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


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.


President of the P4NE Partners Board, 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, José Garcia is a program officer on the Future of Work(ers) team at Ford Foundation. Previously, he worked for the Surdna Foundation, where he led the design and implementation of a $4 million grant-making portfolio to spur business development and acceleration while focusing on quality job and wealth creation.


Board member of P4NE, 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.


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. Anna Luiza recently 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.


Assistant to the Director of P4NE. 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 volunteers on the Board of UK charities.

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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