Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Kate Brown

Executive Director, Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands. She is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader, with a unique ability to connect dots for issues and people. Kate has extensive experience in all island regions globally, and brings an extensive network of island leaders, blue sky thinkers and people dedicated to supporting islands.

Kate has experience working inside government, non-profits and intergovernmentally as well as a keen sense of the most important elements of the international policy setting space relevant to islands as well as what is needed for implementation to happen. A strategic thinker who is able to present clear ideas and set up the right conditions for collaboration to thrive. Kate is originally from New Zealand and lived for eight years in Apia, Samoa. Kate now resides in Washington DC with her family.

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Jenny Hawes

Support, Global Island Partnership

Jenny thrives in a supporting role. She has a diverse professional background in logistics, leadership, marketing implementation, business and administration. Working with GLISPA since 2016 has complimented her drive to contribute to sustainable initiatives. She enjoys working with the coordination team and Partnership, Particularly by learning about island initiatives and the fantastic efforts people bring from all over the world working together on these essential initiatives. Jenny is dedicated to support GLISPA in an administrative and financial role on a part time basis.

An adventurous traveller and nature lover, Jenny has a passion for permaculture, health and sustainable living. She enjoys being active outdoors, on the mountains, and in/on water with her husband and two adventurous boys, aged 14 and 16. Jenny currently resides on the slopes of Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada.

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Nathan Hotter

Intern / Fellow

My name is Nathan Hotter and I am from Palmerston North, New Zealand. I have recently completed a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. My next step will be to begin my Honours at Victoria later this year. Throughout my time at university I have been deeply involved with United Nations Youth New Zealand, helping bring out of classroom learning experiences to students across the country. My international experience has given me a deep passion to learn more about the global community. I have just arrived back to New Zealand from Taipei after interning with the Taipei City Government Special Projects Office. Prior to my time in Taipei I had finished my degree on exchange at the National University of Singapore on the Prime Ministers Scholarship to Asia. The Global Island Partnership gives me the opportunity to put my experience to good use to help pursue the Sustainable Development Goals across global island communities. We are not the only inhabitants of our planet and at the moment we continue to damage ecosystems and drive species to extinction. With smart policy steps we can avert the damage we are causing and move toward a more sustainable future. GLISPA will give me the experience to develop my knowledge in these areas while also having an impact on our future path. We are currently living in difficult times and I am also excited to help island communities respond to the COVID-19 threat to minimise it’s damage on human life, a key policy area I was exploring in Taipei. Beyond my interest in the international realm I also love playing guitar, have a deep passion about space and love reading. I am eager to travel more when I am able to as well!

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