Management Team


May East

Chief Executive

May is a sustainability practitioner, educator and designer. Based at the UN Habitat Best Practice Designation, Findhorn Ecovillage, since 1992, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators delivering capacity building activities in 43 countries in a most different stages of development in both urban and rural contexts. Awarded one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row, she has a diploma in Climate Change Diplomacy and an MSc in Spatial Planning with specialisation in rehabilitation of Ghost Towns.




Giovanni Ciarlo

E-learning and Academic

Giovanni is co-founder of Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl, an ecovillage centre for the exploration of the arts and ecology in central Mexico and a founding member of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas. A professional musician and Arts-in-Education consultant, Giovanni divides his time between the US and Mexico, linking community sustainable projects in both countries. He is the current Gaia Education Chair of Management Team, focusing in the programme development and e-learning aspects of the organisation.


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Daniel Christian Wahl

Design and Innovation

Daniel, PhD originally trained as a biologist, holds degrees in Biology (BSc. Hons., Univ. of Edinburgh), Holistic Science (MSc.,Schumacher College) and Natural Design (PhD., Univ. of Dundee). He was the director of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2010, is a member of the International Futures Forum, the RSA, and a Findhorn Fellow. Daniel lives on Majorca and works locally and internationally as a consultant, educator and activist. After participating in the first Gaia Education 'training of trainers' at Findhorn in 2006, Daniel joined Gaia Education in 2007. Having contributed to the development of the GEDS on-line content since 2012, Daniel recently took on the role of Head of Innovation and Design for Gaia Education. He also works in Innovation and Sustainability for the Universidad de las Islas Balears.


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Jesper Felumb Conrad

Marketing and Operations

Jesper has an extensive work experience in digital marketing and knowledge in increasing attraction and generating traffic to websites. He has held leading positions at the three biggest websites in Denmark and has international experience through his previous projects. Jesper and his wife have created – an online magazine which focuses on living and learning while travelling. Jesper holds an Academic Foundation Degree in Business Innovation and is also an author to 20 children's books.



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Penelope Reyes


Penelope holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and Ateneo de Manila University. She co-founded and co-created an off-grid eco-homestead and sustainability training centre in the Philippines. She has experience in the fields of ecovillage design and development, Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course organising and facilitation, environmental education and communication, permaculture design and mixed media art. Penelope serves as the Certification Coordinator for the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Programme, Gaia Youth, Gaia-in-School and Gaia School Programmes and the Gaia Education Certified Trainers. She also works in the field of holistic health as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP).




Alexandre Pereira

Branding and Design

Alex has been collaborating with Gaia Education since 2005. He holds a degree in Image and Communication in IADE (Arts, Design and Marketing Institute) in Lisbon Portugal, and has completed a holistic training course at UNIPAZ (International Peace University), were he also volunteered in communications. From a young age he has also been involved in several youth, social and student organisations. Alex has an extensive experience in branding, communication, graphic and digital design, and he is responsible of creating and constantly developing the Gaia Education brand.



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Virginia Gegg

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Virginia is our multicultural, multilingual member. She has a mastering of four globally influential languages. Born in England and educated in France, Virginia went on to receive a first class degree in Applied Foreign Languages: Spanish and Mandarin, from the Université de Montpellier. Her studies also include a year of Translation and Interpreting at the Universidad de Granada, Spain. Passionate and dedicated to the values of sustainable living, with a certificate in Computer and Internet Skills, Virginia now leads Gaia Education’s communications and the implementation of the marketing strategy.



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Pradyut Nayek

Project-Based Learning Chief Trainer

Pradyut is a community development trainer, consultant for sustainable living and an experienced permaculture practitioner. He has trained by UNICEF on water and sanitation issues, specialised in community health and has extensive experience in working with grassroots movements and NGOs in India and internationally. He is a respected course facilitator and teacher in Permaculture, Non-Violent Communication/Conflict Resolution and organic farming.




Fasil Bogale


Fasil is a chartered accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and founding partner of Community Focused Accountancy. Fasil decided to leave a successful career in London working for renowned asset management firm, European Credit Management, in search of a way to provide support for local communities. Inspired by Gaia Education’s work to support communities across the world to live more sustainably, Fasil has taken on the role of the Treasurer.



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Sally Bogale


Sally worked for many years as a project manager, with significant experience in developing new partnerships and projects over the last 10 years. She began working for the Findhorn Community as Youth Project Manager, and went on to join the International Committee of the Red Cross fas a project manager in the Philippines and Guinea Conakry, and for Findhorn-based charity, Ecologia Youth Trust, as Project Development Manager and Fundraiser. Now focused solely on fundraising, her passion is supporting grassroots pioneers to get their projects off the ground and to render their work sustainable through securing funding and building their capacity in project cycle management.



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