Advisors

The GGPN draws advice, strategy and networks from the following Council of Advisors

Bruce Lowry, Skoll Foundation
Caroline Kronley, Tinker Foundation
Irene Braam, Bertelsmann Foundation
Jeff Ubois, MacArthur Foundation
Jon Bellish, One Earth Future Foundation
Jonah Wittkamper, NEXUS
Kate Sullivan, Global Challenges Foundation
Matt Reeves, Aga Khan Foundation
Meg Caldwell, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Nathalie Delapalme, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Sanjay Bavikatte, Christensen Fund

Bruce Lowry, Skoll Foundation
Bruce Lowry oversees policy and global security work at the Skoll Foundation. A former diplomat, Bruce brings a policy lens to questions of scale, a key focus for all Skoll philanthropic activities. His remit includes, among other issues, nuclear proliferation, Middle East conflict, and emerging technology threats, as well as several initiatives in the climate sphere carried forward from the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF). Bruce originally joined the Skoll Foundation in 2008 as communications director, then helped inaugural president Larry Brilliant launch SGTF in 2010, taking on a policy and advocacy role. Bruce ran the nuclear nonproliferation program and oversaw SGTF’s MidEast conflict work, while also playing a leading role in the launch of the Climate Advocacy Lab, SGTF’s primary climate effort which went independent in 2017. Bruce helped conceptualize and launch two funder collaboratives, Climate Nexus, on climate communication, and N Square, an initiative to bring new players into the nuclear nonproliferation sphere. While SGTF sunset at the end of 2017, Bruce is still on the advisory boards of all three efforts. Bruce also served for a period of time at SGTF’s interim president. Prior to joining Skoll, Bruce spent nearly a decade in the technology sphere with Oracle and Novell, largely in communications roles. He had a 14-year stint as a diplomat in the U.S. State Department, serving overseas in Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, and Italy, and in various economic roles in Washington, D.C., working on, among other issues, the G-7 process, Middle East peace, European regional issues, Ukraine, and nuclear safety. Bruce holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He’s a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a Founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research. Bruce chairs the board of Cazadero Music Camp. A recovering French Horn player, he is now learning the Scottish smallpipes. He also enjoys playing low-key pickup soccer.

Caroline Kronley, Tinker Foundation
Caroline Kronley is the president of the Tinker Foundation, which funds civil society organizations in Latin America in the areas of governance, education, and natural resource management. Previously, she worked as the Managing Director for Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading development of new programmatic initiatives. Earlier in her career, she was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners as well as Booz & Company where she served a broad range of clients on strategy and organizational performance. Caroline worked for a number of years in Mexico, where she oversaw strategic planning activities for a microfinance institution. In this role, she designed and led marketing, partnership, training, and program evaluation initiatives. Caroline graduated from Haverford College with a degree in History and a concentration in Latin American studies and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Irene Braam, Bertelsmann Foundation
Irene Braam joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as executive director for North America in April 2016. She is also the first vice president and board director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Directors. Irene is an experienced lawyer and media expert, and worked for over ten years with the Bertelsmann company. She began as director of government relations of the Brussels Liaison Office in 2005 and became senior vice president of government relations in September 2011. Irene developed, among other things, a European platform for global discussion about the digital transformation of the media world. The series was held in Brussels, Berlin, Madrid and London. Not only did she represent and position Bertelsmann’s interests in the EU, she also promoted Bertelsmann in other cultural and social events in Brussels, such as UFA Film nights, previews of Fremantle Media’s productions, exhibitions and public panel discussions. After studying law at Maastricht University, the Dutch native began her professional career in 1998 in the music industry. Irene was head of international, legal and business affairs at Naïve Records in Paris, in charge of business development for Midbar Tech Ltd. in Tel Aviv, and served as both director of public policy and government affairs, and director of legal and business affairs at the Universal Music Group in London and Brussels. Irene is a native speaker of Dutch, and also speaks English, German, French and some Spanish.

Jeff Ubois, MacArthur Foundation
Jeff Ubois joined the MacArthur Foundation in 2011 to build what became the Discovery grants program, and has since worked in the Foundation’s American Democracy, Philanthropy, and 100&Change programs. Previous to his time at MacArthur, Jeff worked for organizations focused on digital media and innovation, including UC Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems, the Internet Archive, the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision, and the Preserving Digital Public Television Project at Thirteen/WNET. In the 1990s, Jeff worked as a journalist covering new technology, and co-founded a Silicon Valley startup, Omniva, which was funded by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Jeff attended New College in Sarasota, Florida for undergraduate studies, and as joint inventor, has five U.S. patents related to information management. Jeff is a frequent public speaker, and has published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Nation, First Monday, the Journal of Digital Information, and other journals, summarized at http://www.ubois.com. He currently serves on the boards of the Kahle/Austin Foundation, which supports access to digital information; Humanity 2050, which explores challenges of complexity and the human future; and QuestionCopyright.org, a Chicago-based organization supporting free culture and expression.

Jon Bellish, One Earth Future Foundation
Jon Bellish is the acting Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy, where he oversees OEF’s program strategy, strategic communication and operations. Over the past 8 years, Jon has served in positions at OEF ranging from intern to Director of Future Labs, leading the team that designs new OEF programs. Jon also serves as the Secretary of the foundation’s Board of Directors. Before joining OEF, Jon worked in advertising and public relations in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an M.B.A. from Millsaps College. He is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law, a Fellow at the Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, and has published widely on the international law of maritime piracy.

