The 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. GRP is registered as a non-profit organisation in South Africa and co-hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

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Nathanial (Nate) Matthews


Nathanial Matthews is Chief Executive Officer at the Global Resilience Partnership. He has over 20 years of experience identifying, managing, and scaling hundreds of resilience and adaptation projects and programs in partnership with governments, NGOs, communities, and the private sector across more than 30 countries. Nate’s expertise has been recognized through contributions to various global networks, boards, and committees including as a Lead Author in The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an Obama Foundation Mentor, a Munich Re Risk Award Judge, and a Board member of the Ocean, Risk and Resilience Action Alliance. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography, is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, regularly publishes, and previously worked in leadership roles with the CGIAR, UNEP, the International WaterCentre, NGOs, and in the private sector.

Simone Verkaart

Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes, Simone manages the design, operationalization and implementation of the Global Resilience Partnership’s programming – including monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.  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.

Shuchi Vora

Resilience Knowledge Coalition Lead

Shuchi is a conservationist, social scientist and an engineer who works at the interface of science, policy and practice. She has worked with WWF and The Nature Conservancy prior to GRP. She has experience in strategy design, setting up multi-stakeholder platforms and implementing community-based conservation projects of freshwater ecosystems in South Asia. She has Masters degrees from Oxford and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. She has contributed to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report that is due to be published soon.   

Vilina Engheepi

Programmes Junior Officer

Vilina is a young development practitioner engaged in advocacy, research, and capacity development initiatives at the intersection of gender and water. She is currently a PhD scholar at Ewha Womans University, Seoul majoring in International Development Cooperation researching water security with a focus on Himalayan cities and towns. Vilina holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Water Science and Governance from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. Previously she has worked with ATREE and Sehgal foundation.

Jesper Hörnberg

Head of Innovation and Scaling

Jesper leads GRP’s Innovation and Scaling efforts, as well as the GRP Incubator. His focus is on change management and creative disruption. He manages and coordinates a small team of experts from various fields. He provides oversight and leadership for GRP’s work on developing, improving, and scaling initiatives by the GRP challenge winners 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. 

Isabel Gennaro

Innovation Officer

Isabel holds an MA in Leadership for Sustainability by Malmö University, having some years of previous experience as a Financial Controller, Consultant & Project Manager. She worked with projects from all over the world, including Latin America, Africa, U.S., Europe, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Australia. Creative, globally oriented, but most importantly, deeply human. Her expertise lies in catalyzing innovation-oriented led projects in order to create impact and systemic change.

Gerald Mgesi David

Challenge Fund Manager

Gerald Mgesi David leads the implementation of GRP’s RAIN Challenge Fund across East Africa. He is a seasoned program manager and international development expert with 12 years of senior-level professional experience. His background includes managing and implementing private-sector partnerships to foster economic growth in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors, this includes creating economic opportunities for youth. He is an aspiring development programs management enthusiast with a diverse background in the fields of agribusiness financing, renewable energy, climate finance, sustainability, and long-termism in programming. Prior to joining GRP, Gerald worked with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) as Tanzania Country Manager. He also served as the Country Program Manager for Technoserve’s SAFE program in Tanzania.

Gerald holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from IIA and a Bachelor’s of Business Accounting and Finance from the Mzumbe University in Tanzania.

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Anastasia Brainich

Head of Policy

As Head of Policy, Anastasia leads the Convening Diverse Voices Value Addition. She leads the management, planning and strategy within the policy track work of GRP, including the wider Climate Resilience Network and engagement with High Level Champions team on Race to Resilience. This entails, among others, informing, collaborating and convening partners around regional and global events under resilience and adaptation umbrella, with specific focus on conflict and fragility, nature-based solutions, and food and water security themes. Previously, Anastasia coordinated the first ever global assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration at IPBES, and was engaged in sustainable land management issues at UNCCD. She holds an M.A. in Global Relations and International Leadership from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Sarah Clarke

Project Manager, COP28 Resilience Hub

With over 15 years of experience and a strong portfolio of successfully managed projects, Sarah has worked globally to deliver a diverse range of in-person and hybrid projects and events. She got her start in Project Management through non-profit management and she soon found she had a knack for setting deadlines and objectives to attain a larger goal. Sarah has since worked in public, private and corporate industries, and now brings her vast knowledge to the GRP team to help deliver another successful Resilience Hub at COP28 in Dubai this year. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Events Management from the University of Northampton, and Projects in Controlled Environments Practitioner (PRINCE2) certification.

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Albert Norström

Head of Knowledge and Evidence

Albert leads GRPs work to advance the understanding and knowledge about resilience. Between 2012-2018, he served as Executive Director of Future Earth’s Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). Following that he served as Deputy Director of the “Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development” (GRAID) programme, which was hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Albert’s research focus is broad, and involves: i) work on the resilience of marine social-ecological systems, ii) identifying weak signals of positive change in the Anthropocene that can underpin futures that are desirable, just and sustainable, and iii) developing evidence-based frameworks to improve and operationalize knowledge co-production in sustainability research.

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Cibele Queiroz

Researcher for Evidence-based Resilience

Cibele works with advancing evidence-based knowledge on resilience, with a main focus on resilience of food systems and local livelihoods in food production landscapes. Her work has also a strong emphasis on the management of ecosystem services and biodiversity under social-environmental change. She engages in co-production of knowledge in close collaboration with GRP partners, and in the latest years she has co-organized several multi-stakeholder dialogues convened by GRP on Food and Water Resilience. She co-leads the Resilience and Development theme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and between 2016-2020 had a research coordination role in a scientific exchange programme between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University. Cibele holds a Ph.D in Sustainability Science at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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Maike Hamann

Researcher for Evidence-based Resilience

Maike is a researcher based at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her work at GRP focuses on building knowledge networks and enabling learning in the areas of social-ecological resilience and development, particularly within the southern African region and across the Global South. In her own research, she uses an ecosystem services approach to understand how nature contributes to human well-being, and explores the impact of inequality on people-nature relationships. Maike holds a PhD in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden.

