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
Jodie Velarde of Global Action Plan UK currently fills 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–
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.
Natasha Lokhun is Head of Communications at Global Action Plan UK. Her career in communications started in retail banking, before swiftly moving on to the not-for-profit space. Since then, she has worked at the nexus of the higher education, international development and membership sectors, most recently as Head of Marketing and Communications at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Natasha studied BA English Language and Literature at King’s College London, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and hosted two series of The Internationalist podcast.
Global Action Plan UK is an environmental charity working towards a green and thriving planet where everyone can enjoy happy and healthy lives within the Earth’s limits. They tackle the root causes of our climate and nature crises through research, campaigns and collective action that reconnect human and planetary health.
Frans Lenglet is an independent researcher in the domain of learning, education and schooling and social, economic and environmental development. For many years, he was involved in designing, conducting and managing training, evaluation and research projects and programs in educational information technology, agricultural extension, internationalization of universities, educational management and reform, and international labour standards, in five continents.
He was the first Director of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) at Uppsala University, Sweden (2008-2014). Currently, he is member of a number of international networks involved in designing and applying ‘sustainability learning’, through which individuals, communities and organizations – in their diversity – gain understanding, make decisions and act on choices about just cultural, social, economic and bio-physical conditions affecting their own livelihoods and well-being as well as those of other people and future generations, within planetary boundaries.
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Bernadette Connolly is the Coordinator of Cork Environmental Forum (CEF) since 2011.
Her educational background is in Business Studies, Munster Technological University and Rural Development, University College Cork. Bernadette has worked in the public, private and community development/ NGO sectors for almost four decades. Work, volunteerism and adventure have resulted in residences in the UK, Australia and Lesotho.
CEF has been a member of GAP International for many years. In addition to delivering GAP related training CEF acts as a catalyst to mobilise and deliver, through the process of Local Agenda 21, and guided by the SDGs, sustainable development in the Cork region and beyond. Another vital area of work is to influence and bring an environmental perspective to policy.
Her own particular areas of interest are in water, biodiversity, the implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the broader policy area of planning. In her work and with colleagues in CEF she strives to assist and support communities to preserve their environments and engage in efforts to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
Vu Dang Hoang is a Project Officer come Researcher of the Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E), an NGO working on promoting participation and improving capacity of local groups and organizations for better solutions to environment and climate change issues that are related to their life, contributing to the development of civil society and sustainable environment in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Hoang’s passion is sustainability and psychology in education. His work mainly focus on promoting sustainable behaviours through interventions and research. In his private time, he follows political movements and enjoys trekking mountains.
Vivien Führ is founder and general manager of agado – Association for Sustainable Development based in Munich, Germany.
She studied law in at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University College London and holds a Master in Environmental Law. Previous engagements include working for the European Commission on climate change, coordinating European projects on sustainable public procurement for the international city network ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and working for a consultancy on European projects with a focus on energy and mobility. Vivien is focussing on sustainable public procurement and educational programmes.
agado has been a member of Global Action Plan International since it was founded in 2010. agado is assisting people and organisations towards sustainable practices through research, individual support and by running educational programmes in various topics.
Maina WaGĩokõ is the Head of the Professional development centre at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa (a Microsoft Showcase School), and a member of the Aga Khan Schools globally. Maina is the Project Director of the Foundation for learning project ad a Global Coordinator for the Knowledge Innovation project across Bangladesh, Kenya, and Rwanda.
Maina is a teacher educator, an examiner, an online facilitator, and an innovative learning facilitator. He holds a B Sc. Egerton University, Kenya, a Master’s in Education from Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and a Ph.D. from Swiss Management Center University in Switzerland amongst other professional qualifications. He has coordinated Education Programmes in multi-sectoral, -country, -agencies, and -donors set up in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the USA, and Canada. He is a researcher, author, and journal reviewer.
Mainas’ research interests are in innovative pedagogies, transformative leadership, and sustainable development. Maina is an HGSE FoL Fellow, METIS Fellow, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Fellow, and a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). Some of the notable recognitions include Second Most Innovative Teacher on Content in Africa(2010) and a finalist Africa representative at World Wide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF). Most innovative teacher in East and Southern Africa (2011) and the Middle East and African Finalist at WWIEF, Top 100 Influencers of Education Technology in Africa (2018), Top 50 Global Teacher Finalist (2019), Presidential Awardee of Education Innovator (2019), and Baldev Singh Award Top 4 Global Finalis (2020).
Şadan Ertekin Mis is General Coordinator of Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting. Mikado is a social enterprise committed to serve sustainable development and to yield social impact through crafting innovative models and solutions, works in sustainable development in Turkey for 13 years.
Şadan received her BSc in Industrial engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She studied her MSc in Environmental Science Program at Marmara University in 2013. For 10 years, she had worked in different manufacturing companies.
She now contributes to the development of sustainability strategies, follow-up of its strategic actions, preparation of sustainability reports and development of social investment programs of the companies from various sectors (energy, construction, automotive etc.), execution of environmental education programs and social impact measurement of many projects. She is also trainer in Strategic Sustainability Management and Sustainability Reporting Trainings of Mikado.
She is very keen on accelerating the change towards sustainable behaviours and continue to contribute local and international behaviour change programs.
Jodie Velarde has been the GAP International Global Secretariat since August 2021, and works as a Schools Programme Officer at GAP UK full time. As part of the secretariat role, Jodie communicates with members, plans network meetings, writes and collates the GAP International newsletter and takes minutes at key meetings across the network.
Jodie received her Bsc Zoology degree in 2020 and since then, has been working both in schools, and with environmental charities to promote environmental education and empower young people to take action for environmental and social causes. In her spare time, she enjoys birdwatching and spending time in nature with her friends and family.
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