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. The Secretariat is hosted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University. 

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Nathanial (Nate) Matthews


Dr. Nathanial (Nate) Matthews is Chief Executive Officer at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP). Previously, Nate led GRP’s resilience innovation investments as GRP’s Program Director. Prior to joining GRP, he worked in leadership roles with the CGIAR, UNEP, the International WaterCentre, NGOs and in the private sector. He has 20+ years’ experience managing, surfacing and scaling hundreds of resilience and adaptation projects and programs in partnership with governments, NGOs 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 as part of the leadership team of the Ocean, Risk and Resilience Action Alliance. He has a PhD in Geography from King’s College London, has published two books and over 60 journal articles.

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.

Jesper Hörnberg

Lead of Innovation and Scaling, Lead of GRP Incubator

Jesper’s 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. 

Shuchi Vora

Programme Officer

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.   

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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.

David Howlett

Senior Advisor

David works on policy and investment into resilience. He is the Co-lead of Adaptation and Resilience of the High Level Champions team. 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.

Ameil Harikishun

Policy Officer

Ameil is interested in understanding the multi-disciplinary intersection of resilience in the governance of social-ecological systems. His recent work focused on how to conceptualise, develop and finance climate-resilient livelihoods interventions and nature-based solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the GRP, Ameil worked as the mobilising finance coordinator for the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility and as climate finance technical advisor at SouthSouthNorth. Ameil holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc (Honours) in marine biology and applied biology from The University of Cape Town. 

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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 

Partnership & Engagement Officer

Ida works to increase GRP’s engagement with its 60+ partners. This includes organizing regular engagements for Partners to share their work through webinars, meetings, and written communication. Ida also maintains the website and curates GRP’s monthly newsletter. Previously, 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.

Victoria Wachira 

Communications Officer

Victoria is a writer, editor, and graphic designer with a background in mission-driven and community-centered communications. At GRP, she works to engage and grow GRP’s diverse audiences through content creation, knowledge sharing, and event management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Communications and joins GRP from Empowerment Self-Defense Global. Victoria speaks Swahili and English and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

Michael de Jong

Financial Controller