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 & 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 fulfill the role of GAP International Secretariat.
Strategy & governance
The Board, comprised of representatives from GAP members 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 2 year tenure.
The GAP International Board
Andrew Walters is a founding director of Global Action Plan Oceania, a registered charity in New Zealand.
Andrew is an environmental scientist and qualified teacher with a Masters 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 at a national and international level.
Global Action Plan Oceania 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 GAP’s member organization in Italy, InEuropa srl which she founded in 2006 and has since been managing.
Ellen van den Adel‘s passion is people and sustainability. Empowering people to take effective sustainable actions in their workplace 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. In these years she has supported companies to create a sustainable internal culture or develop 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 brandmanagers of 12 international childrens’ 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 degree in Marketing and a master degree 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.
Vanessa Moore is the CEO of Global Action Plan Ireland since 2010 and was previously Programme Manager with the organisation from 2007-2010. Vanessa has overseen the continued development of the organisation from a local community organisation to one that is now growing nationally. She has done this by overseeing the development of nationwide sustainability programmes. Vanessa has been a member of the GAP International board since April 2013.
Vanessa is qualified in Environmental Resources Management and European Conservation Management and holds a masters degree in World Heritage Management from University College Dublin and a masters degree in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) from Dublin City University.
Previous to her time with GAP, Vanessa worked in research and development with a local government body developing local social inclusion strategies. The earlier part of her career was spent working with national environmental not-for-profit organisations both in Ireland and internationally.
Victor Branagan, Ireland, (M.Sc. M.B.S.) is the owner/manager of Clearly Sustainable and has extensive experience in business with particular emphasis on social and environmental sectors.
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