Spotlight on 25 Years of Grantmaking: Notes from Chief Operating Officer of SNF’s Monte Carlo Office and SNF Senior Information & Technology Officer Bernard Guilbaud
What’s a grant that’s stuck with you over time?
NO FINISH LINE Monaco is an annual one week charity event created in 1999. During this event, anyone can walk/run/crawl kilometers that are converted to euros by the nonprofit Children and Future, which then makes donations to nonprofit organizations that focus on children. The goal is to promote, defend, and respect the rights of children around the world, as well as to protect and improve their well-being and living conditions.
What I like about this event, which SNF supported from 2012 to 2017, is that it permits every participant to feel like a part of the project thanks to the kilometers they complete. People get really involved, and give their time and energy on the track, during lunch hours or at night, to cover as many kilometers as possible so that the children receive even more financial assistance.
What’s your favorite part of working at SNF?
Working for a foundation and the values in this sector are much more motivating than in other sectors. Also, seeing the fantastic work that our nonprofit partner organizations do all over the world thanks to support from SNF.
Has the nature of your work, as part of SNF’s work, changed over the years?
Yes, I joined the Group as part of the IT Department, headed it for seven years and was given the opportunity to evolve to a managerial position. These new responsibilities permitted me to learn and accomplish administrative tasks that I enjoy while continuing to work in my area of knowledge (IT).
Bernard Guilbaud, Chief Operating Officer of SNF’s Monte Carlo office / SNF Senior Information & Technology Officer
Bernard Guilbaud has been with SNF for almost 14 years. He joined SNF as an Information Technology Manager in 2007, and was promoted Chief Operating Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Monte Carlo office in 2010 while continuing to exercise his IT skills in different positions of the IT Department. Formerly IT Manager and IT Engineer in two different companies in Monaco, he carried out his military service as Signals Officer for the French Army at Allied Staff Berlin in 1989. He has an engineering degree in Networks and IT Systems from ESIGELEC in Rouen, France. He lives in Gattières (France), is married to Carole, has three children (Mélisande, Guillaume and Agathe), a golden retriever (Obiwan), speaks French and English (tries to learn Greek), enjoys Gary Larson’s Far Side and regularly plays tennis.