Jonah Wittkamper, NEXUS
Jonah Wittkamper is Co-Founder and President of NEXUS and Founder of the Healthy Democracy Coalition. NEXUS is a global movement of over 4000 young people from 70 countries dedicated to bridging communities of wealth and impact. The Healthy Democracy Coalition is a US national network of philanthropists and allies dedicated to cross partisan philanthropic learning and collaboration. Both networks involve people from many of world’s most philanthropic families. Previously, Jonah served as the US Director of Search for Common Ground and was part of Distributive Networks Inc., where he helped to build the text messaging technology used by the 2008 Obama campaign. In 2000, Jonah co-founded the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) to strengthen youth participation in global decision-making. As the organization grew it merged with TakingITGlobal to form the largest site on the internet dedicated to empowering young leaders, receiving two million hits per day. Earlier in his career, Jonah led an award winning student computing organization, founded two internet startups, and created a corporate social responsibility initiative in one of the world’s largest corporations. He has served as a Co-Founder, board member, or advisor to a number of organizations including Pioneers of Change, the ManyOne Foundation, the L. A. Jonas Foundation, the Millennial Action Project, the Shift Foundation, WISE (Wealthy Individuals – Social Entrepreneurs), and many others. He is an alumnus of Williams College and Camp Rising Sun.

Kate Sullivan, Global Challenges Foundation
As Head of Partnerships, Kate Sullivan is responsible for identifying, developing and managing collaborations to accelerate progress toward the Global Challenges Foundation’s mission. Her work is focused on building, strengthening and scaling collaborations with key institutions and high-level experts. As a member of the Leadership Group, Sullivan also provides strategic support to the Executive Director and liaises with the Foundation’s Board. Sullivan previously served as Coordinator of the Security and Development Programme at the SIPRI where she oversaw programme coordination and delivery of the annual Stockholm Forum on Security & Development. She also supported the communications department with event logistics, media relations and impact analysis. Prior to joining SIPRI, Sullivan led the Global Partnership Alliance, a nonprofit start-up focused on improving youth livelihoods in through public-private partnerships. As founding Executive Director, she oversaw organisation’s daily operations, marketing, fundraising and Board relations. Sullivan also served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Suriname’s interior where she supported civil society organisations in achieving their development goals. Together with these CSOs and national and international partners, she facilitated 17 projects areas of business, public health and WASH. Sullivan started her career in the Global Government Relations Department of UTC, where she provided support to senior executives and lobbyists with the provision of talking points, report and analysis. She also managed implementation of the UTC’s quality management system across the department’s global offices and oversaw a variety of communications responsibilities. Sullivan holds an MPA from the George Washington University and a BA from the University of Michigan. She has 10 years of experience in stakeholder coordination and partnership management from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Matt Reeves, Aga Khan Foundation
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Matt Reeves is the Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Lead for Civil Society. He has been with the Foundation for over four years. Matt has worked with Pact leading its global capacity development practice and has over 15 years of experience supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society strengthening initiatives in over 20 countries. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Bristol and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He has taught graduate level courses in designing and managing development projects and multi-stakeholder facilitation.

Meg Caldwell, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Meg Caldwell joined the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science program in April 2015 as Deputy Director, Oceans. She leads the Oceans team where she manages growth in the scale and ambition of our oceans-related grantmaking, provides strategic direction across our subprograms, fosters the increasingly team-oriented approach to this work, and helps to amplify the work of our Foundation and our grantees as a thought leader on ocean conservation issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meg directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program at Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, she also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS). Meg played a critical role in the creation of COS and led the organization in the development of a Pacific Ocean-wide assessment of the major threats to marine and coastal ecosystems, along with the communities that depend on them—the first assessment of its kind. She also served as a Senior Consultant to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission ultimately adopted a majority of the recommendations for regulatory reform that were developed by COS. Meg served on the California Coastal Commission from 2004-2007 and 2009-2012, including two years as its chairperson, during which time she also served on the board of the California Coastal Conservancy. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1994, Meg was an instructor at San Jose State University; an associate in the environmental law group of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen; and a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. Meg holds a Bachelor’s in Science in business administration (with an emphasis on economic analysis and policy) from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Nathalie Delapalme, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Nathalie Delapalme is Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. She was previously a French senior civil servant. Her most recent position was Inspecteur General des Finances at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 2007 and 2010. Prior to this, Nathalie served the French Government as an advisor for Africa and Development in the offices of various Foreign Affairs Ministers, between 1995-1997 and 2002-2007. She also served the French Senate as advisor for the Finance and Budgetary Commission, where she assessed fiscal and public expenditures and policies between 1984-1995 and 1997-2002. She sits on the Board of IFRI (Institut Francais des Relations Internationales). Nathalie is the recipient of a number of awards and honours. She is Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.

Sanjay Bavikatte, Christensen Fund
Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte is a lawyer who completed his law degree at the National Law School, India. He acquired his masters in law at the University of Warwick, UK and earned his doctorate from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Sanjay has practiced as an environmental lawyer for well over a decade focusing on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their territories and cultures. He was the co-founder of Natural Justice, an international organization of environmental law practitioners providing legal assistance to stewards of biocultural diversity and advising governments in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Pacific. He has acted as the legal advisor to the African Group of countries through their negotiations towards the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and within the Working Group on Article 8j of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has also advised the various governments in Africa, Asia and the Pacific on developing environmental law and policy with a focus on community rights. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the United Nations University, Japan where his research dealt with healing intergenerational trauma amongst some Indigenous Peoples through the selective revival of specific myths and Nature-based rites of passage. Sanjay has served on several boards and steering committees and has published extensively on biocultural rights. His recent book ‘Stewarding the Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights,’ was published by Oxford University Press and has been widely commended.