GPPAC's Board consists of seven members who are appointed upon nomination by the GPPAC International Steering Group (ISG). Members of the GPPAC Board serve for a period of three years, which can be renewed once. For more information about our current Board members, please check the profiles below.
Miguel Álvarez Gándara
Miguel Álvarez Gándara is the International Co-Chair of the Board and the President of SERAPAZ. SERAPAZ is an independent and nonprofit organsiation that works for peace and social change through the articulation and promotion of civil society-based initiatives, conducting research and producing publications, providing training and consulting, advocacy, and oversight of peacebuilding processes. Miguel is an expert on themes of social conflict and political analysis in Mexico, drawing upon forty years of experience in the field. He has served as a mediator and a consultant for diverse peacebuilding processes, including the mediation commission between the Mexican government and the coalition party of PDPR-EPR. Mr. Álvarez has also worked with diverse communities and movements such as the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca.
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is the Chair of the GPPAC Board and Executive Director of FemlinkPacific: Media Initiatives for Women, an organization that advocates for UNSCR 1325, community media and for women, peace and human security concerns. In addition to leading FemlinkPacific as GPPAC's Regional Secretariat for the Pacific region, Sharon was appointed as Gender Liaison for GPPAC's International Steering Group in 2009; since 2012 she is also a member of the GPPAC Board. Sharon has long been involved in advocacy on women's empowerment and is a member of UN Women's Global Civil Society Advisory Group (UNW GCSAG).
Mariska van Beijnum
Mariska van Beinum is GPPAC Board member. She is Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the Conflict Research Unit (CRU) at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations in The Hague. Her research focuses on aid architecture and aid effectiveness issues in fragile and conflict-affected situations, and specifically on coordination and coherence issues (whole-of-government / whole-of-system approaches) as well as financing modalities. Previously, Mariska held a research position at the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working on the Evaluation of local governance assistance through Municipal International Cooperation in the period 2001-2003, and on the Evaluation of Dutch Humanitarian Assistance in the period 2003-2006.
Walter Shikuku Odhiambo
Walter Shikuku Odhiambo is a GPPAC Board Member and Regional Representative for GPPAC Eastern and Central Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Nairobi Peace Initiative Africa (NPI-Africa). Prior to joining NPI-Africa, Odhiambo was Chief Executive at the Kenya Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) and Deputy Country Director for Marie Stopes International in Kenya. He is a member of the East Africa Association of Fundraising Professionals (EAAFP) and the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP). He was also appointed as member of the board of Jacaranda Special School in Nairobi, Senator Obama Secondary School in Siaya and Rose of Sharon Academy in Nairobi by the Kenya Ministry for Education.
Robert Zeldenrust is the Dutch Co-Chair of the GPPAC Board. He spent most of his career in the foreign service of the Netherlands, holding i.a. various positions in the field of development cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral. He managed aid programs in East and West Africa at the ministry of Foreign Affairs and had postings in Sri Lanka and Brussels before being appointed ambassador to Lebanon in 2007. From 2000 to 2003 Rob served as the Director for Democratization and Human Rights in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. Until his retirement in 2014 he was the Netherlands Permanent Delegate and ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. Subsequently, he joined PUM Netherlands senior experts, where he became coordinator for Government Services, as well as various ngos. Rob is chairman of the board of the Sen Foundation for Research and Education in International cooperation, chairman of the board of Unesco Centrum Nederland and vice-chair of the board of the Indonesia-Nederland Society.