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.
National Director, Burundi
Onesphore runs the day-to-day work of GLO on the ground in Burundi. After his birth at the height of the 1972 genocide, he has known from his teenage years that he had a calling on his life to leadership.
In his early twenties, Onesphore founded Harvest for Christ (now Harvest Initiatives) in a bid to offer a holistic approach required to engage with hard-to-reach communities. As national director, he is passionate and tireless in his pursuit to transform Burundi.
Onesphore is married to Innocente, a doctor, and they have four children. He has authored several books.
Administrative and Financial Assistant
Eloge is responsible for the day-to-day running of the GLO office in Bujumbura and he assists Onesphore, our National Director. Eloge administers the partner auditing and accountability process to ensure high 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.
UK & US Staff
Paul is responsible for planning and overseeing our digital communications, IT systems, finance and HR operations.
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.
Administrator (Office & Donations)
Lena is our Administrator with responsibility for donation processing, database management and supporting our International Director and Operations Manager.
Administrator (Supporter Communications)
In addition to assisting GLO administratively, Helen is responsible for connecting our supporters, churches and trusts with the latest news from our projects in Burundi.
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, editing Simon’s podcast and managing our media.
Administrator (United States)
Tiff looks after our US office and is the point of contact for all our donors and supporters in North America.