Princess Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg—Founder
The driving force in the creation of the Foundation has been Princess Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg. Born in Helsingborg, Sweden, she is the widow of Prince Sigvard Bernadotte. After attending the school of The Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, the Countess became an actress and performed at the same theater for the next ten years.. Marianne Bernadotte also completed her exams in Arts and Sciences at Stockholm University. Her interest in medicine began more than 25 years ago when she became involved with the development of an advanced wheel chair, the Permobile, made for the seriously handicapped. Her long dedication to improving visual impairment problems in children emerged from a special interest in dyslexia.
Marianne Bernadotte is the honorary chairman of Technical Aids for the Handicapped, the honorary chairman of The Swedish Dyslexia Foundation and the honorary president of The International Rodin Remediation Academy. She is the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award and has been honored at Harvard Medical School. In 1998, Marianne Bernadotte was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the distinguished Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.