Founder and Head of Board
Model and actress Toni Garrn has always had a desire to see girls' lifted up and empowered. From age 15, when she first sponsored a girl in Vietnam, to starting teacher scholarship programs for women in Burkina Faso, onto supporting school lodgings in Zimbabwe, Toni has always known education is the key in breaking the cycle of poverty. “By supporting girls' education, we not only empower the girls, but also their families and communities, lifting up an entire generation.” Since 2014, she has been a Global Ambassador for Plan International's Because I am a Girl movement. In February 2016, furthering her activism and providing more focus to her work and the projects she supports, Toni established the Toni Garrn Foundation, raising money specifically for projects advocating and advancing the rights of girls and their education. Toni is committed to working towards a world where children, especially girls, can all utilize their full potential!
In July 2018 she was appointed as Ambassador for SDG 5- Gender Equality by the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperaton and Development, Dr Gerd Müller .
Toni’s brother Niklas studied Industrial Engineering and business in Hamburg, Munich, Singapore and New York. After high school he spent a year doing social service at a school for disabled children in South Africa. Working with underprivileged children was an unforgettable experience for Niklas and sparked his interest for the African continent.
Toni and Niklas have worked together regularly over the past years, for example they recently designed a unisex clothing line “EQL” together, promoting gender equality. Niklas is extremely excited to support TGF create a sustainable impact for girls in Africa.
Apart from supporting TGF, Niklas works as a strategy consultant at a global technology firm in Munich.
Yannick grew up with his family in Hamburg, Northern Germany and is one of Toni’s seven cousins. In the past ten years he gained valuable cultural experience in the USA, Thailand and Hong Kong while studying finance abroad. Yannick has been engaged with Rotary since 2012 and has since given back to underprivileged communities at every place he lives.
As a #tgfrunner he started to promote the education of young girls in Africa within the running community in Germany. Due to his recent work-related move to Shanghai, China, he is encouraged to advocate the rights of African girls in China. Promoting and being responsible for his cousin’s foundation empowers Yannick to affect their lives for the better.
Director of Administration and Trustee
Anja has supported her daughter in every aspect of her business life. She has emphasized that giving is very rewarding and has always encouraged Toni to take responsibilty for others.
Anja studied Business of Administration in Germany and has been responsible for Toni’s finance and business management throughout her career. When Toni’s wish to establish her own foundation became clear, Anja helped to set up the fiduciary foundation first under the roof of Plan International Deutschland e V. and since August 2018 has taken over as Trustee with her company, AJG Model-support GmbH. She accompanied Toni on her trips to Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Burundi and Ghana.
Thomas works as a lawyer in Hamburg. He specializes in legal and tax advice to nonprofit organizations. Over the past 15 years, Thomas has provided legal support to numerous charitable projects in Africa and Asia, as well as auditing the use of funds on the ground.
Supporting educational projects for girls is particularly important to him, because good education and training are the best tools against poverty and oppression.
Dr Christian Freudenberg
Christian has spent various years in the entertainment, advertising and music industry, before he joined the multi-disciplinary firm Schomerus & Partner in Hamburg as an attorney. He is specialized in trademark, copyright, advertising and data protection law.
He decided to support the Toni Garrn Foundation, because the investment in education will enable the girls to live a self-determined life.