What do we do
We are an initiative inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals to back the best efforts of governments and civil society to support economic development according to principles of sustainability, equity and diversity.
We work with partners to enhance existing initiatives that will have the most impact in support of these goals. We aim for prosperous, sustainable economies that work for people and protect our environment.
Who we are
The SED Fund operates a two-tier governance structure with a Supervisory Board and an Executive Board.
Supervisory Board members are Martin Drewry, Gemma O'Reilly and Christopher Harris.
Gemma O’Reilly (Chair)
Gemma is an internationally recognised expert on climate policy and climate finance. She works as an economist on the Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat, providing analysis and advice on climate policy developments and climate policy planning. At COP22 she was nominated by the EU to serve on the UNFCCCStanding Committee on Climate Finance.
She has been part of the Irish delegation to the UNFCCC for 8 years and a member of the EU negotiating team since 2010. Gemma represented Ireland and the EU at the Paris climate conference in 2015 and negotiated long term climate finance and aspects of climate finance in the Paris Agreement on behalf of the EU. She has published climate strategy papers for the EPA Ireland and advised the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on climate finance. Gemma was previously an economist for the UK government working on water quality, climate change and transport modelling.
Martin Drewry (Vice Chair)
Martin is currently the Director of Health Poverty Action. He has a long background in the voluntary sector, initially as an award-winning grass-roots community development worker in the UK, before moving to international development. After a few years as national secretary of World Action, a pioneering programme enabling young people and adults to take action for social justice, he spent the next decade as head of campaigns at Christian Aid. Here he played leading roles in Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt, the Trade Justice Movement and was one of the coordinators of Make Poverty History. Martin’s academic grounding came from the Bradford University School of Peace Studies.
Dr. Christopher Harris (Secretary)
Chris is currently Senior Consultant to Foundations for Peace (Belfast), on the editorial board of Alliancemagazine (UK), and serves on the board of directors of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (Boston), the Friends of the Fondation de France,and the Friends of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Previously Chris has worked with the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) Oslo, and as a Senior Consultant to the Bernard van Leer Foundation (The Hague) and to the Foundation Center (New York). Until 2010 he served for ten years as the Senior Program Officer on Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation where he worked on strengthening new and existing foundations in the U.S. and globally. Prior to this, Chris was a vice president at the Council on Foundations (Washington, DC). Earlier he worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he focused on improving education for marginalized students.
He has been an advisor to the John Gerhart Center on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (American University in Cairo); a faculty member of the Charities Aid Foundation’s Foundation School(UK); and serves on several other advisory committees in the U.S. and other countries. Chris has also edited several books on education policy and written a number of articles and reports about philanthropy. He has a doctorate in education policy and international development from Harvard University and was on the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.
The Executive Board, comprised of the Executive Director and Director of Operations and Partnerships is charged with the efficient, general management of the SED Fund.
Vikas Mehta is a founding Executive Board member of the SED Fund. As Executive Director, Vikas manages new portfolio and capacity development, and global strategic initiatives for the SED fund.
Previously, Vikas spent 17 years in impact investment and programme management with international nonprofits in Asia and Africa, working across clean energy, agriculture, microfinance and ICT initiatives.
He holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University, India.
Director of Operations and Partnerships
Lorraine Breen is a founding Executive Board member of the SED Fund. As Director of Operations and Partnerships, Lorraine provides the leadership and management necessary to ensure optimal delivery of our team, systems, processes, and partnerships to meet our goals.
Lorraine has over ten years experience in the philanthropy field, both in the UK and the Netherlands. Most recently she was responsible for setting up and managing a platform for portfolio partners to scale up their programmes for maximum impact. Formerly she was a Consultant on impact assessment focusing on early childhood development. Lorraine has also worked across multiple policy areas through government policy and analyst positions in the UK, NSW and at EU level and roles in various nonprofits.
She has a first class honours Masters in Cultural Policy and Management and a BA in English Literature and the History of Art, both from University College Dublin.