Who we are

We’re a group of donors who want economics to benefit people and nature.

Partners for a New Economy is an international donor collaborative that wants the economic system to generate positive environmental and social outcomes.

We were founded in 2015 by the MAVA, Oak, Marisla and KR Foundations. Our vision is an economy that enables communities, people and nature to thrive.

What we do

We support new economic thinking and acting.

At P4NE, we fund innovative projects and build communities that bring new thinking and approaches to traditional economics.

These “change catalysts” play a pivotal role in helping to repurpose our economic system, and together they’re helping to build a movement for an economic system that’s fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.

How we work

Our grants and community activities are governed by four guiding principles.

Take risk

We mutualize our risk and support novel ideas and models to increase the likelihood of real change.


We encourage innovative and scalable solutions to deeply rooted problems.


We support collaboration across communities and sectors to foster learning and experimentation.


We bring diverse people together to share their thinking and experiences, building understanding, optimism and trust.

Meet the team

Lynda Mansson


President of the P4NE Partners Board, Lynda Mansson is the Director General of the MAVA Foundation, which she joined in 2010. Lynda leads the MAVA team in implementing the foundation’s strategy. She spearheaded the development of the foundation’s work on sustainable economy.

Herbert "Beto" Bedolfe


Herbert Bedolfe is Executive Director of the Marisla Foundation, where he has overseen the foundation’s work on international biodiversity conservation, protection of the marine environment and environmental health since 1992.

Astrid Kann-Rasmussen


A descendant of Villum Kann Rasmussen, Astrid Kann-Rasmussen is Vice-Chair of KR Foundation, Chair of V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation and Observer in the Villum Foundation.

Vinit Rishi


Vinit Rishi oversees operations at Oak Foundation and serves as Secretary. He also represents Oak Foundation on the governing council of the European Foundation Centre and is a co-founder of OPN, the Operations Professionals Network.


Director and Secretary of Partners for a New Economy, Leslie Harroun comes to the organization from the Oak Foundation, where she developed and managed its North American, European and select global climate change portfolios, as well as its early marine conservation portfolio.

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

Partners for a New Economy is sheltered by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the development of philanthropy by managing funds and providing grant management services and council for charitable ventures. Etienne Eichenberger, Chairman of SPF, acts as Treasurer of Partners for a New Economy.


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Partners for a New Economy is sheltered by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

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