Entrepreneur is appointed Chair of the Global Girls’ Fund

9 April 2010

Kavita Oberoi International Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting celebrates its centenary with the appointment of entrepreneur and Secret Millionaire star Kavita Oberoi as Chair of the Global Girls’ Fund Board. Also US$2million have been donated by the UPS Foundation.

The UPS Foundation has donated US$2million to the Global Girls Fund and comes on board as a Global Founding Partner. This support enables initiatives in leadership, environmental sustainability and educational programmes to be implemented across the 145 countries Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting operates in.

Eduardo Martinez, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation, takes on the role of Chair of the Corporate Panel for the Global Girls Fund and HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark will act as Patron of the Fund, leading its Council of Ambassadors.

As a founding partner of the Global Girls Fund, UPS is excited to expand our partnership and support the too often underrepresented voices of girls and young women around the world. Through our financial support and local community connections, UPS hopes to encourage the development of women by expanding their opportunities - a crucial part of building more sustainable communities around the world.

Eduardo Martinez

Girls and young women deserve our support and investment. If we help them grow their self-esteem, develop their leadership skills and participate in their communities as equal citizens we will witness a ripple effect that will benefit girls, their families and their nations. The Global Girls Fund will help continue the 100 year tradition of transforming lives by empowering girls and young women

Kavita Oberoi

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will continue to develop the Global Girls Fund as its centenary appeal, appointing further high profile supporters to the Fund’s Board and Councils from the world of business, politics, academia, sport and entertainment.

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About Kavita Oberoi

Kavita Oberoi is one of the UK's most successful female entrepreneurs. She is the founder and Managing Director of a successful IT and Business Healthcare  Consultancy which she started in 2001.

In August 2008 she appeared on Britain’s Channel 4 hit TV show, The Secret Millionaire. She is now a Director of one of the charities she supported on the show, focused on developing self-esteem programmes for girls in the UK. Raised in a traditional Indian family, Kavita credits her mother with giving her the determination to seek out an education for herself, and her father for giving her the entrepreneurial spirit which has made her such a success in business In 2005, Kavita was awarded the prestigious NRI Pride of India Gold Award in recognition of her achievements and received a special commendation in the Entrepreneur of the Year Section in the Asian Woman of Achievement Awards.

About the Global Girls Fund

The Global Girls Fund seeks to raise £10million to support international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, is dedicated to empowering all girls and young women to reach their full potential and take action to change the world for the better.

For more information on the Global Girls Fund, visit the 'Support us' section.

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