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 a catalyst for positive environmental change and have projects across New Zealand. In addition to a thriving consultancy service, GAPO offers 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 organisation 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 Ph.D. 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 ‘internationalising 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 organisations 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 Ph.D. 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 Director of the Cork Environmental Forum in Ireland which engages in debates, stimulates awareness and participates in various networks to promote sustainability.
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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Serra Titiz has been working on sustainable development since 2003. She worked with youth, with women and vocational groups at large NGOs at managerial levels, has participated in international programs on NGOs and Civic Activism.
Serra Titiz is the founder and the managing director of a social enterprise: Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Mikado develops models for sustainable development through viable partnerships among the private sector, civil society, educational institutions, and public organizations and through mobilizing and matching existing resources with the needs of the society. (www.mikadoconsulting.com). Mikado’s work varies from strategy building to reporting, from project development to project implementation, from developing content to delivering corporate training in the fields of sustainability, human rights, corporate volunteering, and social impact; mainly focusing on responsible management, stakeholder dialogue, gender equality, environmental awareness, and community investment.
Mikado is the first B Corp Company in Turkey and is being selected amongst the “Best For The World” companies every year since 2013.
Serra is also the founder of a vocational orientation platform, GDN, “Future is Brighter” Youth Platform (www.futureisbrighter.org); an online and offline vocational orientation platform, targeting youth unemployment and enabling knowledge and experience sharing for youth to make more informed decisions about their education, career, and life. An e-mentoring module is a prominent tool developed to enable volunteers (+2000 today) to meet and share professional expertise with students.
Besides her work at Mikado Consulting and GDN, Serra serves as a senior expert at various UNDP projects.
Serra is an Ashoka and Eisenhower Fellow. Serra holds the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leader Award, 2014.
Serra obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bosphorus University, Istanbul; then obtained her master’s degree in Business Administration from Aston University, Birmingham, England.
Just so there is a space
Eufemia Solinas is the CEO of Global Action Plan Ireland.
Eufemia has a BA in International Relations and background on social sciences for development, cooperation and international relations, and holds a number of professional qualifications. Eufemia is currently completing a Master (MSc) in Strategy and Innovation. Eufemia has over 10 years experience in the charity and not for profit sector in Ireland, with substantial experience in organisational management and development within the NGO sector.
Eufemia has strong leadership skills and is a highly strategic thinker as well as being an outspoken advocate for education for all, integration and social justice.
As a value-driven individual, Eufemia believes that empowered individuals can, and do, make a difference to the world around us, and everyone has a responsibility to become a sustainability champion and create, by result, empowered leaders to put communities around us on a more sustainable path, locally as well as globally.
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