Simon Guillebaud

Simon Guillebaud
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Leadership is the key to 99 per cent of all successful efforts.

Erskine Bowle

Author, speaker, social entrepreneur, family man, cyclist and charity founder, Simon Guillebaud had a very clear call to Burundi in 1999, when it was regarded as the most dangerous country on earth. Having unexpectedly survived 7 years of genocide and civil war, he set up GLO with the vision to transform Burundi and beyond through holistic mission, working with gifted local leaders of integrity.

Now married with three children, he and his wife Lizzie have both been awarded an MBE for their services to Burundi.

Simon is author of the bestselling Choose Life – 365 readings for radical disciples, voted ‘Devotional of the Year 2015’. He is also the author of ‘More than Conquerors‘, ‘Sacrifice‘ and ‘Dangerously Alive‘ and has over 25,000 social media followers who read his challenging, frequently shocking, sometimes amusing and always authentic tweets and blog posts.

He places a very high value on his family life and in his books is keen to acknowledge his partnership with his wife, Lizzie in the way they aspire to live out their Christian lives together.

Simon’s work through GLO continues to have a huge impact on the country, now helping well over 100,000 of the very neediest people every year in strategic and sustainable ways.

Simon is sought-after as a speaker in Burundi, the UK and internationally. You can invite Simon to speak at your church or event. 

The Guillebaud family were recently given the honour of Burundian citizenship and his work with GLO locally in Bujumbura is recognised across a range of key pillars of society – business, agriculture, education, spirituality and health. In particular, he pioneered the leading hotel in Bujumbura, the Kings Conference Centre, a Christian social enterprise which is now funding the work of Scripture Union in Burundi and modelling effective godly business practices for the nation.

Latest Posts from Simon...

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The Satisfying Death of CIP… or the RIP of CIP!

Christian Initiatives for Peace is shut down – probably GLO’s greatest satisfaction to date in our involvement in Burundi! Let me explain; in 2015 a national crisis erupted leading to widespread violence – burning barricades, demonstrations, and fear became a daily reality in the capital. We knew we had to act

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From Beggars to Entrepreneurs

This is a guest blog by our friend Arne who leads Hauge microfinance. It’s something GLO is looking to support. It’s strategic, empowering, and beautiful. Why do we think that the solutions for those who are poor in Africa are different from the solutions in the UK, USA and Norway?

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