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The GVN Foundation Staff
Eliza Raymond: Exective Director
Eliza has over ten years experience studying, volunteering and working in the field of international development. Eliza’s Masters Degree focused on good practice in international volunteer programs, and involved researching a variety of different volunteer programs in South America, Africa and Australasia. Following her studies, Eliza ran GVN’s volunteer programs in Peru where she also helped administer their partner’s humanitarian projects budget. She then returned to New Zealand where she worked for the GVN Foundation as their Grants Coordinator before taking on the role of Executive Director. Eliza is British/French by nationality but calls New Zealand and Peru home.
Emma Raymond: International Advocacy Coordinator
Emma has recently returned from a year in Hong Kong where she was studying towards her undergraduate degree in Development Studies, International Relations and Politics. She is now back home in New Zealand completing her degree with Victoria University and working as an International Advocacy Coordinator at GVN. This role is primarily focused on promoting GVN’s partnership with the upcoming USA Live Below The Line Campaign. Emma is looking forward to seeing the fundraising progress of the Live Below The Line campaign; from initial planning through to the funds being allocated to local projects in Peru, Nepal and South Africa. She plans to use her background in social media marketing and her volunteering experience (both in New Zealand and Southeast Asia) as a launching point for the campaign’s success.
Kirsten Greenwood: International Advocacy Coordinator
Kirsten is one of two International Advocacy Coordinators for GVN Foundation's new partner campaign, Live Below The Line. She is working to promote the empowerment of international communities by raising awareness of extreme poverty and the difference people can make by supporting Live Below The Line. Kirsten is originally from Lower Hutt, New Zealand and is nearing the end of a Bachelor of Arts degree at Victoria University Wellington, majoring in Development Studies and Spanish. Kirsten has recently returned from travels to South East Asia and Latin America and hopes to continue her ongoing education by travelling to and working within developing countries. Her passions include international education, gender equality and human trafficking.
Matthew Hardy: International Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Matt has recently finished his BA with a triple Major in Political Science, International Relations, and Social Policy. Matt's interest in helping people has lead him in his first year out of study to become involved in social entrepreneurial projects such as myQuest a digital multi-platform tool in development with the Ministry of Social Development of New Zealand designed to help prevent depression in youths. A passion for helping people and NGO work has lead him to become a part of the Eat So They Can campaign for 2013 where he will be overseeing and implementing the international social media, marketing and communications strategies.
Alison Kreft: Outreach Coordinator
Alison has recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies and Human Geography at Victoria University and has also completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology. She is passionate about promoting local capacities, ownership and grassroots development and a major focus of her final year of university study was centred around the ‘post-development’ discourse; exploring the ways which food security can be promoted through bottom-up approaches in both developed and developing countries. Alison is now working as part of GVN foundations biggest fundraiser, the Eat So They Can 2013 campaign. She is working to promote the campaign and raise awareness locally, nationally and internationally to inspire people around the world to take action to bring an end to hunger.