Robin D’Alessandro is the Chair of GroundTruth’s Board of Directors. D’Alessandro recently completed Harvard University’s prestigious, year-long Advanced Leadership Initiative. Previously, she was a longtime executive in the energy sector and former CEO of the Vitol Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Geneva-based Vitol Group of Companies. Under her leadership, the Vitol Foundation has long supported projects that fall under five program areas critical to a child’s development: health, WASH, education, youth livelihoods and humanitarian response.
D’Alessandro has focused her work on development that is efficient, sustainable and replicable. Her geographic focus was on support in fragile states, particularly in Africa. Citing her effective work as a philanthropist in supporting innovative projects and NGOs focused on poverty and education, D’Alessandro was named by the Huffington Post as one of the “20 Powerful Women to Watch in 2014” – a list that included Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Malala Yousafzia and Melinda Gates.