Per Heggenes is the CEO of the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Per 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, Per has presided over its evolution into a global grant-making philanthropy that funds programmes in more than 20 countries. He serves on the advisory board of the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford, Department for International Development, and is a member of the advisory group on the Planning From the Future project, a multi-organisation project hosted by King’s College London.
In 2012, Per was appointed to the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who created the Commission to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people.
Previously, Per was the Global Head of Corporate Affairs and member of the Global Executive Team for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Before joining WWL, he was the UK President and CEO for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and Co-CEO for Europe. He also held different global roles for Burson-Marsteller based in their New York headquarters. Per served in the Norwegian Air Force and graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a “Diplom Oekonom” (MBA).