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. Laudes and Ford Foundations joined P4NE in 2021 and Omidyar Network in 2022. 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


Board member of P4NE, 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


Board member of P4NE, 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.


Board Member of P4NE, and descendant of Villum Kann Rasmussen, Astrid Kann-Rasmussen is Vice-Chair and co-founder of  KR Foundation, Chair of V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation and Observer in the VELUX Foundation.

Vinit Rishi


Board member of P4NE, 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.


Board member of P4NE, Ritse Erumi is a program officer on the Future of Work(ers) team at Ford Foundation. Prior to Ford, Ritse served as a strategist and advisor to civil society groups, development agencies, governments, and businesses on building more fair economies through equitable models for innovation and systemic change.


President of the P4NE Board, Kelly Clark is the Director of the Finance & Capital Market Transformation programme at Laudes Foundation. In this role she draws on her significant experience in leading both philanthropic and capital market efforts that unite finance with positive impact outcomes.


Board member of P4NE, Sonny Bardhan is Chief Strategy Officer for the Omidyar Network. Before joining Omidyar, Sonny worked at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he developed strategy, built the investment pipeline, and originated high impact opportunities to improve children’s welfare in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


Director of Partners for a New Economy, Jo Swinson is the former leader of the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom. From 2012-2015, she served as Business Minister in the UK, and in 2009, she co-founded a cross-party group of MPs to work collaboratively on new economic thinking and well-being economics.


Programme Officer (currently on parental leave). A trained economist, Anna Luiza earned her M.A. in Development Studies at IHEID in Geneva, after having worked for five years in Brazil for Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), a leading think tank where she contributed to FGV’s expansion throughout Latin America.


Programme Officer (maternity cover). Lisa is on secondment with P4NE from Oak Foundation, where she is part of the Environment Programme team. Having worked in the philanthropic sector for 8+years, with a focus on environmental causes, she has extensive experience in programme management, communications and holds an Executive Post Graduate diploma in Strategic and Operational Philanthropy.


Network and Field-building Co-Lead. Sophie Mckechnie is an experienced facilitator and social innovation consultant, working across the public and civil society sectors. She joins us from the Innovation agency Nesta, where she led the design and delivery of cross-sector social change programmes across the UK


Network and Field-building Co-Lead. Cassie Robinson is an experienced Strategic Designer and was awarded by Nesta as a Creative Pioneer. She was previously Deputy Director of Funding Strategy at The National Lottery Community Fund where she led a portfolio of £60 Million a year.


Assistant to the Director. Fiona Mallin-Robinson has worked as an independent consultant to the cultural sector since 2006.  She is a Grants Committee member for John Lyon’s Charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and Chairman of the Primary Shakespeare Company.

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

Partners for a New Economy is a philanthropic fund hosted 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, is a Board member and acts as Treasurer of Partners for a New Economy.


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Partners for a New Economy is a philanthropic fund hosted by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

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