GRP Secretariat

The GRP Secretariat is small team that convenes and catalyses actions by the Partners and implements specific activities on behalf of the Partnership. The Secretariat is hosted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University. 

WHO WE ARE:

Deon Nel, CEO, dnel@globalresiliencepartnership.org

Deon is the CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership. Previously, he held the position of Executive Director for Conservation at WWF International, where he played a leading role in the strategic refocus of WWF’s global conservation programme across more than 100 countries. Deon is a South African by nationality and previous roles include Director of Conservation for WWF’s Africa Programme as well Conservation Director in WWF South Africa. He also led the Ecosystems and Water Competency Areas at South Africa’s national Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He holds a PhD in Ecology, a Masters degree in Conservation Biology, a Masters Environmental Law and a Masters in Business Administration

 

Nathanial (Nate) Matthews, Program Director, nmatthews@globalresiliencepartnership.org

Nate leads the technical element of GRP’s offering. He provides oversight and leadership into GRP’s Challenge competitions and projects and oversees the technical work streams including: Markets and Innovative Financing, Technology and Infrastructure and Policy. Previously, he was Global Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems and held various positions in the water sector and private sector. He has also been an advisor and consultant to a wide range of organizations, including McKinsey and Company, UNEP, UNDP, WB, UNESCO, WWF, SIWI and Oxfam. Nate holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College London. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London, a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia Water Security Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Twitter: @Nate_Matthews

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nathanial-matthews

David Howlett, Head of Policy, dhowlett@globalresiliencepartnership.org

David leads GRP’s work on policy and investment into resilience. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has worked for national governments and international organisations including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). At DFID he led on climate resilient agriculture managing DFID’s support to IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme and where he designed the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extreme Disasters (BRACED) programme. David has an academic background in chemistry, soil sciences, agriculture and environmental management.

Anastasia Brainich, Policy Officerabrainich@globalresiliencepartnership.org 

Simone Verkaart, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager, sverkaart@globalresiliencepartnership.org

Simone leads the design, operationalization and implementation of GRP’s M&E framework, overseeing programme wide monitoring, evaluation and learning. Previously, she worked at ICRISAT in Nairobi and the evaluation department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and has a background in Development Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Business Studies.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simoneverkaart/

Jesper Hörnberg, Lead of Infrastructure, Technology, and the GRP Incubatorjhornberg@globalresiliencepartnership.org

Jesper’s focus is on change management and creative disruption. He manages and coordinates a small team of experts form various fields. He provides oversight and leadership for GRP’s work on developing, improving, and scaling initiatives by the GRP grantees as well as external initiatives and ideas. He is the co-founder of a few businesses. He has held various positions in the development sector and private sector and has been an adviser and consultant to a wide range of organisations and companies. Jesper holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne. 

Ida Gabrielsson, Communications Officer, igabrielsson@globalresiliencepartnership.org

Ida works with both internal and external communication for GRP. She updates the website and assists with coordinating events. Ida previously worked as a communications and impact officer on the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded project: Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services. She holds an MSc in Environmental Communication from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (GW).

Hanna Ellström, Administrative Coordinator, hanna.ellstrom@su.se 

Hanna works with administration within GRP and is part of the SRC admin team. Hanna has been working at SRC for two years with different tasks including human resources, coordinating education, and economy. She holds a MSc in business, administration, and management from Stockholm Business School. Before joining the SRC team she worked in the private sector.