Over the years, we have seen alumni strengthen relationships and begin exciting collaborations after leaving the academy. Some have come together to plan and carry out GEN events, or other innovative work, some through support from the GEN Alumni Innovation Fund.
GEN held its first European Community Exchange in Barcelona in September 2017, gathering 33 professionals working at the frontline of policy and practice on seeds in Europe. GESA alumni Ugo D’Ambrosio (2015), Inanc Tekguc (2011) and Nessie Reid (2013) were core coordinators and facilitators of the event.
Five GESA alumni organised a panel at the Conservation Optimism Summit in April 2017. Anna Varga (2011), Inanc Tekguc (2011), Kerstin Forsberg (2012), Nessie Reid (2013), and Ugo D’Ambrosio (2015) joined forces with faculty members Ruth Krause, Emily Caruso, Gary Martin and Raj Puri to share their optimistic vision and ground-breaking work.
In collaboration with Canadian indigenous organisation IndigenEYEz (a connection facilitated by two GESA alumna from different years, Angela Easby and Ana Elia Ramon Hidalgo), GDF-US hosted an arts and environmental leadership Regional Academy in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.