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About Us

The Global Initiative

The Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection (GILC) is comprised of national organizations committed to end the pressing global issues of loneliness and social isolation. We support the dissemination of system-wide, national approaches to build social connection.

We Focus on Three Areas of Global Partnership

AWARENESS

Raise global awareness through thought leadership and research dissemination

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COLLABORATION

Encourage global knowledge sharing to improve impact and reach

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FRAMEWORKS

Support national, systemic frameworks and strategies to end loneliness and promote connection

Represented Countries

Represented Organisations
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Interested to Join?

If you are a nationally-focused organization addressing loneliness and connection, we encourage you to join us.

Steering Committee

Australia | Ending Loneliness Together

Michelle H Lim, Ph.D.

Chairperson and Scientific Chair

Ending Loneliness Together

GILC Steering Committee Co-Director 2021/2022

Johanna Badcock, Ph.D.

Vice Chair & Deputy Scientific Chair

Ending Loneliness Together

Brazil | Instituto Dara

Adriane Menna Barreto

Executive Director

Instituto Dara

Canada | The GenWell Project

Pete Bombaci

Founder and Chief Connection Officer

The GenWell Project

With significant, formative contribution from:

Amy Westland, Esq.

Chair of the Board

HelpAge Canada

Denmark | The Mary Foundation

Tine Oxholm

Senior Projekt Manager

The Mary Foundation

Mikkel Lynggaard

Head of Analysis

The Mary Foundation

Finland | HelsinkiMissio

Tuuli Albekoglu

Loneliness Intervention Specialist

HelsinkiMissio

Heidi Östling

Crisis Counselor

HelsinkiMissio

Germany | Togetherness Hub

Jannis Kuhlencord

Co-Founder & Chairperson

Togetherness Hub

Rahel Herczeg

Co-Founder & Vice-Chair

Togetherness Hub

Japan | Anata no Ibasho

Koki Ozora

Chief Executive Officer

Anata no Ibasho

New Zealand | Loneliness New Zealand Charitable Trust

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Ms. Cathy Comber

Trustee & Chief Executive Officer

Loneliness New Zealand Charitable Trust

Dr. Spencer Scoular

Trustee

Loneliness New Zealand Charitable Trust

United Kingdom | Campaign to End Loneliness

Robin Hewings

Programme Director

Campaign To End Loneliness

Jenny Manchester

Communications Manager

Campaign To End Loneliness

United States | Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness

Edward Garcia, MHS

Co-Director

Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness

GILC Steering Committee Co-Director 2021/2022

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.

Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

Foundation for Social Connection

with significant contribution from

Andrew MacPherson

Co-Director

Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness