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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Görkem Hayta

Global Marketing and Communications Director

Görkem is working with GLISPA since 2017 and advises the partnership in communicating #IslandResilience stories.

She has a marketing background in diverse sectors (from politics to fashion) that help her to

  • manage diplomatically conversations,
  • develop projects in a fast-paced environment, and finally,
  • translate complex issues into an easy language.

Her passion for meaningful projects has led her to GLISPA and she is constantly looking for opportunities to profile creatively #IslandHeroes to create awareness for #IslandEarth.

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Website: gorkemhayta.com

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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