member of the Governing Board of Interpeace as well as numerous other boards and organizations. Mr. Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian, health, environment, development sectors, and has previously served as the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) IFRC ‐ the world’s largest humanitarian network. He has previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 30 years.

Mabel van Oranje

Member of the Board

Mabel is a global advocate for equality, justice and freedom and serial entrepreneur for social change. During the last decade, she played a catalytic role in the creation and growth of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, the Girls First Fund and VOW for Girls. Mabel is currently a board member of Fondation Chanel, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and VOW for Girls (chair). She is also an advisor to Apolitical Academy Global, Co-Impact’s Gender Fund, Global Witness, the Graca Machel Trust and The Elders. Mabel is a champion of Girls Not Brides, and a co-founder and chair emeritus of the European Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow her tweets @MabelvanOranje

The work of the Board of Directors
Election of the Board of Directors
Remuneration of the Board of Directors

With reference to the Danish Financial Statement Act (årsregnskabsloven § 77a, stk. 2 and BEK no. 558 01.06.2016) the Mandatory Report on Recommendation on Foundation Governance, which is approved by the Board of Directors, is published here.

Executive Leadership

The LEGO Foundation is lead by a CEO and two Vice Presidents.

Sidsel Marie Kristensen

Chief Executive Officer

Before taking on her role of CEO, Sidsel was General Counsel at KIRKBI A/S. She holds a Master of Law from Aarhus University and a Master in International and European Business Law from University of Leuven. Sidsel is a member of the Board of Directors in Merlin Entertainments Ltd., Koldingvej 2, Billund A/S and a number of subsidiaries in the KIRKBI Group.

Netsanet Belay

Vice President

Netsanet leads The LEGO Foundation's advocacy, communication and strategic partnerships. He is an Ethiopian human rights lawyer who has defended and promoted human rights at local, national, regional and global levels for over two decades. Before joining the LEGO Foundation he has led Amnesty International's global research and advocacy initiatives for almost a decade. He has extensive experience and network in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), United Nations and African Union. Netsanet has paid a personal sacrifice for his role in leading human rights activism in Ethiopia by spending two years in prison as a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’.

Judith Diers

Vice President

As the Foundation’s Vice President for Inclusion and Playful Learning, Judy leads the programmatic work of the LEGO Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Judy was a grantmaker at the Ford Foundation, supporting the advancement of Ford’s work on gender and adolescents. She also served as UNICEF’s chief of Adolescent Development and Participation, setting the global strategic direction for the organization’s adolescent-focused programs and policies.  Before that, she held several positions at the Population Council. Judith is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in theology and ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York, as well as a master’s and doctorate in public policy and demography from Princeton University.

The LEGO Foundation Charter

How we handle data

We have a full privacy policy that goes into the details. But you should know that: we keep to Danish and EU data protection regulations, including GDPR you always have the right to know what information we’re holding about you, and why.

Privacy Policy

Whistleblower Line

We should all feel safe coming to work - always. The work we do impacts vulnerable people, including children. So it’s vitally important that you tell us if someone who works here isn’t living up to our high standards of integrity. If you’ve seen or suspect illegal or unethical behaviour, report it.

Reporting unethical behaviour

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