Global Action Plan International is a registered charitable association (ideell förening) in Stockholm, Sweden and is subject to the rules governing such a body as detailed in our Articles of Association.
With so many members across the world it is important that the network is facilitated well to make sure it is best equipped to achieve its vision. To do this, the GAP International Secretariat supports members through four main areas of activity:
- Managing memberships
- Coordinating international knowledge and skills exchange
- Building the network’s identity and profile
- Developing relationships and funding opportunities
Luke Wynne (Network Coordinator) and Hannah Boughton of Global Action Plan UK currently fill the role of GAP International Secretariat.
Strategy & governance
The Board, comprised of representatives from GAP member organisations and individual associates, oversee the activities delivered by the Secretariat on behalf of the network. The Board is appointed each year at the network’s AGM with each representative standing for a two year tenure.
The GAP International Board
Andrew Walters is a founding director of Global Action Plan Oceania (GAPO), a registered charity in New Zealand.
Andrew is an environmental scientist and qualified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law with specialisms in Waste Management and International Sustainability Law and Governance.
Andrew is an experienced director and board member, having sat on a number of boards for not-for-profits and education organisations. Andrew has worked for national and local government in a range of waste and sustainability roles operating at the national and international level.
GAPO work across New Zealand and the Pacific region to minimise the harm to the environment from human activities. They act as catalyst for positive environmental change and have projects across New Zealand. In addition to a thriving consultancy service, GAPO offer a range of practical hands on waste management and minimisation initiatives including managing community recycling centres and waste diversion facilities.
Barbara Grazzini is the Deputy President of InEuropa srl, GAP’s member organization in Italy, which she founded in 2006 and has managed since.
In 1996, she graduated in Languages and Foreign Literatures, Social Urban Geography branch, at Pisa University. She first approached European issues while she was earning a postgraduate Master’s in Economy and Law Issues, European Countries, that same year. She has been working on the design and management of European projects since then, delivering training, information and technical assistance for private and public organisations in Italy and in Europe.
In 2009, InEuropa started a cooperation with the GAP network to run programmes on behaviour change in Italy: starting from the Environmental Champions programme, followed by Environmental champions in schools like the ongoing Water Explorer (an international water-saving school programme), the Food Action project (FAct!) to reduce our food footprint, and the Goals for Good programme addressing the happiness and well-being of young people.
In 2014 InEuropa joined the GAP network as a member.
Barbara is a facilitator, applying the learning-for-change process in her job and in her everyday life. She is a determined and outgoing person, with very important qualities to ensure successful results in the design/projecting, management and coordination of European and international projects.
Ellen van den Adel‘s passion is people and sustainability. Empowering people to take effective sustainable actions in their workplaces and communities has been her area of expertise and development since 1999, when she started her sustainability career at Global Action Plan Netherlands and later as a partner of Work on Progress. Since then she has supported companies in creating a sustainable internal culture or developing products and services from a sustainable innovation perspective, mainly focusing on Cradle-to-Cradle/Circular Economy. She has worked for companies like Philips Consumer Lifestyle, C&A Europe, Stayokay Netherlands/Hostelling International, Sankara Hotel Nairobi, United States International University Nairobi, and Triodos Bank Europe.
Presently, she is active in the field of sustainable fashion and facilitates a group of designers and brand managers of 12 international children’s fashion brands to develop a more sustainable supply chain and innovate in the field of circular textiles. She also supports the Dutch government and branch organisations on this topic.
She is interested in developing more knowledge in the field of sustainable and healthy food. In her role as board member of GAP Netherlands, she is one of the initiators of the programme ‘Fair Foodclub’.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a Master’s in Organisational Science (Organisational Culture and Management), and she is educated as a trainer and personal coach. In addition, she is a certified health educator (Hippocrates Health Institute). She lives in the “Green Heart of Holland” with her husband and loves nature photography in her private time.
Frans Lenglet, who received his PhD in International Development Education from Stanford University, recently retired from the directorship of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) at Uppsala University, Visby, Sweden.
Most of his professional career since 1974 is situated in the domains of ‘education and learning’, ‘development and transformation’, ‘educational reform’ and ‘internationalizing higher education’, and associated ‘capacity development’ in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South and South-East Asia, the USA and Western Europe.
He is engaged in appropriate approaches and methods of “learning for sustainable change” in formal, non-formal and informal educational settings. Such learning aims at empowering individuals, communities and organizations to reach and act on sustainable choices affecting their own livelihoods and well-being as well as those of other people and future generations, within planetary boundaries.
Maina WaGĩokõ is the Vice Principal of PD and outreach at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa (a Microsoft Showcase School). Maina is a Lead Facilitator for Coreskills and Competency Based Curriculum and a Teacher Educator.
Maina is an examiner, an online facilitator, a workshop leader and a school reviewer with International Baccalaureate. He holds a Master’s in Education from Aga Khan University in Pakistan and a PhD from Swiss Management Center University in Switzerland. He has coordinated Education Programmes in a multi-sectoral, -country, -agencies and -donors set up in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, USA and Canada. He is a journal reviewer and an author with IB Journal of Teaching Practice, Education and Information Technologies and Professional Development.
His research interests are in project management, teacher leadership, curriculum enrichment and sustainable development. Maina is an HGSE FoL Fellow, METIS Fellow, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Fellow, and a member of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), International Education and Resource Network (IEARN) and Global Action Plan (GAP). He is a recipient of Second Most Innovative Teacher on Content in Africa (2010) and a finalist African representative at World Wide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF). He is also Most Innovative Teacher in East and Southern African in 2011 and a Middle East and African Finalist at WWIEF.
Victor Branagan (M.Sc. M.B.S.), Ireland, is the owner/manager of Clearly Sustainable and has extensive experience in business with particular emphasis on social and environmental sectors.
Victor is a Coach and Training Partner with the European Climate-KIC programme which is focused on preparing businesses for a low-carbon future. He is also a Board member of Global Action Plan International and the Treasurer of Cork Environmental Forum which is a member of GAP International.
He has years of experience in both education and training and combines this with his interests in entrepreneurship and sustainability to develop new programmes for a sustainable future. He has developed educational programmes in conjunction with a variety of partners, including Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and The Natural Step, Sweden; the European Green Building Council Network; and universities internationally.
Victor holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Tekniska högskola, Sweden, and a Masters in Entrepreneurship Management from the University of Limerick. His earlier career was as a craftsman specialising in roof thatching and stonework in Ireland, UK, Germany and France.
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