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    David B. McGinty

    Global Director

    David manages the fast-growing Secretariat team in the Hague. Previously, he has led public-private partnerships for an international NGO, been head of a private sector development and impact investing advisory firm, and taught management and law at the graduate level.

    David holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree from Villanova University and Juris Doctorate from Temple University. He spends his time outside of PACE as an angel investor, non-profit board member, and an avid supporter of the arts. He is married and the father of two children. 

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    Krista Kruft

    Leadership Lead

    Krista is responsible for PACE’s leadership engagement and partnership development. She is a Partnership Specialist with 20 years of experience in International Development in Asia, Latin America and Eastern and Southern Africa focusing on human rights and social innovation.

    Krista holds a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology-Non Western Sociology with a Specialization in Development Economics, and has trained in Psychology and Partnership Management. She loves to read and dive into new topics that affect humanity. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband, 2 teenage kids and 2 dogs. 

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    Ke Wang

    Knowledge Lead

    Ke oversees content development and knowledge management at PACE.  She has over 10 years of experience leading interdisciplinary research and innovation teams, in both public and private sectors. 

    Ke is passionate about finding synergies in planet, people and profit, and has spent years deep-diving into circular business models in multiple European projects.  She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.  She enjoys nature, culture, dancing and raising her two boys in a quadrilingual family.

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    Lotte Holvast

    Specialist

    Lotte oversees PACE’s operations including financial and grant management. Furthermore, she leads PACE’s work on metrics, including the coordination of the Circular Economy Indicators Coalition.

    Prior to PACE, she worked at a foundation stimulating public-private collaborations within the Circular Economy. She holds a M.S. in development economics from the University of Wageningen. Lotte lives in Scheveningen and when not working she is often found at the beach, in the dunes or in the water.

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    Heyd Más

    Project Lead

    Heyd manages the portfolio of core and affiliate projects at PACE. She engages with partners, responds to project requests to address obstacles, and ensures projects' developments and lessons learned are shared across the PACE community.

    Heyd is passionate about finding solutions to achieve a positive society-environment interaction. She has over 5 years of experience performing research on topics related to the circular economy and holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Groningen. Heyd enjoys traveling, meeting different cultures, and nature. 

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    Beth Hearn

    Communications Lead

    Beth is responsible for PACE’s communications, working to build the organization’s profile and influence. She is a communications specialist with more than ten years of experience, with a focus on sustainability and responsible business. Beth has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

    She lives in Haarlem with her husband and two children.

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    Laura Ombelet

    Program Coordinator

    Laura supports PACE’s operations, including financial, grant and contract management. Prior to joining PACE, Laura gained experience in office management and project support at a small think-and-do tank based in The Hague. She recently completed her MSc in Development Administration and Planning at University College London.

    Laura lives in Utrecht where she can often be found painting, or attempting to sew an upcycling project.

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    Seth Olson

    Secondee (Resonance Global)

    Seth assists various Secretariat activities and brings expertise in multi-stakeholder collaboration, blended finance, enterprise-driven development, and corporate sustainability strategy.  Seth is driven to help identify and execute on opportunities to shape the economy of the future in a sustainable manner and holds a deep conviction in the power of business to be a force for good.

    He holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University where he focused on agricultural and conservation finance. His preferred modes of transportation are skiing, biking, and walking.  

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    James Pennington

    Counterpart (World Economic Forum)

    James contributes to PACE’s work through the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, leading the work on policy engagement in emerging markets with a key focus on China and the African continent as well as leading the work on electronics. Prior to the Forum, James worked for the London based think tank Chatham House.

    James is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and has spent significant time working and studying in China. In his spare time James enjoys playing the guitar, harmonica and singing. 

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    Caitlan Read

    Engagement Intern

    Caitlan supports engagement at PACE. She has a background in communications and public relations and has spent time conducting research into gendered experiences of climate change in small island developing nations. 

    With a BSc (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics, Caitlan is currently pursuing an Advanced MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University. She enjoys reading, dancing, and taking care of her growing collection of succulents.

  • Lisa Walen

    Lisa Walen

    Communications Intern

    Lisa is part of the communications team at PACE. Her previous experiences include social media, content creation and website management in the sustainable travel industry. Lisa's main fields of interest are the global sustainable economy, international law and political philosophy.

    She is currently finishing up her bachelor's degree in International Relations at Leiden University. In her free time, Lisa enjoys travelling, reading and discovering the best desserts that The Hague has to offer.

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    Ernesto Daza Lacouture

    Engagement Intern

    Ernesto supports the engagement team. Previously, he worked as Investment Manager for a European social impact fund in Colombia. He has 8 years of experience in social finance, agriculture, and manufacturing. 

    Ernesto holds a master’s in finance in London. Currently, he is pursuing his second master’s degree in development studies with major in economics at ISS Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he was elected representative of students to the Institute board. Ernesto is an enthusiastic reader of social and economic history, a football fan, and in constant search of the perfect burger.