Ida Gabrielsson 

Head of Communications

Ida leads the development and implementation of GRP’s strategic communications, digital and media strategies that adhere to GRP’s values and further the Partnership’s objectives. She works to increase GRP’s engagement with its 60+ partners and to communicate GRP’s perspective to a larger audience. Before joining GRP, Ida worked as a communications and impact officer on the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded project: Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES). 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) Elliot School of International Affairs.

Mumbi Sarah

Communications Officer

Mumbi works with the Head of Communications to increase GRP’s engagement through managing and maintaining GRP’s social media channels, updating the website, producing communications content, and ensuring compliance with GRP and donor branding requirements. Prior to joining GRP, Mumbi worked in similar communications roles for Arigatou International and the World Human Accountability Organization. She holds a BSc in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University and is passionate about working at the intersection of communications and human rights.

Emma Ludvigsson

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Emma leads the finance and operations team’s work. She leads the management and planning of reporting, agreements and risk management, she also contributes to GRP’s policy activities on Locally-led Adaptation (LLA) and convening. Before joining GRP, Emma worked as the coordinator for the “Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development” (GRAID) programme based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). Prior to that she worked with private sector collaboration for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), both in Sweden and at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing. Emma holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics from Fudan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics from School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.


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Laura Robarth

Financial Controller

Laura manages agreements with Partners, including budgets and financial reports and other tasks in finance and administration at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Previously, she worked at Nordea Bank as a special cases administrator with a focus on countering money laundering and terrorist financing. She has also worked as an assistant auditor at BDO and performed audits and helped clients with diverse financial tasks. Laura holds an Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from University of Gävle and an Master’s degree in accounting and auditing from University of Stockholm.

June Kimaiyo

Youth Engagement Junior Officer

June is a climate scientist who is passionate and advocates for climate justice, sustainable lifestyles, wellness and inclusion. She leads the youth engagement at GRP. As part of her masters, she is carrying out research on the impacts of droughts on rural livelihoods and how to build transformational adaptation and resilience measures for the rural communities. June volunteers at the GLFx Nairobi as the knowledge coordinator, designing and developing the knowledge products in relation to land restoration and youth in Kenya. 

Corina Angheloiu

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead

As MEL Lead, Corina drives learning activities across the Global Resilience Partnership and the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA). Her expertise stretches the strategy, implementation, and learning cycles, to which she brings complexity and equity-informed methods to help navigate uncertainty, power, and often conflicting worldviews. As part of her action research PhD at Imperial College London, she developed novel approaches for bridging knowledge–implementation gaps in urban resilience. She initiated and convenes the global Urban Resilience Community of Practice and co-hosts the Urban Resilience Dialogues podcast. Prior to this, she was Principal Strategist, Systems Change at the international non-profit Forum for the Future. Originally an architect, she holds an MSc Environmental Technology (Imperial College London), an MA (Distinction) Architecture (Royal College of Art London), and a BA (Hons) Architecture (University of Sheffield).

Linda Ntsiful

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

As the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at the Global Resilience Partnership, Linda works on capturing and monitoring data on resilience and climate change in the form of stories, solutions, evidence and tools. In addition she offers MEL support on initiatives by the Ocean Risk & Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA). Linda has a Bsc. degree in Oceanography and Fisheries from the University of Ghana as well as an Erasmus Mundus Msc. degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (France). She has had the opportunity to study and work in Sweden, Ghana, USA, Belgium, France and Crete. She is passionate about environmental issues and how data and emerging technologies can be used to address these issues among other global challenges for positive impact. She’s skillful in coordinating data collection projects, data visualisation, report writing, proposal writing, fundraising, business development as well as the application of remote sensing and geographical information systems.

Linnéa Lundeborg

Finance and Agreement Officer

Lundeborg supports GRP with agreements, procurements and finance/admin. She mainly works with GRPs implementing/downstream partners and control their financial reports and general agreement fulfillments together with the responsible GRP officer. Lundeborg has acquired two Bachelor Degrees at Uppsala University, one in Economics and one in Business Administration. Thereafter she studied a Master programme in Sustainable Management at Uppsala University campus Gotland and holds a Master Degree in International Development and Management at Lund University. She has previously worked with project finance and administration at WWF Sweden. As an intern she has worked in southern India with indigenous people’s rights and livelihood, in mountainous Kyrgyzstan with projects related to biodiversity and climate adaptation and at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) as an agriculture and biodiversity intern. Lundeborg has also worked at SEB Bank alongside her studies.

Clint Bartlett

Senior Advisor

At GRP, Clint’s focus is on scaling relationships with private sector capital and helping to advance financial thought-leadership in the area of resilience building. He is a professional social impact and blended finance consultant and advisor. For almost two decades he has worked globally in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, impact investing, social finance and corporate strategy. He has held executive roles in non-profit and for-profit entities, successfully founded three ventures, and has been a consultant to several leading global organisations. He is engaged by UNDP and GRP in the areas of fairer access to finance and private-sector resilience building. Clint has an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and a Masters in Advanced Management from Yale University’s School of Management. In 2019 Clint become a Fellow of the Swiss-based Jacobs Foundation.