Paving the road towards a better future

Operation Smile, Phillipines.
Photo: Aeson Baldevia.

The International Philanthropic Society was founded in 2013 by our President and Chairwomen Kanthi S Beck and our advisory board member Silvana Rizzi Lenahan with the support of the Diplomatic Corps and the international community as well as Swedes who believe in the aim of the International Philanthropic Society.

The foundation was inaugurated by the former French Ambassador to Sweden, H.E. Jean Pierre La Croix in October 2013.

The foundation's work with donors and partners is aimed to support projects that can make a sustainable difference in children's life.

Vision and mission


Our mission is to provide sustainable support for vulnerable children, especially those who are physically, mentally, and/or economically challenged to restore their belief in the future so they can play a meaningful role in society. 

As our foundation is at an infancy stage, we will focus on supporting projects/institutions or special-needs children's schools which are dedicated to providing a healthy lifestyle and a quality education.

The board


Our board of directors are community leaders, dedicated to the mission of creating immediate and lasting change in the lives of children in need. With an understanding of the need for and have experience of voluntary philanthropic work in their current leadership roles and prior professional life, our board believe in giving a helping hand to help improve the lives of vulnerable children.


Kanthi Beck


President & Co-Founder

With a keen belief in the power of charity Kanthi Beck is committed to make a difference in the world. 

Contact: kanthi@ipssweden.org

Ljiljana Kocoska-Maras, M.D., PHD


Vice President / Co-Philanthropy Chair

Dr Ljiljana Kocoska-Maras, MD, PhD, specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and Doctor of medical science, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Dr Kocoska-Maras works a senior consultant at the clinic in  Sophiahemmet, UltraGyn Stockholm.

Women's and children's health in Sweden and internationally is an issue very close to my heart. One way to help the children and women who live in a less fortunate social and economic environment is helping trough the fundraising for projects with well-defined goal and structured method to reach that goal.

Contact: Ljiliana@ipssweden.org

Teresa Andersson


Secretary / Co-Philanthropy Chair

Personable and detail-oriented, Teresa is beloved by both our donors and charity affiliations.

Teresa has over eight years of experience in financial services in the private sector and spent three years deep-diving in CSR focused in labor supply chain sustainability as well as tracing conflict minerals for the retail and electronic industry. 

Contact: hello@ipssweden.org

Moa Yombi


Secretary / Co-Philanthropy Chair

Moa has a background within architecture and co-cretive processes working in a variety of countries. 

Before returning to Sweden in 2016, after 12 years abroad, she spent two years working in disaster areas in the Philippines.

Contact: moa@ipssweden.org

Christine Batruch



Ms Batruch, a citizen of Canada and Switzerland, is a historian and lawyer by training, graduate of the University of Toronto and McGill University respectively. She was admitted as barrister and solicitor at the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1990.

Based in Geneva since then, Ms Batruch has worked in the non-profit, academic and business sectors. She participated in the establishment in Ukraine of a number of non-profit institutions linked to the Soros network of foundations. Concurrently she was liaison officer and assistant professor at the International Academy of the Environment.  As VP Corporate Responsibility at Lundin Petroleum, Ms Batruch is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy as it relates to Anti-Corruption, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Human Rights, Stakeholder Relations, Sustainable Investments and International Initiatives such as the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure Project. She acts as speaker in a number of international environmental, social and governance (ESG) conferences and lectures on ESG issues at international business schools (IMD, IMI-Kyiv, Business School of Lausanne) and universities (Dundee, Geneva, Stockholm).

Ms Batruch is President of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Vidrodgenia (Geneva), member of the Board of Directors of the Lundin Foundation (Vancouver) of the Advisory Board of the Business and Human Rights Platform of the Business School of Lausanne (Lausanne). She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press) and of the Oil Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (online journal).

Silvana Rizzi-Lenahan



Past president of the International Women’s Club of Stockholm,IWC