GLO’s motto is to ‘identify, equip and empower the best local leaders of passion, integrity, gifting and vision for the transformation of Burundi, bottom-up and top-down.’ Our staff, trustees and supporters are joined together in this vision, working as one team for this goal.
Founder and International Director
Simon had a very clear call to Burundi in 1999, when it was regarded as the most dangerous country on earth. He set up GLO with the vision to transform Burundi and beyond through holistic mission, working with gifted local leaders of integrity.
Simon is a gifted communicator. As a speaker, he loves to encourage and challenge ‘the troops’ in churches and conference events. He is the author of several books including the bestselling devotional ‘Choose Life‘. Simon posts regular blog articles and has recently launched an upbeat and uplifting podcast ‘Inspired… with Simon Guillebaud’, introducing the listener to a stunning variety of people from all walks of life.
Simon is married with three children, he and his wife Lizzie have both been awarded an MBE for their services to Burundi.
Jean Bosco Mutebutsi
National Director, Burundi
Jean Bosco, runs the day-to-day work of GLO on the ground in Burundi. As a child, he miraculously survived a tragic attack during the genocide of the 1990’s which left him orphaned.
Having come to faith in his teens, Bosco developed his early ministry with Burundi Youth for Christ, eventually leaving to pioneer his own organisation, Igniting Communities for Jesus, which has had a profound impact as they work alongside some of the poorest people in Burundi through holistic community transformation.
As our new National Director, he is wise, compassionate and servant-hearted, and we are excited to see the impact of his leadership. Bosco is married to Danella, and they have two young boys, David and Joshua.
Administrative and Financial Assistant
Eloge is responsible for the day-to-day running of the GLO office in Bujumbura and he assists Bosco, our National Director. Eloge administers the partner auditing and accountability process to ensure the highest standards and financial integrity.
Travelling throughout Burundi, Raissa is responsible for gathering news and stories from our GLO partners. She recounts their work by posting articles, videos and photos, many of which are available on this website and our social media channels.
Partnership and Monitoring Officer
Graciella maintains logistics and supports Eloge in local partner administration. She also works with Raissa, and acts as our wonderful guide for any visitors to Burundi.
Outgoing National Director
The pioneering founder of several organisations and initiatives, Onesphore is our preceding Burundian national director, who remains a part of GLO in an advisory role whilst he heads up the organisation he founded, Antioch Foundation. Read his story here.
UK & US Team
Paul is responsible for planning and overseeing our digital communications, IT systems, finance and HR operations.
Supporter Care & Partnerships Coordinator
Wendy is our primary contact with existing and new supporters, connecting you with all that’s happening in Burundi and keeping you informed of the impact of your support.
Administrator (Office & Donations)
Lena is our Administrator with responsibility for donation processing, database management and supporting our International Director and Operations Manager.
Adam Thomas Steer
Digital Communications Officer
Adam looks after our digital content at GLO, from keeping the website up-to-date, sending out our (e)mailings, producing Simon’s podcasts and videos and managing our media.
US Partnerships Coordinator
Lacey is passionate about connecting people with Burundi as she maintains and develops relationships with partners and supporters in the US.
Len keeps a close watch over our charity finances – keeping the books balanced, making sure all payments to our partners reach their destination, payroll, and engaging with the audit process.