Barbara founded GD to build new bridges across sectors and disciplines in our society, to accelerate equitable access to sustainable solutions and cultivate systems change. She is a systems thinker and social chemist with over 25 years of leadership experience in business, global diplomacy, health, international development and civic engagement. Barbara is a recognized driving force in catalyzing and developing innovative public-private and civic partnerships for positive social and economic impact. She has worked with transformational leaders in the private sector, governments and non-profits in Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia. Passionate about art and its power to open our minds and reconnect us with our feelings, she created the Art4Action initiative to mobilize new dialogues for social transformation we need. She founded SDG Colab, a non-profit collaboratory for systems change.
Barbara Bulc served as a senior advisor of the Clinton Foundation and is a member of its founding management team developing large scale transformational and sustainable partnerships with governments, industry, international organizations and financing institutions in emerging economies. She was instrumental in developing the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which provided access to affordable healthcare including HIV/AIDS medicines and diagnostics to over 60 countries.
She established and led Richard Holbrooke’s European office of the Global Business Coalition (GBC Heath) in Geneva, the heart of global diplomacy, mobilizing the power of business and global Fortune 500 corporations in the global fight against poverty. In this role, Barbara represented the private sector on a number of international boards, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a multi-billion dollar public-private partnership.
Preceding her career in international development, Barbara was the CEO of U.S.-based KRKA Pharmaceuticals, a leading European generics company. Prior to that she gained experience at Novartis, Knoll and BASF. Barbara was elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association (GPhA) and has also served on the Board of BionorImmuno.
She is a founding member of Friends of the Global Fund Africa and a member of the United Nations’ Innovation Working Group, supporting the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. Barbara has served in an advisory capacity to the World Economic Forum’s Leapfrogging Health Systems Initiative and currently sits on the boards of D-Tree International, Manush Labs, Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Scholarships without Borders (SWB), The Center of Photography Geneva (CPG) and Artasperto. She is proud to serve as an Ambassador to Reboot the Future, a non-profit creating a social movement promoting the Golden Rule founded by her dear friend Kim Polman (“Treat others and the planet as you would wish to be treated”).
Barbara holds a degree in chemistry from Ljubljana University and degrees in business management from Columbia University Business School and leadership from Cambridge University Judge Business School. She studied systems thinking with Fritjof Capra and deep ecology with Joanna Macy. She is an alumni of The Chartres Academy Wisdom School, Ubiquity University. She is a mindfulness practitioner and has practiced meditation with John Kabat Zinn and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche. Her current doctoral studies in social sciences and humanities focus on design of new collaborative structures and governance for the wellbeing of people and planet. Barbara speaks English, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and her native Slovene. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, she has lived and worked around the world and currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.