Karin Ahlbäck commenced Scouting in about 1996 and has held a number of different positions within Finland, the European Region and globally. At the region and world level, she has been an outstanding role model to young people and especially to women. For the last twelve years, she has made an outstanding contribution at the national, regional and global levels through her work in advocating for youth and their involvement in the Scout program. Since 2008 her contributions include being a member of the International Relations Committee in Finland, and member of the Youth Program Committee. From 2008 to 2011 she was a Youth Adviser to the World Scout Committee, member of the Educational Methods Committee, member of the Registration Fees Task Force, and member of the World Scout Youth Forum 2011 Planning Committee. In 2011 she was elected to the World Scout Committee and completed two terms in 2017. In the 2014-2017 Triennium she led the Communications and External Relations Workstream and was added to the Fees and Voting Taskforce.
She has been an active promoter of Scouting and contributor to the World Scout Committee for more than nine years, she fulfilled her obligations to ensure the needs of all member countries were considered. The extent of this is observed through her involvement in the last five World Scout Conferences, many European Scout Conferences and Symposiums, Roverway (European Moot) 2012, her attendance at Region Scout Conferences in all regions, attendance at the World Scout Educational Congresses and leadership at the last two World Scout Jamborees.
Karin is intelligent, articulate, honest and forthright in her manner. Karin has spearheaded much of the early work on youth participation, youth advocacy, modern leadership styles and social impact. She is a strong advocate for promoting the impact of Scouting and emphasizes the importance of being able to measure and then communicate this through the youth program. Karin has always promoted the need to reinforce the importance of emphasizing our approach to non-formal education. Karin’s contributions are outstanding she is a young woman who has successfully demonstrated how one young person can balance an emerging career with volunteer work. She has been an outstanding role model for two target groups- young people and also women.
As a member of the World Scout Committee she has steered the World Movement through highly significant events including the acceptance of four Strategic plans, the relocation of part of the World Scout Bureau to the Kuala Lumpur Office, the appointment of three Secretary Generals, linkages with the World Scout Foundation and Visioning towards 2023. She has shown dedication and determination to Scouting in order to achieve the best outcomes possible for all.
Karin has been highly influential. She has made a real impact not only in the youth program area but also in governance, communication and organization matters. She provides her considered opinion on all issues and her thoughtful comments have influenced many on the World Scout Committee. This has been of great assistance when she is able to provide a theoretical or historic background to the issues being discussed. She has demonstrated she is prepared to be independent on some issues.
Her outstanding leadership, analytical and relational skills were evident during the Conference in Slovenia where she very capably handled a number of workshops and also led the two Resolutions sessions with full conference participation. There were sensitive issues and she led this activity with great dexterity and in a manner, which greatly surpassed this session when done previously at Conferences.
She has demonstrated the highest of Scouting values and commitment to all members of the Movement regardless of country, race or creed. She is a wonderful role model and has been a contributor to all global agendas over the last decade.