Per Heggenes is the Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Stichting INGKA Foundation, owner of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Heggenes sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Heggenes has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in more than 45 countries. He also serves as an Advisory Group member of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Heggenes is also a Councilor for the World Refugee Council, Canada and a member of the World Commission for Forced Displacement. Previously, Heggenes held global and regional leadership roles for the shipping and logistics company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, and a global public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller, based in London and New York. Heggenes served in the Norwegian Air Force and graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a “Diplom Oekonom” (MBA).