Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Princess Laurentien works on issues concerning the development of individuals and their impact on society. In particular, she is active in the fields of literacy and sustainability. In 2004 she founded Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation), which works both in the Netherlands and internationally to prevent illiteracy among children and to reduce it among adults. The Princess is UNESCO’s Special Envoy on Literacy and Development, and served as Chair of the EU High Level Group of experts on Literacy, which presented its findings in 2012. Princess Laurentien has also been professionally engaged on sustainability and wildlife preservation for over a decade. She is Founder and Director of the Missing Chapter Foundation (MCF), which brings together children and (corporate) leaders to engage in dialogue aimed at changing mind-sets of both the adults and children. Princess Laurentien is also the initiator and author of the Mr Finney series of children’s books.